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J Miller
post Aug 5 2010, 08:14 AM
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I hope I'm not pestering you folks with a million questions, but I am just getting into the camping scene and I'm looking for as much information as I can gather smile.gif

I am looking to purchase my first travel trailer here in the near future. Initially, I will be towing this trailer with a 2008 V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a towing capacity of 6500 lbs. The trailer's that I'm looking at are in the 4800 to 5500 lb range in dry weight. Now I don't intend on towing water with me, and I know these weights come in under the towing capacity of the vehicle, but it just seems illogical to me that our little Jeep can tow a 28 to 30 foot trailer. We're looking at ultra light trailers, and I guess I just want to make sure that I'm not getting myself in over my head.

Any info or experiences you veterans have would be greatly appreciated biggrin.gif

J Miller
Warren, Michigan
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post Aug 5 2010, 04:44 PM
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pester all you need....

OK, so I have never towed anything larger than a utility trailer... growing up, mom & dad had FAN brand travel trailers...

Your Jeep MAYBE able to tow 6800 pounds, but I bet your factory installed hitch may be rated at 5000 pounds, and of course, you will need an "equalizing hitch".

A 1979 27' FAN - old stick style construction, was about 4800 pounds. Dad would tow with a Dodge 383 cci or the Dodge 440cci engine... of course, 7mpg was good mileage.

If you use one of the newer "feather weight" TT's, you should not have a problem with your Jeep.

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