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Old 07-16-2020, 04:34 AM   #1
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Jeep Grand Cherokee hemi?

Looking to tow a 27 foot (hitch ball to trailer bumper) 4800 pound UVW travel trailer with 2018 JGC Trailhawk hemi... all the numbers look good, a bit concerned about total length. Will be using Blue Ox SwayPro WDH setup.

Anyone have experience with a 27-footer and a JGC?

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You have plenty of power but not the wheelbase. I tried towing a 27' trailer with generation 1 Honda Ridgeline and blame the short wheelbase in trying to control the travel trailer. I had to get a new bigger tow vehicle which was a perfect for my travel trailer.

At highway speeds of 70 - 72 mph with any kind of wind it is not easy to control the box you are towing.

Here is a general trailer length to wheelbase ratio.

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Thanks, but looking for actual JGC towing experience, not a table or Ridgeline experience.
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Old 07-16-2020, 07:50 AM   #4
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We towed a 24' trailer from Houston to Seattle, with a diesel Grand Cherokee. We had NO problems. We used an Equalizer hitch, and everything tracked perfectly. I doubt another 2-3 feet would affect you much.

BTW, I had an 04 truck with the hemi. Got 345,000 miles out of it before it dropped the cam chain. AWESOME engine, for not being a diesel!


The truck pulled that trailer like it wasn't even there. I think you should be good to go!
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Thanks, but looking for actual JGC towing experience, not a table or Ridgeline experience.

Yikes.

tuffr2 is pretty reliable. I'd listen to them frankly.
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Yikes.

tuffr2 is pretty reliable. I'd listen to them frankly.
Yeah, apologies, didn't mean to sound snarky... I'm a numbers/data guy, and I understand the general guidance, but first-hand knowledge and specific JGC real-world experience is what I'm after on the subject.

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Old 07-16-2020, 09:50 AM   #7
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We towed a 24' trailer from Houston to Seattle, with a diesel Grand Cherokee. We had NO problems. We used an Equalizer hitch, and everything tracked perfectly. I doubt another 2-3 feet would affect you much.

BTW, I had an 04 truck with the hemi. Got 345,000 miles out of it before it dropped the cam chain. AWESOME engine, for not being a diesel!


The truck pulled that trailer like it wasn't even there. I think you should be good to go!


The Hemi is pretty much bulletproof. Great engine.
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I love my Hemi. It's the small one, 5.7 in a 17 year old 3/4 ton truck.

This was me pushing it to see what it could do hauling up the mountain. 5 mile uphill 6% grade. I'm pulling a 29'6" overall length trailer - 6500lb dry weight. I was far from dry though going up/coming back (guessing around 3000lb of cargo between the 1500lb UTV and 100gal water and misc crap).




Coming back the same hill I babied it a bit (it was a lot hotter out) - I was in 3rd gear doing about 45mph up the 7 mile, 6% grade. Temps got quite a bit hotter when I tried to push it closer to 55. Once I crested the top temps came right back down and all was well.



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WOW! You can see the gas gauge dropping... and that's in a still picture!!!


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Yeah... it was about 120 miles one way. Half tank going up, half tank coming back. I'm in the market for a diesel crew cab -- but until I find one that won't cost me almost my annual salary...
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JGC Experience

I tow my 5000# loaded TT with my '16 JGC. It only has the V6 in it. The TT is 22' bumper to ball, so you're looking at 5' more.

I have almost no trouble with this setup, except when the winds in Arizona and New Mexico get crazy. I drive slow when towing, only topping out at 62 or 63, and slow don to 55 in the winds. I've pulled it off the road a couple of times.

I think you would be pushing the limits of what you can safely tow with a JGC. Your hitch and its setup are key. My Equal-I-Zer is a very good hitch, and I know there are better. Invest in the best you can find, regards of $.
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We towed a 24í TT, no slides, about 4K total with our Ď13 GC TH Hemi. All of the TH equipment lowers the GCís payload. Youíll run out of hitch capacity before power. What is the rating on the newer GCís?

It towed ours fine with the two of us and a dog. I wouldnít tow with four adults or even large kids.
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my son recently bought a 2017 jgc with the hemi and air suspension to pull their boat..yamaha 240. 3600#+1200# trailer. it pulls fine..but a travel trailer may be a bigger sail to control because it is a lot shorter than your trailer. even tho their boat has high rig for bimini top, they like it's towing ability.
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Yeah, apologies, didn't mean to sound snarky... I'm a numbers/data guy, and I understand the general guidance, but first-hand knowledge and specific JGC real-world experience is what I'm after on the subject.

Thanks!
No worries. First hand experience is one of the very best reasons that forums like this exist. It's a main reason I post questions here.

I just make sure I take anecdotes as anecdotes, and as one piece of a larger and complex puzzle.
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