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Old 10-26-2009, 10:08 PM   #1
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Towing question

I know, I'm just full of questions...or full of something at least. I wasn't fortunate enough to receive a manual with my jeep, but, I was blessed with a class 1 receiver, which the previous owner used to hold a bicycle rack, so he wasn't much help in answering my questions. I'm looking for real world situations here, a 2.5 equipped jeep...how much can it tow before it gets ugly? I have a small utility trailer that I used to tow behind my now-deceased van. I guess to simplify it I'll just ask this: Can I tow a ton of horse pucky 10 miles and hope to make it home alive?

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I have no idea what i'm talking about when it comes to towing... but i'd say look up your type of hitch online and it should tell you what its rated for.

Chances are; the hitch is designed to break before your jeep

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Old 10-26-2009, 10:21 PM   #3
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Of course, but I'm looking for real world war stories of towing. I worked with a guy years ago that towed a boat with his 2.5. But, I don't know doodly about boats, so I have no idea what one would weigh.
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oh, well I towed my old cherokee 88 miles...well woulda towed if my uncle would let me drive his super duty... after hydrolocking it at Rausch Creek so thats all my experience (if you can call it that)
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u could probly get away with it aslong as ur not going nuts. it will definatly be a little slow, a class 1 reciver is a pretty light duty set up. u might want to look up how much weight it is designed to handle before hooking a trailer up.
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look it up in your owners manual.
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u could probly get away with it aslong as ur not going nuts. it will definatly be a little slow, a class 1 reciver is a pretty light duty set up. u might want to look up how much weight it is designed to handle before hooking a trailer up.

I noticed that the class 1 lookes pretty wimpy next the the class 3 on the van. I was wondering more if it would overtax the brakes/suspension. I'm sure It will be very slow! I'm still getting used to life in the slow but fun lane.
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look up towing specks in a manual. look on line you'll find one out there somewhere. yes you can overtax. class one may be max for the 2.5. be careful and be safe.
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I stumbled onto 2000 lbs as max for the yj. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:01 PM   #10
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In the 1989 YJ Manual, it says maximum of 2000# and 200# tongue weight. It does not specify 2.5L or 4.2L, just the above.
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If you want to tow something; buy a cheap truck. Jeeps were not meant to tow things. They are too light & too short of wheelbase to have any kind of control. You might be able to pull a small lawn mower with a 2.5 equiqed YJ.
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i have a 95 2.5l and i towed and 12x8 trailer full of furniture with no problem. if this helps
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the main issues with the jeep are weight, axle spacing, and frame. the weight of the jeep and its ability to carry heavy loads is very limited. it will wear your breaks if you tow a lot of heavy (near max of capability) on the brakes. If you are a manual you are adding wear to the clutch.

Don't let that deter you from towing, the jeep can haul class 1 stuff with not much issues when proper maintenance is followed. the manual will also tell you how much more frequently to service the vehicle when towing.

If you are doing 1 or twice here and there every couple months or so no worries.
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the main issues with the jeep are weight, axle spacing, and frame. the weight of the jeep and its ability to carry heavy loads is very limited. it will wear your breaks if you tow a lot of heavy (near max of capability) on the brakes. If you are a manual you are adding wear to the clutch.

Don't let that deter you from towing, the jeep can haul class 1 stuff with not much issues when proper maintenance is followed. the manual will also tell you how much more frequently to service the vehicle when towing.

If you are doing 1 or twice here and there every couple months or so no worries.

OK...this is what I was looking for "class 1 stuff is fine". I don't use my utility trailer very often, and I'm not one of these guys that has to compensate for something by buying a 1 ton diesel to tow an atv or some mulch on occasion.(I bought the harley to do the compensating job!) lol

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