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Old 12-09-2015, 06:52 AM   #1
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New AS traveler / Towing ?

My wife and I just purchased a 22FB Bambi Sport, dry weight 3700 we have added about 600 pounds of stuff. We are towing with a 2014 Jeep GC. 6 Pennstar 6 cylinder with a 6200 lb capacity We added electronic brake controller, and Equalizer anti sway hitch, so far we have traveled about 600 miles and there does not seem to be any issues. I am about 70% of my tow capacity. We live in flat South Jersey, we are looking to travel west into the mountains and I would appreciate feedback as to how my Jeep will handle the travel. The Jeep is fairly new and I hope to keep it at least a few years. Thanks in advance for any educated/ experienced response. Dave

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Old 12-09-2015, 07:28 AM   #2
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Dave, my 2 cents worth is that you'll be fine. On climbs, watch transmission temps (hopefully you have a gauge). On descents, control your speed. I like to keep it under the speed limit, especially in the curves.

Your 70% is at the upper limit of where I like to be, but you should have plenty of margin.

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Old 12-09-2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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Good equipment. Just use the transmission to manually select the gear needed for enough engine torque to climb steep grades, and enough engine compression braking to help maintain slower, safer speeds descending.

You'll learn with experience, as we all have. Take it easy as you go through the process.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:05 AM   #4
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We tow a 23D with a 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI diesel. We found that at 35 mph on a 6% downgrade, the engine would control the speed without brake usage. The scales reported we were around 11,250 pounds loaded for camping.

The message is slow down on descents to conserve the brakes and a sudden emergency situation is handled much easier.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:14 AM   #5
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Does your jeep have a separate transmission oil cooler mounted in front of the radiator? You may want to have one installed if you don't have one prior to traveling out west where there are some long grades and the temperatures can exceed 95F.

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Old 12-09-2015, 02:20 PM   #6
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Thank You for your response and help. I have the factory upgraded trans cooler, I do have the trans temp gauge and I keep checking the temp. I also have the Jeep Laredo E Package that includes 18 inch upgraded Micheline tires. My hitch is a CURTIS,added on shortly before I bought the trailer.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:06 PM   #7
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You should have a great out fit. The point about the transmission cooler is on the money. If you do not have one just take it easy up steep grades. If you do not try and work you TV too hard all will be wonderful.

I hope you enjoy your experience, mine has been great.

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