I have a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.7L V8. I have read on TrailerLife.com the vehicle has a towing weight limit of 6500 lbs. But that it should have a "Towing Package". No explanation of what this package would be. No information on Jeep.com what it would be as well. The local Jeep dealer is just steering me to the Jeep.com website. (Which is of little help.) Can I safely tow a trailer with a weight of approximately 6,000 lbs Fully Loaded? I need to know the answer to this ASAP! (Gross travel trailer weight is approx. 5300 lbs.)
Doubtful. Bet your tongue weight spec is 650#. Using minimum of 13% your max TT weight is 5000#.
Usually tow package is trans cooler, hitch, and 7 pin wiring, but can't say on your Jeep, sorry.
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I have a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.7L V8. I have read on TrailerLife.com the vehicle has a towing weight limit of 6500 lbs. But that it should have a "Towing Package". No explanation of what this package would be.---
Trailer Tow Group Iv -Inc: 7 To 4 Pin Wiring Connector, Pwr Steering Cooler, Class Iv Hitch Receiver, 7 Pin Wiring Harness, 6500# Max Loaded Trailer Weight, 750# Max Tongue Weight, 64 Sq Ft Max Trailer Frontal Area, 30Ft Max Trailer Length, Plastic Receiver Cover, Under-Dash Provision For After Market Trailer Brake Connector (Req: 2_Y Columbia Edition Quick-Order Pkg Or 2_H Freedom Quick-Order Pkg) (Req: Eva 4.7L V8 Engine)
Does your GC have a factory-installed hitch receiver? If so, what are the ratings printed on the receiver?
Hi and welcome to the forum. Unfortunitely the answer to your question is not as easy you think. If you are unsure if your vehicle is equiped with the towing package generally the easiest way is to take the vehicle VIN number to the dealer. They should be able to run the VIN number and tell you whether it is already equiped with the package or not.
Another way that might help you determine if the vehicle as built is capable of the load according to manufacturers ratings is to look at the GVWR and GCWR on the drivers door sticker. The difference between these two numbers is the towing capability in theory.
Towing packages vary by manufacture but generally they include the following equipment if not already part of the standard offering. Engine oil cooler, Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler, Hitch, Trailer plug wiring (7 wire), heavier sprngs and bigger brakes
I used to have a 2000 Jeep GC w/4.7L V8 and the factory towing option. It was rated to tow 6,000#. My TT Gross rating is 5500# and weighs 5000# on the scale, loaded. (4300# dry for those that have to use that unusable number)---
Thanks for providing what you consider to be an "unusable number".
Some of our members recommend that, if you tend to load "light", you can plan to add 500-1000# to a trailer's "dry weight". If you take the middle of that range (750#) and add it to your "dry weight", you arrive at an estimated GVW of 5050# versus your scaled weight of 5000#.
Looks to me as though the "dry weight" could be a usable number after all.
It's also good to see you didn't load to 100% of your trailer's GVWR.
I used to have a 2000 Jeep GC w/4.7L V8 and the factory towing option. It was rated to tow 6,000#. My TT Gross rating is 5500# and weighs 5000# on the scale, loaded. (4300# dry for those that have to use that unusable number) The "factory" options included the tranny oil cooler and extra capacity on the rear springs. The tongue weight rating was higher than 650 WITH a WD hitch but I can't recall the exact number.
I recall looking at the numbers available at the time and the factory towing option DID make a difference.
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We towed with a GC at one time, and it was a bit underpowered, but the real issue was the length and the 4x4 rear end. Those trucks are by design, set up for off road, which gives them a bit of drag-ass when you put a trailer on it. I actually had to put airbags in to compensate.
Agreed with what other say here, stick with a lighter trailer than you think you'd need and you'll be happier, push it, and you'll likely find yourself miserable when towing.
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