One-Time Long Trailer Haul

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We're about to move from southern California to Washington state and we'd like to use our 2018 hardtop Sahara Unlimited to pull a small U-Haul cargo trailer. I'm trying to figure out if there's anything I need to do to make sure it's up to the task.

It has the 3.6L and the factory towing package, so I know that it can pull say a 5'x8' cargo trailer; also, we're not planning to load it heavily, we just need to bring some delicate / expensive stuff with us that we don't want to trust to the movers.

But since this is my wife's Jeep, I really, really want to make sure I don't do anything dumb that hurts the vehicle in the long term. I've read advice in various forums about sway bars, suspension airbags, or transmission coolers; however, those forum posts were all about regular towing use. Do I need to worry about any of that for a single, but quite long, highway drive?

TIA,
Dan
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We're about to move from southern California to Washington state and we'd like to use our 2018 hardtop Sahara Unlimited to pull a small U-Haul cargo trailer. I'm trying to figure out if there's anything I need to do to make sure it's up to the task.

It has the 3.6L and the factory towing package, so I know that it can pull say a 5'x8' cargo trailer; also, we're not planning to load it heavily, we just need to bring some delicate / expensive stuff with us that we don't want to trust to the movers.

But since this is my wife's Jeep, I really, really want to make sure I don't do anything dumb that hurts the vehicle in the long term. I've read advice in various forums about sway bars, suspension airbags, or transmission coolers; however, those forum posts were all about regular towing use. Do I need to worry about any of that for a single, but quite long, highway drive?

TIA,
Dan
How much weight will you be carrying? Uhaul 4x8 enclosed trailer is 850# empty.
 

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We're about to move from southern California to Washington state and we'd like to use our 2018 hardtop Sahara Unlimited to pull a small U-Haul cargo trailer. I'm trying to figure out if there's anything I need to do to make sure it's up to the task.

It has the 3.6L and the factory towing package, so I know that it can pull say a 5'x8' cargo trailer; also, we're not planning to load it heavily, we just need to bring some delicate / expensive stuff with us that we don't want to trust to the movers.

But since this is my wife's Jeep, I really, really want to make sure I don't do anything dumb that hurts the vehicle in the long term. I've read advice in various forums about sway bars, suspension airbags, or transmission coolers; however, those forum posts were all about regular towing use. Do I need to worry about any of that for a single, but quite long, highway drive?

TIA,
Dan
Based on what you wrote above, I dont see any issues what so ever.
 

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Error on the side of loading more weight toward the front of the trailer. Ideally, around 10-12% of the overall weight should be on the ball. You can get into trouble (swaying) if you are too much under this figure. Take your time going up the Grapevine. Go at a speed where rpms are not more than 4000 - and just be patient. After the Grapevine, pretty much clear sailing and the Jeep should do fine.
 
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Thanks all for the informative replies. I would be very surprised if the trailer's contents exceeded 300 pounds, so I'll take the advice to load heavier items towards the front, keep my eye on the RPMs, and trust the Jeep to do its job.
 

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We used the JLUR to pull a 5x8 uhaul from West Texas to Denver for my son which includes Raton pass and Trinadad both over 7000 feet high with zero problems. Trailer was definitely loaded with more than 300#

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You’re fine don’t overthink it. I just pulled a 5X10 Uhaul from Texas to Florida with my recently departed 2017 JKU. It was loaded with furniture and tools. I didn’t even notice it behind me other than seeing 15 MPG.
 
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