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Old 05-30-2016, 08:53 PM   #1
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Towing with Jeep Grand Cherokee

I have a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with an aftermarket class 3 hitch. The sticker on the hitch says TW 500lb and GTW 5000lb. I am looking to buy a TT or hybrid but not a pop up. I am looking for a few suggestions on what I should be looking at with out maxing out my tow capacity.


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Old 05-30-2016, 09:09 PM   #2
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The hitch sticker has nothing to do with your Jeep's tow rating.
It's for what the hitch itself is rated for.

You need to post the specs on your Jeep.
Like engine, trans, rear end ratio and 4X4 or 4x2.
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Max payload looks to be about 1200 lbs. Start with that...how much weight in people and stuff would you estimate to put in the jeep when hooked up?
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3.6 liter V6, 290 HP, 3.45:1 rear axle ratio, 4x4. This website seems to have all the specs: http://wk2jeeps.com/2014/2014_wk2_specifications.pdf


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Towing with Jeep Grand Cherokee

Probably 350lb of people and 100lb of gear


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Old 05-30-2016, 09:57 PM   #6
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Payload is listed as about 1300 lbs. Knock off the 450 lbs. you estimate plus about 100 lbs for a decent hitch and sway control and you're looking at about 750 lbs available for tongue weight (and I'd actually give myself 100-200 lbs of leeway just in case ). So, what you're looking at is something with a LOADED, NOT DRY tongue weight of around 600 lbs. Tongue weight being generally 10-15% of trailer weight would give you a LOADED trailer weight of around anywhere from 4000 - 6000 lbs., most likely in the middle, so lets say 5000lbs. Trailers in that range usually have a payload of approx 750 - 1500 lbs. Lets say you pack light and run one battery and a little water and not a whole lot of other things...maybe only 800 lbs in the trailer. Knock that off your loaded weight and you're looking at a dry weight in the neighborhood of 4200 lbs. MAX.

As you can see, that falls short of the listed 6200 lbs max tow rating because that's based on a more or less empty vehicle. The weight you can put on the Jeep is the limiting factor here.

What I'd do is start looking online at different models and match up dry weights to give you a better idea of what you can expect size wise. Once you've narrowed it down a little, you can get a little more accurate with the numbers and go from there.
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Old 05-30-2016, 10:22 PM   #7
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We have a Jeep Grand Cherokee with 6200 Tow Capacity and we just bought a 201BHXL.... the dry weight is just over 4200 lbs. Towed it for the first time this weekend and all went great! Overall length is 24'...
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I was considering the jay feather trailers. The 16 footer has the following specs: 2845lb unloaded vehicle weight, 285 dry hitch weight, 3500 gross vehicle weight,655 cargo capacity


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You should have no trouble at all with that.
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I have a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with an aftermarket class 3 hitch. The sticker on the hitch says TW 500lb and GTW 5000lb. I am looking to buy a TT or hybrid but not a pop up. I am looking for a few suggestions on what I should be looking at with out maxing out my tow capacity.


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According to this website:

Jeep Capabilities - Towing Capacity Chart

You have a max towing capacity of 6200lbs. On average, you can expect about 10% of the trailer's weight on the tongue which would be 620lbs at max load. This would only leave you about 500lbs of additional weight in your jeep including passengers. This is your maximum.

If I were you, I'd keep your trailer's weight under 5000lbs which would afford you a bit more wiggle room.
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