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Jeep Liberty Towing



  • arvmanarvman Posts: 95
    Thank's.What is the load rating on those?There isn't much tongue weight ,especially with the equalizer bars.Gonna have to buy a generic mirror extension for towing cause they don't seem to make one for the libby.This is an odd ball litttle truck with the diesel but so far it is worth the issues I've had.Plus havin a good tech is 90% of the battle.
  • xtecxtec Posts: 354
    load rating 2094#@35lbs, width 9.8",diameter is 29.5",70k mile tread warranty.
  • 05crdjeep05crdjeep Posts: 59
    I'm serious about buying a 19' Airstream CCD International Series travel trailer. The base weight is 3,575 lbs. I'm not so worried about the weight as I am about issues around sway and control because of the 108" wheelbase of the Liberty. Does anyone here have a similar trailer size/weight they haul around? What anti sway device would you recommend? I currently have the tow package, Class III hitch. My 2005 is a Diesel.

    I would rather not have to scale down to the 16' model.
  • arvmanarvman Posts: 95
    Definitely go with the sway bars.The r.v. place can tell you exactly what kind.I got mine with the trailer and towed iton the highway at 60 mph and you could fell the difference.I am going to replace my jeep tires for better traction.My trailer is a 16 foot aerolite cub 2900 pounds dry so loaded I'm thinkin at least 3600.Haven't towed it loaded yet but will let the forum know by next weekend.I too have the diesel,looking forward to hearing more from others towing with it.No brand name on the sway bars but they seem like a generic type and work well.
  • yakersyakers Posts: 10
    My wife wanted a 19ft Airstream but it was a bit $$ and we figured we would need a different towing vehicle as the wheelbase of the Liberty is limited. We went with a 17ft T@da (also made by Thor, who owns Airstream) It is about 2,500 empty and maybe 3,500 loaded but it tows like it is not there on the flats at least. Up the Grapevine the Liberty just hums and climbs at whatever speed I want. I think the Liberty could tow the weight you want but in adverse weather or road conditions I think there could be problems because of the wheelbase.
    Didthe Liberty CRD and T@da for about half of what an Airstream & more powerful vehicle would cost.
  • arvmanarvman Posts: 95
    Been towing a 17 foot traialer(3000)lbs,truck pulls well but heats up high when going up steep hills.Has anyone put in an aftermarket tranny cooler on this truck?I'm driving the diesel.
  • arvmanarvman Posts: 95
    Put on Goodyear silent armors 70 series and installed aftermarket tranny cooler.What a difference,truck runs cooler and sway is negated,those tires are the answer.She still gets warm goin up the big hills but I will look at increasing cooing either by a bigger rad or overriding the electric fan to run on demand during towing.Have found fuel mileage to be decent when towing even over mountains.Will look at installing cold air intake next year and would like to know if anyone has put a chip in the jeep to see how parametes are changed and results.
  • I'm new to this I need some help I have a jeep Liberty 2008 and need to know how to set it up to flat tow behind a moving truck can any one help. The manual with the car is a little confusing . what kind of bar do I need and were do you get them from.Thanks
  • arvmanarvman Posts: 95
    Never done a tow like that but a lot of r.v.'s do this.I've seen some elaborate set ups with shock absorbers and some straight tow bars.You may have to put the transfer case in neutral so you don't rotate the tranny with the tranny pump running and destroy the transmission.I doubt you will have to disconnect the drive shaft.Best thing to do is talk to the mechanics and or an r.v. shop that does the setups for large motorhomes towing thier regular vehicles.Also check u-haul for the tow bar and you may be able to use a wheel dolly that supports front or rear wheels.Hope this helps,arvman....
  • boats3boats3 Posts: 41
    I have an 02 that tows a Passport Ultra lite goes about 4800 lbs. I put the firestone air bags in the rear. The little truck gets funny stares but it does the job admirably. We just got back from Lake George, NY about a 5 hour one way trip and I averaged about 9-10 mpg. doing 60-65 sometimes 70. The power is there and did not have much sway. The biggest time for sway is when the busses or trucks come by but other than that no problem. Headed out to Hershey PA next month and I am not expecting to have any issues. Also, have had it in the Poconos too with no problems. Climbs and descends the hills with no problem. However did need to purchase the universal mirror adapter b/c I cannot see around the camper with the stock mirrors. BTW I have 188,000 miles on it.
  • Boats3,

