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Old 01-09-2011, 11:16 PM
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Noob Towing Question

I am new to Jeeps (and towing).

I have searched this forum, and realize by now that I could face serious consequences if I were to exceed factory specified towing capacity.

I also understand that the reason why 2 DR wrangler is only rated at 2000 lb towing capacity because of its short wheel base. (since 4 dr can tow 3500).

Since short wheel base = possibility of front wheels leaving the ground in case of an emergency stop, i was wondering if some kind of advance electric brake system on RV trailer would increase towing capacity.

Also trying to understand if rated 2000 lbs include electric brakes. I read on some website that usually it does not.

I really want to get an RV trailer, save some money and travel for a year. I also REALLY want to do it in my Jeep, and not some FJ Cruiser!

I am just wondering if there is a way to make 2dr JK tow a 2500 trailer (GRW)

Please help!!!!

You guys

Please dont another noob

P.S. Lets say my RV trailer will be around 2100. Would that be ok?
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Brakes on the trailer will definitely help, but won't increase your tow capacity. A heavy trailer behind a short wheel base vehicle not only affects braking but also control, especially on downhill grades, slick surfaces or on less-than-smooth pavement. A heavy trailer will pull the back end of your Jeep to one side or the other in these conditions. I experienced a little bit of this going over a bumpy area on the freeway with less than 70% tow capacity on my heavy, long wheel base Ford Excursion. It wasn't a big deal, I regained control within a couple of seconds, but I did notice the little car in the lane next to me slow down in caution. At 100% tow capacity it probably would have been quite a bit scarier.

Maybe an unlikely worse-case scenario, but.... Picture yourself going around a bend to the right on a downhill grade, you hit a little bump in the road, and your trailer pulls the back end of your Jeep out, sending both vehicles rolling on their sides into on-coming traffic, and you'll see why I strongly advise against exceeding your tow capacity, as you risk not only you own safety, but others' too.

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Thanks for reply! Very vivid picture

Oh well, I guess this is something I will have to pass as "the jeep thing".

Well I found a trailer I like its only 1673 Lbs dry weight, so should be good.

Alto model 1723 - By Safari Condo

Well... Loaded will still be around 2000 - 2100, but for some reason i think it will do just fine.

Now I just need to find extra 25.000 dollars lol
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