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Freya: Aimee's 2021 WK2 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk V8

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15 hours ago, Trail Toy said:

Freya doesn't have any battle scars, a goddess of war, among other things, should have some battle scars!  We need to get that goddess out on the trails, get some scars and earn that goddess title...  LMAO!

 

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this was bought for long road trips and occasional forest roads, so no.

 

besides, Freya is the goddess of Beauty as well, so any battle scars would immediately be buffed out!

 

 

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turns out a stock WK2 can fit 37's... 🤭

 

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Get out! /dadjoke

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we rented a tiny travel trailer this weekend and Freya did great pulling it up to the Mogollon Rim area.

 

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some notes from our first time towing with Freya, and first time for me towing anything bigger than a utility trailer...

 

  • the travel trailer was 2,600 pounds dry, plus 200 lb water, plus our camping junk - so right at 3k pounds total.
  • it was a 16' trailer with electronics brakes, and included a spring-bar style weight distribution/anti-sway hitch. i did not like the metal-on-metal friction style of the hitch in terms of the noises it made. i knew they were normal, but still found it to be disconcerting - it did tow nicely though. being so short of course it tracked right in line with Jeep. we never experienced any noticeable sway or out-of-control feelings.
  • our route was about 200 miles round trip and included some substantial hill climbs (Phoenix to Campe Verde via I-17, then the 260 over to the 87/260 split, then under 4 miles on forest roads near there).
  • we were averaging 14.7 MPG around town before getting the trailer, after the trip we were down to 9.8 MPG.
  • Freya seemed very comfortable at around 75 MPH most of the trip, and dropping down to 65 on the long climbs out of Camp Verde. she had plenty of power to do more if i needed to pass someone, but i could hear the engine working a bit if i pushed her. the sound of the exhaust bouncing off the front of the trailer if i floored it was a new one for me.
  • other than putting her in Sport mode, i had to disable the automatic emergency rear brake assist in order to backup with the trailer, and put her in "jack mode" when we parked to prevent the air suspension from trying to continually level itself while putting the stabilizers down.

 

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10 hours ago, Trail Toy said:

Last year when we rented the trailer we brought to the Gala it had that same anti sway set up and it was LOUD!  I actually stopped and went back to the guys house and he explained what was going on.  Next time slather those puppies with grease, noise will be gone! 😎

 

the friction from the loaded metal-on-metal contact is what gives this type of hitch its anti-sway capabilities. if you grease those contact points then it will still provide weight-distribution, but no longer act as a sway-control device.

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On 10/6/2021 at 1:21 AM, theksmith said:

 

the friction from the loaded metal-on-metal contact is what gives this type of hitch its anti-sway capabilities. if you grease those contact points then it will still provide weight-distribution, but no longer act as a sway-control device.

EXACTLY...   These units are SUPPOSED to NEVER have the friction surfaces lubricated.   I suspect they were worn out and rather than replace it (~$70), the owner simply added lube to stop the noise.   AND doing so made the sway control device about as effective as adding lube to brake linings...

See attached link (this one from Draw-Tite Hitches), whose installation and usage instructions for this type of sway control device (item #6) clearly states that you are to NEVER lubricate the slide mechanism... ;)

 

https://www.draw-tite.com/product-assets/install/N83660.pdf

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On 10/6/2021 at 5:41 AM, Trail Toy said:

 

They guy we rented the trailer from said that his needed to be greased (mentioned he forgot to do so) so maybe his set up is a little different?

The guy who owned it was SADLY mis-informed on the purpose and care of the slide-friction device...   (see above response to Kris's response...)

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Posted (edited)

tested out Freya with the Falken A/T3W tires in some light mud and heavy snow this week - she did great!

 

 

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