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Old 07-13-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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Towing for the first time, anything I need to know?

Thanks in advance for all the help, as you guys always give.

I have a 2010 4 door Sahara. It has the whole tow package, and is ready to go. In October of this year, I'm moving to AZ and I'll be making the long haul from PA to AZ in the Jeep and towing a 6X12 trailer. I just wanted to start getting a feel for anything I should know in advance prior to my first tow.

It's automatic, and the first thing I was told is to make sure Overdrive is OFF, so it doesn't shift as often. I know to drive carefully and not speed, but is there anything else I should know about towing? I want to make sure I don't do anything wrong and mess up my new jeep.

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Old 07-13-2010, 01:58 PM   #2
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if your hauling lots if crap, don't pile the heavy stuff on one side. keep the weight all uniform.

only other thing I can think of is before you leave AZ check the trailer for illegal Mexicans.

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Old 07-13-2010, 02:02 PM   #3
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HAHAHA. That's hilarious. Thanks for the laugh.

I've read about the 60/40 packing as well, making sure most of the weight is near the front towards the jeep, which makes sense. Also, I'm assuming I should drive the whole time in 4WD? Hi-Lo?
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:30 PM   #4
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There is NO need to drive in 4 WD at all.

I have a 6X10 Trailer.

2010 Unlimited Rubicon. manual Trans, ready to tow as well.

Give your self Pleanty of breaking distance, seriously these rigs are NOT designed for Towing. Slow as you go and leave plenty of room between you and everyone because that 6X12 will NOT stop on a dime

Good Luck on your move
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:35 PM   #5
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No. Do not drive on dry pavement in 4WD, trailer or not.
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:50 PM   #6
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All I can do is mention some basics--SOME !!

-1)-Use electric brakes, if trailer is 1000lbs, or more (state law)

-2)-Cross your safety chains, state probably has a law for that( Ca. does)

-3)-Tongue weight "SHOULD BE" 10% of trailer weight

-4)-Double check all trailer lights, brake/turn/driving lights-

-5)-Know the workings of the hitch--ie: Ball/Lock-&-Roll/Pintle/Max wedge

-6) try backing it up in a parking lot--to "LEARN" and don't jacknife trailer while backing, things break, beyond repair !

-7)-Get out of OD as soon as you start and don't use cruise control

-8)-I always check hitch attachments, before ANY TRIP--bolts/pins/frame bolts-etc

-9)-Be careful when turning, long tongue/short tongue

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Old 07-13-2010, 04:22 PM   #7
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Thanks for the tips. Good to know I shouldn't drive in 4WD. I definitely won't be towing anything near 10,000 lbs, seeing as though my jeep can only do 3,500. It's just going to be a uhaul trailer since I'm moving, and don't have anywhere to store one if I bought one.

I've towed many things before with my RV, and that was over 40FT, so I'll definitely be fine with being able to brake, and get used to that. Turning as well, I've done. Just wanted to make sure there was no little things I needed to know, which you guys helped with.

Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:25 PM   #8
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Heh Heh, you better have a hardtop, cause you can't rent a U-Haul, with a softtop !!


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Thanks for the tips. Good to know I shouldn't drive in 4WD. I definitely won't be towing anything near 10,000 lbs, seeing as though my jeep can only do 3,500. It's just going to be a uhaul trailer since I'm moving, and don't have anywhere to store one if I bought one.

I've towed many things before with my RV, and that was over 40FT, so I'll definitely be fine with being able to brake, and get used to that. Turning as well, I've done. Just wanted to make sure there was no little things I needed to know, which you guys helped with.

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Yes, I have a hard top. Thanks!
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Not sure if the trailer comes with a spare tire/wheel or not, but if you can I would either rent one, or buy one. Also I think those trailers use serge brakes.. so there might be a small delay in when that thing starts to stop, keep that in mind.
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I was going to rent a trailer from AZ to MA from uhaul in 2001. For what they wanted for rental fees I bought a used trailer and sold it later for $50 less than what I paid for it. This was before craigslist. Just a thought.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:26 PM   #12
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I contemplated buying one as well, because it's $700 to rent the trailer. However, when I get to AZ, I have nowhere to put the trailer, and I'll have to rent a spot to store the trailer temporarily, and it's just not worth it. On top of that, the trailer that I'd prefer to buy would be much smaller than the 6x12 size that I need for the move.

Does anyone have a clue where I can rent one for much cheaper than that? Initially I was going to get a moving truck, and that was close to $2,000. Complete wrip off.
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I've never done this, but checkout these webs for trailer moving and you might be able to save some bucks, by moving a trailer for them, maybe not !!

Truck Rentals from Penske make renting a moving truck easy, convenient and affordable.

www.upack.com

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Remember to do one thing since your new at this.......After you load it and before you leave take the trailer to a PUBLIC SCALE and weigh it. You'd be surprised to see how many times people are way off on the what they THINK it weighs and what it actually weighs.
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:37 AM   #15
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With the trailer rent cost, the extra wear on the Jeep, and the hassle of towing a load, I would seriously look at the belongings and only move things with sentimental value. They sell stuff in AZ, so no use moving junk or anything you haven't used recently. Good luck.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:24 PM   #16
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I hear ya coolbreeze. Unfortunately, we're barely bringing anything (we're fitting out entire house into a 5x10 trailer. The only large thing we have is our bed, and unfortunately we spent to much money on the bed to sell it, and get another one like it. Besides that, we have a small dresser, and some other small things. I'm going to get the smallest trailer I can fit everything in it.

Thanks for the advice though, you're absolutely right.

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