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Old 03-09-2019, 09:46 PM   #1
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Towing 19' with Jeep Grand Cherokee

We have a 2012 19' International airstream and looking for a new tow vehicle. We really want a vehicle that can be our family car and our tow vehicle. We've been looking at a 2017-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Anyone with opinions or experience on this combination?

The airstream has a GVWR of 4500 and hitch weight 550. The JGC has max towing capacity 6200 - 7200 and max payload of 1260-1380.

We never tow with our tanks full unless to empty before we hit the road. We live on the West Coast so occasionally are going up mountain passes.

Appreciate the help, please be kind to the amateur tower.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:06 PM   #2
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The lower end of the tow capacity is for at V6 the higher end for a V8. We have a 2014 Durango, same vehicle although longer in wheelbase and overall length with three rows of seats, and it tows either our 1979 23' Safari or 1954 29' Liner without issues.


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We have a 2012 19' International airstream and looking for a new tow vehicle. We really want a vehicle that can be our family car and our tow vehicle. We've been looking at a 2017-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Anyone with opinions or experience on this combination?

The airstream has a GVWR of 4500 and hitch weight 550. The JGC has max towing capacity 6200 - 7200 and max payload of 1260-1380.

We never tow with our tanks full unless to empty before we hit the road. We live on the West Coast so occasionally are going up mountain passes.

Appreciate the help, please be kind to the amateur tower.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:43 PM   #3
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Since buying it new, we have towed our 2002 19' Bambi with various versions of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The present is a 2016 Overland with a V8 and air suspension. It does a superb job of towing the Bambi. We have always used a Hensley Hitch. It may be considered by many as overkill, but the combination of trailer, hitch, and Grand Cherokee make for very relaxed towing.

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Old 03-10-2019, 05:16 AM   #4
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We have a 2012 19' International airstream and looking for a new tow vehicle. We really want a vehicle that can be our family car and our tow vehicle. We've been looking at a 2017-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Anyone with opinions or experience on this combination?

The airstream has a GVWR of 4500 and hitch weight 550. The JGC has max towing capacity 6200 - 7200 and max payload of 1260-1380.

We never tow with our tanks full unless to empty before we hit the road. We live on the West Coast so occasionally are going up mountain passes.

Appreciate the help, please be kind to the amateur tower.
I towed a 2012 19’ with a Grand Cherokee Overland 6 Cyl. No problems but the engine was underpowered. I would go with the Hemi V8. I didn’t like having to add mirrors and got tired of the lack of power and went with a truck, which led to a larger airstream.

Also the actual tongue weight on my 19’ was closer to 900 lbs.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:48 AM   #5
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I have towed both a 26’ and 30’ Argosy with a 2015 Jeep GC Ecodiesel. I used a Hensley with the 26’ and my only tow of the 30’ was when purchased without a Hensley which I would never do again. The eco diesel had plenty of power to tow the 30’ through the Allegheny’s. We recently switched to a 2001 Excursion 7.3 PSD for payload and room for our 3 teenagers + travel friends. Not having tow mirrors on a GC is definitely a nuisance. But I have come to question whether the quality of the newer Jeeps is up to par for use as a durable tow vehicle. My DEF tank sensor mysteriously went dead after the 500 mile tow with the 30’ and CEL came on several times after indicating the fuel quality had issues. The entire DEF tank had to be replaced ($4000) to replace the sensor. Could all be coincidence, but if I were buying a new TV in the SUV class, I would opt for a Mercedes GLS 450 or 550.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:51 AM   #6
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We tow a 23CB with a Jeep GC Overland V8 Hemi. The Overland comes with the factory tow package and air suspension. Equalizer hitch. It is our everyday supermarket ride and tow vehicle. Sweet! Go for it!
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:03 AM   #7
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We have pulled both a 22’ Sport and a ‘19 Tommy with our 2015 Grand Cherokee LTD. no issues although it can be a little underpowered We did experience some drag in the mountains around Asheville, NC.
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:17 AM   #8
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I towed my 20-foot 2007 Airstream Safari with a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 6-cylinder with no problems for four summers. I now have a pickup truck with cap for more storage, but I would recommend the Grand Cherokee for any Airstream of 20-feet of less.
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:35 AM   #9
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JGC 6 Cyl

We have a 22FB Bambi and tow with a 2014 6 cyl / 9 speed trans Jeep GC.
Dry weight is 3800 pounds. Tow Capacity of the GC /6 cyl is 6200 pounds. We have Equalizer hitch and break controller.
We have traveled through the Appalachians, Blue Ridge, Adirondacks and Catskills. Last summer we crossed the US to Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. 7,000 round trip mile from New Jersey. Very few issues and we averaged 15 mpg. Payload can be a challenge for the jeep. We pack carefully and distribute the weight. NO extras, small folding chairs, Coleman two burner travel stove and a 20 pound Sheltie. Works great if you are willing to conserve items you drag along.

