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Old 12-07-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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Have a Jeep, Bought the TT, is it a match?

We sold the MH last year when we moved to Florida perm, but missed having the freedom of traveling without staying in dirty, and overpriced motel rooms. I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 4.7 L, with Towing Package. The rated tow capacity is 5,000-6,500 lbs. GCWR is 11,200, Max Trailer Length: 25', Tongue Wgt:720lbs.

That being said, we bought a 2010 Forest River Salem Cruise Lite,21RB with a dry WGT of 3,758. Dry Hitch Wgt: 323 ( I know, it will depend how much I can keep the wife from loading into it)

Do you feel we can safely tow this TT with the Jeep, as we will be using a Hitch and Sway Bar setup along with electronic brakes.

I thank you for your input in advance.

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First, forget the dry weights. The dry weight is without most accessories that a mfr automatically installs on a TT, like the A/C, awning, microwave....etc. Also, unless you're going to drain the hot water tank everytime you tow, you'll have to add to the TT weight the weight, albiet small, for 6 or 10 gallons of water. You need to always work calculations with GVWR's & GCWR's.

Take your Jeep, fill up the gas tank & load it with you, your family, pets & any gear you'll pack in it to travel. Then go get it weighed. Subtract that from the GCWR & what you'll have left is what you'll probably be able to safely tow.

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