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Old 11-14-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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Towing a Jeep Grand Cherokee

Has anyone towed a late model Jeep Grand Cherokee behind the Forester? How was the performance?
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:48 AM   #2
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I have a 2014 I'm going to tow behind a Sunseeker. I haven't towed it yet. Mine weighs 4860 lbs so I'll be upgrading the hitch to the new 7500 lbs one this winter. I'll be ready to go in the spring. I've researched this a lot and talked to folks in person and on the net who are towing heavy with the Sunseeker. There is no problem with the weight.

You do have to get the right Grand Cherokee equipped with the 4wd system that can be put into neutral

I have towed 4000 lbs with no problems so I'm sure the extra 1000 won't make a difference. When done my gross weight will be 18500 lbs fully loaded and the gcvwr is 22000 lbs.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:05 AM   #3
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Thanks for your input. We're curious how it will do on hills performance-wise.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:16 AM   #4
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Well you will go up any mountain with the v10. The ford transmission is great. You will be 3500 to 4000 rpm on big hills and that is what the v10 is made for.

Coming down you let off the gas and the tranny does the work automatically which is very impressive. I still have the mountain directory east and west. I'm not going over 6-7% grade period. Hooked up or not. I will go a different way. I was on like a 10% grade in West Virginia recently in my truck no way I would do that In a motor home.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:36 AM   #5
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Currently we have a 2007 Georgetown with the V-10 and will be taking delivery on a Forester in a couple of weeks. The Georgetown has a tow rating of 5000 lbs. whereas the Forester now has 7500; however, there's a difference in the hp and torque ratings between the V-10s in a class A and C -- the C being less. Will stay away from the steep grades if at all possible.
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Old 11-15-2013, 12:48 PM   #6
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We tow a Chevy Colorado which is just about the same weight as the Jeep. No problems, including up and down the grades on I90 in Idaho and Montana. The grades on US30 in Pennsylvania at 18% or so were a little harder but doable. The grades on the old logging road between Pemberton and Lillooet in British Columbia were slower, but still not a problem. All it takes is patience. (This and experience owning and driving log trucks.) The transmission does a great job in retarding.
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:15 PM   #7
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Thanks Dave it's great to have real world experience from someone who has been there!
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:09 PM   #8
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Not exactly a JGC but I tow my 98 Land Rover Discovery flat behind my 2013 3171DS, and at max GCVWR had no problems on any grade on a 2500 mile trip from Seattle to Los Angeles and back this summer.

On the trip I hooked up my OBDII reader to the data port when pulling the Grapevine 6% grade SB I5 on a 100+ degree day. We went up "conservatively" at about 45MPH, and got up to about 210-215 coolant temp before the fan kicked on and cooled it down. I could have gone faster if I wanted to wring it out.

The trans and compression braking also were able to hold me to 55MPH down the other side as well.

I usually go by an old motto I heard from truckers - go down the hill in the gear you go up the hill.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:09 PM   #9
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I usually go by an old motto I heard from truckers - go down the hill in the gear you go up the hill.

^^^ good advice
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:04 AM   #10
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Pacpico,

Just curious did you manually put the coach into 2nd gear going down the other side of the hill or just tap the brake and let the transmission do the shifting?
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