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Old 11-03-2014, 05:40 PM   #1
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I am a newbie and and have a towing question. We are buying a Jayco precept with a towing capacity of 5000 lbs (so it says) I'm thinking about towing my 2014 jeep cherokee with a curb weight of 3982 lbs. Can I tow this vehicle? Please help.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:53 PM   #2
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With a jeep... It depends.. You have two towing limits on the Motor home possibly 3

First is the hitch rating (5,000 pounds)
Next, there are two weights you need, one you will have to "obtain" after you load your RV.

The first is the Maximum Combined Gross Vehicle Weight rating, on my coach (As an example) that is 26000 pounds..

The next is the loaded GROSS weight of the motor home (in my case 22000 pounds) the difference (4,000) is my max tow limit provided I do not use a drop hitch adapter.

If i use a Drop (or rise) hitch adapter then the 5,000 hitch rating goes down like a rock in freefall. (mine broke with 4,000 pounds on it). however with a JEEP, odds are you may not need such an adapter.

Bottom line: 4,000 pound towed died a natural death (old age) new towed is 2500.
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With a jeep... It depends.. You have two towing limits on the Motor home possibly 3

First is the hitch rating (5,000 pounds)
Next, there are two weights you need, one you will have to "obtain" after you load your RV.

The first is the Maximum Combined Gross Vehicle Weight rating, on my coach (As an example) that is 26000 pounds..

The next is the loaded GROSS weight of the motor home (in my case 22000 pounds) the difference (4,000) is my max tow limit provided I do not use a drop hitch adapter.

If i use a Drop (or rise) hitch adapter then the 5,000 hitch rating goes down like a rock in freefall. (mine broke with 4,000 pounds on it). however with a JEEP, odds are you may not need such an adapter.

Bottom line: 4,000 pound towed died a natural death (old age) new towed is 2500.
What part of your hitch broke?
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:02 PM   #4
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Your towing capacity is normally the lowest of:

- GCWR minus weight of MH when ready to travel (loaded).

- Hitch capacity.

- MH tow capacity.

- Chassis tow capacity...some times the last two are different.
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We had a Windsport motorhome that had a tow capacity of 5000 lbs. We found the receiver hitch on the motorhome only had a capacity of 3500. You should check the capacity of the receiver hitch as well.
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If you use a drop hitch make sure it's rated for 10,000lb. They are usually solid steel rather than tubular.
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