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Old 09-08-2011, 06:57 AM   #1
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Question 97 TJ with Spartan Lockers

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I have a dilemma on my hands. I just installed Spartan Lockers and 4.11 gears on my Wrangler. Am traveling to the LA area by way of MOAB (currently live in CT), and the trailer I had lined up to borrow is no longer available. I cannot afford to buy a trailer and I have a deadline to get to LA for a job and apartment full of new furniture. my question is this: can I safely use a tow-bar to tow my Wrangler that great a distance?

Logic tells me that towing with a tow-bar is safe for short distances: with the tranny in neutral and the driveshafts removed the lockers should simply do their job. But 3500 miles? I'm afraid the pumpkins will be full of scrap metal by the time I arrive at MOAB.

Can't borrow the money for a new trailer, and in six weeks of searching I have discovered that used trailers - even those covered in rust and in questionable condition (ie POS') go for over $2000 here. Ironically I can get a brand new trailer locally for $3100, but that ain't gonna happen.

Anyone have any experience with this? If not, any tips on how to find a used trailer fast that's under $1500?


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Old 09-08-2011, 01:16 PM   #2
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Flat towing with lockers should be a non issue. Post in the TJ forum where you can get more responses to technical questions.

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Old 09-09-2011, 05:35 AM   #5
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Flat towing with lockers should be a non issue. Post in the TJ forum where you can get more responses to technical questions.

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Thanks Ageless Stranger, just posted there. I've owned 50 cars so far, but only one 4WD and I never did anything with it (had way too many problems so I just sold it). Never messed with diffs or trannys either; just replaced them if they broke.
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Trailers must be high where you live. I bought a NEW 18' car hauler in Ky for under $1800. Not flashy but function.

You could tow to the midwest and then buy a trailer....but that sounds a little stupid the more I think about it.

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Thank you all for the help. Trailers are absurd around here: I can buy a brand new car hauler for $3100, yet all I see advertised is rusty crap for $2000. Don't understand it, but I do know a "Dog in a Manger" when I see one. Why anyone thinks a rusty, 20 year old trailer that hasn't moved in 2 years and probably needs an overhaul is worth 2/3 the cost of buying a brand new one today is beyond me.

Lucked out: called at 7:30 AM and reached the owner at a dealer: he sold us a 16 ft Big Tex, built in 2000, with dual axles, full brakes that they rebuilt to brand new specs, and a ramp - all for $1300. Perfect for our needs.

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what about renting a car hauler from u-haul? it would be a lot cheaper for you. just a thought.
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what about renting a car hauler from u-haul? it would be a lot cheaper for you. just a thought.
That was one of the first things we checked out. The cost from East Coast to West Coast was $3500. Exactly the price for buying a brand new model of the identical hauler U-Haul provides.

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no kidding. I had no idea that the cost could be that much.
good luck on your trip. I saw on your other post that you found a sweet deal on a trailer.

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