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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 12 2010, 10:50 PM
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I dont think it is fair to compare a Jeep Grand Cherokee to a Chevy Tahoe in this sense. They are 2 totally different types of SUV. The Jeep is built on a smaller chassis with shorter wheel base and narrower width. The Tahoe is built on a 1/2 ton Chevy pickup frame. Wider, longer, and more heavy duty.

I had a '97 Grand Cherokee and only towed my jet skis with it. 2 jet skis were very noticable behind that truck. Breaking, acceleration, and changing lanes was a huge concern for me. I've pulled a Bobcat Skid Steer on a utility trailer with a 1/2 ton Suburban and never felt it behind me.

I would suggest that if you are serious about buying a camper but do not have the vehicle to tow it with, consider waiting. There are great deals to be found at the pre season camper shows. Dealers have leftover inventory that they need to move and will sell very close to cost. Some dealers may even throw in the the hitch as an incentive.

Look around during the next few months to find a vehicle you can afford to own before buying a trailer suited to someone elses truck. Nothing would be worse than having a trailer payment and no way to move it if your loaner vehicle is traded in or becomes unavailable.

I dont want to turn anyone off to camping, but it sounds like you are need to get some things in line before making the big commitment. Almost like furnishing a house off the blueprint.
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