Jeep Cherokee as tow vehicle

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by 3amigos, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. 3amigos

    3amigos New Member

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    we recently bought a flagstaff T21tbhw...aframe trailer. We love it! We are considering a new tow vehicle and have been told many tow this type of trailer with a Jeep Cherokee. We would be looking at a a v6 engine that has a towing capacity of 4500lbs. Our trailer is 2500lbs unloaded. We pack light. What are your thoughts on this vehicle paired with this trailer? Thanks!
     
  2. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    It should work fine according to your numbers. Make sure you have a tow package, but if it doesn't, you will want to beef up the tranny cooler and maybe add some air bags for the suspension.
     
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  3. NMroamer

    NMroamer Active Member

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    There is a saying that almost no one here has heard of. "Just because you can do something does not mean that you should "
    Check online resources for professional opinions.
    Ike guantlet for Jeep is one.
     
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  4. Rusty2192

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    Tow capacity is definitely in check. The only thing that really needs more consideration is the tongue weight. That pup has a dry tongue weight of 372 lbs and it will only go up from there, especially if you put much in the front storage trunk. Check to see what the Jeep (and any other TV candidates) can handle both with and without a WDH. Then check to see if the pup can handle a WDH.
     
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  5. 3amigos

    3amigos New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify...our trailer doesn’t have the dormer, so tongue weight is 309 unloaded.
     
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  6. J Starsky

    J Starsky Well-Known Member

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    Figures a Toyota guy would say that about a Jeep. I'd say it can handle it because Jeep meant it that way. You're both in about the same weight classes...
     
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  7. NMroamer

    NMroamer Active Member

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    Toyota vs Jeep has nothing to do with it. Get up and get over it. My two trail riding buddies both have Jeeps.
     
  8. J Starsky

    J Starsky Well-Known Member

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    I bought a Tahoe to pull so I'm quite over both classes, I assure you [:D] Heck, I send my minivan in to do all this pup pulling duty, no sweat @ 190k. [MOD][MOD][MOD]
     
  9. Tkantak1

    Tkantak1 New Member

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    My wife and I bought a new Jeep Cherokee With the V-6. It pulls our 2500 lb camper pretty well. just give yourself plenty of space to stop. Fast stops can get a little hairy.
     
  10. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    If your pup has electric brakes, I suggest you invest in a brake controller. I have one and it makes a big difference even though I have a half ton RAM as a tow vehicle.

    I wish my boat trailer had electric brakes.
     
  11. Tkantak1

    Tkantak1 New Member

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    I do need to invest in a brake controller. However, Im not so sure the electric brakes on the trailer work. I suppose it probably wouldn't take much to get them working if they don't?
     
  12. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    There are a bunch of videos on YouTube on electric trailer brakes and brake controllers. Electric brakes aren't very complicated. Even better if you know someone that can help you out!
     
  13. Tkantak1

    Tkantak1 New Member

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    I will definitely look into it! Stopping is gooood LOL
     
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  14. Dingit

    Dingit Active Member

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    Brakes are nice. Our truck's braking system is rated to stop the weight of truck-plus-popup without trailer brakes but it feels better with them.
     

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