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Old 03-12-2014, 09:46 PM   #1
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I'm new to the world of Jeeps.....Today got a 2013 JK 5 speed auto....I know it can be flat towed, my question is can I use a tow dolly if I remove the rear drive shaft.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:01 PM   #2
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I'm new to the world of Jeeps.....Today got a 2013 JK 5 speed auto....I know it can be flat towed, my question is can I use a tow dolly if I remove the rear drive shaft.
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Maybe I missing something, but you should be able to just put the transfer case in neutral just like flat towing. No need to remove anything.

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:03 PM   #3
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I'm new to the world of Jeeps.....Today got a 2013 JK 5 speed auto....I know it can be flat towed, my question is can I use a tow dolly if I remove the rear drive shaft. Thanks Dennis
Why use a tow dolly at all?
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:15 PM   #4
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Dolly Towing

Thanks for the replies....I want to tow it with my motorhome. The reason for using a tow dolly is I like to be able to tow different vehicles.....I don't want to use a tow bar and different and mounting plates/setups for the different vehicles.

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The only way to dolly tow a jk is to remove the rear drive shaft from the axle. If you remove the 4 bolts you can just tie it up to the frame and out of the way. Other than that, it can't be done
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The only way to dolly tow a jk is to remove the rear drive shaft from the axle. If you remove the 4 bolts you can just tie it up to the frame and out of the way. Other than that, it can't be done

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:49 PM   #7
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Dennis,

I flat tow my 2012 JKUR and I know why you want to use a dolly it's just too easy. If you are going to flat tow the jeep you need to check out the weight of your vehicle in the states they you are planning on driving through they may require you to have some kind of breaking system. By the time your done Tow bar break system lights you could have bought a used dolly with all of the stuff already on it... My break system doesn't work 1/2 the time in is just a pain in my A**. Drive it up on a dolly and be done with it. Whoever we need to disconnect our rear drive shaft LOL.
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Posted the same thing to you on RV.net... If you just need to tow it once a dolly might make sense, if you disconnect the rear drive shaft. But if you plan on towing it frequently you'll probably want to get it set up to flat tow as I don't think you'll want to get under the Jeep to connect and disconnect often.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:30 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies......I like dolly towing because it is easy. My 2013 looks like CV joint not U joint......it looks like about 8 bolts on front half and 8 bolts on the back half of this CV joint. I'm not sure how to disconnect the drive shaft from the rear diff. I did search and can't nything on this drive shaft.

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Dennis, the Jeep is one of the easiest to flat tow out there once equipped propertly, but it's totally up to you.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:53 PM   #11
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I was hoping to use a tow dolly also and in fact bought one! Haven't used it yet and don't want to drop anything ! From the sounds of these posts it sound like I would tear my Jeep Sahara up .... auto 2010 4wd. I conclude I will have to get prepared for a flat pull. So what do I need if my conclusions are right.
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:10 PM   #12
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Why bother with a dolly, driveshafts, brakes...

Just buy a light weight car hauler/deck trailer.
Lights included and you can backup.
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Why bother with a dolly, driveshafts, brakes...

Just buy a light weight car hauler/deck trailer.
Lights included and you can backup.
nothing wrong with that setup if you have the room to park the trailer. most rv parks will not have the space for your rig, extra vehicle, and the trailer.

a dolly can be unhitched and tucked underneath the rv for storage once at the park.

flat towing setup takes almost no space at all once the jeep is unhitched and it is by far the easiest to deal with. you can park the toad behind the rv easily.

on a 40' rv like mine, you try not to back up and look for the easiest route already. 99% of the time i backup the rv is when i park the rv in the camping space or the storage space.
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The only issue I see for the OP using a tow dolly with multiple vehicles is the tow bar itself. Some tow dolly's won't work with multiple vehicles. Your dolly must have brakes for the weight you will be towing, but if you don't mind pulling the driveshaft every time you tow your Jeep, a dolly is probably the most cost effective way to tow multiple vehicles.
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Back on topic.
How does one disconnect the driveshaft on a 2015 Automatic JK.

That is the OPs question.
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Back on topic.
How does one disconnect the driveshaft on a 2015 Automatic JK.

That is the OPs question.
The answer was in post #5.
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How does one disconnect the driveshaft on a 2015 Automatic JK.

That is the OPs question.
On my '13 drive shaft, there are 8 bolts holding the driveshaft to the rear axle flange. Mark the driveshaft for position, pull the 8 bolts, and tie up the shaft.
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Thanks for all the replies......I like dolly towing because it is easy. My 2013 looks like CV joint not U joint......it looks like about 8 bolts on front half and 8 bolts on the back half of this CV joint. I'm not sure how to disconnect the drive shaft from the rear diff. I did search and can't nything on this drive shaft.

Thanks Dennis
I'm newbe on jeeps.
Maybe you should read the manual that came with your Jeep. It says only towing with all 4 wheels on or of the road.

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Maybe you should read the manual that came with your Jeep. It says only towing with all 4 wheels on or of the road.

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Maybe you should pay attention, if he pulls the drive shaft it wont matter.
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Maybe you should pay attention, if he pulls the drive shaft it wont matter.
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Maybe you should pay attention, if he pulls the drive shaft it wont matter.
I hope you cooled down some. My arguments is, and was, and will be, that a lot of questions are answered, explained in the manual that comes with the product. Laziness should not be rewarded. We already created a generation that wants immediate answers. And that generation is now creating the "swipe" generation. Wait till you see a little kid swipe at an aquarium to change the image.

Pulling a drive shaft when you are RV-ing would not my preferential way of starting my day.

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