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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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towing capacity

In the specs for the class IV hitch with a hemi it says that it will tow up to 7200 lbs with weight distribution equipment. I thought that all I had to do was add the adapter with the correct drop to the receiver and a 2" ball and I would be all set. Is there some other equipment needed to get the full towing capacity? What is weight distribution equipment?
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Re: towing capacity

If you are going to tow 7200lbs. I would strongly suggest an electronic trailer braking system such as:

http://www.reeseprod.com/fitguides/d...ID=83505&dlr=0

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Re: towing capacity

I am picking up a new boat next week. It will weigh over 4000 lbs. I understand that the towing capacity is often exagerated because it decreases as the weight inside the vehicle increases. I didn't think that the vehicles that advertise 5000 lb towing capacity could do the job very well especially in the mountains.

The boat dealer is setting me up with an adapter with 2" ball that mounts in the receiver. We are measuring the height of the trailer so the adapter will have the correct drop.

Now I'm getting worried. What is the capacity without weight distribution equipment. None of the vehicles that I have seen towing boats in this class seem to have weight distribution equipment. It sounds like it may be necessary on the Commander to get the capacity that I am looking for.

By the way, the trailer has disk brakes.
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Re: towing capacity

I read up on this too. With a properly installed class 4 receiver (including 7 pin harness and trailer brake module) you should be able to tow 7200lbs max. The specs for the 4.7L engine are rated at 6000lbs properly equiped. I dont thing they can exagerate those numbers. If I buy a vehicle that can pull 6000, and I buy a trailer that is 5000 and blow up my tranny, I would have to blow up the dealer.

Now that 7200lbs is the GVWR which means you need to buy a 5000 - 6000lbs boat (including trailer) so you have room to add skis, ropes, cooler, food, life jackets that add weight to that number. Does that make sense?

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tow capacity

hey guys im taking off on a quadding trip here this weekend and i need to pull a trailer with 3 atv's on it....i have an 06 commander with the 4.7L ... whats the towing capacity with that unit?

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I beleive it is 7200lbs

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The capacity is about 4 atvs so you should be OK. LOL The capacity WITH a weight distributing hitch is around where Uber said. Without the WDH it is less. I think they only want 3500LBS. 3 quads should be fine without a WDH. Do you have an open or closed trailer?

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heres the kicker its a 16foot car hauler we will have that trailer with only 3 atvs on it

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I think you will be within the limits or at least close.... car hauler 2200lbs; 3 atvs at 450lbs; total=3550Lbs! Just take it easy, and try to distribute the weight so it is mostly centered over the axle(s). Also make sure you are properly equipped: Drop-Down shank, Hitch; Lights; Safety chains, Brake controller, etc....

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Check this out.

http://www.jeep.com/en/2009/commande...bility/towing/

I know its on the 2009 but I think its safe to use as a guideline.

Fleetwood recommends the trailer be no heavier then 6,500, of course I am assuming because you will load the trailer full of gear.

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