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Old 04-10-2016, 07:07 PM   #1
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How can i determine what trailer length i can tow???

looking at larger campers then we currently have (16xrb) but im not sure what i can tow length wise, im trying to stay less than 5000lbs empty but i hve no idea how long i can go. 2013 grand cherokee hemi, tow package.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:13 PM   #2
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I would think length is not the issue, weight would be the determining factor.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:28 PM   #3
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Length does play a factor into the equation in regards to a shorter wheelbase tv. You don't want the tail wagging the dog due to an extreme short tv/ long trailer situation.

I will try to find the chart I have come across before in regards to the suggested max tv wheelbase vs tt length. I will look some more for the one I was referring to, but here is another one I found. While there is no set standard, there is a general rule of what works the best for a safe and stable tow.

Have you searched any GC forums? When it looked like my wife may have gotten a Durango I was over on one of the Durango forums, and I want to say it was suggested to stay under 26' or so..... Can't recall for sure. And she didn't end up with a Durango, so didn't retain it I guess. Lol
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A lot of factors to consider apart from wheelbase, e.g. rear overhang, center of gravity, hitch (Hensley / Propride eliminate sway), etc.
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I will try to find the chart I have come across before in regards to the suggested max tv wheelbase vs tt length. I will look some more for the one I was referring to, but here is another one I found. While there is no set standard, there is a general rule of what works the best for a safe and stable tow.
Perhaps this is the one you were looking for....
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Perhaps this is the one you were looking for....
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As far as the CAT scales go, if you live in a farming community, there are usually a number of agriculture scales scattered throughout. If you catch them at a time when crops are not being harvested, they are usually sitting idle. A phone call or a visit can determine if you can use the scale when they are not being used during the busy season. I have found several scales in my area that are more than glad to have you use their scales at no charge. They usually leave them on 24 hours a day so it is no problem to drive on and get your weights. I have found them to be most helpful.
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I have a 2015 JGC diesel Tow weight is 7200lb max for the 4x4 I read somewhere that jeeps max length was 28 ft
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I have a 2011 Grand Cherokee hemi and have been towing my 23' Jay Feather for about a year. I started with just a standard WD hitch and friction anti-sway and on a trip to Colorado from Illinois, I was worn out. I just switched to a Propride hitch and the difference is night and day, I actually enjoy towing it now.
I personally wouldn't want anything longer with my Jeep.
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GolDog, I'm with you. I just got my 23RLSW and think it's about the max in length I want to tow with my 2015 JGC diesel.


Power is not an issue. Just the shorter wheelbase compared to a pickup.
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