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Old 02-02-2016, 10:46 AM   #1
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Jeep Grand Cherokee Tow Vehicle

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 02-02-2016, 11:18 AM   #2
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I have a friend who pulls a 23 footer with a gas model Jeep Grand Cherokee and loves it. The diesel model and smaller 19 foot trailer would make the towing even easier. Just make sure you have a properly set up weight distributing/anti sway hitch and don't overload the back of the Jeep with cargo.

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Old 02-02-2016, 11:47 AM   #3
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We have a 2002 19' Bambi and have only towed it with Jeep Grand Cherokees since it was new. All were V-8 gas models, but the new 3.0 L Diesel has more than enough power and torque for such a trailer. The latest iteration of the Grand Cherokee (started in 2011) with independent suspension and a slightly longer wheelbase than former models is very comfortable both with and without a trailer behind.

We have had a Hensley hitch since the trailer was new and many may think it overkill for such a small trailer, but it has made our towing experiences with Jeep Grand Cherokees even more pleasant.

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Old 02-02-2016, 11:58 AM   #4
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Some more information on the Grand Cherokee (2011 and up) including some diesel information in the later posts:
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:10 PM   #5
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There is a multitude of threads talking about Jeeps as tow vehicles. The search function, limited as it is, should take you where you need to be.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:29 PM   #6
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It won't be a problem for the Jeep. I tow my 25 International with a 2014 JGC diesel. No problems and great fuel economy.
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:46 PM   #7
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I just bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland diesel to replace a 2004 suburban. Very happy with what I have experienced with the jeep. Having to do get a new shank for the weight distribution hitch to get the front of the trailer down a couple inches. I'm towing a 31' 1978 Airstream Sovereign. Just done local towing to put some miles on the jeep before we head to Florida next week. 15 mpg's towing 26 mpg's not.
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Old 02-03-2016, 08:19 AM   #8
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Thank You All.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:15 AM   #9
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That trailer and tow vehicle combination should work great.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:57 AM   #10
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I used my 2014 Jeep GC Summitt Ecodiesel to tow our loaded 23 FB (5,500 lbs meaured on CAT scale) 13,700 miles rt from Seattle to St. John's Newfoundland. Absolutely perfect experience. We drove in light unplanned snow in April over the Rockies and many other severe rain and thunderstorms. We averaged 16.4 mpg (diesel). Never knew the AS was there. Changed oil per manufacturer requirement at 5,000 mile intervals. Got Milenco mirrors which worked great. Had tow package as standard equipment on the Summit. We loved unhitching and then exploring off road in the Jeep.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:04 AM   #11
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Just my 0.02 worth, the shorter the wheel base of the TV and the longer the will get the tail wagging the dog so to speak. With a short light trailer you should be fine.

I'm not knocking smaller SUV's but have been towing RV's for 42 + years. You can spend thousands of dollars on vehicle extras and tow anything with anything, BUT just remember the brakes on the vehicle were designed to stop the vehicle, not the vehicle and 7K - 10K pounds of crap behind it.

You might want to compare the size difference in the brakes on a 1/2 Ram diesel to the Jeep, you will be getting a longer wheel base on the pickup (safer towing) and probably larger brakes.

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Old 02-03-2016, 11:06 AM   #12
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BUT just remember the brakes on the vehicle were designed to stop the vehicle, not the vehicle and 7K - 10K pounds of crap behind it.
That's why the trailer has brakes.

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Old 02-03-2016, 01:39 PM   #13
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Jeep Grand Cherokee TV

I've been towing my 23' FC with my gas 2012 Jeep GC, V-8 Hemi, even occasionally heavily loaded. No problems at all. I do have an extra-good hitch and stabilizer bars, and braking system. The only thing that is less than perfect is high-altitude towing, because you lose tow capacity with every 1,000 feet of elevation gain. I spend 1/2 year in the Rockies at 9-11 K feet. I have to keep her light and go quite slowly up the steepest inclines--like 40 MPH. I just tuck in with the semis, turn up the music--and watch my temp gauge. I have heated up only twice: Both when the outside temps were in the high 90s and I had to do a very extended AND steep pull.
I understand with a diesel, you will have more tow capacity, and with your lighter rig, you should be a happy camper.
PS: I will get another JGC when this one car I've ever owned, super comfy and stable.
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:21 PM   #14
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Funny thing. A co-worker informed me he's towed a 30' SOB with separate trailer hitched behind which has ATV's on it for years, since the early days when you needed permits here I'm WI. Get this...his tow vehicle is a late model, short wheelbase, full sized Blazer with a small block gas V8 350. Yes he uses sway and leveling control. He said its "no problem." He just doesn't pull in to tight places or anywhere he'd need to back out of.

Better him than me!

Be safe, tow within your vehicles limits and make sure your comfortable with the setup.

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