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Old 03-26-2012, 10:00 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice. When I took it for a test tow I loaded my folks into the jeep for added weight to simulate our dogs and cargo. Together they added approx 450lbs...no further comment the weight and trailer definitely made for noticeable towing but it handled surprisingly well. We took it through the city and up and down approx 30 km of mixed Hwy consisting of a couple of decent hills, rolling hills and some straight aways. It was also a bit windy and we passed a bunch of big rigs.

We went back to the rv dealer again today and after taking a second look around we decided that the X213 is the way to go. We're also playing with the idea of getting into a v8 Cherokee but we'll wait and see how the numbers work.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:01 PM   #12
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That's great that you got to take it out and try it. Wish we were able to do that. Enjoy your new camper
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:12 PM   #13
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Thanks! I guess we'll be signing the papers tomorrow if all goes according to plan. The weather here has been nice and the snow is melting fast!! We can't wait to get out and do some camping!
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:05 AM   #14
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Congratulations on your decision. Towing with the V8 will make a huge difference.
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X213 is a great rig. I think you will be very happy with it. We are happy with ours and can't wait to get it out in a fews weeks for our first trip if the season.
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Our previous TV limited our choices in choosing our "next" TT. By choosing a lighter/smaller TT we did not enjoy camping as much. Finally found a bigger TV and then got the TT we wanted.
Long story short- if you have an ideal TT in mind make sure you have a capable TV first.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:47 AM   #17
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What is it about the Cherokee that you don't like and how big of a trailer are you towing? I'm just curious as I'm potentially bumping up from a 16.5' trailer which towed great to a heavier longer unit.
I only tow an atv trailer, loaded at 3000 lbs, 14 ft long. I have to rev the heck out of the engine to accelerate. Plus, it keeps downshifting on every little grade. Even that small of a utility trailer takes the gas mileage way down. I wouldn't dream of hauling a TT with it.

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Thanks everyone. I guess I'd like to know whether the weight difference of 650lbs would even be a consideration when towing trailers in the 3-4 thousand lb range. Would I even notice the difference in fuel savings or vehicle strain? Since at highway speeds both trailers being almost the same physical size would have similar wind drag? Thoughts?
Well it's looking like getting into a bigger TV is out. So I like to refer to the above and ask everyone once again what their thoughts are on towing a TT that weighs about 600 lbs less... will it make a noticeable difference?
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Well it's looking like getting into a bigger TV is out. So I like to refer to the above and ask everyone once again what their thoughts are on towing a TT that weighs about 600 lbs less... will it make a noticeable difference?
In a word....YES. 600 lbs is alot of weight especially when you are creeping close to your limit. Think of it this way, thats almost a 3rd of a ton. You will notice it on the hills and your mpg will suffer. 600 lbs could mean the difference of shifting into 2nd gear instaed of just 3rd when climbing. Thats where your mileage will suffer. On the other hand, if on the test drive, the Jeep seemed to pull okay, go for the bigger tt. Pack carefully and buy food at your destination to help cut down on weight. Chances are you will have the tt longer than the jeep anyway.

Altar1 - thats crazy about your v8 jeep. I'm guessing you must have the 4.7 and not the 5.7. You must not have a tow package either and the truck has higher gears? My 4.6 v8 Mountaineer tows my 5500 lb tt like a champ. Of course my tow rating is 7060 lbs and I have the factory tow package.
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Welcome to the forum, Overlander. Enjoy your new Jayco, whichever one you end up choosing.
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