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Old 06-03-2014, 10:07 PM   #1
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Pulling Windjammer 2809W

Update! After all the bugs were worked out. The Jeep does surprisingly well. Still a little light on power but it will do for now. The weigh-ins were done with wife, kids(dogs) & cargo.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
GAWR Front - 2750 lbs.
GAWR Rear - 2950 lbs.

CAT Scales
Front - 2700 lbs.
Rear - 2920 lbs.
Trailer - 6120 lbs.
Gross Weight - 11740 lbs.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:18 AM   #2
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That just doesn't seem safe. What about the wheel base? I've always heard that can affect safety.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:34 AM   #3
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That just doesn't seem safe. What about the wheel base? I've always heard that can affect safety.
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I used to tow our Roo 21RS with a Jeep GC. It wasn't the power that was the issue, but the short wheelbase. After a few too many white knuckle drives where cross winds really pushed us around we upgraded to a pickup. Love our Jeep but now i tow safer and more relaxed.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:50 AM   #4
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Lightbulb

I have a 2007 GC 3.0 diesel and it tows just fine even at 8000 lbs. Friction sway bar is helpful and makes all the difference along with good tires at max tire pressure.

Its no different then a DRW pulling a 20k loaded fiver. Both are working hard and both are safe.

Enjoy the trailer and drive reasonable just as I do with my 40 foot Silverback.

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Old 06-04-2014, 07:14 AM   #5
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Yes, the Windjammer is supposed to be 1/2 ton towable. The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn't a 1/2 tonner. I relied too much on the WDH to make things level. I installed airlift bags in the rear and readjusted. The numbers fell into place. The day I weighed the rig, we had a weather front come thru and winds gusted 30+ mph yeah I felt it but I was still in my lane. If the engineers at Chrysler put it in writing that a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a class IV tow pkg can tow 6500lbs 30' trailer then there's some truth.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:16 AM   #6
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:50 AM   #7
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The nice thing about short wheelbase is that I can do u-turns in tight places. And if short wheelbases where so bad, who remembers the old UPS Cabover Macks hauling turnpike doubles? Not they use conventional cab Macks, but they are still about the shortest wheelbase on a road tractor.

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That just doesn't seem safe. What about the wheel base? I've always heard that can affect safety.
The OP may not win any races while towing but if you look at TV/trailer proportions his TV is ~ 30% of the trailer almost the same as my HD to trailer & I am sure others.

His weights look well balanced and within OE specs with a good hitch setup I would be willing to bet his towing experience would be no different than those towing with a P/U or other vehicle.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee
GAWR Front - 2750 lbs.
GAWR Rear - 2950 lbs.

CAT Scales
Front - 2700 lbs.
Rear - 2920 lbs.
Trailer - 6120 lbs.
Gross Weight - 11740 lbs.
I'm curious and don't plan on commenting either way- what is your GVWR on the Jeep? If you'd rather not wind the peanut gallery up- feel free to PM me.
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