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Old 03-21-2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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Will Jeep Commander Tow 18ft 185RB - X-Lite?

I saw some other good advice on this form so thought I'd get some input before I purchased a travel trailer.

I have a 2007 Jeep Commander, Sport 4dr 4x2. 210-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas). Towing capacity 3,500 lbs.

I want to buy a travel trailer. Usually it will be me (140 lbs) and a 30 lb dog. I also have 2 bikes, 30 lbs each. Total 230 lbs.

I live in San Diego and will be driving up to BC, Canada, and Colorado Ski Resorts mostly for Mountain Biking.

I haven't purchased a travel trailer yet. I was looking at this new trailer, and want to make sure my Jeep can handle it. I could get a different SUV, as mine is 7 years old, but since its paid off and well maintained am leaning towards keeping it.

Here is the travel trailer: 18ft Wildwood XLite

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Dry Hitch Weight 264 lbs. (120 kg)
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 2,881 lbs. (1,307 kg)
Cargo Carrying Capacity 864 lbs. (392 kg)

Also, would I be able to use this at say, Mammoth, ski resort in the winter, eg, warm enough?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me. Erica.

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Old 03-21-2014, 11:42 PM   #2
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Also looking at 195BH, a little heavier. Rated 3003 GV Weight
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:02 AM   #3
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even with the smaller one, you will well exceed the capacity once loaded. Since you stated you are looking at long mountainous trips, definitely not a good ideal. Maybe time for a new vehicle, as your towing options are very slim with that one.
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:04 AM   #4
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The Jeep may tow those trailers, but IMHO not safely or will it be a pleasant drive.

The hitch: When I looked at Jeeps, the receiver was a Class II with a 3500 tow rating, and a 350 lb. maximum tongue weight. The empty tongue weight of the smaller of the 2 Wildwoods is 264 lbs, and after adding a battery and propane that is going to probably be over 350 lbs, before even adding camping gear to the trailer. Plus, a WDH was not recommended for many of those hitches.

Tow rating of 3500 lbs: The general consensus here is that listed empty weight will "grow" about 400 lbs. with propane, a battery and options (awning, AC, etc.) That puts the projected deliver weight of that smaller trailer near 3300 lbs. After loading up the fridge, cooking gear, personal gear, clothes, etc., that is probalby going to be over 3500 lbs.

The engine: That is supposed to be a great engine, but pulling a full sized trailer through the wind is going to tax it, even before it gets to the mountains. A 6 banger might be more suitable for pulling a lite pop-up or A-Frame camper.....something without a big frontal area.

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Old 03-22-2014, 12:00 PM   #5
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Thanks, MtnGuy. I knew it looked close unloaded so needed to make sure I avoided a bad decision. I am now looking at Jeep Grand Cherokee's as a TV and reconsidering the whole package.
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The smaller one will easily weigh over 3500 when loaded for camping.
That trailer will actually weigh around 3100lbs. when it leaves the factory, leaving only around 400lbs. for battery, propane, water and cargo, IF you only have a 150lb. driver in the Jeep. And that's not even factoring in a WDH.
As a fellow Calif. mtn. biker, I strongly advise you to get a v-8 tow vehicle, knowing the kind of places you will be going to.
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:37 PM   #7
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Thanks Bikendan. Looks like its a new TV for me.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:58 PM   #8
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Check out I am new to this whole travel trailer thing and by no means an expert, but saw this on a different thread and used it before putting a deposit on a will need a little more detailed info on your vehicle and the travel trailer in terms of weights, but once you have all the info, I think it is a good resource to see how far over or under you will potentially be. You essentially plug in a bunch of different data, such as front and rear axle weight of your vehicle, etc etc and trailer weights and it will give you a go/no go and related weight you are under or over. Looks like you are looking for a new TV, but still could come in handy in the future. Best of luck.
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:54 PM   #9
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As a Jeep guy, I can tell you that the 3.7 is barely robust enough to get its own weight out of its own way. I wouldn't consider towing anything more than a pop-up or a jet ski with anything equipped with that motor. My Wrangler has a 4.0, which was a much stronger engine, but thanks to the EPA and CARB, our engines have to keep getting better mileage (and thus smaller and less capable, unfortunately.) Now the Hemi that's in the GC is a much more suitable engine for towing, but the Grand is still a uni-body vehicle, and most manufacturers will advise against using a WDH with uni-body. Your best bet for a tow rig for what you're looking to do might be to find a used Dodge Ram 1500...they're plentiful for the most part, and will comfortably (and safely) do what you're asking. I only say Dodge because it appears that you want to stay in the Chrysler family, and I'm partial to them too!

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Old 04-28-2014, 12:23 PM   #10
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I have a 2014 JGC V6 and I am pulling a 19RR with a 800 lbs. motorcycle. It pulls great up to about 65 mph, but I also purchased it with the towing package. It's rated at 6500 lbs towing capacity and with the TH and the MC I'm at 5000 lbs so from experience i think you will be good with the V6 as long as you get the towing package.

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