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riverzendz
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:42 am    Post subject: Getting ready to tow for the first time Reply with quote

Ok, I'm ignorant so learn me up. I'm going to be pulling a car and trailer this Friday. Double axel trailer and a car with a GVW of 3100. I will be towing it down a mix of a major highway and backroads.

Any suggestions? No O/D for the whole trip,correct? My max MPH will only be 55 if that.

I've got a Quadra-Trac 94 Laredo with a Class 3 hitch and a 7 pin connector.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

be sure to have the vehicle loaded far enough forward to get the rear of the jeep to sag. I have towed 3 cars in the last month and I was only able to hit 50mph with one of them. Otherwise the trailer started to swing, which caused the jeep to swing. Thats scary as hell. ease to your cruising speed to find if you will suffer the same fate. the middle car I towed, I could only do 45mph and that was for 120 miles. Makes for a very long trip.

Oh and be sure to check all fluids and tire pressure before you begin.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brake controller? I don't see you mention anything about that... You need to use the electric brakes on the trailer, and need a brake controller for that. The GC brakes alone are not enough for quick stops and back country roads.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:19 pm    Post subject: Brake controller Reply with quote

I do not have a brake controller and have been informed by numerous individuals that it is not necessary.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with BlueJ about the controller
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IF you are towing more than 3500# with a ZJ you should have a brake controller..

My rig came from the factory with Up country kit and heavy towing package which included a brake control box... Of course the tow rating on my package was 7500# but either way.. Towing more than the vehicle weighs is never a good idea without having a brake control box..

The grand cherokees brakes are hardly enough to even stop it.. That is why the rotors warp all the time...

The brake contolers give you 2 extra wheels with brakes on the ground...That is always a plus...

Oh and definatly turn off that OD..

And if you have the 7 pin connnector.. The wires are already there for the brake control box.. It can be picked up from Jeep dealership..
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:41 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

I'll take your word for it. I was looking at picking one up from Advanced Auto or something. Pretty easy install? I actually found the blue wire under the dash marked for the brake controller.

My dad used to tow is 20ft Bayliner with his Cherokee sport, no controller.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:44 am    Post subject: Change of plans Reply with quote

I'm going to be using a tow dolly instead of the trailer.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2006 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just take it easy... You will be fine..

Dolly is a lot easier to control than a trailer.. (of course a trailer weighs about 2K on its own..)
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