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Tow capacity i can not find anything on he net anywhere that will tell me what my 1986 jeep cherokee pioneer with the 2.8l v6 auto will tow I am going to put a receiver hitch on it and want to know what I can load on it. If any one knows where I can get detailed tow specs please let me know.

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Hey there Merc,

Here is a different answer than just the weight ratings in table form. This is based more on real life experience than manufacturer recommendations. It will also most likely confirm what you already know.

I have an '86 Laredo 2.8L V-6 that I use for work. That work often includes the use of one of two trailers. A flatbed for tools or a box trailer for hauling. Both are what I would classify medium sized, not huge, not toys.

The 2.8l V-6 is fine for flat terrain, but not the most powerful engine for maintaining speed up hills. And that's without the added weight of dragging a trailer. When fully loaded I often find it necessary to get a running start when approaching a hill . Even so, by the time I reach the summit, the engine is screaming because the transmission has downshifted through second to first in the space of three to four miles.

So my real-life insight is if your terrain is flat, keep your payload under a ton. If you're dealing with hills, work your way up on the weight. Get a feel for what your vehicles limits are.

The transmission in first gear will pull quite a bit of weight, but not at highway speeds. It will also generate very high internal pressures while doing it. There is a very real possibility of blowing a seal if done for a prolonged amount of time. Another experience that I can confirm first hand. The price tag for that little tidbit was close to $500.00 for for me. You get the benefit for a bit less.

Good luck,

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Here is a link to a PDF file that has the different tow ratings available.

Hope this helps!

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For Jeep Cherokees 87-97 Hope this helps thank you for using

Tech Information:

Weight Carrying Capacity Weight Distributing Capacity * Gross Trailer Weight Tongue Weight Gross Trailer Weight Tongue Weight 3500 lbs. 300 lbs. 5000 lbs. 500 lbs. * Weight Distributing Capacity requires utilizing a Weight Distributing System on a hitch.
Note: Never exceed the towing capacity of your Jeep Cherokee. Please refer to your vehicles operation manual for actual vehicle towing specifications.

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