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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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dog bone
post Aug 13 2010, 08:45 AM
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We had a 97 Grand Cherokee with a v8 in it, but we only towed a pop up with it. It towed fine, but what you are looking to get might be pushing it. The numbers look good as far as the weight and towing capacity. The problem is being able to control it.
The wheel base means a lot. A car or truck going down the road with a long wheel base will ride better than a shorter wheel base vehicle. One of the engineers will have to help as to why. It will be the same when towing.
As meatwagon pointed out there is a distinct difference between a full size Tahoe and a jeep Cherokee. My only hands on experience was with a freinds chevy blazer. It was one of the old ones big and square, anyway we took his 28' tt to cherrystone one year and that thing was all over the road. He had no problem towing it with his pickup using the same hitch. The Blazer, if you remember, had a short wheel base and did sit kinda high. That also is also different than a Cherokee.
If you are bound and determined to get this combination, try it out on your short trips. If you feel comfortable with it, take it on your 250 mile trek. If not, either put off the big trip til you get another tow vehicle or find an alternate means of doing it. You said you where going to get a different tv next year.
You are not pestering anyone here. Feel free to ask away. The bottom line it will be your decision on what you feel is the best route to take. We have just given you a few different answers and opinions.
Happy Camping.

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