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Posted: 02/14/20 06:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm putting on an electric brake controller also. I keep hearing about WDH but I don't know if it's needed.

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I wouldn't touch that setup without a good weight distributing hitch and sway control. the best sway control you can afford given the short wheelbase of the liberty


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You will absolutely want to have a WDH. Andersen would be a great fit.


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naturist wrote:

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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