I will recommend you check the RV.net at: http://www.rv.net/forums
I can quote from the numerous discussions they have:
"The SUV's in this class are poor towing vehicles due to the high center of gravity and short wheelbase
and narrow track width. First the 5000# is maximum based on a basic vehicle and a 150# driver. Add other passengers and cargo and hitch weight, you will probably be over the GVWR. All of this extra weight reduces the GCWR as well. Practically the 5000# tow rating will limit you to a dry weight trailer of less than 3000#. And with that you are pushing the limit on the Jeep.
With small SUV's, I'd stick with a popup at the most and still watch the weight"
and this one :http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/f...TID/322972.cfm
"This subject has been discussed many times, you may want to do a search. But I will try to help you here. I am a Jeep Technician at a Jeep dealer, have owned 2 cherokees and towed with both. Great vehicle for off road but not for towing.
Pulled a pop-up with a 96 cherokee that wasn't bad but you need friction sway control. Towed a 18 foot hybrid with a 99 cherokee, this combination only 3000lbs loaded was terrible. The trailer squats the Jeep to the ground, and the Jeep has no power. Fuel usage is huge and handling
is awful. Sold the Jeep and the trailer.
Cherokees are for Pop-Ups only, any more and you will be sorry."
These are not my words, but they seem to make a very good point.
Being able to tow it is one thing. Handling and stopping is another. Handling and stopping it's what count the most.