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Old 02-03-2016, 02:22 PM   #15
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good point, pretty obvious one... another thing is that if SUV is rated to tow 7k lbs trailer, it means that the brakes are design for this weight.

Not sure about Grand Cherokee, but ANY German SUV will outperform any truck in terms of the braking.

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That's why the trailer has brakes.

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Old 02-03-2016, 06:06 PM   #16
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The diesel gives you heavy duty brakes. It has 20" wheels and I don't see how you could get larger brakes. My trailer also has good brakes and tires. Also upgraded the break controller to a p3. My 1978 31' is lighter than a late model 23'
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Old 02-04-2016, 06:49 AM   #17
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Just remember to allow for proper stop time.. and hope you never kill some one because you can not slow fast enough, Most of your tow capacities have taken this in to consideration. Have pulled many far above practical combinations by necessity, but, always kept stopping power in mind when determining allowable speed.

Be safe and take care of those around you, just as you hope they will do..
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Old 02-04-2016, 07:00 AM   #18
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That's why the trailer has brakes.

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If the trailer had disc brakes I wouldn't have made the statement.

I have had to lock up the brakes on my TV even with ABS and the trailer to make an emergency stop because and elder pulled out in front of me in FL.

It is a bad feeling when you got 6K pounds (23FB) pushing a 7800 pound truck (Dodge diesel) down the road and the old man in the front seat of the car freezes and his eyes are as big a pie plates. I was lucky that time I stopped about 1' from hitting him.

I flat spotted the tires on the trailer and the rear of the truck and had to replace them.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:20 AM   #19
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If the trailer had disc brakes I wouldn't have made the statement.

I flat spotted the tires on the trailer and the rear of the truck and had to replace them.
I am glad you survived with only flat-spotted tires to replace. Disc brakes would have made no difference because the trailer's brakes did stop the wheels from turning. Perhaps ABS brakes on the trailer would have helped, but that is not a feature available on most trailers. Interesting that even with the tow vehicle's ABS, you locked up the brakes on it.

The original poster asked about towing a 4500-pound 19' trailer with a Grand Cherokee. That is still a lot of weight to stop, but is much less than 6000 pounds.

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Old 02-04-2016, 03:44 PM   #20
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ABS doesn't always work, especially with older vehicles and especially if all wheels lock up at the same time. Ice, and slippery roads, are a killer too.

Having said that, the "trucks have bigger brakes" line is yet another myth.
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Old 02-05-2016, 07:12 PM   #21
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Having said that, the "trucks have bigger brakes" line is yet another myth.
source: www.driverside.com

2016 Honda Odyssey
Front brake rotor diameter: 12.6"
Rear brake rotor diameter: 13.1"

2016 F150 (per Ford website)
Front brake rotor diameter: 13.8"
Rear brake rotor diameter: 13.7"

May there is some truth to this "myth" after all.
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Old 02-05-2016, 09:26 PM   #22
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2015 F150

60-0 mph 129 feet

2015 Honda Odyssey*

60-0 mph 126 feet

Kia Sedona

60-0 mph 118 feet

(*The Odyssey tied the Quest and Town & Country for the longest 60-0 mph stopping distance, needing 126 feet.)

http://www.motortrend.com/news/the-b...2015-minivans/
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Old 02-06-2016, 08:39 PM   #23
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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee overland with heavy duty brakes 60-0= 116 ft
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:52 PM   #24
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Just towed my 31' Sovereign 650 miles from TN to FL. 15.5 mpg 2015 diesel overland. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:08 PM   #25
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It will easily pull it. Wheel base is my only complaint about towing with GC, but still not a deal breaker.

I pull a 1973 Safari with 2008 gas GC equipped with Equal-i-zer sway control system.

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Considering a 2015 Diesel Grand Cherokee TV for 19' International Serenity.
Tired of driving a truck.

Anyone out there pulling with a grand Cherokee?
How would it handle a 4500# trailer?

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Old 02-11-2016, 07:29 PM   #26
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When we drove to FL it was extremely windy, and snowed for the first 200 miles. If I compare the stability to my suburban the suburban does not move around as much in the wind. I will post results towing in normal conditions.
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Parts bin sourcing is another way of saying that there are a lot of interchangeable parts, like brakes, within a manufacturer's product line. If I remember correctly, the Ram 1500 and GC with the tow package use the same brake components. I understand that there are people out there that cannot understand how or why one would use a vehicle with a 7200# tow capacity to tow a 6300# Airstream. Having towed my Safari 25 FB with a GMC 2500 HD and a '13 Grand Cherokee with the factory tow package, I'm here to tell you that it can be done safely with the GC. BTW, a short WB tow vehicle can be a real asset when camping in NFS campgrounds in the western mountain states.
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