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Old 04-03-2021, 03:58 PM   #1
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Jeep Cherokee Class C?

New RVer here. We have a 2021 Tiffin Wayfarer class c. Do you think jeep grand Cherokee is too heavy to tow. It says we have 5000 pound hitch weight. Have any of you towed a grand Cherokee with class C Wayfarer. If so, what has been your experience in terms of speed, damage, and control? This is overwhelming to pick a car. We want something stable and I donít feel safe driving in small 2,500 lb cars. :( Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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How much does the Grand Cherokee weigh? Not sure, but Iíd bet itís at the upper limit of your RV towing capacity.
I flat tow my 2005 Wrangler with my 2018 Wayfarer and it does fine, but I bet itís considerably lighter than a GC.
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Old 04-03-2021, 07:38 PM   #3
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It depends on the trim level, but a flat towable (only certain transmission options) recent model Grand Cherokee will weigh in around 4,500 - 4,600 pounds empty. You did not ask, but a regular Cherokee, not Grand Cherokee (built on a different body) weighs in at 4,050 - 4,200 pounds depending on trim level and options (note with the Cherokee only ones equipped with Active Drive II can be flat towed).
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Old 04-03-2021, 09:16 PM   #4
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Typically factory weights listed are for base models. 4WD, skid plates, accessories, etc add considerable weight. Our Cherokee which is considerably smaller weighs over 4400 lbs.
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I am sure a lot of it is those heavy skid plates on the Trailhawk, our Overland which does not have the optional skid plates, but has all the tech bells and whistles, weighs in at just under 4,200 pounds empty.
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Jeep Cherokee Class C?

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Since you mentioned you were new to RVing, there are a couple of important numbers you need to be aware of on your Sprinter Chassis based Wayfarer. There should be a sticker on the driverís side door which tells you the Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) and it will be somewhere around 800 to 1500lbs. CCC is the weight of passengers, water (@ 8lbs/gallon) and your stuff. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) for a Sprinter is 11,030lbs. This is the weight of your rig (including fuel and propane) plus the passengers, water, and stuff. You should load your rig for a trip and then have it weighted with all passengers/pets aboard. There are CAT scales at most truck stops. Cost is about $10. If you are over 11,030lbs, the rig is over loaded according to the manufacturer. The Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) for a Sprinter is 15,249lbs. This is the total weight of your rig plus passengers, water, stuff and the trailer/toad. Subtract the weight of your rig (as weighted at a CAT scale) from 15,249 and that is the amount you can safely tow. Good luck and enjoy the journey.

Edit: Note, just because the hitch says 5,000lbs, doesnít mean you can safely tow that amount.
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Wow, thank you for the insight. I had no idea but you laid it out so nicely that I will just follow that formula. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out. I’m learning a lot in a very short time! I’m sure it will all be worth it! Have a wonderful weekend, or what’s left of it!��
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That is so helpful! Thank you so much! ��
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Had originally planned on flat-towing my Jeep Grand Cherokee but after getting it weighed it was around 4900#. That was too close to the weight rating for me so we decided to flat tow the wifes Ford Focus which was around 2000# less.
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Wow, thank you for the insight. I had no idea but you laid it out so nicely that I will just follow that formula. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out. Iím learning a lot in a very short time! Iím sure it will all be worth it! Have a wonderful weekend, or whatís left of it!��


Iím glad the information was useful. Enjoy your new rig. Safe Travels!
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Well, that’s a big difference! Nice!
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O tow a Grand Cherokee and sometimes my 2dr wrangler. All of my coaches allowed for 6k to 8.5k hitch weight.

I agree with others, that the GK is too near the max for safety. I love both of my jeeps and the tow beautifully, but too close to your limit.
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Many States (eg California) say that anything over 3500lbs must have braking system. Factor that into your decision.
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I think it would be a lot for your RV. Do you want to traveling all the time at your max? I would not do it.
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