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Old 11-20-2011, 04:11 PM   #1
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Hello guys!

I'm a brand new owner of a 2012 Sahara unlimited.

Here is the question. I need to tow a 7 x 14 trailer that must weight around 5000 pounds. I know that the maximum capacity is 3500 pounds but there is got to be a way to pull that trailer without wrecking my brand new baby! When i lowered thge trailer, my jeep went down 5 inches.

Here is the question? Can i upgrande the rear suspension and not damage the whole fram er direction? As any of you guys done somthing like that before?

Please forgive my english, I from Canada and my native language is french.

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Old 11-20-2011, 04:13 PM   #2
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Welcome Marc, you CAN tow it. But you shouldn't. It has a lot do to with the wheel base. Even a jku is relatively short and the trailer can tell the jeep where to go in an evasive maneuver

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Old 11-20-2011, 04:18 PM   #3
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ok but will it wreck my Jeep in any way? Lets say if i dont have to make a quick maneuver? It is juste to get to my custumers, i dont spend the whole day carying it...

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Old 11-20-2011, 06:33 PM   #4
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ok but will it wreck my Jeep in any way? Lets say if i dont have to make a quick maneuver? It is juste to get to my custumers, i dont spend the whole day carying it...

Thx,

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No. It won't. But don't expect to do anywhere near highway speeds and you never know when you have to make a evasive maneuver it's not always your choice know what I mean?
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:39 PM   #5
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Be aware that towing it is the easy part, at some point you will have to stop it and that
is when things can get very interesting. I would suggest that you one of two things
A. A lighter trailer
B. A proper tow vehicle
The chance of something going awry is better than 50/50
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:46 PM   #6
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As stated stopping is the issue. Does the trailer have brakes? If not I would not even try it. I flat towed my CJ-7 behind a XJ rated at 5000lbs once, going was okay, but stopping was a nightmare. What other options do you have?
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:50 PM   #7
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Thx guys! Well it seems i can tow but i will have a hard time stopping... I had a 2010 Ford F-150 with a 11000 pound towing capacity. that is why the trailer is that big and frankly, i need that big for work. I will get a breaking device on my jeep since the trailer is equipe with electric brakes.

I'll try to go lighter and i'll be carefull!

thx again for the quick responses!

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Old 11-20-2011, 08:06 PM   #8
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Thx guys! Well it seems i can tow but i will have a hard time stopping... I had a 2010 Ford F-150 with a 11000 pound towing capacity. that is why the trailer is that big and frankly, i need that big for work. I will get a breaking device on my jeep since the trailer is equipe with electric brakes.

I'll try to go lighter and i'll be carefull!

thx again for the quick responses!

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Should have kept that f150 for towing
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This just sounds like bad news dude. Be careful.
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I wouldn't do it. All it takes is for it to get squirrelly on you once and you could lose the trailer, the Jeep, your life, and possibly the lives of others on the road. We're not talking a few pounds over here, we're talking 1500 pounds over. Trailer brakes or not, it's a VERY bad idea.

Another issue is liability. You have an accident and go to court and they find out you were 1500 pounds over the rated towing capacity and you're going to have a very close friend named Bubba.
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Thumbs up Perfect response...lol

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I wouldn't do it. All it takes is for it to get squirrelly on you once and you could lose the trailer, the Jeep, your life, and possibly the lives of others on the road. We're not talking a few pounds over here, we're talking 1500 pounds over. Trailer brakes or not, it's a VERY bad idea.

Another issue is liability. You have an accident and go to court and they find out you were 1500 pounds over the rated towing capacity and you're going to have a very close friend named Bubba.
Very true, funny as hell
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That kind of stupidity and irresponsibility could get someone killed. Why would you think it is OK to put other people at risk over your inappropriate choice of tow vehicle?

Simply put, that vehicle is not designed, rated, or intended for towing that kind of weight. Drivetrain, brakes, etc., are not set up to do this. Expect your insurance to deny any accident claim that occurs when you have this thing hooked up.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:52 PM   #13
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Dont do it. Not worth the trouble you can get into

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