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Old 07-25-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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friend wants to tow a 22ft rear kitchen Safari with an '02 Grand Cherokee 2WD 4.0L six. Has factory tow package. Think a "normal" hitch set up would be ok or should that combo have a hensley? also wondering if a larger tranny cooler was included in the tow package, and if I should add a Hayden trans cool.....Not planning any cross country trips. rig will be used mainly in FL, perhaps as far as GA and SC....plus, I think as he get's into Airstreaming, he'll wind up with a Dakota V8, or full size 1500 pickup
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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The Grand Cherokee 4L 6 had a grandfather who resided in a tractor. That's a good thing for dragging around the Airstream. The original tow package does have an adequate oil cooler for that size trailer. Also, a standard weight distributing hitch will work fine. Tell him not to load it with all his stuff and he should be ok. Tell him no need to worry. Get campin. My old Cherokee with the 4L covered about 500,000k before the body turned to dust around it.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:35 AM   #3
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actually now we are looking at 24ft Argosy's or 25ft Airstream Caravanner's. I think he want's to go vintage in the sense that he won't lose money on depreciation, plus they are as light or lighter than the 2002 22ft!! I had a Hensley with my 31ft/Lincoln Mark V, & Buick Roadmaster estate tow vehicles.....and kept it for the 34ft/Duramax rig. Wonder if a hensley would be a requirement for the 24/25ft Grand Cherokee combination. He's certainly not going out west, the longest trip he might take would be to New England, maybe....
When you say oil cooler, do you mean the trans oil cooler? I was wondering if a Haydon
I'm assuming you mean the old 4.0L has lot's a torque??
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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I have towed my 20' Argosy (4200 #) thousands of miles here in the west with mountains and high passes, with a Grand Cherokee straight 6. Not fast, and you shift down often, but it will always get you there. Standard factory tow package on the Cherokee. It is rated to 5000 #.

I think a Hensley is a nice hitch, but overkill for that rig. Conventional WD hitches or the new Andersen WD would work well.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:04 AM   #5
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I used a Hensley on an old Grand Wagoneer and a 22' Airstream trailer and based on my experience it is not overkill. The Wagoneer had a wheelbase similar to the Grand Cherokee. The combination was very stable in cross winds and easy to drive. I think you would do fine with the other hitches but the Hensley or Propride really shine with short wheelbase vehicles no matter what size of the trailer.
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:38 AM   #6
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found a 2007 Grand Cherokee CRD with the Mercedes V6 diesel, decent price 7200lbs towing capacity vs 2.0L six 5,000lbs. anybody tow with this rig or own one? will the milage be significantly better then the gas 4.0L six?
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:53 AM   #7
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Rich Luhr has a Mercedes SUV with, I think, the same engine. You might contact him regarding his experience, I believe that it has been positive.

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found a 2007 Grand Cherokee CRD with the Mercedes V6 diesel, decent price 7200lbs towing capacity vs 2.0L six 5,000lbs. anybody tow with this rig or own one? will the milage be significantly better then the gas 4.0L six?
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I currently tow with a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3L diesel. It is an extremely comfortable tow vehicle and has performed flawlessly for 234000 k with out mechanical incident. It is now operating at its limits towing a 30' Signature since the replacement of my 25' Safari but does this easily with my previously modified OEM tow package and a Hensley.I returned today from Halifax and averaged 13 mpg. I have found the diesel to be far superior to the Jeep 5.2l, 4l, and 4.7l, all of which have been in my arsenal. The diesel has more torque than the 5.7 l hemi. (1ft lb) and it sounds beautiful.
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I have a 2007 GC 3.0 diesel and just returned to Reno from Sutton RV where I bought the FC 25 FB. That was 630 miles and It towed like a dream. It got 13.8 mpg under load.
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I tow with an 07 diesel Grand Cherokee, as well. I love it for towing my 1990 Excella 25' CB. Very strong and usable torque. Towing mileage ranges from high 13's to 16, depending mostly on speed and terrain. I think I have 78000 miles on mine.
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My hitch is an EazLift with 1000# bars.
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I have a Equal-i-zer 10,000 pound hitch and find it to work well. It has to be greased, though, to prevent grinding and squeaking. My Jeep 3.0 diesel pulls the Sierras to 8,300' with no issue. And when I'm commuting to and from work it gets 24-25 mpg which helps offset the 14 mpg it gets under load. Not a bad tow rig!
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Well, this is some interesting, and welcome info. So a Grand Cherokee could handle our 27FB?
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Well, this is some interesting, and welcome info. So a Grand Cherokee could handle our 27FB?
You'll need either the big Hemi (5.7l?) or the 3.0 diesel. Those are rated by Jeep at 7,200 for the 4x4. The 27' is a little heavier than the 25' so that's a consideration, plus you probably should have some trailer towing experience as the GC may not be best for a novice.

Pay attention to your tow vehicle's max combined GVWR and max tongue weight. Exceeding those limits is asking for danger.
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