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Re: TOWING with a KJ...question ?
I have a 2005 Liberty book in front of me, as I bought one as the family truckster yesterday. With the 3.7L and auto, it is good for 5,000 #, but they want it to have an aux. tranny & oil cooler and other goodies in the tow package. Without the "tow" package, or with a 6spd, they are good for 3,500 #. The CRD is listed in the engines section, but no tow data is provided. Flat towing would be easier on the Liberty as it removes the weight of a trailer, which figures in, as well. A tow dolly would also be a lighter choice.
Having towed race cars on open and enclosed trailers for thousands of combined miles, it is my experience that the biggest aid to towing is a long wheel base. This definitely smooths out the process. Dual rear wheels aid in stability while towing, but often actually decreases the tow rating due to the weight of that set up. The Liberty's relatively short wheelbase would probably make it less than ideal if you wanted to exceed the towing recommendations. Just my two cents, but keep in mind that I can't be that bright as I 'wheel a Commando. LOL.