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Old 09-19-2019, 05:07 PM   #1
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Jeep Compass vs Jeep Wrangler

We've liked our jeeps, and want to continue down that road. I've noticed a lot of folks towing wranglers, older and newer. But I haven't found anyone that tows a Compass. It's more of a car/SUV, which we like, and is 4WD/AWD. It had good reviews on Edmunds. I've also read 6 years of the 'MH Dinghy Towing' guide and has very little requirements depending on the year. Is there something I don't know about this vehicle that makes RVers shy away from it? Heck of a lot cheaper than a Wrangler, and you get more comforts.
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I have been looking at the Jeep Cherokee. It has generally better reviews than the Compass, especially for reliability.
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My MH is a 2000. 20,500 lbs weight. 26,000 CVW. I have to get something lighter.
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Cherokee is typically about 4,200 lb. Does that not work?
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Old 09-19-2019, 06:42 PM   #5
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If I understand how this weight thing works, we're supposed to include fuel, water, stuff we load for our trip, even the weight of the hitch and brackets. Quite honestly, I tow a 7x16 enclosed trailer with diamond plate flooring, a 1600 lb SxS offroad vehicle, with parts, tools, and gas cans. Even though I do the mountains of I5 regularly, it's just OK and I now know I'm way over what I should be. The only difference with a Dinghy is no tongue weight. So I'm trying to figure this stuff out. I'm a little overwhelmed with whats good to tow and whats not. I'm just curious about the Compass. I'd bet a beer we're gonna end up with a Wrangler.
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According to the 2019 Dinghy Towing Guide, the compass is not flat towable. https://webcontent.goodsam.com/motor...inghyGuide.pdf.
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Yeah, I'm looking at 2014 thru 2017.
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I don’t believe any Compass is flat down towable. You need a transfer case with a neutral in it.
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Pulled this off the 2017 Jeep Compass Owners Manual. "Vehicles equipped with manual transmissions may be recreational towed (flat towed) at any legal highway speed, for any distance, if the manual transmission is in NEUTRAL and the ignition key is in the ACC position." So, you can flat tow for ONLY a manual tranny.
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The Compass is a great flat tow Jeep. Yes manual only, no restrictions, no locking steering wheel. The key does not have to be turned on.. only if you need the 12V from the cigarette lighter. I plumbed a separate 12V plug for the brake buddy. Towed from new 2014, now have 92,000 KM under it's belt.
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Thanx Blawless
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I traded my '14 CR-V for a '14 Wrangler Unlimited even though the CR-V was towable simply because the CR-V was too small for my likes. I don't drive manual trans anymore.
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We both love the unlimited, especially those extra doors, but that's just toooooooo much car for my gasser.
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The Compass does not get rated very well in about any review you read. If I was given the choice, I'd take the Wrangler. We tow a 2008 JKS and it works great for the two of us and tows well, goes about anywhere we want. I'd be afraid to take a Compass down a dirt road. The 2 door will generally come in around 4000 pounds, give or take, based on how it is set up. Most gas rigs generally have about a 5K tow rating and hitch rating.
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