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Old 05-29-2011, 01:01 AM   #1
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Towing / Boat Ramp ??s

I just purchased a 2005 Unlimited Wrangler, love it! For the past few years have been hauling my waverunner and trailer with a yukon, never had a problem hauling or at the boat ramp. Im reading horror stories about jeep wranglers and towing. Some people say the weight will pull the jeep in the water when launching, and it will get stuck and the wheels will spin trying to get up the boat ramp. Anything i need to be aware of or do special?

Its a lifted jeep with bigger tires, 4.0, the waverunner has a dry weight of 840 pounds not including fuel and the trailer. Do i need to be worried or anything special i need to do? Will it tow good for about 20 miles and over a really tall bridge? Will i have any issue at the boat ramp? thanks!

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Old 05-29-2011, 06:05 AM   #2
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i think with a waverunner you should be fine. most of the stories i have heard were people towing too much weight.it will be easier to launch if its automatic. if you are really really really worried about it put it in 4lo when going up and down the ramp.

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Anytime any SUV goes over towing capacity is just asking for problems....
I have a 2011 JKU, 4 door, Auto - stock other than Cold Air Intake and with O/D off, it tows just fine... 20 miles each way, every weekend (weather permitting)... boat plus gear plus full gas puts me at around 3200 lbs.... rated at 3500 lbs towing capacity.... I did upgrade brakes to hawks green stuff LTS pads and it stops at a dime now... (plus surge brakes on trailer).... pic below....

Add 6 lbs for every gallon of gas in your waverunner and add trailer weight plus 10% (saftey margin).. that will be your total towing weight... if it's under your capacity by 250 lbs... you are fine....

P.S. I don't even put it in 4wd (lo or hi) when launching or pulling on a 15 degree ramp.... no issues!!!!
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:48 PM   #4
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Your jeep won't even feel your waverunner/trailer when you're at the ramp. Unless your boat+trailer weighs as much or more than your tow vehicle, I really don't think you're going to get dragged into the drink. You usually only hear of that happen when the guys are at the ramp with the really big boats, 6000 or 8000 pounds and up.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:44 AM   #5
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my 97 tj tugs my little 14" tinny around no problem 2wd at the launch unless its an ugly ramp.... i have a 2.5L with a stick and shorter wheel base..... u wont have a problem
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Anytime any SUV goes over towing capacity is just asking for problems....
I have a 2011 JKU, 4 door, Auto - stock other than Cold Air Intake and with O/D off, it tows just fine... 20 miles each way, every weekend (weather permitting)... boat plus gear plus full gas puts me at around 3200 lbs.... rated at 3500 lbs towing capacity.... I did upgrade brakes to hawks green stuff LTS pads and it stops at a dime now... (plus surge brakes on trailer).... pic below....

Add 6 lbs for every gallon of gas in your waverunner and add trailer weight plus 10% (saftey margin).. that will be your total towing weight... if it's under your capacity by 250 lbs... you are fine....

P.S. I don't even put it in 4wd (lo or hi) when launching or pulling on a 15 degree ramp.... no issues!!!!
It looks like your boat is bigger than your Jeep...
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:05 AM   #7
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I have a 2010 JKU auto and I ahve a boat that is about 2200lbs dry weight. I have no weight distrubushin equimpment or bigger brakes or anything. I have no problem launching and recovering my boat. If the ramp looks slippery with algea or what not I sometimes put it in 4 hi as a precaution. Your wave runner will be fine enjoy!
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The Wrangler is a 98 model with 2.5l engine and automatic transmission.
The boat is a 22" panga, I'm guessing with a weight of around 2500 lbs. The single axle trailer adds probably another 700 lbs. I'm not worried about driving on the road, it's only about 1.5 miles to the ramp. But I'm worried about the ramp which is pretty steep.
Any experience with this combination of vehicle and tow weight?
Should I or shouldn't I?
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The Wrangler is a 98 model with 2.5l engine and automatic transmission.
The boat is a 22" panga, I'm guessing with a weight of around 2500 lbs. The single axle trailer adds probably another 700 lbs. I'm not worried about driving on the road, it's only about 1.5 miles to the ramp. But I'm worried about the ramp which is pretty steep.
Any experience with this combination of vehicle and tow weight?
Should I or shouldn't I?
you're pushing it, just the boat alone is pretty much the maximum you should pull
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Old 07-20-2015, 05:01 PM   #10
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I just purchased a 2005 Unlimited Wrangler, love it! For the past few years have been hauling my waverunner and trailer with a yukon, never had a problem hauling or at the boat ramp. Im reading horror stories about jeep wranglers and towing. Some people say the weight will pull the jeep in the water when launching, and it will get stuck and the wheels will spin trying to get up the boat ramp. Anything i need to be aware of or do special?

