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gregorya

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Posted: 08/20/07 10:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jgorm wrote:

Yes Jeep Wrangler. Probably a TJ (97 and newer). Should be picking on up real soon. I think they weigh in the mid 3000's.


They are closer to 4000, or more when you load the jeep up with upgrades.

Still, not a problem, it has very good manners behind the tow rig. We flat tow ours at least once a month to our club runs, and have put in many miles on freeways and up and down mountains with nary a problem. We almost get better mileage towing the jeep than we do driving it!


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mowermech wrote:


I agree with the car trailer, though.


If you plan on keeping the Wrangler close to stock and running easy and moderate trails then flat towing is the way to go.

If you plan on 35" or larger tires and like playing on rocks then a car hauler is the way to go.

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gregorya wrote:

jgorm wrote:

Yes Jeep Wrangler. Probably a TJ (97 and newer). Should be picking on up real soon. I think they weigh in the mid 3000's.


They are closer to 4000, or more when you load the jeep up with upgrades.

Still, not a problem, it has very good manners behind the tow rig. We flat tow ours at least once a month to our club runs, and have put in many miles on freeways and up and down mountains with nary a problem. We almost get better mileage towing the jeep than we do driving it!


I don't think there is any question as to whether you get better mileage towing rather than driving. When I pull just the 5er, I get about 14 mpg. With the Jeep back there, I get between 9 and 12 mpg. If my wife were to drive the Jeep behind, she would get about 17-18 mpg while I got 14 pulling the 5er. It would cost me twice the amount of fuel used by driving both. I'll sacrifice 3-5 mph by pulling.


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FishPOET wrote:

mowermech wrote:


I agree with the car trailer, though.


If you plan on keeping the Wrangler close to stock and running easy and moderate trails then flat towing is the way to go.

If you plan on 35" or larger tires and like playing on rocks then a car hauler is the way to go.

No, Probably 31" would be as large as I would go and I will keep it mostly stock. The trailer would be a PITA because many campgrounds we go to only have 2 parking spaces. I would have to find some way to put the trailer in backwards so i could park the jeep on it. Thanks for all the advice!


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it can be done! it should be about 3600 to 3800lbs stock.
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Posted: 08/21/07 01:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Car hauler vrs flat-tow becomes a spirited discussion as well. [emoticon]

TJ's flat-tow just as well with 6" of lift and 35's as they do completely stock.

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Posted: 08/21/07 01:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I flat tow my 97 wrangler all the time. You might want to get the 2.5 4 banger it is 4 to 5 hundred pounds lighter.


With the correct gearing it can go anywhere the 6 cylinder can.

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Posted: 08/21/07 01:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, it can be done.

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Just like everything else there are pros and cons for flat towing, dolly towing and trailer towing. If I were closer to stock I would flat tow in a heartbeat.

35's put a lot of stress on the hubs, ball joints and steering and flat towing will accelerate the wear along with more miles on the tires.

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Posted: 08/21/07 02:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Interesting,

Why does a "built" jeep flat tow different?
The only reason I can think of is to save wear on the expensive big tires.

I flat tow my 97
33 inch tires,
4 inch lift,
front & rear air lockers
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Posted: 08/21/07 02:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I flat towed my CJ7 for several years without any issues.

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Switched over to the car hauler at the beginning of the year because of the wear on the jeep's tires. Also like the idea of being able to get the jeep home if I should break something.

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Either method, you should be fine with your set-up.


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