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Old 07-25-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Hey guys!! I'm a newbie, and bought my first Jeep three months ago. Its a 2012 manual Sport Unlimited 6 cyl. 3.6 L (I LOVE it!!) So I was wondering, my family is planning a road trip to Vancouver Island (we live in Alberta), and we have this old camper trailer that we would like to take if possible, so we were wondering if the Jeep could tow it? Thanks so much!! Laura
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"Looks" doable. How much does it weigh Laura?

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You need to know your gearing (3.21 or 3.73) to determine how much you can tow.




That's a decent size trailer. Do you know its weight?
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"Looks" doable. How much does it weigh Laura?
Well, to tell you the truth I have no idea! I measured it and the length is 16 ft.mI looked it up online and a guy says his 16 ft weighs 2320 lb??
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Hey guys!! I'm a newbie, and bought my first Jeep three months ago. Its a 2012 manual Sport Unlimited 6 cyl. 3.6 L (I LOVE it!!) So I was wondering, my family is planning a road trip to Vancouver Island (we live in Alberta), and we have this old camper trailer that we would like to take if possible, so we were wondering if the Jeep could tow it? Thanks so much!! Laura
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Not all 16 ft. are created equal BUT if that is true (empty) then there is the added weight of gear etc. A quick call (or Google) to the Manufacturer with the VIN would give you a critical piece of info that needs to be acurate along with the piece BlueBaby correctly cited.
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Do you have a trailer hitch installed ? Why not just hook it up and drive it around......You'll know then if your running out of power or you have handling issues, or have trouble braking....
Give it a shot... "BH"
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Did you get the original sticker with the jeep? It will tell you of your gear ratio. You can also request one online. I received a reply the same day. Chrysler impressed me on that.
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Do you have a trailer hitch installed ? Why not just hook it up and drive it around......You'll know then if your running out of power or you have handling issues, or have trouble braking.... Give it a shot... "BH"
Well we hooked it up and took it for a spin and it seemed to work great, no issues at all.
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Not all 16 ft. are created equal BUT if that is true (empty) then there is the added weight of gear etc. A quick call (or Google) to the Manufacturer with the VIN would give you a critical piece of info that needs to be acurate along with the piece BlueBaby correctly cited.
Oh ok, I'll see if I can do that, thanks so much for your help!
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Do you have a trailer hitch installed ? Why not just hook it up and drive it around......You'll know then if your running out of power or you have handling issues, or have trouble braking....
Give it a shot... "BH"
I try not to be negative Baby Huey, but I absolutely disagree with this.

OP is proposing a 1,191 km trip. She needs to know all of the details of her trailer and her Jeep to be properly prepared. Crosswinds, hills, extreme braking cannot be tested with a local test run. Not to mention GCWR for a trip like that.