Its a lifted jeep with bigger tires, 4.0, the waverunner has a dry weight of 840 pounds not including fuel and the trailer. Do i need to be worried or anything special i need to do? Will it tow good for about 20 miles and over a really tall bridge? Will i have any issue at the boat ramp? thanks!
You're going to be fine. The tow limit for the Wrangler Unlimited is 3500 pounds - you won't be anywhere close to that.
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The Wrangler is a 98 model with 2.5l engine and automatic transmission.
The boat is a 22" panga, I'm guessing with a weight of around 2500 lbs. The single axle trailer adds probably another 700 lbs. I'm not worried about driving on the road, it's only about 1.5 miles to the ramp. But I'm worried about the ramp which is pretty steep.
Any experience with this combination of vehicle and tow weight?
Should I or shouldn't I?
While you didn't ask - and made it clear it's not a concern - you're not just pushing the tow limit for your TJ, you've blowing past it by a good 1500 pounds including gas/gear. The official lawyer answer is that it has no business on the road (ready to be flamed) even if it's only 1.5 miles to the ramp - reason being that any emergency stop you might have to make is going to cause all kinds of havoc. If there's innocent parties in the vicinity, there's a good chance they'd be hurt. Is this a likely scenario? Don't know but a risk I'd refuse to take.

That out of the way ... honestly, I have no experience putting boats in/out at ramps. Would I try that combination? No, but as you probably figured from above, I tend to err on the side of safety. A steepish ramp with algae may turn your Jeep into a submarine would be my worry. But there are others with more experience that can give an answer.
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Old 07-20-2015, 06:08 PM   #12
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I know I'm pushing it. That's why the question.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:49 PM   #13
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Last year I towed the boat pictured below with the stock Dueller tires a few times. First time pulling it up the ran I spun the tires on the wet rough concrete. After that I pulled out in 4WD. This past weekend with my new BFG K02 pulled it out just fine in 2WD.

While I wouldn't care to tow it long distances it's good for the 2 miles to/from the ramps here in town.

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Old 07-21-2015, 06:43 AM   #14
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Thanks, Y-Guy. Do you have an idea about the weight of boat and trailer?
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4lo and go. You're not exceeding the tow capacity with a wave runner.
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Thanks, Y-Guy. Do you have an idea about the weight of boat and trailer?
I've yet to run it across scales. From what I've found I'm at about 3600# and I feel it, with the 3.73 its like towing a box of rocks. Thankfully it has surge brakes, not sure I'd trust the Jeep brakes.

For anything long distance I'll use the motorhome.
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Thanks a lot for the information. I think I'll give it a try tomorrow morning with a safety rope attached to a friends pickup truck as emergency backup.
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The Wrangler is a 98 model with 2.5l engine and automatic transmission.
The boat is a 22" panga, I'm guessing with a weight of around 2500 lbs. The single axle trailer adds probably another 700 lbs. I'm not worried about driving on the road, it's only about 1.5 miles to the ramp. But I'm worried about the ramp which is pretty steep.
Any experience with this combination of vehicle and tow weight?
Should I or shouldn't I?
That's crazy
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Short update.
I couldn't be prouder of my little Wrangler. I didn't drive faster than 20mph, no problems at all. At the ramp I used 4L super slow to get the boat into the water and the trailer out. I actually had to go deeper in than I thought but the Jeep did great. Pulling the trailer out was almost done without stepping on the accelerator.
Sure it was too heavy for the car and I wouldn't recommend this combo. But he did it. Gotta love the Wrangler.
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I am looking to tow a 4000lbs or so 24foot pontoon boat with my Jeep. I have upgraded the brakes already and the boat trailer will have surge brakes... u think it will be huge issue?
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I am looking to tow a 4000lbs or so 24foot pontoon boat with my Jeep. I have upgraded the brakes already and the boat trailer will have surge brakes... u think it will be huge issue?
My trailer didn't even have brakes.
I think it's doable but it won't be fun. I wouldn't recommend it for long distances. Actually I wouldn't recommend it at all. It'll be tough on the engine, the brakes and the transmission.
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I am looking to tow a 4000lbs or so 24foot pontoon boat with my Jeep. I have upgraded the brakes already and the boat trailer will have surge brakes... u think it will be huge issue?
Yeah. The Unlimiteds (TJ/LJ and JK) are rated for 3500#. Will it pull it? Yeah. Quick emergency stops, though, can/will make it squirrelly. Any damage you cause to person/property when knowingly exceeding the towing capacity will likely not be covered by insurance and open you up to all kinds of financial risk.
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I am looking to tow a 4000lbs or so 24foot pontoon boat with my Jeep. I have upgraded the brakes already and the boat trailer will have surge brakes... u think it will be huge issue?
It's going to be your call. But one thing to think about is can you see around the boat at all? Personally I wouldn't want my setup on the highway. Don't think I'd want yours either.

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