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TOWING with a KJ...question ?

since the new CRD KJ is supposed to get good gas milage..figured could make a decent daily driver and occasional light tow-er..i was wondering how you owners would think it could tow?

i'm looking to flat tow or trailer tow my TJ.....mostly flat terrain so power isnt the big issue....just handling

let me know your opinions
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Re: TOWING with a KJ...question ?

well ive towed a cj with a grand cherokee wich isnt exactly the same but pretty close. personally i thought the grand which i think is a bit longer than a liberty was too short to tow something that heavy. the grand was getting jerked around alot by the load and it was rather nerve wracking.
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Re: TOWING with a KJ...question ?

I think the Liberty is rated for 6,000 lbs. towing capacity. The rule that I was always taught was never pull something heavier than your vehicle. A wrangler weighs around 4,000 lbs and a liberty is slightly heavier, I believe.
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Re: TOWING with a KJ...question ?

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The rule that I was always taught was never pull something heavier than your vehicle

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rule doesnt always work....
tow 14K behind my 7,700 lb pickup. just fine
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Re: TOWING with a KJ...question ?

Always like the 75% rule,,,never use tow vechicle for more than 75% of its rated tow capacity.
This gives good durability to components in the tow vechicle.
Soooooo much depends on wheel base of both vechicles, lentgth from hitch to back axle, wind frontage on trailer,
on and on....anyone can make a case for towing more weight that what the vechicle weighs but. STOPPING is the key issue of any rig. I have had the bad luck of trying to stop a balanced load only to find that when that trailer weight kept pushing my truck my jockey shorts got stained BIG TIME.....Hospital staff was nice. Tow truck drivers were nice, troopers were nice....judge in court was nice, jury was full of focking [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] arsewholes. And that was at 75% load with good breaks, good tires, dry weather. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Re: TOWING with a KJ...question ?

I wouldnt advise this. Good luck finding a hitch big enough to be rated over 5,000 lbs for a Liberty, since i doubt anyone makes a classV hitch for a KJ( I know DrawTite doesnt) And you would also need a brake control and a trailer with brakes. You need a good size truck for this job.
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The Liberty will tow quite well. The short wheelbase and light weight limit what you should tow, but common sense will keep you out of trouble. An aluminum boat or trailer with 4 ATV's are just fine behind the Liberty.
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KJ is rated 5000lbs max tow capacity per the mfg.
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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.
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