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Old 03-17-2014, 01:28 PM   #1
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Jeep Cherokee XJ with 26' Overlander single axle

Hello everybody,

I'm a new Airstream French owner : a 1960 Overlander with single axle.

In France, we can find easily Jeep Cherokee XJ 4.0L or Grand Cherokee V8.

We can find too US 4x4 cars : Ford Expedition, Chevy Tahoe, Chrysler 300C etc...

The best cheaper US Car is Jeep Cherokee 4.0L but I think is a little too small to tow an Overlander with single axle...

I have a weight distribution hitch with sway control already.

If you have good or bad experience with this tow vehicle, let me know please...

Many thanks per advance

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Old 03-17-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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We tow our 23ft International approximately 2700 kilograms with a 4.7 V8 Grand Cherokee and have no problems towing, even in the mountains.
In the past we had a 6 cylinder 4 liter 1988 Cherokee and towed a small (750 kilogram) 14 ft Fiberglass trailer (Surfside) and it worked hard at towing it up the hills, but it did it. We also towed the same trailer with our V8 4.7 liter Grand Cherokee and we didn't notice the weight of the trailer. If I were you, I would choose the 4.7 liter V8 Grand Cherokee. Any of the other larger vehicles you mentioned will also do the job.


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Old 03-17-2014, 08:30 PM   #3
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The Jeep with the 4.7 L V8 would do the job nicely, the larger 5.7 L V8 Hemi would do even better. i would not expect any real gas consumption difference between them. The newest Pentastar V6 is also a good engine for towing, but the straight 6 would be a bit underpowered for the Overlander you have (in my opinion). I have owned and towed with all of those engines other than the Pentstar V6 so this is from my personal experience and opinion.

The Cherokee is a bit too small for towing a 26' , but the Grand Cherokee is just fine.
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Old 03-18-2014, 02:16 AM   #4
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Thank you very much, It is a little of what I thought... a Cherokee 4.0L is too small...

Yes, we can find too easily Grand Cherokee 4.7L or more recent 5.7L Hemi... or an Expedition.

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