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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 ?

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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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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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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.

- Cherokee
 

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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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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?

Thanks.
okay hey so I have a compass as well its a 2008 sport 4x4 if your tires are spinning its just because lost of traction due to the tires being not so good anymore and as for the towing situation just rent a truck because its to much for the jeep you can even blow the engine or the rear differential and if your jeep is 4x4 because the make the compasses FWD as well your differential and your transmission are connected into one so if one goes they all go good vehicle just not meant for towing and I am mechanic I work for advance auto parts as well so I have some insight from shops on the vehicle to also I am moving out to Colorado so I am buying a Tacoma and renting a U haul trailer as well and towing the jeep on the trailer since I love my car so much its amazing in the snow and i don't even have snow tires 4x4 works great hopefully this insight can help since its coming from someone who owns the same vehicle
 

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okay hey so I have a compass as well its a 2008 sport 4x4 if your tires are spinning its just because lost of traction due to the tires being not so good anymore and as for the towing situation just rent a truck because its to much for the jeep you can even blow the engine or the rear differential and if your jeep is 4x4 because the make the compasses FWD as well your differential and your transmission are connected into one so if one goes they all go good vehicle just not meant for towing and I am mechanic I work for advance auto parts as well so I have some insight from shops on the vehicle to also I am moving out to Colorado so I am buying a Tacoma and renting a U haul trailer as well and towing the jeep on the trailer since I love my car so much its amazing in the snow and i don't even have snow tires 4x4 works great hopefully this insight can help since its coming from someone who owns the same vehicle
So you joined 9 months ago it says... suddenly you break your silence to make your first post and you choose to reply to a thread that is 10 years old... the content of your post is pretty much just one long run-on sentence, a mixture of rambling opinion and unrelated info... just ummm... some friendly criticisms for ya to consider there.. Glad you enjoy your 2008 though...

 

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So you joined 9 months ago it says... suddenly you break your silence to make your first post and you choose to reply to a thread that is 10 years old... the content of your post is pretty much just one long run-on sentence, a mixture of rambling opinion and unrelated info... just ummm... some friendly criticisms for ya to consider there.. Glad you enjoy your 2008 though...
I'm sure you are eager to apologize to a new member. I keep saying what a nice bunch we have on here. I don't want to list exceptions. He probably used the search box and turned up this thread.

As for the old post by @Ardentmouse245, I think we should appreciate having a cyber-archeologist on the site. 👍

And to @Ardentmouse245, please give Andy some slack. He must be under a lot of stress these days.
 

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I'm sorry, @Ardentmouse245. I am an irritable old grouch. I do enjoy talking about Jeep Compasses though, especially towing. I can't comment on a first gen like yours, but the 2nd gen that I have is a towing champion. We have many, erm, more recent thread topics discussing Jeep Compass towing that I would like to kindly invite you to, like this one here: What are you towing?
 
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