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Old 04-14-2016, 07:16 PM   #11
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So 1 ton long bed DRW has a 173.4 wheelbase so divide that by 5 and you get 34.48 feet max length. My 1 ton with 143.5 max length would be 28.7 feet. That just doesn't sound right.

The equation I posted is a just a guideline that was posted years ago. There are no hard and fast rules that I am aware of, but the equation I posted makes sense.....at least to me. The longer the wheelbase of tow vehicle, the less likely the tail will wag the dog.

There will be variables. Would a 1/2 ton truck with a stiffer suspension and heavier payload tow better that an equal sized SUV with softer springs ?? Probably. Will a 3/4 or 1 ton truck handle a longer trailer better than a 1/2 ton truck with similar wheelbases ?? Highly probable. Would 1 of those short heavy duty trucks that haul mobile homes up and down the road handle a long trailer better than a 1 ton truck. Absolutely.....that is what they were made for.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:10 PM   #12
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Oh, I almost forgot. If you are going to use a Grand Cherokee to tow, consider a diesel. It has the torque and the turbo will give you full power towing in the Rockies. A hot tune is also a nice addition to the tow vehicle when towing. The fuel economy towing and unloaded are incredible!

Good luck in your decision and I wish you well!
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:58 AM   #13
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I think under 27 foot and 5000 pounds would be a great size for my TV. But the shorter the better. The new trailers that have the more rounded front ends. I believe it would help with towing with a SUV. Make sure you get a great hitch. The picture is one of the biggest trailers seen towed by a Jeep Cherokee. Happy Towing
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:47 PM   #14
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Thank you so much for the input. I will update with details later and maybe a question more or two! Thank you!
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:59 PM   #15
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I'm a former 2011 Durango Crew 2wd V6 owner.

Regarding the payload of GC Overland trim vs. Limited, Overland is the top-line loaded with all options model. This would explain the lower payload as all the options add weight to the vehicle, taking away from its payload. I believe Limited is one step below in trim.

A poster on another thread has a loaded F150 and its payload was only 1180.

Probably the best GC for towing would be (tow capacity and payload considered) a Grand Cherokee Sport 2wd with V8 hemi (or diesel, though its weight may hamper payload) and tow package. It probably doesn't exist/very rare on dealer lots and would have to be ordered.

IMO, I wouldn't want to tow anything in TT form that weighed more than my TV GVWR in a light duty vehicle.
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When we had a 2 horse BP trailer,my wife hauled it with her Grand Cherokee.It was within the tow limit at about 5500# loaded.After one summer of this the Grand started to behave differently when you would let off the gas and brake.It would jerk to the right,some times mildly,other times agressively.What I traced it down to was that both of the rear lower suspension control arms had the bushigs pounded out,worse on the right side, actually completely gone.I relaced both arms and it retuned to being "normal". We dont tow anything with it anymore.
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When we had a 2 horse BP trailer,my wife hauled it with her Grand Cherokee.It was within the tow limit at about 5500# loaded.After one summer of this the Grand started to behave differently when you would let off the gas and brake.It would jerk to the right,some times mildly,other times agressively.What I traced it down to was that both of the rear lower suspension control arms had the bushigs pounded out,worse on the right side, actually completely gone.I relaced both arms and it retuned to being "normal". We dont tow anything with it anymore.

Ouch! What year was your jeep?



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I towed with a 1999 Jeep Grand with a v8. . it had the trailer tow package. I pulled a trailer that was rated at 6500 lbs max. It was 25 ft. Would not have been comfortable towing anything longer with it.

I believed towing trailer quicken the vehicles death.
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Its an 05,we still have it,but when this happened the car was less than a year old. It has the trailer p kg too.Ithink its rated for 6500#. Havent towed anything with it since.
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