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Old 02-16-2017, 06:54 PM
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Cargo camper trailer

I am thinking of purchasing a V nose 6x10 cargo trailer and converting it to a camper trailer. My question is would my 2017 Wrangler JKU with the max tow package (3500 pounds) handle this and what do you think the mpg loss would be? My wrangler is stock expect for the teraflex level kit- new springs and fox shocks.

The trailer would have an exterior height of 8 feet. overall width 7'10" and a length of 13'10 inches. I am guessing the trailer weight would be between 1800 - 2100 pounds dry weight.
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I have the same setup and the JKU handles it fine. I put brakes on the trailer as well. Probably not necessary but stops great. Mileage was around 12 mpg on a recent trip across pa on the turnpike. I put a Harley in it which brings the weight up around 3000 lbs and while you can feel the weight it pulls and stops fine. No problems with wind buffeting either.

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You're at over 60 sq ft of frontal area. Limit for JK is 25 sq ft, for JKU it's 32 sq ft. That trailer is probably closer to 1300 or 1400 lbs empty.
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You're at over 60 sq ft of frontal area. Limit for JK is 25 sq ft, for JKU it's 32 sq ft. That trailer is probably closer to 1300 or 1400 lbs empty.
The stock trailer is 1300 pounds empty. But i plan to add a sink, 2 windows, a fantastic fan. Cabinets, water heater, futon, etc. So i am guessing the weight will be 2000 pounds.
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I also have the same setup, except my trailer is a little smaller. Love having it because we are "always packed" to go camping. Mileage with 35" tires , 4.10 gears, and a crapload of stuff in and on the jeep is about 12mpg.


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I have a 5x10 V-nose shorty and it only takes 1 MPG off when I tow it.
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I have a 6 x 10 drop down trailer for ice fishing / camping that I will pull with my 2 dr JK. It comes in around the 1500 lb mark with an added rubber floor, insulated walls / ceiling along with a tv mounted inside with a single cabinet not to mention four catch cover equipt holes for ice fishing. The quad fits right inside and makes for a great transport out onto the ice.
For camping we use a pair of stackable bunks called camo cots and they work slick.
We took this rig to the Blackhills last summer and used the wifes Forester to pull it and had no problems. I fully expect my new Willys JK 2 dr to pull it even easier.
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I just got a 5x8, height is the same as my JKU, and I think it is the perfect size for a Jeep. Around 1k weight, v nose and I use a 4" drop hitch.
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I just got a 5x8, height is the same as my JKU, and I think it is the perfect size for a Jeep. Around 1k weight, v nose and I use a 4" drop hitch.
I think i might just have to go with a 5x8 trailer then. Im sure glad i posted this question before i bought anything.
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I just got a 5x8, height is the same as my JKU, and I think it is the perfect size for a Jeep. Around 1k weight, v nose and I use a 4" drop hitch.
Is your interior trailer height like 5'5"?
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I have a 6 x 10 drop down trailer for ice fishing / camping that I will pull with my 2 dr JK. It comes in around the 1500 lb mark with an added rubber floor, insulated walls / ceiling along with a tv mounted inside with a single cabinet not to mention four catch cover equipt holes for ice fishing. The quad fits right inside and makes for a great transport out onto the ice.
For camping we use a pair of stackable bunks called camo cots and they work slick.
We took this rig to the Blackhills last summer and used the wifes Forester to pull it and had no problems. I fully expect my new Willys JK 2 dr to pull it even easier.
That's a sweet set up you have. Do you have any interior pictures?
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That's a sweet set up you have. Do you have any interior pictures?

Just these two right off hand, I do have more that show the floor and hole layout better but will need some time to find them.

Sorry they are sideways, not sure how to fix. This is the front of the trailer in the "V" nose. The cabinet holds the marine battery and power inverter with a little room left over for storage.
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Is your interior trailer height like 5'5"?
Yup, that's about right, It was originally used to haul a motorcycle.
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That's a sweet set up you have. Do you have any interior pictures?
OK here's a couple more pics of the trailer. We have it wired with two interior LED lights and one outdoor LED light. The back door / ramp has a garage door spring assist. We have two sets of rod holders mounted on the walls with four coat hooks along with an advustable vent in the top that we can open. The floor is a traction rubber and four tie downs are installed in the corners. We have four catch cover'd holes along the full wall and the catch covers can withstand the quad tires on top of them. We added the cabinet, tv and power inverted after this inside pic was taken. Hope this helps, Kevin.

PS not sure why some of the pics come up sideways.
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