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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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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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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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