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Old 03-10-2019, 08:13 PM   #15
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I hope the OP doesn't mind us adding another question to the thread. We are also new to the Jeep Grand Cherokee world.

We recently purchased a low mileage 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland 6 cyl with 8 speed transmission, 3.45 rear end, tow package and air leveling. Because it is 4WD, it's tow capacity is 6000. We are waiting for the Jeep dealer to install a factory brake controller.

My wife will use it to tow her 17 foot 1968 Airstream Caravel. It's base weight in 1968 was 2460 and 330 hitch weight. With larger propane tanks and an added black tank it's a bit more on base/hitch weight. Still well below 3500 loaded.

We use an Equalizer brand hitch with our RAM 2500/25FB combo and love it. I'd rather stay away from the heavy Equalizer and go with something lighter that will do the job.

I'd welcome any suggestions?

btw...I installed a Reese sway control bar on the trailer, mated to a standard hitch for a 1000 mile trip with the 2500. Of course the RAM is a very different (larger) animal than the JGC. My wife would like to be able tow her Caravel with a smaller vehicle and the JGC seems a good fit.
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:59 AM   #16
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I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the 6 cylinder and we tow a 2018 22' Sport with zero difficulty. Many of our trips have some decent mountains and you don't even know the AS is back there. I vote this a great tow vehicle.
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Old 03-11-2019, 10:08 AM   #17
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I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the 6 cylinder and we tow a 2018 22' Sport with zero difficulty. Many of our trips have some decent mountains and you don't even know the AS is back there. I vote this a great tow vehicle.
Great to hear, thanks.

Do you use a weight distribution hitch, if so what kind?
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:40 AM   #18
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The Grand Cherokee is a nice vehicle. The regular Cherokee with the 3.2 and the towing package may be a more effective tow vehicle. Depends what you want and how much you are willing to spend.
I'd stay away from the smaller standard Cherokee. Only available with a class III, rated at 4500 max with 450lb tongue weight. That's only available on the Overland model according to Jeep's website.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:23 PM   #19
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I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the 6 cylinder and we tow a 2018 22' Sport with zero difficulty. Many of our trips have some decent mountains and you don't even know the AS is back there. I vote this a great tow vehicle.
Great to hear and thanks for sharing. We're looking at 2018 JGC Limited with the 6 cylinder.
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We tow our 25' FC with a Dodge Durango Hemi (a slightly longer Grand Cherokee) and love it. Our FC weighs 6,600 lbs fully loaded. Your 19' would be a piece of cake.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:15 AM   #21
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I have an 2015 GC EcoDiesel Summit and love it. The low end torque is great. I don't use it to tow an Airstream, but I am sure it would do great with a 19'.
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I have a 2017 Grand Cherokee V6. 6700 lb.tow capacity. 20' FC. So heavier tongue weight than 19'. She weighs in at 4520 lbs. fully loaded (according to CAT scales). EZ Lift weight distribution hitch. Tows fantastically. No problems but haven't been in western mountains, only eastern.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:50 AM   #23
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Buy the Overland not the Limited

We tow our 23FB Flying Cloud with 2016 GC Overland. It comes standard with the tow package. We only have the 6-cylinder and have done fine driving the Midwest. We don't pack a lot of extras and have small dogs and 2 adults. Most of our trips are weekends or short excursions as we still work full time. When we retire, we will get a larger vehicle so we can tow over the mountains.I agree with the others suggesting the Hemi V8 if you don't want to worry about being close to the towing capacity. We were newbies and did not know of this forum and listened to the sales person instead.
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Old 03-17-2019, 11:55 AM   #24
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We have a 16' Bambi Sport and purchased a 2018 Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel for the very same reason (family car and good TV). We love it! We've taken it on two trips - lots of power and pretty good mileage (16-18 MPG) and about 23 MPG around town. The Apple Car Play interface as well as the built in UConnect system is excellent. No regrets on our end!
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For what it is worth I towed a 19' Flying Cloud Bambi with our 2007 Diesel Grand Cherokee for 12,000 miles and then a 21' Flying Cloud for 4,000 with no problems. Never had ANY problems on the passes where I live (NW Wyoming) and where we went (all about the west). Stopping was never an issue and it did not wear the brakes in any exceptional manner (checked them every spring). The only reason I traded to RAM 1500 EcoDiesel was for more storage in the TV.
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We have a 19’ Tommy Bahama and pull with a 2018 Grand Cherokee Summit that has the 5.7 V-8. It has all the power you wou ever need through mountains or down the freeway. It’s been a perfect tow vehicle for our travels. Gas mileage on a 2000 mile trip was 14.5 average.
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