Trailer Hitches Tightener Stabilizer Cross Clamp No Wobble
Originally Posted by 10-64
Thats what I call it, based on the title of the amazon listing they don't really know what to call it either but if your ball mount or cargo/bicycle rack rattles around loosely in your receiver tube this is the cheap thing to cure it for sure. I'd say its basically required if you have looseness in this area and you plan to pull anything heavy whatsoever.
Originally Posted by Chris Jacobs
With this 9sp auto I would set the info center to display trans temp and watch it if pulling anything more than around 800lbs.
This is what I do, but so far has been really boring/nothing to watch, temps all run about the same as usual. Maybe because my heaviest tows are usually not more than 20 miles so far.
I used my brother's boat this weekend, big ugly thing that it is. 1967 Larson All-American, let me tell you this is one heavy boat! Old-school fiberglass construction, 20 gallon fuel tank in the bow, inboard car engine (bigger than the Jeep's!), hefty stern drive with hydraulic trim and all that good stuff, six seater. With trailer and fully laden with fuel and supplies this rig is undoubtedly just a touch over the 2000 lb mark. I do use the manual mode when pulling this thing, I don't know if its 100% necessary but I like to hold each gear longer to stay well within the power band during acceleration and I make sure my flat ground cruise RPMs are 2500, 2000 at the lowest if not fighting any wind on a long stretch. I downshift early for climbing hills and brake as far in advance as possible for stop signs and turns, more for brake longevity than anything because the Jeep seems more than willing to bring it to an abrupt halt if it needs to. Pulling the boat back up out of the lake on a steep, slippery concrete boat launch does not seem to stress it in the slightest, even when the rear tires are all wet from backing in far enough to get the boat back on the trailer. I do pop it in "4x4 lock" when pulling it out obviously. From what we know it would almost certainly be using all four wheels anyways at 1 MPH in manual mode but I just like to be certain.
The highest transmission temp I saw this weekend while towing the boat in 95+ degree weather was 154 F. Interestingly enough, the highest non-towing temp I observed this weekend just driving around locally in the same weather with no trailer was 153 F. The oil of course does not give a number but it stayed right in the center. The coolant did its normal range of 192-198. Like I said I never go very far so maybe things would get warmer if I took it on a cross-state trip or something but 10-20 miles hardly seems to break a sweat.
Max AC was also running full-blast the whole time towing and driving around, this weekend was a scorcher, but it was nice to play in the lake and the Compass made it easy to do.
I obviously only do 1st gear starts, even without trailhawk trim it seems to take manual mode to ensure that because I often pop it back to auto for a long stretch of decel to a stop sign and find it in 2nd when I flip back over to restart. I use gears 2-4 for accel shifting between 3500 and 4500 depending on traffic and get into 5th for steady cruise at 55-60 MPH. I'd maybe be willing to try for some more MPGs in 6th gear if I plugged in my OBDII scanner and could monitor a few more things, mine has a readout for engine load % and something like that or even a vacuum gauge and I think I'd be able to zero in on the best gear for a long highway cruise. Our lighter aluminum boat is half the weight and left out of manual mode the Compass likes to pull that in 6th or even 7th gear I noticed.
I do think there is a sanity limit at some point, the fact that they only rate the stock receiver at 200 lbs worries me a little that they may not have made the receiver and its mounts as beefy as they could have. At/over 2000 lbs and going more than 50 miles I'd be investing in a brake controller and ensuring the trailer had good working corresponding brakes, probably using a scale to make sure the tongue weight is ok. I don't think I would go so far as to hitch up the tandem axle trailer and try to haul my folk's bobcat or anything crazy like that, but I am very comfortable hauling right up to or slightly over the 2000 lb rate as often and as far as I feel like. At some point I will probably buy a small teardrop travel trailer somewhere in that 1500-2000 lb range and do some long-distance adventures, the Compass is definitely up for it.