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Old 08-12-2013, 07:04 PM   #121
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Got to get some use out of our camp trailer week before last

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Old 08-12-2013, 07:08 PM   #122
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Got to get some use out of our camp trailer week before last
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:35 PM   #123
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Here's mine. It's a 73 Apache Mesa popup that the wife and I restored. Painted the inside, laid flooring, made new countertops, replaced cushions and curtains, and of course added AC! It's 1390 lbs. empty, about 1600, 1700 loaded depending on what i take along.

Sorry, no pics with the jeep, only had the JK for 2 weeks.
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Old 09-28-2013, 12:23 AM   #124
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Very neat camper!

Anyone tugging one with manual and 3.21's?

I pull the same size but diff brand with my JKU. 3.21s and 6 speed. I have a 2010 so it has the 3.8L in it and it pulls fine. I have ordered and am waiting on a 2014 with the new 3.6L engine and 3.73 gears and can't wait to see how it will pull after that.
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Old 09-28-2013, 12:56 AM   #125
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I was considering the max tow package, but found out it's basically $400 for a hitch receiver and pin.

I did look on my 2013 sticker, Transmission Cooler and Trailer Sway Control are both listed as standard features.

The max tow package is more than the hitch. You can get a tow package for just a couple hundred. The tow package it just a hitch and 4 pin wire. The max tow includes the 3.73 gears which are much better for towing than the 3.21s. If you have 3.21s your tow capacity is 2000# (even with a JKU), with the 3.73s (max tow) it goes up to 3500# on the JKU. A 2 door is 2000# no matter what the gears are. This is the reason I decided to go with the max tow on the Jeep I have ordered. My 2010 JKU with 3.21s is not bad pulling my 8 foot popup but in a couple of years when the kids are older we are going to upgrade to a hybrid for more room. Looking at something like the Jayco 17z. With the added weight of the hybrid the max tow was a must, and I'm sure it will help with the popup while we still have it.
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:47 AM   #126
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Just bought a 2 door with 3.21 gears. I know max is 2000 but wondering if I will struggle with my popup. It is listed at 1800lbs. Do I new trailer brakes?
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If your popup has trailer brakes, then get a mopar harness and a brake controller and use the brakes. But your camper axle may not even have brakes. Crawl under it and look for the wiring along the axles and into the back of the hub (or hopefully brake drum). You know, the part the wheel bolts on.
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Pretty sure it doesn't but is that something that would need to be added? Ill double check but don't think it has brakes. Thanks!
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Just bought a 2 door with 3.21 gears. I know max is 2000 but wondering if I will struggle with my popup. It is listed at 1800lbs. Do I new trailer brakes?
I know with my 3.8L JKU and 3.21s it is not bad but you know the trailer is back there when going up hills. My popup is about 1300-1400# and then at least a coulple hundered pounds of gear, me, the wife, and 2 kids so we have a pretty good load. I have never been into any really big mountains but I would assume it would be a slow go. If you have the new 3.6L it shouldn't be as bad.

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If your popup has trailer brakes, then get a mopar harness and a brake controller and use the brakes. But your camper axle may not even have brakes. Crawl under it and look for the wiring along the axles and into the back of the hub (or hopefully brake drum). You know, the part the wheel bolts on.
I agree, if the trailer had breaks then use them. If it doesn't have them then just drive a little more cautious and increase stopping distance.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:41 PM   #130
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Thanks! I have previously pulled it with my 98 ranger, which has no problem but would rather have my jeep with me going forward. I feel like it will do fine but it's nice to hear others experiences!
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:48 AM   #131
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I don't know how old you all are but we have been married for almost 30 years and we are grandparents . We still camp in a tent but , a small camper is sounding really good right about now ! Depending on what kind of camper you have , you really can't drag a camper everywhere you can a tent.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:03 AM   #132
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Started tent camping years ago...while traversing wast lands on my good old motorcycle...





Then my wife left me...Heavy and dark times descended upon my kingdom...I was depressed and submerged myself in drinking...got some tattoos, traveled a lot...bought a new car...











