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Old 10-04-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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202 towing capacity vs owner's manual

The owner's manual for my 2012 wrangler unlimited with a 3.21 rear end states a gross trailer weight of 1000 lbs - called Chrysler and that should have been 2000 lbs with a tongue weight of 200 lbs. I got it not thinking I would tow anyhing, but then we got interested in an ultralite trailer. The weight is under a ton and the tongue weight is ok, however the manual also limits the frontal area to 32 ft sq. Most tailers are around 8 X 8, whch is twice their limit. Anybody see a problem here? I have the auto tranny.

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The owner's manual for my 2012 wrangler unlimited with a 3.21 rear end states a gross trailer weight of 1000 lbs - called Chrysler and that should have been 2000 lbs with a tongue weight of 200 lbs. I got it not thinking I would tow anyhing, but then we got interested in an ultralite trailer. The weight is under a ton and the tongue weight is ok, however the manual also limits the frontal area to 32 ft sq. Most tailers are around 8 X 8, whch is twice their limit. Anybody see a problem here? I have the auto tranny.
So the factory says an unlimited with an automatic and 3.21 gearing is good for 2000lbs? Glad to hear that I have a 2013 jku and it omits that combo in the manual.

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2000 Pounds with 3.21 gears. That will suck!!!! Don't expect to get out of 3rd gear and if there is a lot of uphills, well then just get out and push. It will be faster.
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Can it be done? Yep. Can it be done safely going over the recommendations? I wouldn't.

Along with acceleration and holding the speed, you'll also have to remember braking and that it's going to take longer to stop. And you'll have an extra ton pushing behind you and the Jeep when you try and stop.

As for the frontal area, pure aerodynamics. You already have a barn door you are driving, so why would you want to tow the rest of the barn behind you?
Think about it, bigger area behind you causing all kinds of drag for the Jeep to overcome. And then there is the wind. Nothing like a big old sail back there to help steer your Jeep where it want's to go, not where you do.

I've driven semis, designed to tow big trailers. You have not lived until you've had the wind steer you in something designed to tow, I can't imagine, (OK I can), what it's like in a vehicle towing something it's not designed for. It's not going to be pretty.
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