    I have a 2004 Jeep Liberty and will be renting a travel trailer next weekend to attend the Dover race. I'm renting the trailer from Ft Meade and they are telling me The Original Aerolite A21 RDB 20 ft (which I can't find true specs on) is around 4700lbs fully weighed down. I have a tow hitch and electronic braking system and am a bit worried about the 4700lbs. The drive will be flat towing except for driving over the Bay Bridge. I am planning on a slow drive out there but want to make sure the Jeep is capable of this towing. I won't have anything loaded in the trailer, just minimum gas in one tank and will fill up with water when I reach my destination. Should I be worried?
  • Sorry, Mikki don't check in often how did you make out? If it was not to windy you should have been ok. You should have been fine with the weight. The book calls for max 25 foot. I actually just sold my 02 on Friday, had 190,000 miles on it and got 4k. Think I did ok. Went up to a 06 4Runner which did a better job but it was also and 8 cycl.
  • diannekbdiannekb Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 Jeep Liberty that is rear wheel drive and has a tow hitch. We live in PA and are thinking about purchasing an older trailer, a 1993 Skyline. I am unsure of the weight of the trailer and unsure if my jeep will be able to handle the pulling. Can someone please advise.
  • boats3boats3 Posts: 41
    You need to find out the weight of the trailer. The Liberty is only rated for 5,000lbs. I would get the Skyline weighed first before purchasing, the last thing you want is for the camper to be heavier than what the vehicle is rated for otherwise the tow will be pushing the car. You will also need to get the CIPA extend mirrors to see safely around you. I towed a Passport to Lake George from NJ last year and had no problems so if the total weight of the camper loaded is less than 5000 you will be ok. However I needed a new car and purchased a 4 Runner which does tow alot better. Good Luck but do it safe, I am sure you will be able to go, but stopping is more important.
  • My Liberty CRD tows like a dream, but when I hit a really steep hill, the temp. gauge goes to the top. It cools down immediately once I hit the top of the hill. Any comments? I live in NM at 5000 ft. elevation, and there's nowhere to take a boat that doesn't require going up steep hills. I pulled my 3000 lb. boat and trailer from Spokane to Albuquerque with no issues. I have a 1-1/2 inch lift kit and Goodyear LT 245/75-R16 tires. I was getting a flat tire a week driving gravel roads with the car tires that come from the factory. I love the vehicle, but it makes me nervous to have it overheat that drastically, even for a short time.
  • caribou1caribou1 Posts: 1,349
    Several people reported a bug in the processing of the engine temperature displayed on the console. In case the engine really over heats, you will be notified by the engine malfunction indicator and the injection system will turn itself off. Try to use the engine above 2000 rpm when you torque it; this will improve horsepower + cooling + life of the torque converter.
    I also live in a mountain area and I know diesels need to breathe to provide the extra effort. I have close to 100,000 miles and this engine performs better than it did when I got it new :shades:
    For info: During 4 hours at a steady 80 mph with 3 passengers plus luggage and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (in the shade), the temperature indicator needle did not pass over the mid temperature line.
    For "lightnin3": my tire pressure was 39psi ;)
  • Thanks, it makes me feel better to learn that there is a malfunction indicator and shutoff system.

    I have a friend with the same vehicle and he said there was a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) out and they fixed his, but he couldn't remeber the details. I asked the dealer and they said "huh?". I did some looking on another forum, and they show TSB 08-043-05 as reprogramming the software so the gauge shows the correct temperature.

    It sounds fishy to me, because of the abrupt runup from straight up to far right on the gauge and it only happens when towing uphill.

    I'll go back to the dealer with the TSB number and see what I get.
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