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So my wife and I have been wanting a 2014-2016 Grand Cherokee Diesel for a little wail. We currently have a 2014 Silverado 1500 that we use to tow a 17 foot toy hauler which weighs about 4-4500 pounds. I know the GC diesel is rated to tow over that weight but would it still be a good idea? The toy hauler is pretty tall.

If the GC can meet my towing need the dealers around me have new leftover 2015 Limited ones for about $39k out the door, or there is a used 2015 Summit edition fully loaded with 24k miles for about $42k out the door, or there's a used 2014 Limited with a lot off options added with 25k miles for about $32k out the door. The summit one doesn't have a factory tow package which I would need to add a hitch and the leftover may or may not have the tow package but the used 2014 does.

Is the summit edition worth the extra cost even though its used? or would a new 2015 limited be a better deal then a used 2014 limited?
 

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In my opinion you just have to check out the options the Limited models have to the Summits - because they all 'would tow the same' anyway. The Summit of course would be the quieter ride. Just make sure they are current with all the TSB updates- like the new CATS and gear shift fix* (*for diesels it is due soon).

Here is Youtube towing links if you want to check out:
Jeep ecodiesel towing - YouTube
 

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I bought my 2wd Ltd 2014 with just the tow pkg and heater cord. I set my cruise control to 62mph and get about 19mpg. But I'm only towing about 4 thousand pounds. I would make sure the tow pkg is factory installed....... other than that all that other stuff is just nice to have.

With this vehicle...... If you climb out of the drivers seat with it running and in any gear other than park..... it may not stay put. With with fix ... if the door is open and weight is lifted from the drivers seat it will go into park.

This is something to think about if you have the door open and are leaning out to see how far back the trailer is. Also if its in neutral and you are trying to push from outside the drivers side..... that might not work.
 

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I went with the Used 2014 Limited. It was priced $4k below the blue book value with clean carfax. It does have the factory trailer hitch I just had to order the wiring adapter for the trailer brake and I'm planning on getting a weight distribution hitch because my trailers tongue weight is higher then a regular travel trailer in the same length.

I am well aware of the shifter issue and I usually put the E-brake on when I go check my trailer hitch alignment anyway because my truck used to roll back slightly even if it was in park.
 

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I have towed with and without a WDH. I prefer with. It seems to handle better....... although I did reduce the angle of the torsion bars a little from the setting I used with my other vehicle. Which is kind of like having half a WDH. At any rate enough weight is shifted to the front to make noticeable difference in vehicle handling. And braking.
 

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Do you know what weight your WD hitch is rated for?

I am looking at an 800 pound one to order online or there's a used 1000 pound one on Craigslist by me for pretty cheap.
 
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