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I was wondering how bad would my 2018 compass trailhawk be affected by pulling rougly a 2200lb boat/trailer?Would it be enough to pull it safely?
 

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Official rating is 2000lbs. But 2200 should not be a problem. That is like having or not having two kids in the car. I assume the 2000lb rating is with car fully occupied with 5 adults (since it should be based on worse case scenario). It should be fine with 2500 maybe even 3000 lb range if the path is flat. If you are worried, dont take any passengers with you.
 

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I checked the manual it says the max GTW is 2000lbs..does that mean total car + trailer weight, or?
 

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The car can do its part just fine so long as you do yours.

I hauled a 3600# total weight dual axle box trailer for a trip that was over 1000 miles, part of which was through the mountains of Virginia, part of which was heavy rain/storming, bits of stop and go traffic in the peak of summer, etc.

I also regularly haul my brother's 2000 lb fiberglass boat since he no longer has a truck of his own. We have no problem filling the fuel tank of that boat full, throwing a couple coolers and gear in, and driving the whole thing to the lake with 5 people in the car to boot. Launching and pulling the boat back out of the water has been no issue.

I haul utility trailers loaded around the 2000 lb mark pretty often in the summer.

I'm not saying it will do it easily, however. Whether or not it will work OK depends a lot on you. Any moron can buy a dodge ram and hook a boat up to it and drive around just about exactly the same as he does when he has no trailer, and the truck pretty much takes care of everything via brute-force and the driver needs no real special skill or thought put into what he is doing. This is not the case with the Compass. Its totally fine to operate the Compass around its limits as long as you do it with thought and care.

The requirements, according to the manual:

1) 9 speed auto with 4x4
2) Use Autostick / Manual shifting when towing heavy loads. Yes, this is written in the book. The 9 speed has four overdrives, you will likely use none of them ever when towing 2000+ pounds. That is to say, you will never get beyond 5th gear on flat ground on a nice day, maybe 4th in hilly terrain depending on your speed. On a long downhill stretch on the highway you might visit 6th briefly but probably not. This 4 cylinder simply doesn't have the torque for it. FWIW I don't use autostick much when towing empty trailers or loads under 1000 lbs. The instant MPG gauge can be referenced to help infer overall engine load but you also have to just "feel it out" somewhat. Its OK to keep the RPMs up, thats where the power is, its much less stressful for the engine to turn 3500 RPMs or even more going uphill with a 2000 lb load than to be lugging under 2k.

The additional requirements, according to me:

3) Factory tow package. For super light aluminum boats, bike racks, probably even light trailers with a single 4 wheeler, etc I think you can get away with an aftermarket towing receiver but its best to have a Compass that came with the tow package right from the factory if you are going to tow at 2000+ lbs. The height of the factory receiver is "proper", allowing a normal drop hitch with ample room for the chains to do their job if they have to. Aftermarket receivers mounted under the bumper are too close to the ground for the chains to cradle the tongue if the hitch fails. Don't forget to cross your chains. The other thing is the factory tow package also includes anti-trailer-sway programming in the ABS and you definitely want that.

4) Trailer brakes, if at all possible. Despite its puny engine power there is enough gear leverage to get a tremendously heavy load rolling. Stopping it safely is just as important. The 3600 lb trailer I hauled had a surge brake that worked very well in emergency stops and behaved very well in the mountains. Other trailers I use like my brother's boat trailer are equipped with electric brakes. There is no factory brake controller option for the Compass but a lot of inexpensive aftermarket ones are available. You can slide by without this if say its a short drive to the lake and the roads are maybe max 55 MPH or something, but still need to be careful.

It goes without saying that you need to be sure your car's brakes are in excellent condition, tire pressures correct and all that. Another nice-to-have is an anti-rattle hitch plate. Don't be cheap when you buy your ball and drop hitch. Be careful driving around and you should have no problems like me. I've never had any overheating issues or warning lights of any kind during heavy towing, not even on that long and grossly overloaded summer trip, I think 226 degrees is the max I ever saw during the stop-and-go traffic.

Be safe and have fun.
 

