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Old 06-04-2016, 05:38 PM   #1
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Have 2016 Grand Cherokee, is 23FB too much of a trailer?

I'm concerned my Grand Cherokee Overland can't handle a 23FB International with a normal trip load?
Should I consider a smaller Airstream?
I come from a family of RV'ers, but it's new to me as a first time buyer .
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:23 PM   #2
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You don't describe how it's equipped in terms of power train and whether it has a factory tow package.
Since it's a 2016 MY, you bought it new, right? You do know how its equipped and therefore you know the manufactures tow rating right? A good place to start would be the window sticker.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:26 PM   #3
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If you have either the Hemi or diesel you are good to go. Using the WD system of your choice hit the road and enjoy.
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:27 AM   #4
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Thanks to all

Thanks again for all the great responses.
I gave the V6 gas GC 4x4 with the tow package.
It sounds like I got a good start for my first TV.
I'll be just doing short weekend trips for now till I get my feet wet in this new adventure.
Will be looking to get into rally's with other Airstreamer's down the road as I get more experience.
Thanks also to all!
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Check the numbers for the gas V-6 carefully.
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We have the 2015 GC 4x4 with V6 and heavy factory tow package and it is rated for 6200 vs hemi and diesel at 7200. Hope this helps.
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We have the 2015 GC 4x4 with V6 and heavy factory tow package and it is rated for 6200 vs hemi and diesel at 7200. Hope this helps.
I had a 23FB and towed it for a year with a BMW X5, Diesel. I had no issues except when going up steep grades, such as in Colorado. I clinched my butt-cheeks every time I had to go up or down a steep grade. I was so stressed I traded in the BMW for a GMC 2500 HD. I don't clinch anymore and have noticed slight sagging on my derriere, but so worth it. http://www.airforums.com/forums/images/smilies/lol.gif
Hope this helps....in other words, you are fine, but not great.
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Hi! We are purchasing a 2016 Outlander 4x4 this month to tow our incoming 2017 Airstream Sport 22FB. It will be the gas V6 because we don't want to be driving around Atlanta in a Diesel or Hemi version when we are not towing our rig. We did extensive research with people at Airstream and towing experts who all confirmed that the V6 will be absolutely fine. We may find that we're a little slow when heading up mountains, but we can live with that. Now, the 22 Sport model is intentionally light, simple, and lean compared to the International so I imagine there is a significant weight differential, but it is hard for me to believe you can't tow your 23 FB behind your Overland with appropriate towing and sway reduction equipment. Best of luck!
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I had a 23FB and towed it for a year with a BMW X5, Diesel. I had no issues except when going up steep grades, such as in Colorado. I clinched my butt-cheeks every time I had to go up or down a steep grade. I was so stressed I traded in the BMW for a GMC 2500 HD. I don't clinch anymore and have noticed slight sagging on my derriere, but so worth it. http://www.airforums.com/forums/images/smilies/lol.gif
Hope this helps....in other words, you are fine, but not great.
Prepare to clinch again if you have to swerve to avoid something at speed, something the BMW could handle with ease, with and without the Airstream in tow. In other words, there are no free lunches.

We do steep grades by shifting the transmission down, and adding vehicle and service brakes as needed descending. Controlling descent speed is important. The newer GC with 8-speed does a great job of doing much of the needed downshift for you, add more if you need it. For most Airstreamers this may account for 2% of total use, some more and some less.
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Have 2016 Grand Cherokee, is 23FB too much of a trailer?

The role of Swerving is vastly exaggerated in this forum. IMO, It should be used as a last resort, as it may cause you to lose control, go off the road and flip or clash with other vehicles. Basically, it can make a bad situation worse. Nothing replaces slow and attentive driving. In 25 years of driving I had to do 1 evasive maneuver to avoid an accident.
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Really? You had issues towing 23FB uphill? Are you sure the car was working as designed?

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I had a 23FB and towed it for a year with a BMW X5, Diesel. I had no issues except when going up steep grades, such as in Colorado. I clinched my butt-cheeks every time I had to go up or down a steep grade. (...)
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Steep grades and driving up a hill are two very different things Bono. For example in the desert south west we have 7% grades for 10 or more miles at outside temperatures of 100f or more in the summers. That's a lot to ask of an automobile don't you think?
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23 FB is relatively small trailer. BMW X5 diesel should not have any problems towing this trailer uphill / through steep grades.
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23 FB is relatively small trailer. BMW X5 diesel should not have any problems towing this trailer uphill / through steep grades.
Guess you know more than I do...I only towed for a year as a full-timer. And I am talking about steep grades, not the mole-hills of the Bay Area.
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