I always put my Rubicon in gear to tow it, transfer case in Neutral.
That's what the Owners Manual says to do.
I use 6th gear, just in case the unthinkable (and unlikely) should happen, and the transfer case should somehow get in gear (or I don't get it fully in Neutral).
I would rather have the engine spinning along in high gear at 65 MPH than in low gear at 65 MPH!
I don't think the engine would last long at that RPM!
X2... I use top gear on my Wrangler YJ (5th) , much less chance of the engine grenading if it slips into gear! I'd sure hate to destroy an engine that has only 17,000 miles. 1st or 6th makes no difference to the tranny as far as lubrication is concerned.
1998 Triple E F53 with 460 Ford
1995 Jeep Wrangler toad
We have a Wrangler JK, and tow in 1st (transfer case in Neutral). But when we get to our destination you can smell clutch for a day or so after towing. Anyone else get this?
The Jeep is my daily driver, so it goes away quick, but still makes me wonder.
That question has come up before, and the consensus is that it's not clutch that you're smelling, but rather road debris that has blown up onto the underside of your Jeep while in tow. When you detach and start the Jeep, all the hot surfaces (engine, muffler, etc...) burn off that road debris, which is largely rubber from tread wear.
Many of us have smelled what you're describing. If it was indeed your clutch burning up, you'd know it very quickly.
2003 Country Coach Intrigue, Cummins ISL 400
Toad: 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (LJ) toad, with just a few mods...
Other rig: 2005 Chevy Silverado 3500 Duramax Dually / Next Level 38CK Fifth-wheel Toy Hauler w/ quads, sand rail, etc...
Why? Its because you don't want ur tranny gears & bearings spinning unless its the engine turning them. When the tranny innards are spun by the tailshaft, the lube doesn't get splashed enough to protect them. Keep the xfer case in neutral and the tranny in a gear, or Park if its an automatic.
Will & Di
2004 Southwind 32VS
Jeep Wrangler/Blue Ox "We have met the enemy, and he is us" Pogo