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Old 10-17-2015, 04:18 PM   #1
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Is tow vehicle adequate?

I have a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, rated at 7200 GVW and 720 tongue weight. Am looking at a 2007 Safari SE 25' FB. It is listed at 7300 GVW and 720 tongue weight. This puts me right at the limits of my tow vehicle. With a weight distribution system and proper loading, would this Jeep be adequate for this trailer?

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Old 10-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #2
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I too have a 25ft AS. The question you're asking is complex as is the answer. Your Cherokee I'm sure has plenty of power to pull the AS, so the real answer depends on 3 things, weight loading distribution as you mentioned, your driving habits & weight distribution from the hitch, all of these must be spot on for a safe tow. Recently on this forum a member was telling how pleased he was pulling the same size AS with a beefed up Chevy Traverse, personally I shook my head in disbelief but it seems like just about every vehicle on the road has been used at one time or another for towing AS's. In my humble opinion wheel base is very important & smaller vehicles come up was short in that area.
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Old 10-17-2015, 04:57 PM   #3
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Thanks Joe, I understand the shorter wheelbase on Jeep Grand Cherokee's compared to 1/2 ton trucks. I do have the 5.7 Hemi (360 HP), just concerned about the close weight tolerances.

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It sounds like your current vehicle would be a good candidate. Remember that you don't have to load the trailer right up to the maximum GVW, you control that.

Recommend you weigh the trailer, and the combination, to see if the real world weights are similar to the spec sheet.

Also consider how much you want to carry in the tow vehicle, as that will impact your ability to carry the full rated tongue weight.

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Old 10-17-2015, 06:16 PM   #5
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Thanks Jeff, I haven't purchased the trailer yet, just doing my homework. Your comments are encouraging. Hate to buy the trailer then have to upgrade to a larger vehicle, costly!

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Back in the day we towed a 30' SOB thousands of miles with our 1995 Grand Cherokee V8 (318 c.i. 230 hp) and factory tow package. I don't remember the SOB's exact weight but it was close to the Jeep's factory weight rating, too. We used a Reese no-sway WD hitch package. We found it to be a very stable with excellent power. It was even more stable than our previous tow vehicle -- a 1992 full-sized Ford van with factory tow package. Based on this experience, I would not be worried about your set up but would watch your payload and hitch set up as was previously mentioned.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:40 PM   #7
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As you already know, you are at limits. The Jeep GC Overland 2011 with maximum load configuration is tow capacity 7400# and 1580/1590# payload. Check the hitch rating for at least 1000# capacity. It sounds as if it will work but watch temps and tranny.
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Thanks Rod, the 2011 has the tow package which includes the tranny cooler along with an oil cooler. Good advise, will give it a teat run if agreeable with the seller.

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Keep your loads in the Jeep light and loads in the the Airstream light in the front and heavy gear over the axles. The Jeep and Airstream have excellent fully independent suspensions for great handling and stable towing. I am very partial to the Hensley/ProPride hitches for tow vehicles with a shorter wheelbase, takes away any sway or side-wind/semi passing bow wave concerns. We use the Hemi engine, shift the transmission to keep in the best power range climbing grades and engine compression braking descending. Get a good brake controller, adjust it correctly, and don't be afraid to use trailer and vehicle brakes, they work very well together.

Watch your loading and get a top quality hitch setup, use the transmission and brakes as needed. You have an excellent tow vehicle.
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I have towed a simalar trailer with one of the old 4x4 full size Blazer. All was good until i got into the Colorado mountains. The trailer was trying to steer the truck especially going down the steep curvy roads.
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Thanks Doug, will check out the equipment you recommended, and appreciate knowing that my Jeep will be able to do the job. The Overland has a towing function (button) that helps with gearing and breaking, I am sure it will be useful.

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... This puts me right at the limits of my tow vehicle. With a weight distribution system and proper loading, would this Jeep be adequate for this trailer?
Are you content with adequate? Do you regularly and generally push up against the limits of safety and reliability? Do you rely upon wishful thinking for your strategic and tactical thinking? Do you factor in the risk to others -- non family, non acquaintances -- using the same road would be, uh...impacted... by your determination as to what is, uh, adequate?

These are the questions you should be asking yourself -- not, how does the Jeep/Chrysler manufacturer rate his own product, but how comfortable are you at pushing up against the safety limits of your own choices, pushing the capacities of your equipment.

Sorry for the blunt talk, but you asked.
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These are the questions you should be asking yourself -- not, how does the Jeep/Chrysler manufacturer rate his own product, but how comfortable are you at pushing up against the safety limits of your own choices, pushing the capacities of your equipment.
Yep, good point '55 Airlight. If you don't know jjroderick, you will find out.
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I too have a 25ft AS. The question you're asking is complex as is the answer. Your Cherokee I'm sure has plenty of power to pull the AS, so the real answer depends on 3 things, weight loading distribution as you mentioned, your driving habits & weight distribution from the hitch, all of these must be spot on for a safe tow. Recently on this forum a member was telling how pleased he was pulling the same size AS with a beefed up Chevy Traverse, personally I shook my head in disbelief but it seems like just about every vehicle on the road has been used at one time or another for towing AS's. In my humble opinion wheel base is very important & smaller vehicles come up was short in that area.
How long should the wheelbase be?

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