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Old 11-21-2015, 08:59 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by adarklake View Post
Prior to installing the WDH, I was getting minor wheel spin on the front during heavy acceleration.
On a Jeep Cherokee ?? Not sure how the new Jeeps function, but that should not be happening unless you are towing in 4 wheel drive.....which you should probably not do.

Or maybe the new Jeeps have some type of automatic AWD ??


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Old 11-21-2015, 09:29 AM   #12
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Towing: What am I doing wrong?

This is a Cherokee not a grand Cherokee so it is FWD biased. Just so I have all the facts, you have the V6 with tow package. I towed a vibe 6501 ( similar weight and size to your Trailer) wth a minivan and having the WDH setup correct, (which the dealer did wrong) was critical to a smooth ride. I have a E2 and after I set it up I did not have any sway issues.


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Old 11-21-2015, 01:07 PM   #13
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No one has mentioned TV tire pressure. Be sure your TV vehicle tire pressure is right. You can't be interested in a soft ride when towing a trailer. My TV is a Yukon XL, 2500. My tire pressure - solo, front, 50 psi, rear 60 psi, towing, front 60 PSI, rear, 70 PSI.

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Old 11-21-2015, 01:09 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by adarklake View Post
I was hoping to get a little advice on what might be causing some tow issues I've been having since purchasing my new rig, a Flagstaff Microlite 19FD. I bought it because the Gross Weight is 3946lbs, 3111lbs Unloaded. I've got a 2105 Jeep Cherokee with tow package and a max rating of 4500lbs. It's curb weight is around 4,000lbs.

I've been towing it completely unloaded, but when I get it on the highway, the Jeep starts to jerk around (like it's windy out) at around 65Mph. I thought that the hitch weight might be a little heavy at 446lbs, so I bought a weight distribution kit with anti sway, but that literally changed nothing in regards to highway handling.

Does anything jump out to anyone about those numbers? I thought it would be simple just by keeping the weight under specifications, but I'm having some issues. Help?
An anti-sway bar, you don't mention this, with weight distribution might help but....

I hate to tell you but it has been my experience that Jeeps have too small of a wheel base to tow much of anything. Had a 07 Jeep Renegade rated at 5300 if I remember right but anything over 3500 gave it a problem. I rolled it because of a snapped axel on the trailer. Replaced the trailer and went to replace the Jeep and dealer would not sell me one when I told him what I wanted to tow. He said Jeep should never be listing them for the tow weights they were listing.

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Old 11-21-2015, 01:10 PM   #15
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We used to tow a 1991 Road Ranger Monterey 18DT with a 1999 Grand Cherokee. Trailer dry listed at 3000# but I know we were probably at or near 4000# when fully loaded.
always used the old EZ Lift that came with it and never had handling issues. Personally, I don't exceed 60 mph with any travel trailer.
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:43 PM   #16
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Make sure the wheel lug nuts on the trailer are tightened up to spec. I had the same feel on my travel trailer and lost the entire wheel assy in OK city!! Sheared all 5 lug nuts.
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:52 PM   #17
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To set up the hitch correctly. Level your trailer, measure from the top of the hitch ball socket to the ground. This is your hitch height. Set the ball height on your hitch to that height as close as possible. Measure from a spot on your rear bumper of your Jeep to. The ground with out the trailer connected. Now attach the trailer to your Jeep attach the bars and adjust them so your Jeeps back bumper is the same height as measured with out the trailer. This should put you caster camber back to its proper alignment up front and hep you keep from wandering. By the way I agree that you bars are too stiff. You may have to tilt the hitch head to gain correct clearance to trailer frame.
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Old 11-21-2015, 03:16 PM   #18
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Couple things Id check (since i cant see the setup)
1. Check air pressure in all the tires. Especially on a the TV.
2. Try upping the set link on the WD bars.
3. If you have an anti-sway bar, try thightening it down another turn or two.
4. I had a problem like this with my 1/2 ton chevy full swing size van. Going fron P to LT tires helped tremendously.
5. Put the whole rig on level ground, loaded like you are going somewhere. Measure the front and rear frame to make sure you are not tonge high.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:32 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by pjnlorrie View Post
I have a TV of similar specs and a trailer of very similar empty weight (6501 Vibe). We are using a Blue Ox anti-sway/WDH set up to proper parameters.
At 70 mph we see some sway and the combo feels less stable. With short wheelbase vehicles like we have, and near equivalent TV/Trailer weight ratios, we are in the "tail wagging the dog" zone. I drive 65 and save myself some stress and potential problems.
My suggestion is increase the anti-sway friction/tension. As others shared, low tongue weight can cause unwanted sway, but your tongue weight is in the recommended 10%-15% of gross trailer weight for 3100 lbs. To keep the tongue weight on the heavier side at higher gross weights it should be easy enough to shift weight forward as previous posters suggested.
Is the hitch you have the Blue Ox Sway Pro?
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I had severe death wobble on my 1999 Cherokee. Had to replace the front end, steering stabilizer, and buy new tires and have them properly balanced. Jeep are prone to death wobble. You can Google it.

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