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Old 04-25-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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Jeep Float

Jeeps never cease to amaze me. I recently was part of building and driving a float for my kids' school in a local parade. We had a '92 YJ towing a 29' trailer. We estimated about 2000 lbs on top of the Jeep (with framework and the cabin shown below) and at least 4000 behind it (metal top trailer). Then we added 60 second graders at an average of 60 lbs a piece (= ~3600 lbs). With me and all the associated safety equipment (extinguishers, a couple spare tires, etc) and excluding the weight of the Jeep itself, I estimate it was pulling right at 10,000 lbs. Total distance is about 15 miles (from build site to the parade, the parade, then back to build site). Dropped it in 4-wheel low and just let it crawl. Got warm in there, but the engine maintained right about 215-220 degrees.


Ran like a champ. (and we got 2nd place in the parade )

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You got second?! Who the heck got first?! You should see the floats produced around here. That would be a lifetime achievement winner! Anyway, congratulations on the win and the tow!

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Yeah, overheard one judge say to another that since we had won first place for the last 32 years in a row they weren't giving it to us this year. No worries, we'll get it back next year
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