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Old 08-28-2012, 02:48 PM   #15
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I wouldn't say Grand Cherokees are any worse than the almost useless Camry-based Ridgeline or GM's Colorado. Truth is, G.Cherokees can move a lot of weight, and have among the highest towing capacities. They're short though, and having a short wheel base never is "optimal" when towing. That goes for any tow vehicle.

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Old 10-14-2012, 04:36 PM   #16
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My 2 cents...

As SUV's go, I would stick with the GM's, not out of any loyalty or anything, but I tow a lighter trailer than yours with an '06 Durango with the multi-displacement Hemi. The engine is plenty powerful, but the truck is fairly small, and I feel kinda like I'm on the ragged edge of my tow capacity. The Tahoe/Yukon are big, sure, but they are built on a full-size truck platform, whereas mine is a little Dakota underneath. And the new Durangos are rebodied Jeep Grand Cherokees.To my mind, the GM's would simply tow better, and be more stable. (Wouldn't sound as cool as a Hemi, tho'!) And I'll bet your wife will wonder how she ever survived without one after she discovers how much room and visibility she has!

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Old 10-28-2012, 06:53 AM   #17
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My wife has an '07 Toyota Sequoia rated for 5700lbs. She gets a combined avg of 15-16 nog around town. It's a great family vehicle and a great ride on the highway. It only has the iforce 4.7L V8 but with trailer in tow hills are no problem. Granted I've only pulled about 2500lbs up steep hills with it.
We are purchasing a 21' Jayco Skylark with a GW of 35000 so I can update on that later. We have traveled from NM with no trailer to Calif. and Florida many times for family and we love it on the long rides. Just my .02 of info to share.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:56 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Jon Mopar View Post
....the almost useless Camry-based Ridgeline...
Toyota Camry-based? The Honda Ridgeline is based on the Honda Pilot SUV.

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Everyone will have an ideal solution for you. But in truth only your wife will know what she wants to drive. I preferr a truck. So does my daughter. She just bought a Tundra crewmax and loves it. This replaced her Tacoma. With two growing kids and a large dog they simply outgrew the Taco. After driving and comparing different vehicles that is the one they wanted. A Tahoe, Durango,or similar SUV will tow your weight just fine. The problem is, if you decide to upgrade in the near future you will be severely limited as to how much bigger you could go. I will tell you to pick as,big as your wife feels comfortable driving daily and be satisfied. BTW for one mile a day, I would buy her a small cheap commuter car and get myself as much truck as I could planning for future upgrades to the trailer. Yea three vehicles is kind of expensive. But so is maintenance on a vehicle that only gets driven 10 miles a week

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