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Is there a yellow sticker on the door frame that lists the cargo capacity? Also you might need to check the owners manual for the actual towing specification. You might have already posted it, but what year is the Jeep. Also what's the trim package?


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It might be okay in the flat country like Texas. My girl has driven a Liberty for years, since 2003. Short wheelbase does not help. She has towed my aluminum boat a few times, around 3,000 pounds and did okay.

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20' is a long trailer for such a short vehicle.

But, is 20' the overall length or the length of the actual trailer box?


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15'10"is the exterior length. We have a 2010 Liberty Sport, 3.7v6,2wd, DRAW TITE class3 hitch, CURT electric brake controller. The Geo Pro is solar equipped which is what we've been looking for since we mainly boondock. Equipped with 100w solar panel, 30amp controller, 1000w inverter. Will still take the portable solar generator that I made.

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opnspaces wrote:

Is there a yellow sticker on the door frame that lists the cargo capacity? Also you might need to check the owners manual for the actual towing specification. You might have already posted it, but what year is the Jeep. Also what's the trim package?


Max curb weight for the Liberty is 4290 so they have at least 1,310 payload with is probably plenty if you aren't putting a family of near-adults in the Liberty. I'd be much more worried about the short wheelbase (104"), a 20' trailer isn't massive but between the trailer weighing as much as the tow and the short wheelbase it probably won't be a fun experience.

It's like when I tried using the minivan to tow my trailer, I was within GVWR, gcwr, tow rating, etc and the minivan had a long wheelbase and big brakes, but it still was so sucky experience that I knew driving the trailer home I was buying a truck.


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You have all the capacity you “need” to pull that trailer from rear axle rating to tow rating and with the brake controller you’re fine stopping the train too.
As long as the Jeep is in good mechanical order I wouldn’t hesitate making the trip.

However after a couple full days at the wheel, you may find out it’s not the ideal tow rig from power in the hills to getting blown around some with the short wheelbase if you encounter cross winds. Or it may meet your expectations depending on what they are
Either way, go get your new camper!


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So, bring it home empty and decide for yourself how the experience is/was.. If it works for you, then great.. Figure in some additional weight after you get it home, but in the end, it's still YOUR rig... You either like how it tows or not..

Won't know until you do it, so there you go.. Tow ratings, payload and all the solar you have won't change how it actually tows for you, so there you go..

Hope it works out for ya.. Good luck!

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Payload will be your limiting factors by the numbers. I'm guessing depending on how you pack you will be ok. Wheelbase is not what I would want. I pulled my old setup with a grand Cherokee and it was borderline. liberty would have been worst (I owned one) expect the tail to wag the dog.

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The OP especially asked for input from folks actually towing with a Libby. I am such a person. Until it dropped a valve at 200,000 miles, I towed a 21 foot overall, 5,000 lb gross weight, 3680 lb dry weight TT with a 2005 Liberty. Mine was the 2.8 liter 4 cylinder diesel, rather than a gas V6. It towed just fine.

I dragged that trailer from Virginia to Seattle, down to LA, then back to Virginia. A couple years later, I dragged that same trailer from Virginia through Denver to Las Vegas, then in a circle around the Grand Canyon back to Vegas, before returning to Virginia.

I can tell you that I found it very helpful to use a WDH and to tow in AWD (aka “full time 4 wheel drive). Those two made it very directionally stable. I understand the OP’s Libby is 2wd, so AWD isn’t an option. I can’t comment on the gas engine, but the diesel did have a tendency to overheat, crossing mountains in the summer, so that even though it had the pull to keep up with traffic, it definitely could have used a much better cooling system.

Most of the time I had a wife and 80 lb dog in the Jeep, too. It had the payload capacity, not a problem.





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"And then you dropped a valve."

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