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Old 01-26-2013, 09:59 PM   #11
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Sorry for the chicken scratch typing. That's as good as I get on an iPad laying in bed! LOL

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:02 AM   #12
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xkuxme1.. Nice Looking JK..

You are absolutely right. I am so impressed with how she pulled the x17z down the road, even up hills. I'm using the WDH and an anti-sway bar and we had no issues. Tow home was 125 miles and went up hills like the camper was not back there. Ran 60 plus MPH efertlessly. I'm over causious ab out safety, so like you there will be minimal weight (i.e. no water, little in the fridge). Other than my wife and I for weekend get aways the luggage will be just her and I.

If I can figure out how to upload pictures I'll post a couple here..

Thanks for sharing your experience..
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:00 AM   #13
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The airbags for the back springs are about $100. If your WDH isnt taking out all of the sag, the this is the way to go. http://www.etrailer.com/Vehicle-Susp...FUWnPAodF2QAuA

My maiden voyage for my camper was a 25oo mile trip around Lake Michigan (I live in Kansas City). I used an iphone app called Road Trip to track all of my mpg. Generally speaking, if I went less than 62 then my transmission hunted around a little more than I wanted. If I towed faster than 62 then I started burning substantially more gas. Your camper might be a little different because you have an 8 foot wide camper (me thinks) and my camper is only 7 feet wide.

I would love to see some pics!

Congrats again!

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Old 01-27-2013, 08:46 AM   #14
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I really haven't touched a four door jeep yet... starting to look like the hummer hehe...The 3:73 gears probably a big help... For me it isn't how well they pull something up the mountain - its that coming down the other side with the heavy trailer pushing you down the hill... You will have white knuckles with a death grip on the steering wheel hehe...

I always try to get my tow truck and trailer down to US82 between Lake Village and Crossett ARK to see how they will hold up meeting one of those hugh log hauling Georgia Pacific tractor trailers coming at you at 70MPH on the two lane road of US82 through there. Those drivers always have a big smile too. They will swamp out all of the smaller trailers haha... Would be a good test to see how the JEEP would hold up... Even my F150 supercab with 3:73 gears has fits with the OFf-ROAD POPUP I pull thru there...

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Looks like your attempt worked! Nice looking rig. That 3.6 Pentastar v6 engine is a fine piece of engineering.
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Okay.. Here's a few pics of our Seasonal Site! This is our 2012 308RETS.
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snip....... I'm over cautious about safety, so like you there will be minimal weight (i.e. no water, little in the fridge)......snip
John,

Great to hear that you had a good towing experience with your new X17Z!

There are frequent postings inquiring about towing the smaller HTT's & TT's with the smaller TV's, especially with published Tow Ratings in the 3,500lb to 5,000lb range....., but it's been extremely rare to find anyone that has actually confirmed their "ready-to-camp" loaded weights, especially when dealing with a limited CCC.

What would be extremely helpful to folks considering a similar TV/HTT combination such as yours are the actual results of a CAT Scale visit. If you should have the opportunity to visit a CAT scale please feel free to report back with your findings, because it would be great to have that kind of information within the JOF "Towing and Tow Vehicle" thread archive.

CAT Scale how to: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...igh-Your-tt-tv

Thanks in advance

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I think your JEEP and TRAILER looks great paired up. Nice and level hookup. My 99TJ with two people standing on the bumper will almost bring the front wheels off the ground hehe... Two big guys sitting in the back really sets down in the rear for sure...

Your four door JEEP is almost as long as your trailer...

Looks like JEEP has beefed up the newer JEEPS abit more now... I can only base my experiences with the 1999 and older JEEPS... I load up my family in my 99TJ and it looks like the Taliban warriors all piled in the back of the Toyota pickup truck overseas in the sand box...

I don't think I would worry much with your setup... It looks very safe... Even your trailer height doesn't look all that higher than the Jeep as well. Of course this is an empty trailer in this photo. You will be adding a lot of things inside when going on your trips.

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