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I'm looking into buying a 1997 Grand Cherokee limited with the 5.2L V8 to use as a daily driver and tow rig. The towing loads would be my YJ on a trailer plus any additional gear I might be carrying. The factory tow rating is 6500 lbs. but does anyone have experience towing anywhere near that weight with a GC?

Another issue is the wheelbase of the GC relative to the trailer. Is the wheelbase long enough to safely tow a trailer in the 15 foot range with a total weight of around 5000 lbs. with my YJ on it?

Yet another issue is the brakes. Are they up to the task of stopping the Jeep/trailer combo? If not, what can be done relatively cheaply to improve the braking?

My bro used to have a GC and I've driven that so I know how they ride and drive and such so I know I like them, I just want to see if anyone has personal experience with using them as a tow rig.

I know its lots of questions but I'd like to get some opinions from people before I go ahead and buy something that won't work for what I had planned. And no since this vehicle (whatever I end up buying) is going to be my daily driver I can't go with a 1 ton dually with a diesel <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">.
 

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Well, I will tell you that I have pulled my boat around and even hauled it all the way to the lower 48 (read ALCAN) and have little problems with the size wieght/ratio.

I will tell you that you will need to upgrade the brakes. First make sure you are getting 4 wheel disc and then make sure you put on a set of Stillen or Powerstop vented or slotted rotars and the pads that go with them.

The heaviest load I ever pulled was a 74 Dodge 3/4 ton on a big u-haul trailer. It was way over the rated weight and I was able to manage it for the 100 mile pull. I was not able to get up to 60 (had to stay at around 50 or so) or the pull got to be more than I liked.

I think that they are a great tow rig and would suit your purpose just fine.
 

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Two friends have used them to two their jeeps but it is not comfortable. The trailer should have brakes on both axles so braking is not a problem. The gc should not be the one stopping the trailer. If you must tow heavy loads with it make sure you get a good anti sway bar on there as you will need it.

I use a f350 crew cab now as my daily driver and tow rig and believe me the longer wheel base makes a night and day difference. But you can tow with a gc.
 
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