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post #1 of 5 Old 01-25-2011, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Towing In A Compass

Question 1:
I have a small boat that I'd like to pull behind my 2007 Compass. This car has a class II hitched installed by a Jeep Dealer. The boat and stuff weigh a total of approximatly 2000 lbs. It is my underastanding that a 2007 Compass, with a Jeep approved hitch can pull 2000 lbs. So, I believe I am right at that max allowed. Anyone see a problem with this ?

Question 2:
When I pull the boat I notice that if I'm at a red light and I hit the gas a little too much the front tires spin. I was thinking it was because the boat is too heavy. However, it is at the acceptable capacity as mentioned above. I also noticed my fornt tires spin when I hit the gas at a green light when the street is wet during or after a rain (without the boat). I'm not talking about mashing down on the gas - just a normal accerleration and my front wheels spin. So now I'm thinking it is some other issue and not the boat or the wet street. Anyone out there have this problem with their 2007 compass? Do you think heavy duty shocks would fix the issue with front wheels spinning?

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-26-2011, 07:06 PM
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answer 1: You are completely ok to tow 2000 lbs as long as you have the oil cooler. Without it you may be pushing it a little too hard. Without it, your max capacity is about 1500 lbs.

answers 2. I haven't heard of this problem before. Do you have decent tires?
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-27-2011, 04:31 AM
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Agreed ^^^^, just remember, that 2K pounds includes boat and trailer, but if you have the tow package with the cooler, you should be ok. I would be looking into some tires, though.

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post #4 of 5 Old 02-09-2011, 12:22 AM
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I believe the spinning of your front tires is a result of too heavy a tongue weight hanging on the back of your compass. This could be a real danger at higher speeds because of fishtailing of the boat trailer. I would recommend that you look at a weight distributing trailer hitch.
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You have too much tongue weight on the Compass. This causes lifting of the front end. Although it won't come off the ground the front is too light for both traction and steering it will become a problem at faster speeds. Your Compass isn't a 4x4 other wise it would have kick in the rear wheels automatically for traction.

If you can shift more weight to the back (behind the trailer axle) to take weight off the hitch. Class II hitch should not exceed 200lb on the ball. Your boat and trailer may be heavier than you think.

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