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53 willys

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Posted: 09/11/21 10:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We pick up our new Newmar Tuesday now I want to buy a lightly used jeep to tow what jeep are you towing ? Any and all info would be appreciated thank you in advance.

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What model of Jeep are you considering? If just Wranglers, most of them are flat towable. With other models, it depends on the drivetrain. On some models only very specific drivetrain options are flat towable. In general you need a 2 speed transfer case that has a true neutral selection.

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I tow a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited.
I like the 2003 - 2006 body style, and the 4.0 l I-6 engine.
It is easy to set up for towing: Transfer case in Neutral, transmission in 6th gear (yes, it is a 6 speed manual tranny!), Ignition switch in "Off, Not Locked" (spare key in pocket so the doors can be locked), and we are good to go. All that is done AFTER the Jeep is connected to the motorhome! I don't have to worry about releasing the parking brake, because I never set it, and positioning the Jeep behind the motorhome is a lot easier than positioning the motorhome in front of the Jeep, IMO!
We were lucky enough to find this Jeep in a pretty much unmodified condition (custom bumpers and a receiver hitch the only mods), with a hardtop, and less than 10 grand!
The longer wheelbase of the Unlimited has a somewhat better ride than the standard short one, IMO, and the rear seat remains folded up nearly all the time, so the 2-door is not a fault. The extra cargo space is nice, too. A trip to Costco would be impossible with the shorty!
Good luck in your search for the "perfect Jeep Wrangler" for you!


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The little Cherokee needs to have the Active Drive II transfer case with the N button. Same goes for the Grand Cherokee. Most all Wranglers can be towed. I know they used to build them but I have never seen a 2WD Wrangler. As long as the Wrangler is 4WD you can tow it.


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mowermech wrote:

I tow a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited.
I like the 2003 - 2006 body style, and the 4.0 l I-6 engine.
It is easy to set up for towing: Transfer case in Neutral, transmission in 6th gear (yes, it is a 6 speed manual tranny!), Ignition switch in "Off, Not Locked" (spare key in pocket so the doors can be locked), and we are good to go. All that is done AFTER the Jeep is connected to the motorhome! I don't have to worry about releasing the parking brake, because I never set it, and positioning the Jeep behind the motorhome is a lot easier than positioning the motorhome in front of the Jeep, IMO!
We were lucky enough to find this Jeep in a pretty much unmodified condition (custom bumpers and a receiver hitch the only mods), with a hardtop, and less than 10 grand!
The longer wheelbase of the Unlimited has a somewhat better ride than the standard short one, IMO, and the rear seat remains folded up nearly all the time, so the 2-door is not a fault. The extra cargo space is nice, too. A trip to Costco would be impossible with the shorty!
Good luck in your search for the "perfect Jeep Wrangler" for you!


On the key. Have you thought about cutting a non chip key. That way you can unlock the wheel, but not have to worry about it getting stolen!

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Jeeps come in baically 3 flavors
Rear Wheel Drive (Stick shift can be towed auto not)
4WD- Towable if a manual transfer case for the most part, if not well read the fine manual.

AWD (mine) not recreationally towable (per the fine manual)


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If you looking for a nice cushy ride, a Wrangler may not be for you. We got a wrangler and love it but a bit rough on rough roads. Tows nice, simple setup, I buy another if I ever need to.


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A lightly used Jeep will still cost you a fortune…nearly as much as new.


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dodge guy wrote:

mowermech wrote:

I tow a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited.
I like the 2003 - 2006 body style, and the 4.0 l I-6 engine.
It is easy to set up for towing: Transfer case in Neutral, transmission in 6th gear (yes, it is a 6 speed manual tranny!), Ignition switch in "Off, Not Locked" (spare key in pocket so the doors can be locked), and we are good to go. All that is done AFTER the Jeep is connected to the motorhome! I don't have to worry about releasing the parking brake, because I never set it, and positioning the Jeep behind the motorhome is a lot easier than positioning the motorhome in front of the Jeep, IMO!
We were lucky enough to find this Jeep in a pretty much unmodified condition (custom bumpers and a receiver hitch the only mods), with a hardtop, and less than 10 grand!
The longer wheelbase of the Unlimited has a somewhat better ride than the standard short one, IMO, and the rear seat remains folded up nearly all the time, so the 2-door is not a fault. The extra cargo space is nice, too. A trip to Costco would be impossible with the shorty!
Good luck in your search for the "perfect Jeep Wrangler" for you!


On the key. Have you thought about cutting a non chip key. That way you can unlock the wheel, but not have to worry about it getting stolen!


The 2005 and 2006 Jeep Wranglers do not have a "chipped" key. They DO have an "Off, Steering Not Locked" ignition switch position, which the '07 and later Wranglers do not have. I have often wondered why Jeep dropped that switch. But, since I never intend to buy an '07 or later, I really do not care. Mine will run over 200K miles soon, still starts good, runs good, and doesn't burn any oil between oil changes. I did replace the clutch and a couple of U-joints last year. As us "jack pine savages" are wont to say; "Kain't hardly beat a deal lak thet!"

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wildtoad wrote:

If you looking for a nice cushy ride, a Wrangler may not be for you. We got a wrangler and love it but a bit rough on rough roads. Tows nice, simple setup, I buy another if I ever need to.


With our previous coach, we towed a 2001 TJ (2 door) wrangler for somewhere around 100k miles. It was set up for serious off road trails and wasn't a great ride for long driving days. I really liked the low end torque of that 4.0 six cylinder, but rarely saw above about 15 mpg on average. As we got older, it was harder to climb into the lifted Wrangler. When we went full time and moved up to a diesel pusher, we went for a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee for more comfort and cargo space. While the GC is still a very capable offroad vehicle, the DW is lobbying for a 4 door Rubicon Wrangler whenever we replace the GC.

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