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Old 05-12-2011, 06:59 PM   #1
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Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

I see some others have towed the 17' models with smaller SUV's - Rav4's etc.
I may be getting a 19 footer in a year or two and I'm curious if my stock Cherokee Limited with th inline 6 would have any issues towing this trailer?
The tow capacity of the Jeep is 5000 pounds, just curious that the size and frontage of the 19 would be an issue or not?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

I tow a 19 footer with a Toyota Highlander. The Highlander is rated for 5,000 pounds and I have no problems towing (except, of course, lower mpg).
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:31 AM   #3
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

We tow our 19 footer with a Dodge Dakota, 8 cylinder engine, 236 hp no problem. Our gas milage is reduced to but comfortable.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:49 PM   #4
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

In a couple of years when you order a 19 you might consider a new Grand Cherokee with the hemi V-8. We have over 15,000 miles on our 2011 and at least 5000 of that was towing our 19. We only have the two wheel drive and get about 21mpg on the hiway and about 15 or so when towing at the speed of traffic. The engine is only turning 1600 to 2000 rpm all of the time and accelerates to merge on free ways and climbs the steepest hills with very little effort.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

I sometimes tow my 19 with my '52 Chev inline 6. It is a modified 250c.u. which is about the same size as your Cherokee. It tows well. I will be taking this combination up to the Escape Rally in Osoyoos.
My main tug is my 2004 Kia Sorento. I have towed all over Washington and Oregon as well as the Okanagan with the Kia and it is a great little SUV. It's only 3.5 litres but with a proper hitch has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:48 PM   #6
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

I tow my 19ft with a 2007 Toyota Tundra. The Tundra is rated at 10,500 pounds and I have no towing problems.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:53 PM   #7
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

Thanks for all the responses.
My situation is a bit specific, and if I were to change vehicles, I'd be going with a 1 ton or larger (think F-550) pickup truck for my longer term plans.
The reason I'm asking about the Cherokee is because I just picked up a Japan-spec model with the steering wheel on the right side.
The reason I purchased this vehicle is due to an injury I sustained from a motorcycle accident years ago - I was left with a paralyzed right arm. So, having all the heater, radio, transmission and transfer case to my left is very convenient. And eventually may be a necessity as my "good" shoulder isn't that great any more...

So, thanks again for the responses, I feel better about the possibility of the XJ pulling the 19 footer.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:20 AM   #8
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

As noted in other posts, we tow our 19 with a Dodge Dakota, ours has a V8 engine of about 235 hp. and came equiped with a heavy tow package.
This unit has no problems towing the 19 other than what others have said our gas mileage is down a bit.

As noted before we had the option of an equalizer hitch, and am pleased we got it. this hitch makes all the diference when towing with a vehicle that has what could be called a light payload.

Bsides the hitch weight of the trailer, i carry in the back of my truck 48 gallons of gas, and a Hyundai generator that is about 70 pounds. also blocking for the trailer feet. with out an equalizer hitch, our truck would most likely be dragging its ass down the road. I would suggest our truck is grossed out.

I would surmise your Jeep Cherokee being a Chrysler product has the same engine in it as our Dodge Dakota.
If you get the right class 3 hitch, and an equalizer set up you will manage very well

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Old 05-30-2011, 05:19 PM   #9
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

Hi Yukon Escape,

The Dakota and Cherokee (not Grand Cherokee) are actually quite different vehicles. I think the upper limit of what the Daks were rated to tow was around 7000 pounds depending on the gearing and engine from the factory. Almost all Cherokees for the longest time were rated to pull 5000 pounds, and I think that was the case up until the Grand Cherokees started getting the 5.9 engine.
It sounds like your Dak came with the 4.7 engine, with 235 HP and 295 ft-lbs - it is quite a bit more powerful than the Cherokee's engine.
The Jeep came with the older and very common (for a Jeep) 4.0 with 190 HP and 230 ft-lbs. (In older model years before the Magnum version the engine was rated at slightly less HP and torque figures.)

That extra 48-gal tank must be nice when going on some longer trips! I wouldn't have any place to put that in my Cherokee... lol

The idea with the equalizing hitch is something I would definitely employ if I do indeed end up going this route.
I've heard of them before helping to completely balance the tow vehicle with it's load and people saying the same thing as you - makes a world of differece.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:39 PM   #10
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Re: Towing the 19' with a Cherokee?

I tow with an old Toyota 4Runner that's rated for 5000lbs. We crossed the Continental Divide multiple times on our trip back to TX after pickup in Fall '09. We didn't break speed barriers in the mountains but we haven't had any problems either. We use a weight distributing hitch as well & are quite happy with it.

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