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Old 01-25-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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2011 Wrangler Sport 2dr. Towing capacity listed at 2000 pounds. Have a pop-up camper with hydraulic assist brakes - weighing 2550 pounds. Will I have a problem. Towed the camper for years with Chevy Blazer ZR2 with no problems. Both the Jeep and the Blazer are almost physically identical.

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Old 01-25-2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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If you're asking if it's OK to tow something that is heavier than the maximum limit for the vehicle, you will not get a positive answer here. Will you be able to get it from A to B, yes. Will you be able to do it safely? Absolutely not! Think about all the possible issues with a SWB towing vehicle. The tail will be wagging the dog.

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Old 01-25-2011, 11:14 AM   #3
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I agree to an extent, but I tow stuff that is way heavier than what my truck is rated for all the time. The stopping and slowing down are where your gonna run into issues if any.
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I don't think stopping it would be the concern. Like daggo said, the wrangler is a short wheel base vehicle. Too much weight and the trailer will be throwin you about.
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In the unfortunate event of an accident, you are completely screwed if you were towing over the vehicle's limit.
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Oh trust me it could be, slam on the brakes and if they aren't adjusted just right it will start to whip and your done. We regularly haul a 20 foot car trailer with displays on it with dad's 05 rubi without issue....trailer weighs 2550 empty
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Oh trust me it could be, slam on the brakes and if they aren't adjusted just right it will start to whip and your done. We regularly haul a 20 foot car trailer with displays on it with dad's 05 rubi without issue....trailer weighs 2550 empty
I see what you are saying. I think the consensus here is that its a poor idea. Correct?
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I'd prolly try it around town first, the jeep is almost 3100 pounds with no one in it so its still heavier than the load. Hell, I have had 28000 on my gooseneck behind my cummins truck and its only 8000 curb weight
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2011 Wrangler Sport 2dr. Towing capacity listed at 2000 pounds. Have a pop-up camper with hydraulic assist brakes - weighing 2550 pounds. Will I have a problem. Towed the camper for years with Chevy Blazer ZR2 with no problems. Both the Jeep and the Blazer are almost physically identical.
You'll have no problems untill the first accident, then your in deep caca

Towing that trailer, regardless of it's braking ability is wrong for any jeep SWB !!

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In the unfortunate event of an accident, you are completely screwed if you were towing over the vehicle's limit.
I don't have a tow hitch or anything to tow, so I'm staying out of this one.

BUT, Tom's point above is the first thing that occured to me too. Do you even know whether you still have insurance coverage when you're towing beyond the max listed capacity of the vehicle? I have no idea whether you do or not, but I'd be worried about it until I knew for sure. Also, you hit anybody for any reason and the opposing lawyer is going to bury your ass. Just sayin'. Good luck.
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I'd do it, but I have alot of towing under my butt.
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I know someone on here who flat tows a YJ with his XJ and has no issues.. I know not really the same but while I wouln't recomend towing more than the max rated capacity.. It can be done I'd expect.. Take it slow and leave more breaking space between you and other vehlicles
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I'd prolly try it around town first, the jeep is almost 3100 pounds with no one in it so its still heavier than the load. Hell, I have had 28000 on my gooseneck behind my cummins truck and its only 8000 curb weight
Goosenecks are a whole different ball game. Its like compairing hockey to basketball. They are designed to put most of the weight on the trailer, and 2 axels are much more stable than 1 axel... Try turning a dual axel trailer with the help of a few friends after it falls off the hitch and blocks the road... not fun at all...
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Not exactly, a gooseneck puts the weight directly above the axle on the tow vehicle instead of pulling down on the hitch. If you would load the gooseneck with all the weight on the axles and none on the truck, your gonna flip it over faster than you can say fish sticks.

I haul my bumper hitch pretty much every week, some things as much as 13K on it so I am vary familiar with both,
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I like the first video.
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is the 2,000 pound recommendation your whole trailer weight or your max tongue weight?

If its trailer weight, your overdoing it a little. If it is tongue weight, I'd imagine you could pull it easy. A 2,500 pound trailer should only put 500 pounds or less on the tongue.
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nice videos... I watched a chevy blazer two cars in front of me with a huge camper not be able to stop fast enough, they jack-knifed like that then went backwords into the ditch in the opposing direction and rolled a couple times. There was pieces and dirt flying everywhere. We stopped to help them out of the blazer as it was on its side when it stopped rolling.

Even with too much weight, they were wrong for tailgating. Someone went to make a left turn in front of them and they lost it trying to stop in time.
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The way I see it is the limit is posted for a reason. So you don't have to question it or do a trial and error kinda thing.

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