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Towing using 4 Cylinder question

I have a 2014 4 Cylinder. I looked up online that the towing capacity is 2000 lbs. I am wanting to purchase a motorcycle and drive up and get it and drive back. The empty trailer weighs 550 lbs btw. The bike and trailer together weigh 1100 lbs.


My question to you is will my Cherokee be able to tow that weight for a distance of up to 350 miles comfortly or will it struggle? Should I be worried about highway speeds of 70 mph? Also what should I set the 4x4 at for towing?


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Do you have the factory Tow Group or an aftermarket hitch setup? Your Cherokee should have no issues with towing 1100 lbs. Just leave it in 'Auto' and the vehicle will do the work. Unless you are traveling through a mountainous region, nothing special to do.

As for running 70 MPH, that's another issue altogether...Is this your trailer? Is it well maintained? Will you be able to balance the weight correctly when you load the bike?

I think I'd just stick with a slower speed and test how the trailer tows. If it tows well and safely, then maybe increase speed. It's better to arrive safely without killing anyone than to arrive 20 minutes sooner....
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Do you have the factory Tow Group or an aftermarket hitch setup? Your Cherokee should have no issues with towing 1100 lbs. Just leave it in 'Auto' and the vehicle will do the work. Unless you are traveling through a mountainous region, nothing special to do.

As for running 70 MPH, that's another issue altogether...Is this your trailer? Is it well maintained? Will you be able to balance the weight correctly when you load the bike?

I think I'd just stick with a slower speed and test how the trailer tows. If it tows well and safely, then maybe increase speed. It's better to arrive safely without killing anyone than to arrive 20 minutes sooner....


Thank you very much for the advise!


I have an aftermarket curt hitch(the one that you have to cut a small amount of the fascia). As far as the trailer, I plan on renting a U-Haul motorcycle trailer. I would hope that it is well maintained. The trip will only be from central Illinois to southeast Michigan, so smooth sailing lol.
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Each combination of tow vehicle, hitch, trailer, payload, speed, grade, road surface, wind conditions, .... can have slightly different behavior.

U-Haul, IIRC, also specificies no more than 50 or 55Mph on their trailers.

The weight is well within the capability of the vehicle. Take it slow and increase speed until you hit a comfortable speed unless things start feeling "weird". If so, back off at least 5Mph and go from there. I, personally, wouldn't go faster than 60Mph with that configuration. There's just too much that can go wrong too quickly with towing to try to shave a few minutes off travel time.

To rephrase @SkipW, it's better to arrive at your destination than at the hospital.
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My opinion, you'll be fine. Take it easy and drive slower. Personally, if I'm towing I don't exceed 65. Any higher and fuel mileage plummets, fast. If you have 70mph speed limits 55 is unsafe to drive at, it's too slow. 65 should be fine. Just let people go around you. Also, try and make sure the trailer either sits level or a little butt high. This will help prevent sway on such a small trailer with a high center of gravity.


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I have a 2014 4 Cylinder. I looked up online that the towing capacity is 2000 lbs. I am wanting to purchase a motorcycle and drive up and get it and drive back. The empty trailer weighs 550 lbs btw. The bike and trailer together weigh 1100 lbs.


My question to you is will my Cherokee be able to tow that weight for a distance of up to 350 miles comfortly or will it struggle? Should I be worried about highway speeds of 70 mph? Also what should I set the 4x4 at for towing?


Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you for your time.
Yes......I have a 4 banger sport. Towing a 1300 lb camping trailer with kids and gear, we are probably pushing the 2000 lb limit and I tow through the mountains. No loss of speed, car pulls with authority from a stop and while I allow myself a bit more time for passin.....I frequently pass the slower drivers. You won't have a problem
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I should add that I have the factory tow group. And I'm also on Vancouver Island where the speed limit is mostly 90 km/h. I leave it in auto for towing. Haven't tried towing in the snow, but I would think snow mode would help a bit by starting in second gear.

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U-Haul, IIRC, also specificies no more than 50 or 55Mph on their trailers.
There is also a towing break in period of not over 55 for the first 500 miles of towing. This is on top of the normal 500 miles.
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Thanks everyone for the input! I will breath a little easier driving up there and back. I actually searched my vin number on the Chrysler website to see what options I have and lo and behold, there was the auxiliary trans cooler. For only buying a sport I am thrilled!
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Unless you are traveling through a mountainous region, nothing special to do.
In only slightly hilly areas I had to use the Electronic Range Select on my V6. It wasn't down shifting quick enough. So OP I was towing the same amount as you but with a V6 so you may need to look into using this.

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