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I have a 2017.5 Compass Latitude 2wd. I bought an aftermarket hitch and wiring harness, so that I could haul a single lawnmower trailer. First off, the install is not fun drilling out the stock holes in the frame. Second, it sits real low and tucked under the bumper. You will need either an adjustable height hitch or about a 6" drop hitch flipped upside down, give or take to ride height. A typical hitch mount bike rack cannot be used in the typical pin location without it rubbing the hatch, so you can either use the small pin hole with the smaller pin or ream/drill the hole to accept the common diameter pin to get the carrier away from the hatch.

As far as towing, use the autostick. Here in Alabama, I have a lot of large hills to ascend and descend, and fourth gear is as high as I get out of the six speeds. Towing just a single John Deere X300 48" mower up one long and steep hill is a chore for the 2.4 Tigershark. Stopping is not much better. I'm not sure about the rest of you, but my Compass has sensitive brakes that even after driving it for two years I still struggle with how responsive they are, so down shifting is your friend when towing.

I really wish I had either bought something else or had a beater truck for the few times a year I actually need to pull a trailer. However, the Compass does okay with what little I ask of it when towing.
 

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I have a 2017.5 Compass Latitude 2wd. I bought an aftermarket hitch and wiring harness, so that I could haul a single lawnmower trailer. First off, the install is not fun drilling out the stock holes in the frame. Second, it sits real low and tucked under the bumper. You will need either an adjustable height hitch or about a 6" drop hitch flipped upside down, give or take to ride height. A typical hitch mount bike rack cannot be used in the typical pin location without it rubbing the hatch, so you can either use the small pin hole with the smaller pin or ream/drill the hole to accept the common diameter pin to get the carrier away from the hatch.

As far as towing, use the autostick. Here in Alabama, I have a lot of large hills to ascend and descend, and fourth gear is as high as I get out of the six speeds. Towing just a single John Deere X300 48" mower up one long and steep hill is a chore for the 2.4 Tigershark. Stopping is not much better. I'm not sure about the rest of you, but my Compass has sensitive brakes that even after driving it for two years I still struggle with how responsive they are, so down shifting is your friend when towing.

I really wish I had either bought something else or had a beater truck for the few times a year I actually need to pull a trailer. However, the Compass does okay with what little I ask of it when towing.
I dont think 2wd models are rated for towing.
 

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I dont think 2wd models are rated for towing.
Probably not, but I will say that swapping tires has improved the whole driving experience. I need to go see which Cooper tire model I purchased, but they have made braking smoother, the ride quieter, and the handling improved even though I was happy with that already.
 

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I have a 2017.5 Compass Latitude 2wd. I bought an aftermarket hitch and wiring harness, so that I could haul a single lawnmower trailer. First off, the install is not fun drilling out the stock holes in the frame. Second, it sits real low and tucked under the bumper. You will need either an adjustable height hitch or about a 6" drop hitch flipped upside down, give or take to ride height. A typical hitch mount bike rack cannot be used in the typical pin location without it rubbing the hatch, so you can either use the small pin hole with the smaller pin or ream/drill the hole to accept the common diameter pin to get the carrier away from the hatch......etc.
Yes took hours to get those #$%&@ holes reamed out...having the right power tool and bit would have helped tremendously. As far as the Curt hitch I installed... yes it is tucked in under the bumper but does not protrude down more than the muffler or the tail pipe. The Pro Series 4 bike carrier I bought (Big Five) has quite a bit of room between the hatch and the carrier so some hitches and carriers do work. Also I think they have 2" to 2" extensions you can add if there is an interference issue.

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Just an update I towed with a limited 1.6 diesel fwd. It actually towed fine with the trailer and 1 bike but I felt the weight when I added the second bike around 230kg fuelled

It's what made me decide to go with the 2.0lt 4x4 auto and pay the extra money

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Official rating is 2000lbs. But 2200 should not be a problem. That is like having or not having two kids in the car. I assume the 2000lb rating is with car fully occupied with 5 adults (since it should be based on worse case scenario). It should be fine with 2500 maybe even 3000 lb range if the path is flat. If you are worried, dont take any passengers with you.
I just checked the towing weight on the auto diesel and it states 1500kg or 3300lb braked



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I think 1500kg is for 2.0 diesel. I dont know if it would be 1500 for 1.6l as well.



https://www.carsguide.com.au/jeep/compass/towing-capacity/2018
UK spec engines are slightly different. We don't get the 2.4lt

The 1.6lt diesel quotes 1000kg
The 2.0lt diesel 4x4 manual quotes 1900kg
The 2.0lt diesel 4x4 auto quotes 1500kg
Both the 1.4T petrol manual and auto quote 1000kg

