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Old 12-17-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Jeep Grand Cherokee as a TV (Laredo)

Hi Guys, have a Jayco 17Z hybrid current TV is a 2007 Chev Uplander but I am told it is "marginal" and I should look at a TV of about 5000 lb, found a 2010 Jeep Crand Cherokee Laredo, 3.7l with a tow package, rated at 5000 lb.... so does anyone have this tv and if so how is it? any comments would be appreciated.. thanks

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Old 12-17-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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I have a 4.0L 4Runner, rated at 5,000 lbs. No way would I try anything over 3,500 loaded with it and it will still struggle.
If you're going to tow something heavier, definitely go with the V8. That 3.7L just won't do it.

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Old 12-17-2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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If you can swing it, a 2011 Model with the 3.6 pentastar V6 has much more grunt, about 70+ more horsepower, and better mpg when not towing. I'd target something rated around 5,500 to 6,000 lbs as my minimum with the Z. I believe the 3.6 models are rated over 6,000 lbs.

The beauty of the 17Z is there are a great deal of options for towing without spending a lot of bucks. My wife took a new job recently and felt she needed a 4X4 for winter, even tough we didn't get any snow last year. I found a 2000 Durango 5.9, 3.55 axle and tow package, 43,000 miles for $5000. On a test run, it pulled the Z with ease. Although we intend to use it mostly as a bad weather vehicle we can use it as a back up tow vehicle.

If you are in the position for a primarily tow only vehicle, not serving as a daily driver, I'd think about an older model, low mileage V8 Durango,Cherokee or something from the GM or Ford camp. My primary tow vehicle is a very dull and boring 1999Ford Econoline E-350 V-10 Chateau. I bought it in 2006 with just over 65,000 miles. I paid $7K for it and it has not only worked out well but it has been very reliable. It loves gas, but we only run it about 3,000 miles a year.

As you can see I have low dollar tow vehicles. Sure, I'd like a 3500 Ram Quad cab Cummings, but I don't need it nor would it be cost effective for me.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:16 PM   #4
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For what it's worth, we pull out 17Z with a 2007 4Runner rated at 5,000. I don't feel comfortable going too far so we are looking to upgrade before next season.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:14 AM   #5
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We pull our Z with a Chevy Astro rated at 5000lbs, and it does just fine. It struggles on steep inclines a bit, but we just go slow and easy and have no problems. When it comes time to get a new vehicle, we will definitely go with something a bit larger (probably a Chevy Express Van), but our Astro is absolutely enough vehicle to tow the trailer without issue.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:07 AM   #6
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A 2010 Ford Explorer or older with a V8 would give you a better towing rating. You woukdwouldwoukd
Be rated at 7100lbs Engine is a workhorse-same used in police cars and taxis
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I would think that the jeep has too short a wheel base for towing much... (unless it is the 4 door version)
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Thanks Guys... found out that the Jeep Loredo with the standard factory tow group comes with a class 2 hitch rated at 3500 lb, I am told but cant find conformation that if you put on a class 3 the tow rating is then 5000 lb apparently any class 2 has a max rating of the 3500 BUT I am still trying to find out if this is true which would mean that the 3.7l can tow up to 5000lb, just cant get an OK from Jeep.....
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I would look for something with a larger wheelbase honestly. The poster above with the 4R has a similar wheelbase as the Jeep you are looking at and it is out of their comfort level. Do it right the first time, not twice.
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I would look for something with a larger wheelbase honestly. The poster above with the 4R has a similar wheelbase as the Jeep you are looking at and it is out of their comfort level. Do it right the first time, not twice.
Agree,
We purchased the 4Runner only to pull our pop-up loaded up at about 2,000lbs. Did a great job.
As we wanted to travel for longer periods and distance, we wanted to invest in a TT.
After our experience with our pop-up in the mountains of PA and conferring with many experts, I established about 3500 lbs loaded out and no longer than 21ft in length.
Anything larger becomes the tail wagging the dog and can be a white knuckle experience.
I went with the Sport 165 loading out at under 3500 lbs, 16ft box, 18ft over-all length, WDH and Prodigy brake controller.
I feel comfortbale with this set-up.

If I was purchasing a TV from scratch, I would focus on longer wheelbase and V8. That way you have options in the future.
The difference between the V6 and V8 4Runner is only 1 MPG highway. Like most V8's, there not bad if you keep your foot out of them :-)
4Runners are great for towing boats because they cut through the air much better than a TT and the 4WD is great on ramps.

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