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Old 07-01-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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Question Yj towing question???

Hello, getting ready to purchase a pop up camper. I drive a 89 yj manual trans v6 and was wondering if the jeep should be able to tow the camper. Also would a class two hitch be suitable for towing and would a used hitch off of a 94 wrangler fit my 89 yj.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:55 PM   #2
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My father tried this when he owned my Jeep. Definitely not my cup off tea. It felt like the camper was pushing the Jeep more than the jeep pulling the camper.

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Old 07-01-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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Ok, that's definitely something to consider. Was it a pop up camper? Thanks!!
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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V6?
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V6?
Yes V6
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The safe tow limit is 2000 lbs....Find out the dry weight of the popup camper that your wishing to purchase! Keep in mind that all popup campers dont weigh the same and that just depends on what all comes with the popup camper! Once you find the dry weight then consider everything that you will be loading into the popup camper! Some will say yes to this question and some will say no, it boils down to will it be safe pulling down the road and that answer is as long as the dry weight meets your vehicles weight limit and in this case its 2000lbs! Also have to consider the fact that jeeps have a short wheel base and even if the weight of the camper is 2000lbs which meets your safe towing limit, It will be pushing you going down hills....If it was me the answer would be NO cause it would simply be hard on the jeep! Hope this helps!
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Ok, that's definitely something to consider. Was it a pop up camper? Thanks!!
Yes pop up
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Understood. Thanks so much for your help!
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Ok, thanks for your help!
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:53 PM   #10
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Let's get something strait here. A Jeep will tow a lot better then some smaller pickups and defiantly better then cars or some suv's. But in the end it matters what the weight is. Try and reinforce your hitch and use a pedal hitch if need be. Oh and take pictures that helps a lot with answering questions trust me it does
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Also depends on how the jeep is set up. How much HP this V6 has and (what is it out of btw) what size tires and gears the jeep has will also play a part. Keep in mind the tow rating is not just for the camper but also the people and stuff in the jeep as a total.
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Find out if the camper is equipped with electric brakes. If so, install a separate manual brake switch in the Jeep (available at any auto parts store) to connect to the camper. Apply the camper trailer brake when decelerating and you will not have the problem of it pushing you or starting to whiplash.

I used to tow mobile homes (14' wide by 70' long) and if I encountered a crosswind that caused the trailer to begin to whip-lash, all I needed to do was apply the trailer brake and simultaneously step on the accelerator. It whould straighten out immediatly.
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Yes V6
Which car did you pillage the V6 from? Got a swap thread?
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Thanks to everyone for their input. Sorry I'm not using proper terminology. Its the original 6 cylinder motor. After consulting the jeep community and many others I believe I would be better off towing with my other vehicle.
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