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Old 09-01-2012, 02:09 PM   #11
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I would highly recommend getting the ProPride. It made a world of difference for me.
That is a very heavy hitch and must be accounted for in the GCWR, tongue weight and pay load.
I bought a ProPride and then sold it. I didn't want that huge mass of steel hanging out there.
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:16 PM   #12
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Wow all this wheelbase stuff. Look at a 18 wheeler and the wheeelbase of the truck.
Proper hitch and setup makes all the difference.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:41 PM   #13
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Wow all this wheelbase stuff. Look at a 18 wheeler and the wheeelbase of the truck.
OK, let's look at a road tractor:

A typical conventional tractor with medium sized sleeper compartment has a wheelbase around 230". Pulling a maximum 53' single trailer, the wheelbase of the tractor is 36% of the length of the trailer.

This thread is referring to pulling a 30' bumper pull trailer (not a 5th wheel setup) with a 114" wheelbased vehicle. The tow vehicle wheelbase compared to the overall length of the trailer is 32%.

But that is not the only difference. A road tractor is made from the ground up to pull a trailer. But to me, the big difference is the hitch point is directly over the drive wheels on a road tractor......not sitting 2' or more behind the drive wheels on a passenger vehicle where it is much more likely to cause problems.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:50 PM   #14
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alerra,

I used to tow my 26 ft V-Lite with a Jeep Commander. The Commander has the same drive train and chassis as the Grand Cherokee. Mine was a 4.7l. I didn't have too much problem from a power standpoint. The Rockies were a bit of a challenge but not bad. The issue you will have is the wheelbase length vs trailer length. Even with only 26 ft I had bi problems with winds and semis. I had to be on my toes at all times checking for semis that were overtaking me. Cross winds were also a big problem. I now tow with a crew cab pickup with 141 inch wheelbase. The difference is night and day. I used to have fried nerves when I would stop for the night. Now I don't even feel like I have been towing. I would highly suggest a tow vehicle with a longer wheel base.
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