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Re: 1954 Ford NAA

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10-31-2012 19:41:47

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Sounds about right for the weight on the NAA and trailer. Check your Grand Cherokee's weight rating. Most larger SUV's will handle 5000 lbs. Hitch weight might be marginal. The U-Haul car carrier has surge brakes, so that will not be an issue.

I've pulled 5000 lbs trailers with small V6 pickups without too much trouble. Just take it easy. Much over that and I want a V8 full size pickup, preferably with a load equalizing hitch. My old Ford F250HD, with a 460 V8 and a load equalizing hitch would pull an 8000 pound trailer all day with out bit of complaint. In a pinch it would handle 12,000 lbs.

Just my 2 cents worth!

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11-01-2012 02:18:43

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 Re: 1954 Ford NAA in reply to Kurt-NEPA, 10-31-2012 19:41:47  
With my Hemi, the curb weight is 4735, the gvwr is 6150, gross trailer weight is 7200, gross combined weight is 12,200 and the tongue limit is supposed to be 720.

If I figured right, I should be OK if the tires are not loaded.

I only have to go about 40 miles, mostly country roads and city driving, 1 hill up and 1 hill down...each way.

I think I should be OK if I take it easy.

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11-01-2012 04:52:28

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 Re: 1954 Ford NAA in reply to upnorthwi, 11-01-2012 02:18:43  
if you've never pulled surge brakes.. go easy on the first few stops till you get used to them. they 'feel' different than electric brakes that actually pull a bit as soon as the pedal moves a hair.. unlike surge, that don't pull till the vehicle actually slows more than the trailer, thus compressing the brake cyl...

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