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Old 05-08-2015, 08:27 AM   #1
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Greetings,

Newbie to all things travel trailer and looking for real world advice on towing with a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 3.6 Lite V6 gas engine. It is equipped with the factory tow package and rated at 6200lb tow capacity and 620 TW. We are looking at getting a Flying Cloud 23FB or Sport 22FB. From everything I've read I know we can tow the Sport but would prefer the Flying Cloud 23FB for the walk around bed.

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Old 05-08-2015, 08:47 AM   #2
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I have a 2014 JGC, but I have the diesel. Mine tows great but I have an Overland with the air suspension. You will still need a weight distribution hitch. Does your tow package have a 7pin or just the 4 pin socket?
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:10 AM   #3
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kmlacroix,

Thanks for the reply. Ours has both 7 & 4 pin. Our Jeep dealer did advise us that any trailer over 3500 will need a weight distribution hitch. What is the weight on the unit you are towing?
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:11 AM   #4
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We have the sport 22.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:14 AM   #5
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I comfortably tow a 2006 Safari 23 with a 2011 GC Overland 4X4 5.7 Hemi. Currently using a Blue Ox SwayPro WD system.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:22 AM   #6
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Been towing a Safari25 for more than ten years with a succession of GC's
All have been eights though.
Weigh your trailer fully loaded and stay under the recommended max for the vehicle and you will be fine. Be careful because with full tanks and lockers full of canned goods tools equipment etc it's all too easy to go over the limit!
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:31 AM   #7
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I have the 2008 grand cherokee with 3 litre diesel. Tows great. If I got a new one it would be the v8 gas.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:37 AM   #8
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I have the 2008 grand cherokee with 3 litre diesel. Tows great. If I got a new one it would be the v8 gas.
Why the V8 (which we have in our Ram and it's a very good engine) instead of the diesel?
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:07 PM   #9
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We tow a 1970 23' Single Axle Safari. The manual puts the weight at about 3500lbs but I'm sure we are pushing 5000 going down the road (I have not weighed it).

We are towing with a 2012 GC with the 3.6 Pentastar and the 5 speed auto. It's a very comfortable combination. I am paranoid about blowing up the transmission and I take it pretty easy when I get into long grades, but we have had no issues to date, with a 6000km trip to Florida and back at Christmas and a 3200km trip to Myrtle Beach and back last week.

I can only imagine the new automatics with more gears would be helpful. I would say that having a couple more ranges would be helpful when the grades start to get steep, as I've had it drop all the way to 2nd gear (pushing 5000+ RPM) on grades and I would have been happy to lug along in 3rd. Manually shifting just gives this transmission suggestions, it will still override and downshift automatically, so I wind up having the cancel the cruise control and modulate the throttle myself to keep it in a happy RPM range.

Mileage has been pretty good too - last trip was 18L / 100KM while towing, doing about 65-70 MPH depending on traffic. That was I-81-I-95.

If my trailer was any heavier I would appreciate having a little more power under the hood.
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So 1000lbs under capacity would be a safe margin?
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:26 PM   #11
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I just bought a:
  • 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD 3.0Liter Turbo Diesel with Quadra-Drive II and
  • 2014 25' Flying Cloud dual axle with an Equalizer load and sway control system plus a Tekonsha Brake Controller.

On my 1st trip from Kansas City to Richmond, VA I had a wonderful experience. The towing felt very secure and had plenty power to easily cruise at 70 MPH on the Interstate. I averaged about 15.5 Miles per Gallon at 65 MPH. The Diesel engine seemed quite happy at all speeds and stayed between 2000 and 2500 RPM most of the tme (which is at the peak torque band for the engine). Oil consumption was zero.

I highly recommend this combination.
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:07 PM   #12
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Towing an AS with a JGC Diesel

Hi, I also have a 2014 JGC with a diesel that I am towing a 23FB international with. I only have tow the AS about 5,000 mile but I have not had any issues. I love the torque it has in the mountains and no overheating as yet. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am towing an AS. What a pleasure! Good luck
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So 1000lbs under capacity would be a safe margin?
It's not really that simple. There are many on this board who happily and safely tow with vehicles that are rated very low, mostly minivans.

There are many elements that need to come together for safe towing. It is entirely possible to have a terrible rig with a highly rated tow vehicle and it is just as possible to have a safe and stable rig with a lower rated vehicle.

All this to say, don't just rely on one single number.

Personally I make sure that we do not exceed the payload, and axle rating, of the vehicle we're towing with. I haven't towed with the GC, but have heard many, many good reports.
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Why the V8 (which we have in our Ram and it's a very good engine) instead of the diesel?

The diesel engine costs more and the diesel fuel often costs 20% more than reg. gas in many US States.
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