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Old 10-13-2019, 08:26 AM   #1
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Anyone tow with the new Jeep Gladiator yet? Jeep claims a 7000+ lb towing capacity.

https://www.jeep.com/gladiator/utility.html

Saw dozens of them yesterday at the Overland Expo in Virginia. Nice looking vehicle, though overpriced IMHO.
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:45 PM   #2
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They might tow a Bambi - question is payload???
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:53 AM   #3
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Jeep claims 1700 payload.
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:55 AM   #4
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With weight distribution I donít see a problem.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:30 AM   #5
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With weight distribution I donít see a problem.
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asking sincerely, how does a weight distribution hitch offset payload capacity on a tow vehicle?
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:45 AM   #6
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asking sincerely, how does a weight distribution hitch offset payload capacity on a tow vehicle?
1700 lb payload would be adequate for most people. More than most F150s.
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Old 10-21-2019, 11:11 AM   #7
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1700 lb payload would be adequate for most people. More than most F150s.
respectfully, that didn't answer my question...or if you did, i'm far too ignorant on this subject to see that.
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Old 10-21-2019, 11:19 AM   #8
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respectfully, that didn't answer my question...or if you did, i'm far too ignorant on this subject to see that.
Sorry, I thought you're post implied that you were not impressed with the payload of the Gladiator. The WD hitch moves some of the tongue weight of the trailer to the front axle to keep the loads on the front and rear axle within limits. It also maintains the handling characteristics of any tow vehicle by moving some of the tongue weight to the steering axle rather than have it rest totally on the rear axle. Most everyone knows that a WD hitch does not change the payload of any TV, that is not it's purpose.
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Old 10-21-2019, 01:38 PM   #9
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Sorry, I thought you're post implied that you were not impressed with the payload of the Gladiator. The WD hitch moves some of the tongue weight of the trailer to the front axle to keep the loads on the front and rear axle within limits. It also maintains the handling characteristics of any tow vehicle by moving some of the tongue weight to the steering axle rather than have it rest totally on the rear axle. Most everyone knows that a WD hitch does not change the payload of any TV, that is not it's purpose.
thanks! i really appreciate the further explanation. while i do think that 1700 lbs. of payload capacity is a little short, i never understood how a weight distribution hitch works to make towing easier. i definitely think i need to know more on this now.
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:53 PM   #10
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IMHO as the OP stated, "over priced". I'm sure you could spec out far more capable TV's for a lot less money.

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Old 10-21-2019, 04:58 PM   #11
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IMHO as the OP stated, "over priced". I'm sure you could spec out far more capable TV's for a lot less money.

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Old 10-21-2019, 06:38 PM   #12
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But it wouldn’t be as cool.
+1 You could by a some practical welll equipped trailers for far less then an Airstream as well.
The Gladiator is a really cool.
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:23 PM   #13
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I can hardly wait to tow my FC with a new Pumpkin Orange Gladiator with the roof off.
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We have a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon LE that tows our 22FB Caravel like a champ. It has a Blue Ox weight distribution hitch that makes towing an Airstream easy. Sometimes I almost forget itís back there.
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:19 PM   #15
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With the right drivetrain and stiff rear springs it can do quite well for a small truck. Certainly can tow a 25' with no complaints. Going over that to a 27 or more is not good idea. Some will do it and then may come here to brag about their recklessness.
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We see they are coming out with a V8 for the Jeep Wrangler maybe the Gladiator could have one in the future.
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Old 11-27-2020, 01:20 PM   #17
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I have a Max Tow Gladiator Sport. Waiting on a Flying Cloud 23FB (delivered in Jan, hopefully).

I have been through the numbers many, many times... Based on the CAT weights I got for the truck and the published information from AS (and adding some weight per the comments on the forum) - I think that this combo will be a good fit. I may need to replace my 35Ē tires to decrease weight and to ensure the AS TW keeps me below my GVWR (6250) and payload (1565 per the sticker on the door). But, I also think that I can move items from the bed to the TT and achieve the same end. Once I get the trailer and get some CAT weights I will share.
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Old 11-27-2020, 01:26 PM   #18
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We see they are coming out with a V8 for the Jeep Wrangler maybe the Gladiator could have one in the future.
If they do it will likely reduce the towing capacity, not increase it. The 6.4 Hemi weighs a lot more than the 3.6, and the Gladiator with the 3.6 is already at its towing limits due to cooling capacity.
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