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Old 04-13-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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Talking Can You Tow With a Two Door Jeep?........Yep!

Well believe it or not I pulled at least 6000 pounds today, I have a16X6' car hauler that has six foot high chain link fence panels enclosing it, I had three years of garbage stacked in it to the top, it sat out in the open and in the elements including lots of rain. I totally was not looking forward to hauling that trailer to the dump aobut seven miles away. I was warned NOT to tow it with a two door Jeep so I tried to find a truck that could haul it but to no avail.
Finally I broke down today and just hooked it up to at least see if it could pull it out of it's area with the Jeep....I was very impressed. The Jeep (2008 X model) just yanked the whole trailer out of the area next to my workshop and up a hill to the front of my house, and in 2 wheel drive too!
So I made the decision to just go for it, I tarped the trailer and did a little work on the electrical plug and hit the road. It did great down the 3/4 mile dirt road drive to the main road, I however did not want to push it and so I just kept the speed down to 35 MPH, that Jeep didn't groan, grind or squeek, it didn't even struggle at all, No burning smells, or rubbing sounds, I was just really impressed. before I left I even checked out the suspension (which is stock height) and it was at least two inches from the bump stop, ya the back of the Jeep was a little low from the tongue weight but it was manageable.
It turns out acording the the reciept at the dump that the total weight of garbage on the trailer was 4380 pounds! and the trailer weighs 1600 pounds on top of that! So basically I was towing close to 6000 pounds with that little Jeep, I could have gone at a faster speed but I was happy with how fast I was going and I really had no reason to push it.
On the way back home with just the trailer (which weighs around 1600 pounds) I got it up to 60 MPH with ease.
I used to have a Chevy avalanche which was rated around close to a 3/4 ton vehicle and with the same trailer on it, I always knew that dang trailer was back there, it would really jerk that truck around, I had the electric brakes functional on it when I had it on the Avalanche but that truck still struggled. I have towed things with Jeeps before and they actually were rather heavy, full or empty, this trailer was very easy on the Jeep, I barely even noticed it on the back of my Jeep with all that weight loaded on it. Now I dont suggest you put that much weight on your Jeep, Im just saying it can handle it with ease, I proved that today, however I wont ever put that much weight on that Jeep again, it's just a good feeling knowing that it can handle it in a pinch. I feel however I could put around 2000 pounds on that trailer and it will handle it just fine.
Gotta love this Jeep, also my hat is off to my wife for trusting me to take her Jeep and try this stunt with it

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Old 04-13-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
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Pulling is the easy part. The stopping is what the rating is for, keep it slow and you should be fine

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Old 04-13-2013, 09:45 PM   #3
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Pulling is the easy part. The stopping is what the rating is for, keep it slow and you should be fine
Stopping? no problem there! I didn't even have the electric brakes hooked up either, I imagine it wont be a problem once I do get it hooked up
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With the short wheelbase, towing heavy loads can quickly become dangerous. Under ideal conditions you can tow plenty, but down a hill at higher speeds the trailer will start to drive the jeep. Once it starts swaying, you'll be in real trouble. Sure, trailer brakes and anti-sway will help, but it isn't worth the risk. They are designed to make towing safer, not to heavily exceed the vehicle's capacity. That's why I bought a jku. It has a wheelbase much more suited to towing, although it lacks power (mine's a 2011).

Those towing capacities are there for a reason. Ignore them at your peril!

Edit: my reply isn't primarily directed at the op. It is so other people don't read this thread and think they can go buy a 5000+ lb RV to tow everywhere with their 2 door Wrangler. It just isn't safe.

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Old 04-15-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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With the short wheelbase, towing heavy loads can quickly become dangerous. Under ideal conditions you can tow plenty, but down a hill at higher speeds the trailer will start to drive the jeep. Once it starts swaying, you'll be in real trouble. Sure, trailer brakes and anti-sway will help, but it isn't worth the risk. They are designed to make towing safer, not to heavily exceed the vehicle's capacity. That's why I bought a jku. It has a wheelbase much more suited to towing, although it lacks power (mine's a 2011).-
Those towing capacities are there for a reason. Ignore them at your peril!

Edit: my reply isn't primarily directed at the op. It is so other people don't read this thread and think they can go buy a 5000+ lb RV to tow everywhere with their 2 door Wrangler. It just isn't safe. TheWolfen


Thus my little disclaimer-" Now I dont suggest you put that much weight on your Jeep, Im just saying it can handle it with ease"

I totally agree with you, I actually dont intend to do much towing with my Jeep in the future, I was just stating that if you are careful and pay attention to what you are doing and use a little common sense, then the two door can do it in a pinch.
I do however see two door jeeps towing things all over the place out here in GA, but they are just mainly small trailers.
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