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Old 01-15-2012, 03:23 PM   #1
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Towing 2012 Wrangler Behind Motorhome

One of the many reasons I bought my Wrangler was to tow it behind my motorhome. One of the many procedures I have to follow is to make sure the transfer case is in N and the shift is in PARK. That sounds weird to me but others swear it is true. Any comments?

Also, I'm required to remove the negative battery cable prior to towing. I'm guessing that someone has figured out a way to bypass this with a switch or something. Any suggestions?

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Old 01-16-2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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I tow mine behind our coach but mine is easier with a 6 speed manual. From everything I've learned though, yes just put the transfer case in neutral and shift into park. Not sure why you would need to disconnect the battery cable though unless that's something to do with an automatic. I just turn my ignition one click to unlock the steering wheel and I'm good to go.

Look in your owners manual under dinghy towing and it should tell you. You can also go to www.rv.net, a forum much like this but for motohomes and trailers. There's lots of good folks there that can help.

Good luck bud!
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I tow mine behind our coach but mine is easier with a 6 speed manual. From everything I've learned though, yes just put the transfer case in neutral and shift into park. Not sure why you would need to disconnect the battery cable though unless that's something to do with an automatic. I just turn my ignition one click to unlock the steering wheel and I'm good to go.

Look in your owners manual under dinghy towing and it should tell you. You can also go to www.rv.net, a forum much like this but for motohomes and trailers. There's lots of good folks there that can help.

Good luck bud!
Bud,

The info I get on rv.net (senior member for many years) is to simply put the transfer case in N, the tranny in PARK, put the key in my pocket and drive. The manual that came with the car (and it is automatic and 4 dr) states a long laundry list of things that have to be done. However, as you say, the folks on forums such as rv.net should know what the real deal is. Thanks for the info.


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Old 01-16-2012, 08:50 AM   #4
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RVers know about towing, but Jeeps MAY have some peculiarity.
For example the operators manual specifically states that Jeeps should NOT be towed with two wheels up on a tow-dolly.
I don't know why that would be...but I do know a friend who did several thousand dollars in damage to his '10....and it wasn't covered because it was towed improperly.
I love the ability to tow an automatic in park, just by putting the transfer case in N.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:02 AM   #5
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I too tow my 2012 Rubi with my motorhome. All you do is put the transfer case in "N" and the shifter in "Park". You don't need the key in the ignition, there is no steering wheel lock on the 2012, I can't speak for other year models, but the 2012 can be towed with out the key. I do pull the negative battery cable, it's a small pain but I don't want to fry anything.

Here are a couple of options you could try.
Jeep Battery Disconnects - Jeep Batteries & Accessories - Jeep Performance Electrical - by 4 Wheel Drive

If you get one let me know how it works.

And just in case it sounds like I'm an expert on this subject, I've towed my Jeep twice so far. So I'm not an expert.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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I too tow my 2012 Rubi with my motorhome. All you do is put the transfer case in "N" and the shifter in "Park". You don't need the key in the ignition, there is no steering wheel lock on the 2012, I can't speak for other year models, but the 2012 can be towed with out the key. I do pull the negative battery cable, it's a small pain but I don't want to fry anything.

Here are a couple of options you could try.
Jeep Battery Disconnects - Jeep Batteries & Accessories - Jeep Performance Electrical - by 4 Wheel Drive

If you get one let me know how it works.

And just in case it sounds like I'm an expert on this subject, I've towed my Jeep twice so far. So I'm not an expert.
Nice looking setup! See you in Moab!
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I too tow my 2012 Rubi with my motorhome. All you do is put the transfer case in "N" and the shifter in "Park". You don't need the key in the ignition, there is no steering wheel lock on the 2012, I can't speak for other year models, but the 2012 can be towed with out the key. I do pull the negative battery cable, it's a small pain but I don't want to fry anything.

Here are a couple of options you could try.
Jeep Battery Disconnects - Jeep Batteries & Accessories - Jeep Performance Electrical - by 4 Wheel Drive

If you get one let me know how it works.

And just in case it sounds like I'm an expert on this subject, I've towed my Jeep twice so far. So I'm not an expert.
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You don't need to pull the battery cable on a 2012!
The only reason that some do this is because they must use their key to unlock the front wheels. I too have a 2012 and we don't have wheel locks, thus we don't need to turn the key one click thus we don't need to pull the battery cable.

The 11 & 12's are very simple to tow.
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #8
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Nice looking setup! See you in Moab!
Yours too. I have a new 3" lift since I took this pic. Come on MOAB!!!!
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You don't need to pull the battery cable on a 2012!
The only reason that some do this is because they must use their key to unlock the front wheels. I too have a 2012 and we don't have wheel locks, thus we don't need to turn the key one click thus we don't need to pull the battery cable.

Same with the 2011's. No need to unhook the battery. No steering lock so no need to put a key in it. Just hook it up to the towbar, put the transfer case in neutral and drive on. Really handy compared to my 2004!

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