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bravelion

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I currently towed an Innsbruck 199dd to Colorado from TX with my 2016 grand Cherokee 4x4 High Altitude. 3.6. Door placard says 6,500 tow capacity for my particular jeep.

I weighed all of our stuff loading up the jeep before driving to pick up the rental trailer. 250 lbs of stuff. The Innsbruck is a super light no frills trailer. I had the water filled before leaving, so that added some weight, but was still under 4,500 lbs I estimate. Just two of us riding in the keep, me 220 lbs, her 130.

Pulling power was no problem. Even from Durango to Ouray. But I had a minor white knuckle wind experience on I40 coming into Clovis NM from TX. Strong winds out of the south blew me around pretty good. I had just a ball hitch receiver, no special hitch or sway bars.

Without wind it tows just fine. But what I've read about the short wheelbase on the GC is true. I was fighting the sway pretty hard. Never felt like it was dangerous enough to pull over, but it was work.

In our RV park in Ouray there was a Geo Pro 19 with a grand Cherokee. I noticed it had a special hitch. I meant to chat them up as I'd like to keep my jeep and I've looked at the Geo Pro, but they left already so I wasn't able to get their feedback.

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Posted: 08/16/19 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bravelion wrote:

I currently towed an Innsbruck 199dd to Colorado from TX with my 2016 grand Cherokee 4x4 High Altitude. 3.6. Door placard says 6,500 tow capacity for my particular jeep.

I weighed all of our stuff loading up the jeep before driving to pick up the rental trailer. 250 lbs of stuff. The Innsbruck is a super light no frills trailer. I had the water filled before leaving, so that added some weight, but was still under 4,500 lbs I estimate. Just two of us riding in the keep, me 220 lbs, her 130.

Pulling power was no problem. Even from Durango to Ouray. But I had a minor white knuckle wind experience on I40 coming into Clovis NM from TX. Strong winds out of the south blew me around pretty good. I had just a ball hitch receiver, no special hitch or sway bars.

Without wind it tows just fine. But what I've read about the short wheelbase on the GC is true. I was fighting the sway pretty hard. Never felt like it was dangerous enough to pull over, but it was work.

In our RV park in Ouray there was a Geo Pro 19 with a grand Cherokee. I noticed it had a special hitch. I meant to chat them up as I'd like to keep my jeep and I've looked at the Geo Pro, but they left already so I wasn't able to get their feedback.

Your estimate is just a guess. It might be close, but it could be hundreds of pounds off. You won’t know until you’ve weighed your rig at a CAT or other certified scale. Tongue weight is very important.
I would be very leery of towing a 20’ trailer without a WD and some sort of sway control, especially if you tow in a windy area.


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Posted: 08/16/19 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The CAT scales tell the weight story but only you can determine a "white knuckle" ride.

I have been pushed around by cross winds in OK and TX, that were annoying enough to move from the interstate to local roads where I could drive at 30 mph. Wind is one of the many issues that are part of towing. Along with rain, snow, truck blasts etc. that are just part of towing.


Twenty six foot 2010 Dutchmen Lite pulled with a 2011 EcoBoost F-150 4x4.

Just right for Grandpa, Grandma and the dog.


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I used to tow our 20' shadow cruiser with a our GC mind you the vehicle was a diesel so it had plenty of power. I neve had any issues and I used a Reese dual cam sway control hitch, they are a bit more money than your regular hitches with the bars but it worked great in windy conditions.


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