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Old 10-06-2013, 08:35 PM   #15
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I don't think you need to worry too much about the Grand Cherokee's ability to handle hitch weight.

The Jeep has a very robust chassis and suspension. Interesting the V6 has GVWR of 6500 pounds but the V/8 magically increases to 6,800 pounds. The Dodge Durango which is on the same chassis just lengthened and lowered has a GVWR of 7100 pounds. Tire capacity is 4600 pounds per axle so lots of capacity there.

When 1200 pounds of hitch weight is distributed about 300 will go back to the trailer wheels.

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Thanks Andrew for the info...I don't no if you look a t the internet site of the oder guy how wroe before you but there a tow dolly very interesting. I no you have lot of experience in towing. So what do you think about this tow dolly? I have to admit, i like the simplicity. Just ''pin'' nothing to crank, no grease and i can ask to make a little box for a generator...
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:08 PM   #16
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It doesn't look like a safe combination

What is the tow capacity of the Jeep with a V6? How much does your trailer weigh? I think that you are only supposed to use 80% of your towing capacity.
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What is the tow capacity of the Jeep with a V6? How much does your trailer weigh? I think that you are only supposed to use 80% of your towing capacity.
Here we go again.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:48 AM   #18
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What is the tow capacity of the Jeep with a V6? How much does your trailer weigh? I think that you are only supposed to use 80% of your towing capacity.
Sorry, but i bin there.....I don't take that road again....
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Sorry, but safety first

I didn't know that I touched on a sore spot. But you have posted an opinion, just as I have.

" I don't take that road again." I have a concern that you could have troubles on that road that you do take. Driving, and towing is a privilege that bares responsibility. I didn't notice, on this thread, what the towing capacity of your vehicle is, or the weight of your trailer. I now realize that you must have researched those numbers, but that wasn't apparent. You can't expect everyone to always agree with you. I hope you will respect my right to have an opinion.
If my opinion is wrong or has upset anyone, please accept my apology.
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" Trolls " ???? Excuse me, I take offense to name calling.
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" Trolls " ???? Excuse me, I take offense to name calling.
You've got over 1000 posts on this forum. Posts like "you're only supposed to use 80% of your tow capability" sure look like an invitation to flame-slinging, judging from past experience.

If this was an innocent mistake, I offer sincere apologies.
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<< Mod Mode>> Folks we just went through a similar experience that lead to thread closure. Another TV question - Page 5 - Airstream Forums If we can't somehow manage to keep things cordial the same thing will happen here. Let's stick to the topic and maintain a welcoming tone. This is not a suggestion!
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:31 AM   #24
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Actually....

I said " I THINK that you're only supposed to use 80% of your tow capacity " I believe that I read this rule of thumb, on this forum. Although it may be over kill for the sake of safety, I don't think of it as a mistake.
I honestly intended to be helpful, and certainly was not hoping for flame slinging. However, I still think that tow vehicles with a longer wheel base, inhibit the ability of a big trailer, to push around it's tow vehicle. I don't think that it will be an issue under good road conditions, but on wet roads, and emergency maneuvers, a larger tow vehicle would do better. I just don't want anyone to get injured.
I do feel that I am not going to change your mind, so I should have bowed out gracefully, instead of saying things that you don't want to hear. I live and learn.
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I think the interesting question here is why the dollies are no longer used.
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Stef.. a good question. There is no doubt they would take the weight off the TV but my guess is they add a lot of possible negative issues to the combination.

For example.... what stability issues would develop if the dolly tire blows at 60+MPH??? I think that would be a scary situation.
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I would like to add to this convo that we just towed for our first trip using a 99 GC v6... We have a 76 22' Argosy. We have a WD hitch but can't think of the brand off hand. Anyway, I have very little experience towing but plenty of experience driving long distances in many dif vehicles. 80% of the time this combo felt great. But there were times going downhill that felt a bit nerve racking. I think that was mainly due to the brake controller being set too high. Once I adjusted that, it felt better. The old jeep has 162k miles so it was a bit slow uphill but shower no signs of overheating or failure of any kind... All in all, I was proud of the GC but would prefer something a bit more capable in the future...
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I think the newer GC V6 with independent suspension, 6 and 8 speed transmissions is a great improvement. That's a completely different engine. Also available is a 5.7 V8 or V6 diesel with 8 speed transmission with higher factory tow ratings.

Tino also has a ProPride hitch which eliminates any sway and holds the trailer in straight line alignment with the tow vehicle.

Great to hear of his extended trip and how it worked for him. Thanks.
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