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Old 04-17-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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Why Tow?

So i realize this is an extremely noobish sounding question but i've never really gotten a good answer. i can see why you'd tow a heavily modified rig or tow behind a motorhome when you camp but i see people towing stock jeeps and wonder why? you definitely dont save gas. i've heard lots of little reasons that make sense but dont really convince me as to why you cant just drive to the trail (unless its a really really long distance).

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My YJ is fine for driving around town but at a max speed of 63.5 mph(4cyl with 33"s) it is not really suited for the highway. I could always take the backroads (I prefer the backroads) but there is the distinct possiability that I will snap my driveshaft (or some other key part) while trying to out-wheel the next guy. It would sure be nice to winch my YJ onto the trailer and be home for dinner.

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My first guess would be related to storage and security. When I spent some time in Idaho, I hunted primarily out of a 69 CJ5. It was always short of storage and security of gear at the hunt site was always an issue. Then, it is difficult to haul a bloody animal in the rig. I have seen the picture of the 6 point bull elk in the back of the wrangler, but that isn't the most ideal way.

If you set up the Wrangler for storage and security, it is contrary to what works for hunting. Same with medium off roading. You want the vehicle open and airy, but if the weather closes in, then you need tight and warm. Not really compatible. So, open Jeep behind a comfy tow rig and you only have to sacrifice some mileage on the way. Probably not a lot there as the Jeep is a pretty small tow package.

I think we will see the new off road 4wheelers making a dent in that market. Sat in one Sunday that would make an ideal 2 person trail rider and would tow on a much smaller trailer than a Wrangler. And it was only about $18,000.
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To flat tow a vehicle you need to disconnect the drivetrain and just about all the cheap small cars are near impossible to do easily. with the Wrangler it is just put the transfer case in neutral and you are ready to go. I would say that 99.9% of the Jeeps behind motorhomes will never see the trail, it is just for transportation when you get to the camp site. Would you want to drive a 35-40 foot motorhome from the camp to the store and back? Given the small size, price and ease of prep to tow it is the ideal dingy for the land yacht
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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Because if you bought a trailer to put it on thats one more thing you have to find room for in the yard...
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A 1966 CJ-5 has a very short wheel base and the expansion joints on most highways will create a very uncomfortable ride within a few miles. At 65 MPH the soft doors are banging and flopping, the transfer case is whining and the steering is wondering. The decibel level exceeds most regulatory limits. There are no guarantees you will get to your destination and with no working fuel gauge or speedometer, itís hard to determine how much fuel you have on board. The windshield wipers dance all over the windshield and the defroster/defogger wonít even make a candle flicker. I pull it with a 2008 Chrysler Aspen with every comfort available in a vehicle, so why put myself thru all that discomfort running a concrete ribbon in the Jeep. That is why I flat tow mine.
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To flat tow a vehicle you need to disconnect the drivetrain and just about all the cheap small cars are near impossible to do easily. with the Wrangler it is just put the transfer case in neutral and you are ready to go. I would say that 99.9% of the Jeeps behind motorhomes will never see the trail, it is just for transportation when you get to the camp site. Would you want to drive a 35-40 foot motorhome from the camp to the store and back? Given the small size, price and ease of prep to tow it is the ideal dingy for the land yacht
That is exactly why we got a Wrangler, I did not ever know about the Jeep lifestyle until I found this forum, then I went ballistic like I found a second family or something...It just got addictive...Here's our tow pic..

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