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Old 09-02-2014, 10:32 PM   #1
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Question TJ 2013 Sport trying to pull a 2014 RPOD 171 Travel Trailer - brakes installed

Good evening ALL! I am trying to decide if I should purchase a 2014 RPOD Travel Trailer. I have a 2013 2DR Jeep Wrangler Sport. I keep reading that the tow weight ranges from 2000 lbs to 3500 lbs and I'm having trouble understanding what I should count on.

Here are the specs of the RPOD 171 -

Type Classification Ultra Light Weight
Length 18'4"
Width 8'0"
Height 9'6"
Hitch Weight 225 lbs
Dry Weight 2,205 lbs
Gross Weight 3,225 lbs
Cargo Weight 1,003 lbs

Will this kill my Jeep to pull it (longest trip probably around 7 hours)? I will be going up and down hills at times and sometimes through the Ozarks. I understand that I need to be a careful driver and I'm one of those super cautious people as it is but I'm more concerned about messing up my Jeep.

Thoughts? Advice? Should my Jeep be able to handle this?
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First of all welcome to the forum. Second, you have a JK, not a TJ and you'll be better served in the JK forum. However, if I'm not mistaken, the JKs have the same tow rating as the TJs. The 2000 lb rating is going to be for the short wheelbase (2 door) and 3500 lb is for the long wheelbase (Unlimited 4 door). I personally wouldn't tow that trailer, you're already over the tow rating dry let alone loaded up.

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The 2 door JK is only rated to tow 2000#
The 4 door JKU is rated to tow 3500#

Like it or not thats the law. Have an accident towing that trailer???? Good luck.

The guys selling the trailers should tell you that.
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:26 AM   #4
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Thank you ALL for your responses! I will post this in JK as well! AND THANK YOU FOR THE WELCOME!!!!

The dealer has told me that if I get an ANTISWAY, the braking system and a 4000lb hitch that I would be ok. It all makes me nervous as I am a new tower.
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Thank you ALL for your responses! I will post this in JK as well! AND THANK YOU FOR THE WELCOME!!!!

The dealer has told me that if I get an ANTISWAY, the braking system and a 4000lb hitch that I would be ok. It all makes me nervous as I am a new tower.
The antisway, the braking system, nor the 4000lb hitch will do anything to boost the factory 2000 lb towing limit specification on the Jeep. Not only that, but those towing limits are set with one 150 lb driver and no gear in the Jeep. Anything extra that is carried is to be subtracted, including the weight of the hitch, receiver, etc.

If Jeep thought that the towing spec should be higher, they would have made it higher....higher tow ratings help sell vehicles. It is that low because a Jeep with it's short wheel base is not safe to tow heavy loads especially in panic situations. Even being careful, you never know when someone else might cut you off. I would advise against it.
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Thank you ALL for your responses! I will post this in JK as well! AND THANK YOU FOR THE WELCOME!!!!

The dealer has told me that if I get an ANTISWAY, the braking system and a 4000lb hitch that I would be ok. It all makes me nervous as I am a new tower.
Ask one of the officers who will be impounding yer vehicle what he thinks of the "salesmans" recommendation.

There is no way to legally exceed the Jeep Manufacturers Tow Rating.
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Thank you ALL for your responses! I will post this in JK as well! AND THANK YOU FOR THE WELCOME!!!!

The dealer has told me that if I get an ANTISWAY, the braking system and a 4000lb hitch that I would be ok. It all makes me nervous as I am a new tower.
the dealer is trying to up-sell you without any regard for your safety or those you share the road with. if it was me, I'd make sure to let the owner of the business know about that.

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