Again, sorry to be negative.
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Electric brake control makes a huge difference! Also install a anti sway controller and it def helps! I pull a 3,000 # travel trailer with 35'' tires 700 miles one way and it isnt flat. Its doable, not desirable. I'm re-gearing my Jeep so it pulls the hills better. Towing is one thing...stopping is another!
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Well we hooked it up and took it for a spin and it seemed to work great, no issues at all.
Just err on the side of safety Factor in additional weight of gear, Water (clean and otherwise). Then the "unknowns" rain, wind, etc.
Have Fun but Be Safe. Towing with a Jeep can be Fine but if things go bad, they go very bad.
Not trying to worry you - just don't want a Good time to turn into a Bad memory.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:28 PM   #14
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You need to know your gearing (3.21 or 3.73) to determine how much you can tow. That's a decent size trailer. Do you know its weight?
Thanks so much! I'm still trying to figure out the weight of the trailer. So how can I know my gearing?
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Just err on the side of safety Factor in additional weight of gear, Water (clean and otherwise). Then the "unknowns" rain, wind, etc. Have Fun but Be Safe. Towing with a Jeep can be Fine but if things go bad, they go very bad. Not trying to worry you - just don't want a Good time to turn into a Bad memory.
Thanks for that, yes we want to make sure it's safe and won't do it unless we're sure.
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Thanks so much! I'm still trying to figure out the weight of the trailer. So how can I know my gearing?
I'm going to look for a VIN decoder for you.
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I'm going to look for a VIN decoder for you.
Ok, thanks a million!
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Best way (none of the decoders gave me gear ratio) here is how to get the build sheet online
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Best way (none of the decoders gave me gear ratio) here is how to get the build sheet online (Click below) Email Jeep
Alright, thank you!
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If your Jeep has the 3.73 gears and the trailer is 2300lbs then you should be o.k. but you also have to take into consideration that you are going to be pulling it over the mountains so make sure that you install a trailer brake controller for going down hill and you may have to run in a lower gear
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See if you can find a CAT scale near by. You just pull up to it and within seconds you'll have the weight of your Jeep and your travel trailer. Load it up just like you are going on your trip with water, gear, etc. It only costs about 10 bucks and you'll have peace of mind. I'd definitely get a 4 point stabilizer. Wranglers aren't the greatest for towing. They have the power, but things can get ugly real quick. I towed a pop up trailer once with a TJ and during a lane change and I almost lost control. Now, the wheelbase of your unlimited is longer so that helps.
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I just recently towed a trailer with a quad and 2 dirtbikes. Pretty heavy overall, probably close to the limit. Lost alot of power going up hills, so prepared for that. sometimes downshifting as low as 4th gear to get up and over the rolling hills on eastern Canadian Sheild type stuff.

I wish I had found this thread before leaving, I'd have done what these guys are saying to do.

Other than that, have fun
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:27 PM   #23
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IMO- these are the following "Towing Realities" in order of importance:

- A Box Kite is towing a Bigger Box Kite.
- Driver experience in the Jeep and Towing (in general)
- Are ther going to be Passengers
- Tire and Brake condition
- Total Weight
- Gear Ratio

I may have mentioned, I'm Old - I own an Insurance Agency (have owned several) 28 years in the business. Seen Too many things go wrong....
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Thanks so much! I'm still trying to figure out the weight of the trailer. So how can I know my gearing?
PM me your Vin (Last 8 Digits will be fine) and I will check the gear ratio for you
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A lot of people are mentioning trailer brake controllers...this is a good idea...if your trailer is equipped with brakes. If you've got brakes on the trailer, I would personally invest in this.

I will second the anti sway bar(s). I bought a retro trailer a few years ago and it came with the hitch and the anti sway bar. It pulls fine without the bar, but it is a little more stable with it attached.

If you need to find out the weight, just find a scale like a few have mentioned here. I live in a pretty small town and we have one at our local landfill and AT LEAST one other at a junkyard.

I do not have a JKU, but I haul mine with a TJ on 35s regeared. It handles great, pulls strong, and stops like a vehicle with a trailer behind it. In the few years I have had it, Ive never been in a position that I was uncomfortable or scared. Just remember, you have a trailer behind you...drive it as so. Give yourself more space than you think you need and keep your wits about you. I am not advocating pulling it if it is too heavy for the jeep...just reminding you to keep it smart .
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...since everyone likes pics. The pic makes things look much bigger than they are. The trailer is only about 13 or 14 feet
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I wouldn't do it, myself.

It seems from your post that you won't have an experienced trailer-hauler driving, and you're probably near the tow limit of the jeep. And in highway speeds, and what looks like some big hills (down being more worrying than up).

But, your stuff, your decision.
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Hey All,

At the following link click equipment listing under the heading your vehicle and enter your VIN and you will get a build sheet.

Chrysler - Contact Us

I assume it doesn't matter US or Canadian as a VIN should be unique.

Anybody know for sure?

Milk River eh - Cypress Hills are nice this time of year of course as is BC.

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I wouldn't do it, myself. It seems from your post that you won't have an experienced trailer-hauler driving, and you're probably near the tow limit of the jeep. And in highway speeds, and what looks like some big hills (down being more worrying than up). But, your stuff, your decision.
Thanks for your help, well my Dad would be driving and he's an experienced hauler, but we might decide otherwise anyways, we would like to get a smaller trailer for the jeep.

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