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Old 07-29-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hi, question about towing.

I have a 1994 Jeep Cherokee 4.0l straight 6 engine. I am interested in buying a 28' Argosy 1972 Sovereign. The Jeeps rating in my manual says I can tow up to 5000lbs and 25'. The argosy is only 4200lbs. What do I need to add to my Jeep to make this a "towable" trailer. I am only going to drive in Florida. I have a class A CDL so I am not inexperienced in towing. Please give me any advise. I cannot buy a new vehicle so the trailer is the only variable.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:23 PM   #2
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I would read some of the other questions about towing but I have a 90 jeep Cherokee and won't even haul my 16' flat bed unloaded with it...

Check these threads out.


http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...kee-43948.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...dra-42419.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...cle-43830.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tow-43914.html


This is really pushing it for a tow vehicle. By the time you get your load in the jeep and trailer you would have far gone over the 5000 lbs.

I have taken risks here and there but I wouldn't even pull it with that. Well maybe home from where i bought if i had to..

but not around....

I have a 28' ambasador and I tow with a 08 Sequoia. I wouldn't even dream of towing it with our 01' 4 runner... Which is bigger, heavier, tows more, and has more power than our jeep.. Which also has the same motor as yours.

Sorry this just seems dangerous to me...
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:24 PM   #3
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Hi coolbabe,

Welcome to the forums...

My first reaction is "you can't do anything"... if the Jeep manual says there is a length limit of 25', then you are exceeding it with a 28'. Not to mention that you will have far too little margin as it relates to the max capacity of the jeep as compared to the weight of the trailer. Take that and add in the factor of the short wheelbase and it seems dangerous to me.

Being that you have a Class A CDL, I would assume you understand that this really isn't a good situation. Some may say you can compensate with expensive hitches or airbags on the truck, etc, but you can only do so much.

sorry to be a bummer, but I would look for a smaller trailer...
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Boy there sure are alot of people wanting to tow big things with a jeep. This is not the Jeep of the 60s millitary stuff. I said Before in a post I would nt tow anything larger than a 16 ft garden trailer with a littlebrush on it perhaps. They have no wheel base for wet or slick roads. or even windy conditions. my advice is "Dont do it" I do like the 27 foot airstream I had it was in my opinion the perfect size. very easy on a 1/2 ton van or suburban or pickup. Its just a great size. I also have a class A. this advice is from 1 brother to another
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:10 PM   #5
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Thank you for the advise. I thought maybe I could add electric brakes, air shocks, and a super hitch it would be ok. Thanks for letting me know before I got myself into a bad situation. I guess I need a friend with a truck!
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I mean advice. Duh.
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The Argosy will come with electric brakes on all wheels from the factory.
We had an Argosy 20 and a '92 Cherokee with a 4.0, and I wouldn't want to tow the Argosy 20 with it.
If this is all the tow vehicle you are going to have, the absolute max I would look at would be an Argosy 22, as it is the smallest, lightest, two axle trailer Airstream made. The second axle will help somewhat with sway issues, but it is still very marginal. You can't do anything about the short wheelbase of the Jeep, or the 4.0 under the hood. The 4.0 is a great engine, with lots of torque, but not much in the way of horsepower.
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I guess I need a friend with a truck!
I found one on Craigslist near Lakeland:94 f-150
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:42 PM   #9
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Towing in Florida is different than most places -- flat. If Jeep says it can tow 5000 pounds then I'd believe it. You'll be getting a more airodynamic tailer with the Argosy than the sob's most folks tow. With a good load leveling hitch and sway control, I don't see why you can't do it -- just don't get in a hurry -- you don't want the tail wagging the dog. Can you take it for a test run before buying? Of course getting something a bit smaller would be preferable.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:55 PM   #10
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I wasn't real familiar with your TV, so I looked it up. The specs I found online don't match what you posted in regards to towing capacity. That short wheelbase would really be pushing it for a 22 foot trailer, and IMHO, an accident waiting to happen with a 28 footer. I don't care how good of a hitch and weight distribution set up anyone may suggest, its the combined max gross weight and short wheelbase that'll put this combo inverted in a ditch. Do like Terry suggested, find a bigger TV.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:46 PM   #11
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Forget my previous advise. The '94 Grand Cherokee with the 5.4 engine will tow 5000#. Perhaps you owners manual was combined for both the Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee. Since yours will only tow 2000#, you are quite limited -- how about a 16 ft 1961-1963 Bambi.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:57 AM   #12
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One of these is the best accessory you can get for a Cherokee to allow towing a '28 trailer of any kind:

All jokes aside, the Cherokee is just too small and light for towing much. Older full-size trucks and SUVs are selling for peanuts these days due to rising gas prices. If ditching the Cherokee isn't an option, a good second vehicle for towing is really your only option and could probably be bought for reasonable money lately.
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