All quote 450kg unbraked

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Towed with it for the first time today

Absolutely brilliant. Cruise control mid 60s mph and averaging 23-26mpg but it pulled it very well

Mostly stayed in 9th gear occasionally dropping to 8th on the hills

I do have a TDI Tuning box which has given it a fair bit more shove

Trailer is tall which makes anything that t pulls it suffer on economy although it's not that heavy circa 500kg without motorbikes in it _20191123_132127.jpg DSC_0168.jpg

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Towed with it for the first time today

Absolutely brilliant. Cruise control mid 60s mph and averaging 23-26mpg but it pulled it very well

Mostly stayed in 9th gear occasionally dropping to 8th on the hills

I do have a TDI Tuning box which has given it a fair bit more shove

Trailer is tall which makes anything that t pulls it suffer on economy although it's not that heavy circa 500kg without motorbikes in it View attachment 11625 View attachment 11627

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That's amazing! I can't get my Compass to even take 9th unless I'm doing more than 60MPH and on a downgrade. At the slightest hint of an upgrade it drops to 8th or more likely 7th. And I don't tow with my Compass. My 2014 Patriot has the hitch and pulls what little towing I do.
 

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Mostly stayed in 9th gear occasionally dropping to 8th on the hills
That is just insane, to even hit 8th gear with a tall box trailer like that. I could maybe hope to hold 6th gear on a nice day on flat ground with a trailer like that, but most likely I'd be stuck in 5th. The 2.4 petro just has no torque!
 

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That is just insane, to even hit 8th gear with a tall box trailer like that. I could maybe hope to hold 6th gear on a nice day on flat ground with a trailer like that, but most likely I'd be stuck in 5th. The 2.4 petro just has no torque!
Must be the diesel to petrol difference

Mines upto 9000 miles now and on the last tow with cruise control on depending on traffic between 62 - 70mph it averaged this over 166 odd miles

I firmly believe the tuning box helps



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I've done some mild towing with my 2.4L 6spd manual 4x4 latitude. First off, the manual isn't rated for towing in the US. So I'm already in "uncharted" waters. I fitted the factory towing kit myself and have been using it to haul a 10x8 trailer.

The take off with the manual, you definitely feel the trailer behind you. Once you hit 40MPH or so, she pulls nicely. I'm confident the Compass has plenty of braking power for most hauls I'll be doing, so no worries there. Once you get her moving though, the extra weight/drag really hurts the 2.4L gas engine. Anything below 2500RPMs and it felt like it the engine couldn't keep up speed. That's the downside to these Tigershark engines; they don't make any torque until high in the RPMs, and torque is what you need for any decent towing capabilities.

Most of my towing so far has been in the city, but tomorrow I'll be getting on the highway. I'll report back how she does at 70MPH .
 

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I find as long as I pick a gear that keeps it between 2750 RPM and 3500 it cruises happily down flat roads (wind resistance ultimately deciding whether I stay to the high or low side of that range), and I still get pretty decent mileage.

A 250 mile round-trip pull last weekend with a roughly 5H x 5W x 6L trailer weighing right around the 2k lbs mark I managed to get a 16 MPG average, and that was keeping up with fast traffic and included some extremely rough road the county should be embarrassed by and some stout hill climbs with as much as 500 ft rise in elevation.

No temperature issues. All in all it does better than most people's trucks while operating within its limits.Picture is with trailer empty, properly loaded the rear squat was minimal and ride quality was great over rough roads.

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Not sure about your trailhawk, but I have a 2018 Limited FWD. I purchased a 2020 Sea-Doo 3 up with a single trailer. The ski weighs in dry about 425lbs and the trailer comes in around 400lbs giving me a dry weight of about 825lbs. I had Jeep install a tow hitch package that included hitch, wiring, and new rear fascia.

I have taken it out a few times now and towing has not been an issue at all. As a matter of fact, I was able to use cruise control at 65 on the freeway and averaged 25 miles to the gallon. Stopping did not seem to be an issue and I had no swaying. Backing up the ski into the water with the backup camera really helps and I had no issues what so ever pulling the ski back out of the water with my FWD.

I am attaching a picture of my Jeep Compass with my ski as well as the factory-installed tow hitch.
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