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john4az

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Posted: 08/11/20 11:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Researching realistic towing capability for a 5000 lb unloaded Rv Trailer - looked at AirStreams 18-22 feet

Towing capability listed is 6200 lbs --BUT-- vehicle is 2014 2 wd
and I am concerned about towing up and down hills, is 290 HP enough?

Thinking of a 6000 lb U-Haul installed hitch(etc).

Do Not want to be the right land blockade on interstates....

Some forums suggest keeping trailer weight to 3500 lbsempty..
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I want to understand a realistic expectation for my 2014 Jeep

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Posted: 08/11/20 11:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With a V8 model you’d be fine but the V6 will struggle with a trailer already at 5k unloaded. Once loaded you will exceed your tow rating.


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Posted: 08/11/20 12:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your tow vehicle’s payload and max trailer weight is?


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Posted: 08/11/20 01:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I put 140,000 towing miles on a Highlander with 270 HP V6, towing trailers in the 2700-3500 lb range and no more than 7' wide, 100" high. (Wind resistance is the big thing at highway speed, but weight will bite you on the hills.) It did okay on the highway if I kept it mostly at about 60 mph. I looked long at hard at replacing it with a JGC about 5 years ago, but went with a V8 Lexus GX instead. IMO you will not be at all happy with performance of the V6 JGC if you tow something that large, even though the Airstream's rounded shape will help you some with the wind resistance. With a low, narrow trailer and less than 4500 lbs loaded weight, you stand a chance of being satisfied.


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Posted: 08/11/20 01:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The payload is likely the killer.

I did a quick check online and it looks like you only have 1100lb payload. At 6200lb, you should have around 700-900lb hitch weight. Assuming 2 of you at 150lb plus 100lb for the hitch, that puts you at 1100-1300lb before putting anything else in the truck and that presumes you don't have any after market add-ons (like running boards).

290hp should actually be fine. You may need to drop down a gear and let the RPM go up to make that 290hp but if you look at tow vehicles from the 1970-1980's, it was common for big V8 engines to have 200-250hp.

Ignore the unloaded weight and go for the GVWR of the trailer for a good starting point. Given the payload limits, I'd be looking at 4500-5000 GVWR as the upper end of trailers to consider.


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X2, Valhalla. Don’t understand what OP’s research is accomplishing if he/she doesn’t know his payload max.

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I really like Jeeps. I have a 2014 Grand Cherokee myself - but with an EcoDiesel. It has the same 8 speed ZF tranny (which is fantastic). And the vehicle itself makes a good tow vehicle for its size.

All that said, I just don't think the V6 is up to the task of a trailer that big. It won't be "drop down a gear", it will likely be running in 5th most of the time, turning a ton of RPMs, and swilling fuel.

Not exactly apples to apples, but TFL did a review of a Jeep Gladiator, powered by the V6, pulling a trailer up Ike. It was heavier than you are suggesting (if I remember right), but probably less wind resistance. Search that video and see if you think you would be happy with that type of performance. Because I don't think I would be.


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Bionic Man wrote:


Not exactly apples to apples, but TFL did a review of a Jeep Gladiator, powered by the V6, pulling a trailer up Ike. It was heavier than you are suggesting (if I remember right), but probably less wind resistance. Search that video and see if you think you would be happy with that type of performance. Because I don't think I would be.


I watched that one, I remember watching the tach and thinking how little fun that would be.

I've never owned a diesel so I'm used to letting gassers turn some RPMS up hills...but that was crazy.

At least the 3.6 is pretty smooth at high RPM. We have one in our van.


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Posted: 08/11/20 07:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2014 V6 4X4 Jeep Grand Cherokee owner here. I towed a travel trailer with a loaded weight of 5,000 pounds for two years without any problems. As other have stated, you may need to keep and eye on your payload.

You mentioned you would have to install a hitch on your JGC. If so, it tells me your Jeep does not have the factory towing package and you can only tow 3,500 pounds.





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I’ve driven the newer V6 JGC. 8 speed is typical spot on ZF8hp trans. And it’s peppy, but IMO that’s too much trailer for anything but low altitude flatland towing.


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