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Old 03-10-2019, 12:55 PM   #10
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Thanks

Thanks all for the responses and experiences.
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Old 03-10-2019, 01:04 PM   #11
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We have used our 2012 Grand Cherokee V8 w/tow package to tow our 19 all over the western states, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Colorado’s Baxter Ridge Trail. It has the power and geometry to handle the 19 very well and I use an Equalizer hitch. Our Summit model also has air suspension and lower profile tires which help with towing. I don’t always use tow mirrors, the 19 is just narrow enough, but I do carry a set. Altogether, the setup has worked very well for highways, steep narrow grades and a few hard stops.
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Old 03-10-2019, 03:44 PM   #12
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The Grand Cherokee is a nice vehicle. The regular Cherokee with the 3.2 and the towing package may be a more effective tow vehicle. Depends what you want and how much you are willing to spend.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:37 PM   #13
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We have a 2012 19' International airstream and looking for a new tow vehicle. We really want a vehicle that can be our family car and our tow vehicle. We've been looking at a 2017-2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. Anyone with opinions or experience on this combination?

The airstream has a GVWR of 4500 and hitch weight 550. The JGC has max towing capacity 6200 - 7200 and max payload of 1260-1380.

We never tow with our tanks full unless to empty before we hit the road. We live on the West Coast so occasionally are going up mountain passes.

Appreciate the help, please be kind to the amateur tower.
We tow our 1970 25ft. (5500 loaded, 600 tongue weight) with our Grand Cherokee. I'm about 200 lbs under gross with all of our stuff. The Hemi easily handles it, I think it's a great choice. Easy to maneuver with plenty of power. You're 1000 lbs lighter, will be fine.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:40 PM   #14
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I have towed both a 26’ and 30’ Argosy with a 2015 Jeep GC Ecodiesel. I used a Hensley with the 26’ and my only tow of the 30’ was when purchased without a Hensley which I would never do again. The eco diesel had plenty of power to tow the 30’ through the Allegheny’s. We recently switched to a 2001 Excursion 7.3 PSD for payload and room for our 3 teenagers + travel friends. Not having tow mirrors on a GC is definitely a nuisance. But I have come to question whether the quality of the newer Jeeps is up to par for use as a durable tow vehicle. My DEF tank sensor mysteriously went dead after the 500 mile tow with the 30’ and CEL came on several times after indicating the fuel quality had issues. The entire DEF tank had to be replaced ($4000) to replace the sensor. Could all be coincidence, but if I were buying a new TV in the SUV class, I would opt for a Mercedes GLS 450 or 550.
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:13 PM   #15
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I hope the OP doesn't mind us adding another question to the thread. We are also new to the Jeep Grand Cherokee world.

We recently purchased a low mileage 2014 Grand Cherokee Overland 6 cyl with 8 speed transmission, 3.45 rear end, tow package and air leveling. Because it is 4WD, it's tow capacity is 6000. We are waiting for the Jeep dealer to install a factory brake controller.

My wife will use it to tow her 17 foot 1968 Airstream Caravel. It's base weight in 1968 was 2460 and 330 hitch weight. With larger propane tanks and an added black tank it's a bit more on base/hitch weight. Still well below 3500 loaded.

We use an Equalizer brand hitch with our RAM 2500/25FB combo and love it. I'd rather stay away from the heavy Equalizer and go with something lighter that will do the job.

I'd welcome any suggestions?

btw...I installed a Reese sway control bar on the trailer, mated to a standard hitch for a 1000 mile trip with the 2500. Of course the RAM is a very different (larger) animal than the JGC. My wife would like to be able tow her Caravel with a smaller vehicle and the JGC seems a good fit.
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:59 AM   #16
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I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the 6 cylinder and we tow a 2018 22' Sport with zero difficulty. Many of our trips have some decent mountains and you don't even know the AS is back there. I vote this a great tow vehicle.
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I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the 6 cylinder and we tow a 2018 22' Sport with zero difficulty. Many of our trips have some decent mountains and you don't even know the AS is back there. I vote this a great tow vehicle.
Great to hear, thanks.

Do you use a weight distribution hitch, if so what kind?
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Old 03-12-2019, 10:40 AM   #18
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The Grand Cherokee is a nice vehicle. The regular Cherokee with the 3.2 and the towing package may be a more effective tow vehicle. Depends what you want and how much you are willing to spend.
I'd stay away from the smaller standard Cherokee. Only available with a class III, rated at 4500 max with 450lb tongue weight. That's only available on the Overland model according to Jeep's website.
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Old 03-13-2019, 12:23 AM   #19
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I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with the 6 cylinder and we tow a 2018 22' Sport with zero difficulty. Many of our trips have some decent mountains and you don't even know the AS is back there. I vote this a great tow vehicle.
Great to hear and thanks for sharing. We're looking at 2018 JGC Limited with the 6 cylinder.
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We tow our 25' FC with a Dodge Durango Hemi (a slightly longer Grand Cherokee) and love it. Our FC weighs 6,600 lbs fully loaded. Your 19' would be a piece of cake.
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