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Old 08-10-2011, 06:47 PM   #1
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Newbie look for our first Airstream

Hi my name is Rick and my wife Cece want's to buy a 17ft 2008 Safari. We have been looking for a while. I would like a 19ft but Im not sure what my Jeep Laredo can tow. Im new to the site and will find the right forum to post any Questions I have. Thank you, looking forward to sharing camping photos and reading posts.
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I'm certain you will enjoy your new Airstream.
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:33 PM   #3
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Jeep towing capacity

Hi and welcome!!
I have a Jeep Laredo too but it is a 3L diesel, so it can haul 12,200 pounds (IMAGINE three airstreams at the same time!!!). Our manual has a listing of how much each engine can haul. I think the lightest weight was 5,000 Lbs. Just check in the manual, or the dealership should be able to tell you. Also there is a label on the drivers door when you open it that will have the max weight. If the label is gone and you are missing the manual just e-mail me and I will look in mine. The Jeep forum is also good for questions like that. I'm pretty sure that the airstream corporate web site also has a PDF that gives you the weight and tongue weight for your AS, model and year.
Again welcome, this is a great site with fantastic and helpful folks.
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Old 08-10-2011, 08:57 PM   #4
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You might also want to check the rating of your hitch to make sure the hitch can handle the load. Bumper type hitches are not strong enough. You really need to look at isung a weight distribution type hitch setup.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:24 PM   #5
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Flygrrl:
Not to stir up a hornets nest but...
12,200 lbs tow capacity on a 3.0L CRD Jeep sounds high. My 6.8L (415 CI) V-10 Excursion (310HP/ 425 Ft-lbs torque) is rated at 10,000 lbs max with a WD hitch per Ford.

That being said, I have seen some interesting setups discussed here on the forums.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:31 PM   #6
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Flygrrl:
Not to stir up a hornets nest but...
12,200 lbs tow capacity on a 3.0L CRD Jeep sounds high. My 6.8L (415 CI) V-10 Excursion (310HP/ 425 Ft-lbs torque) is rated at 10,000 lbs max with a WD hitch per Ford.

That being said, I have seen some interesting setups discussed here on the forums.
I'd bet he's talking GCWR, not max trailer weight.
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Old 08-11-2011, 06:52 PM   #7
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Yah, what KeithC said.
It probably is GCTW (don't have the manual in front of me to double check) but still the diesel is a hauler, at 2770lbs for a '62 Globe Trotter, it could still handle a lot of AS's. The problem I ran into was that even with a factory tow package, Jeep did not install a brake controller plug in(as in sub-harness), and they are hard to find for newer than 2004's. The dealership couldn't find the part # or the green wire to the 7pin, I eventually found it (thank goodness for mini girl hands!) and it is about 4" long!! Anyway, all is now good (didn't install at that dealership) and when my trailer brakes get done I can control them. Got a P2 since I only have one axle.
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I believe that laredo diesel is a benz motor. The last benz diesel I had I sold with 498,000 miles on the odometer. Great engines. I would imagine it makes for a good combo in the jeep.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:23 AM   #9
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Hi c_lewis77, Yup nice engine, it is a benz, 2007, with only 77,000K, got a very good deal on it too, you can feel the oomph it has. Nav, sat radio, power everything. My husband drives 85km one way to work every day and he is saving about $25 a week on gas. I had NO IDEA how nice they are to drive, (also have a 4x4 Blazer) the Jeep also came with both a 7 pin and a 4 pin factory installed. I think it's a keeper. I love the fact that it runs on the only fuel you can make in your garage. The manual says 5% biodiesel but I know someone who uses 100% and does just fine. Not that I will be doing that.
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I believe that laredo diesel is a benz motor. The last benz diesel I had I sold with 498,000 miles on the odometer. Great engines. I would imagine it makes for a good combo in the jeep.
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Old 08-14-2011, 12:21 AM   #10
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Back to my Jeep Question

I called the Jeep dealership and they checked the vin# and told me it is rated @ 5000 for a 2006 4x4 (Trail Rated badge) on the Grand Cherokee Laredo 3.7 V-6 HP I think the HP is 210
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:16 AM   #11
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I love Jeeps!...Just don't let Ralph Nader catch wind that you are towing a trailer with a Jeep...It'll be the 1970's all over again! :-)
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:16 AM   #12
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Grand Cherokees towing Airstreams!

I have read too many posts about Jeeps here, my head is spinning!
I am also nervous! What I am doing, seems to be correct, but now I am doubting it?
Just bought the 25" Eddie Bauer and I have the 2008 GC Limited with towing package and the Hemi 5.7. It is the 4x4 Jeep

This Jeep is supposed to tow 7200 pounds. I took the airstream to the scales twice already. It was loaded for camping and came in at 6120. The whole rig came in at 11,000 pounds (Jeep says max is 12300)

at that rate I was 1000 under what Jeeps says....THEN I loaded my small motorcycle in the Eddie Bauer and weighed the whole rig, very, very loaded...full tank of gas etc, motorcycle ramps...I was at 11980 (getting a tad heavy there, but still under) With me in it etc etc....

I actually just drove 4000 miles with my new Eddie Bauer. Thru HILLS and terrible 109 heat...Everything seemed to work very well, as far as I can tell. Jeep did want her oil changed a tad early (I would too driving thru Smokey Mountains, and 110 temps in Dallas)

am I doing something wrong here? I have the new set up from the airstream dealer of the prodigy brake controller and the stabilizer bar set up.

I sure don't want to damage either vehicle. There was no swaying of airstream. When a big truck came by I noticed a little pull from it. I am also looking into putting air shocks (or bags?) for the rear of Jeep, cause in my opinion it sits a tad low back there.

also I don't seem to like the way the Tow/Haul button in Jeep makes it shift, so I am not using that. I am getting about 11 mpg.

I am very new to towing etc...First TT ever. I had a guy friend drive the whole thing around town for me, he claimed it felt better than his pick up truck with his longer TT....

any thoughts? also don't know...air bags? air shocks? I have yet to get the exact reading on tongue weight
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:29 AM   #13
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Braun',

First, don't believe an RV dealer. They want to sell trailers and some will tell you a riding lawnmower can tow a 34' trailer.

The trailer will last longer than the Jeep. Select the trailer you want and then determine whether you need a different tow vehicle. A 17' or other small trailer may be cute, but can become very, very small very fast. And you will have to make up the bed everyday if you use the table.

I haven't checked this, but it has been said that a fair number of people buy the smaller trailers and then find them too small and sell them. Trading up is expensive.

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Old 08-22-2011, 11:31 AM   #14
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You should be alright if you have a good hitch that is setup properly. You don't state what hitch you have.

It's really a bad idea to put any kind of air shocks, or load levelers on the truck as they will mask the proper adjustment of the hitch, and you will end up with not enough weight on the front axle of the tow vehicle.

Also, Jeep puts the tow/haul mode in the computer to protect the transmission, and it shifts that way because it needs to, to handle the load, and improve it's longivity under load. Always use the tow/haul mode when towing if you want your transmission to last.
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