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Old 10-16-2018, 02:43 PM   #1
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Towing with a 3.6 liter Jeep

Hi all. We recently are in need of a newer TV as our 2006 Durango (4.7 litre engine) was a write off in an accident. Do any of you tow a 4500 lb Shamrock with the newer Jeep or Durango with the 3.6? The dealers are all saying it will tow 6200 lbs but I drove one with a 5 speed and I don't think it will perform as well as our Durango (which had trouble uphill if there was any wind). The Shamrock has a 3" lift because some of the places we go need the clearance so it catches a little more wind than standard. Does the 8 or 9 speed (which ever it is) work better? Any and all comments welcome. Thanks.
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:21 PM   #2
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Hi all. We recently are in need of a newer TV as our 2006 Durango (4.7 litre engine) was a write off in an accident. Do any of you tow a 4500 lb Shamrock with the newer Jeep or Durango with the 3.6? The dealers are all saying it will tow 6200 lbs but I drove one with a 5 speed and I don't think it will perform as well as our Durango (which had trouble uphill if there was any wind). The Shamrock has a 3" lift because some of the places we go need the clearance so it catches a little more wind than standard. Does the 8 or 9 speed (which ever it is) work better? Any and all comments welcome. Thanks.
Brian and Judy
I am towing a rockwood Roo 19 ,weighing in at 4900 lbs, with a 3.5 liter Pathfinder just fine
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:54 PM   #3
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The 8 speed trans will work better
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:57 AM   #4
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The Wrangler is rated for 2000 lbs on the 2 door and 3500 lbs on the 4 door.

On the Durango;
The 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine can tow up to 6,200 pounds*.
*When properly equipped. See dealer for details.
(taken from the durango web page
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Old 10-18-2018, 02:59 PM   #5
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Tow vehicle

We tow an EPRO 19FBS that tops out just under 4,000 pounds with a 6 cylinder Durango. Pulls fine. Runs mostly in 6th gear. Oil and trans temp stay right where they should be. If I was heading out west into heat and mountains I’d probably upgrade to at least a half ton. But we have gone to Maine from Ohio and to Florida with it and had no issues.
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:25 PM   #6
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Where do you plan to go with it. Lots to do with what you decide. Towed a TT at around 4200lbs all over the State of Michigan with a 2001 Chevy 4.3 V6 and it did fine. But would not want to drag it through the Smoky's or Big Horn Range.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:55 PM   #7
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The Wrangler is rated for 2000 lbs on the 2 door and 3500 lbs on the 4 door.

On the Durango;
The 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine can tow up to 6,200 pounds*.
*When properly equipped. See dealer for details.
(taken from the durango web page
They are likely referring to the Grand Cherokee, not the Wrangler, when talking about towing with a Jeep.
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:42 PM   #8
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So here is my set up
2018 Rubicon JLU with a factory tow setup.
I replaced the stock class 2 hitch with a class 3 Draw tite Stock number 75515.
I used a Tekonsha 3014-p wire connector from the brake controller connection (gray plug above brake pedal) too connect to a Tekonsha P3 controller .

I’m towing a 2019 ForestRiver E-Pro 19 FBS with a dry weight of about 3100lb.

I also have a Fastway E2 6k weight distribution hitch too help keep it on the road.
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:58 PM   #9
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2015 Jeep JK Unlimited with 5 spd Automatic and 3.73 gears towing an -ahem- 3500# (loaded) RPod.
I bought a SuperChips Trail Dash 2 not so much as to get more power (it did give a marginal increase) but to get a towing tune which would manage the shift points of the transmission better.
We have done a couple thousand miles so far and some limited mountain running.
It does an -okay- job. Roughly 12 mpg on 92 octane fuel. 60-65 mph.
More items of interest -
Equalizer weight distribution hitch, an extended hitch shank from etrailer to get the hitch ball out from under the spare tire. Hopkins Remote trailer brake controller. AirLift air bags really help the squat.
Note, I did not have but 5 psi in the air bags when this pic was taken. 30 psi works pretty good to keep it level without putting undue pressure on the hitch via the weight distribution bars.

Is it a good tow vehicle?
Not exceptional, but adequate..
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The dealers are all saying it will tow 6200 lbs
Brian and Judy
Don't take the salesman's word. Have them show you the Towing Capacity in the Specs for the vehicle. If a factory "Towing Package" is available for the vehicle, make sure it is on the one you purchase.

More gears is always beneficial while towing. It allows the transmission to keep the engine in its "best performance" range for the conditions (mountains vs flats) you are towing in.
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