Without the tow package the Patriot capacity is 900 lbs. With the tow package its 1800 lbs. Really these aren't tow vehicles. If its one of those small U-Haul trailers as you say, I'd risk it myself. This might be a good time to get a transmission cooler. They aren't expensive and might save you a lot more in the long run. And speaking of transmission, if you have the CVT you should know that the transmission fluid should be changed at 50-60,000 miles (the recommendation in the owner's manual is way too long). If you haven't changed it, I'd definitely get it done before your trip.
How far are you moving? If you planning on crawling through mountains or crossing a desert, I don't think I'd make my Patriot do that. Then again, you can get away with a lot if you don't drive it hard and stop frequently to let it cool down. I used my 5-spd Wrangler to pull a 2-axle livestock trailer filled with heavy furniture when I moved last year. This area is hilly, but there were no mountains involved. I made two trips, about 40 miles each way; I stayed on lightly traveled roads, watched my engine temp, and kept my speed down.
Last edited by Ignatz; 06-17-2019 at 07:37 PM.