Then I wrecked my new car...bought a JEEP and met an amazing person who loves to travel and shares tent with me...after many years sleeping in the tent I finally thinking to upgrade to something more sturdy and off the ground...but the tent will always be in my travel kit....









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Old 09-29-2013, 12:31 PM   #133
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Wrangler Unlimited with popup

I love the fact that I can still easily open the back gate AND use a bike rack on my spare tire.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:04 PM   #134
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Here is what I pull without any problem with 3:21 gearing.

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Old 09-29-2013, 04:22 PM   #135
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Thanks RonnieD. Looks similar to what I have. I'm sure within a few hundred pounds. I shouldn't have any trouble then!
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:15 PM   #136
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This thread hasn't seen any activity for a couple of weeks...

I enjoy seeing the pictures of everyone's rigs though, so I figured I might try to reinvigorate this with a few photos of my own setup.

Trailer is one of these (link)...

I probably should have closed the door before taking the pictures...
That's one BA teardrop!
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:18 PM   #137
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Alright guys so I made a mistake. My campers GVWR is 2100 lbs. I thought it was 1800. So now my question is should I attempt to pull it? I have a 2 door 2013 with 3.21 gears. Anyone pulled 2000 lbs with this set up? Thanks guys and don't bash to hard
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Alright guys so I made a mistake. My campers GVWR is 2100 lbs. I thought it was 1800. So now my question is should I attempt to pull it? I have a 2 door 2013 with 3.21 gears. Anyone pulled 2000 lbs with this set up? Thanks guys and don't bash to hard
I've pulled that setup on my 08. 3.8L and 3.21 gears. I actually pull that regularly between a boat and my 2 snowmobiles. I'm not sure how much frontal area you have. Neither of mine have a lot of frontal area but you should be fine with the extra HP.

Regardless, the stopping is the limiting factor on tow cap. it stops just fine for me
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Alright guys so I made a mistake. My campers GVWR is 2100 lbs. I thought it was 1800. So now my question is should I attempt to pull it? I have a 2 door 2013 with 3.21 gears. Anyone pulled 2000 lbs with this set up? Thanks guys and don't bash to hard
Hook everything up then, when nobody is around, compare your emergency stop distance on perfectly flat, paved road, starting at about 30mph to when you aren't towing. Don't go much faster since you don't want to damage stuff.

If you are unhappy, install electronic breaks on your camper.

The issue with JKs towing weight isn't pulling power, it's stopping power.

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Old 10-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #140
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Thanks guys! Will test it out before I go anywhere. I have plenty of time since I'm wanting this to be ready before beach trips next summer. No tow package on the jeep so that will be in the near future
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Does anyone have the Mopar part number for the 7pin harness? I am looking to install my brake controller, and was expecting to have to do the wiring the "hard way."
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Does anyone have the Mopar part number for the 7pin harness? I am looking to install my brake controller, and was expecting to have to do the wiring the "hard way."
http://www.quadratec.com/products/92015_111.htm

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Thanks! I'll post some pictures of my setup (kinda unique) next weekend once I get everything finished up...
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20.5' Camper

We just purchased this brand new camper. It's ultra light weight and 20.5' long. After reading in these forums we decided to add the transmission cooler right away, felt it was necessary.
Already went camping and the Jeep did wonderfully! More good times are ahead!
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:24 PM   #146
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Nice rig, how much does the trailer weigh?
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Still tent camping. Here is the Mohave Trail, setting up. About 50 miles from the pavement.
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Still tent camping. Here is the Mohave Trail, setting up. About 50 miles from the pavement.
Nice!!!
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I envy you guys... We are in our 70's and the wife says her tent days are over. We have had 5th wheels for many years, and going back to tent's is not going over very well. I would enjoy it very much. I even had her look at a very nice cab over camper, and she was not impressed.

My thoughts were to buy the camper, put the JKU on the car trailer and go camping and exploring. I thought it was a great idea,,, she didn't.

So,, if I want to enjoy tenting,,, it will be solo.
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Still tent camping. Here is the Mohave Trail, setting up. About 50 miles from the pavement.
So cool. I wish we had places like this in NY :/ one day i will move away from this communist state and into america lol. Not to highjack but jk coaster what front bumper is that?

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