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twodownzero

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Posted: 06/14/19 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nobody has mentioned it, but the wheelbase of a Jeep, even the 4 door, is not safe for towing. It is as short or shorter than a regular cab/shortbed pickup. That is not good!

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camp-n-family wrote:

Dry weights don’t include options, propane or batteries etc. With those added you’ll be at your tow rating before putting anything in the trailer. Unfortunately Jeeps don’t make for good tow vehicles on anything bigger than a pop up.

I had a neighbor who tried what you’re considering. After 1 tow he started using his Caravan to tow with instead.

According to the federal standard the weight on the yellow sticker is to include battery, full propane tanks, spare tire if included and all factory installed equipment. In addition if the dealer installs equipment increasing the weight by more than 5% they are to install a new updated sticker. Now the yellow weight can and might vary from the "brochure weight", but that's up to the manufacturer, my trailer was within tens of pounds of the brochure weight.


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twodownzero wrote:

Nobody has mentioned it, but the wheelbase of a Jeep, even the 4 door, is not safe for towing. It is as short or shorter than a regular cab/shortbed pickup. That is not good!
This is what I was going to add. The Jeep may also have tires that are not that great for highway towing. Have seen a few Jeeps towing a small R-pod and as is common, WDHs were clearly not adjusted properly.

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I cannot comment on actual towing with a Jeep, because I’ve never done it.
Numbers however, are another story.
Both those campers will be over 400# tongue weight when ready to go. With a weight distribution system, real close to 500#.
That leaves you with about 800# for you, your family and anything else you put in there. You will probably be close to max.
I would be concerned with the Jeep’s tow rating because you will be at max or over.
I would not want to be at max on both those weights at the same time, pulling a sail through the air.

If you want to keep the Jeep, you will probably have to set your sights a little lower. You could also go to a Jeep forum to get opinions from people who have actual experience towing with one.


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I hate to be discouraging, but this is not safe. The two biggest problems are (1) the big tail wagging the little dog, and (2) braking. A Wrangler can pull anything. But it can't stop everything.


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Thank you all for the help.

I will not be getting of the trailers I mentioned, I might look into a hybrid.

Does the tire type/size matter when towing? I have 35 inch tires.

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softer rubber will hurt your towing. the soft tires with high sidewalls are not what you want for this. given your situation please take a long look at either a low profile popup or an upgraded tow vehicle.


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Menanlg wrote:

Thank you all for the help.

I will not be getting of the trailers I mentioned, I might look into a hybrid.

Does the tire type/size matter when towing? I have 35 inch tires.
Well that changes things.... For the worse.
As tough as those tires make the Jeep look.... Reality is that they are an added stress to the jeep. The manufacturers ratings are now worthless. They need to be reduced... A LOT.



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afidel wrote:

camp-n-family wrote:

Dry weights don’t include options, propane or batteries etc. With those added you’ll be at your tow rating before putting anything in the trailer. Unfortunately Jeeps don’t make for good tow vehicles on anything bigger than a pop up.

I had a neighbor who tried what you’re considering. After 1 tow he started using his Caravan to tow with instead.

According to the federal standard the weight on the yellow sticker is to include battery, full propane tanks, spare tire if included and all factory installed equipment. In addition if the dealer installs equipment increasing the weight by more than 5% they are to install a new updated sticker. Now the yellow weight can and might vary from the "brochure weight", but that's up to the manufacturer, my trailer was within tens of pounds of the brochure weight.


This is true if the OP is looking at a trailer on the lot and its actual yellow sticker. Most people when shopping are looking at brochures which tend to have substantially lighter “dry weights” that don’t tend include the above. Another sales tactic that gets the uninformed into trouble, much like 1/2 ton trucks with 12k tow ratings.


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There is a reason more people tow Wranglers, than tow with Wranglers. And with 35 inch tires? I'd be looking at popups.


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