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Old 12-19-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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Pulling a Boat

Just bought a 2010 Wrangler Sport 4 x 4. I'm not finding a lot of information about pulling a boat behind it but the dealer assured us it would do fine. My husband and I have a 17FT aluminum fishing boat and we're curious if anyone out there has any experience pulling a boat this size. Our sone is getting tired of us BORROWING his 1999 Jeep Cherokee when we go fishing. TIA.

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Old 12-19-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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I think you should be fine, but how heavy is the boat? I know my 08 unlimited can pull around 3000k pounds and I pull a 18" ultra light trailer with mine and pulls fine. Not a speed demon and 5th gear is pretty worthless, but we get there none the less.

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Old 12-19-2009, 09:53 PM   #3
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Boat w/o motor is approximately 1350 so w/motor probably 1650#. Not really a problem w/our sons Cherokee Sport so we just assumed we would be fine with the Wrangler plus we trust the dealer. Best experience we ever had buying a new vehicle so we believe they didn't steer us wrong but just trying to get some feedback/tips. Thanks!
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:09 PM   #4
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17ft alum? No problem. I pull a 20ft Four Winns. Only problem is wet launch ramps, but I'd wager my boats a lot heavier than yours.

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2 or 4 door?? 2 door is only rated to tow 2000 lbs. You must add the weight of the trailer, fuel, gear ect to get total weight of what you are towing. If you are over weight and get in an accident, insurance will NOT cover you... something to think about
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:12 PM   #6
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i pull a 19 1/2 foot Lowe with my 2 door 2009 wrangler,, believe me it is a little different than pulling it with my truck, but it does pull it just fine you just don't want to make very quick stops.
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I pull a 17' Alweld aluminum boat with a 45 outboard w/jet on it .It pulls real well ,I did lower gears to 4.88's with a 6 speed , untill then it was a dog.On the steep river ramps I ALWAYS use 4 low .
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I would think your Wrangler Sport wouldn't even know a 17' ally boat & trailer was behind it. Here's a pic of my '99 TJ pulling a 25' fiberglass express cruiser (4400lbs + 1000 lb Trailer). It hauled the boat up the launch ramp with very little effort. We struggled for years and often had to get assistance when we used our '99 Jimmy. Granted we only pull the boat 1 mile twice a year. The short wheelbase on the Jeep limits its towing capacity to about 2300 lbs. Mostly to do with stability during braking and not so much the power to pull.

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Old 12-20-2009, 09:07 PM   #9
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hell i pull a 20" pontoon boat with my 2 door on 35's. keep in mind i only pull it about a mile twice a year though
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:48 PM   #10
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Thanks to everyone for the feedback. We felt great about our purchase and feel even better now.
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Thanks to everyone for the feedback. We felt great about our purchase and feel even better now.
Don't feel too great, you are probably overloaded, thus illegal!!!!
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did we ever find out if it was a 2 door or 4 door? if its a 4 your fine, and legal, if its a 2 your still fine to pull it but prob over the 2k lb rating
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:39 PM   #13
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Here is my $.02:

The JK Unlimited is a horrible towing rig.. I have a 16' drift boat (with trailer less than 1k lbs) and you can feel that boat when I'm towing.. I dont know if I would be comfortable towing anything more than 2k lbs.. Be very careful when you are you are towing your boat as it will make the JK very squirrely and that's when problems surface..
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:12 PM   #14
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Here is my $.02:

The JK Unlimited is a horrible towing rig.. I have a 16' drift boat (with trailer less than 1k lbs) and you can feel that boat when I'm towing.. I dont know if I would be comfortable towing anything more than 2k lbs.. Be very careful when you are you are towing your boat as it will make the JK very squirrely and that's when problems surface..
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Being a horrible towing rig is relative. Relative to what you may be used to. If you are used to pulling things with heavy power things then maybe your experience with pulling with a Jeep may be horrible. I've always pulled things with lighter power things so my experience so far with the jeep is acceptable.

I pull a high box 6' X 10' haulmark trailer rated at 3000lbs max load and it is fully loaded when I go camping. Camping gear, a kayak trailer inside the utility trailer, 4 bicycles, 4 kayaks, diving gear, etc etc etc. When I say loaded I mean to the max of the trailer. The unlimited is rated for 3500 and it handles the utility trailer very well. Any time, with any vehicle, when approaching the load limit for towing, extra care should be given in traffic to things like braking distance (and thus distance to the next car) and cornering forces avoiding tight turns at high speed. This only makes sense (to most people).

Regarding your situation with the boat, even in the two door, you seem to be under the limit of 2000 lbs. I would avoid putting too much gear in the boat especially at long distances over highway. Your load limit for towing is posted in the owner's manual.

Pulling near the load limit, with my standard transmission in order to maintain the speed limit on uphill grades I spend most of my travel time in 5th gear. On steep grades, I downshift to 4th to maintain speed. I haven't had difficulty maintaining the speed limit doing this. My mpg goes from 18 average to about 11 on a trip while pulling the trailer. I have pulled a slightly lighter trailer for the boy scout troop that my son belongs to and it handles that one nicely. That one has electric brakes and I had an electric brake control installed in the jeep to accommodate that trailer. The brake system works well in heavy braking situations. I will be installing the electric brake system on my utility trailer when I get the funds. I would consider that a worth while investment.

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Old 12-22-2009, 12:47 PM   #15
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Will it pull it from point "A" to point "B", yes. Will it do it safely? Maybe. The power of these things empty, 2 or 4dr, is marginal at best. The brakes are barely adequate for the vehicle let alone towing something.

Short trips and towing something light weight they will get the job done. Anything more than that and I think you're asking from trouble.
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Will it pull it from point "A" to point "B", yes. Will it do it safely? Maybe. The power of these things empty, 2 or 4dr, is marginal at best. The brakes are barely adequate for the vehicle let alone towing something.

Short trips and towing something light weight they will get the job done. Anything more than that and I think you're asking from trouble.
Until they come out with a recall notice that the specifications quoted in the manual are bogus, I'm going to tow with confidence. That doesn't mean I'm going to ignore physics and tow like a mad person. I go on long trips and it is perfectly safe. Again...care being exercised. If you bought the jeep for having fun and towing, but don't trust it to tow, then buy something else to tow. Not everybody has that luxury. I'm an all around kind of jeep owner. My jeep does it all. I have total confidence in it. I have had it near capacity in towing situations and do not understand what you mean by the brakes being barely adequate for the vehicle alone...without anything in tow. I have witnessed that on an older jeep Cherokee but not on the wrangler so far. Even with 3000 lbs in tow on a down hill grade applying hard braking, I have had no difficulty stopping. The Cherokee on the other hand would smoke from the brakes in that situation. I wouldn't trust the Cherokee but I do trust my Wrangler. Just speaking from experience....and what the engineers say. I do, for the most part, trust the engineers.
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I'm going to jump back in here as well.
Like I said above, I am towing a 18" Funfinder trailer with a slideout that comes in just under 3k pounds dry and just over 3k pounds when I have it loaded up. I never put water in it because that adds a ton of "shifting" weight" that I just don't need. I have a pretty big sway bar attached to make it super stable and it also has a electronic brake controller to help with braking.
Is it a fun tow when I have it attached? Not really. Mostly because it struggles on hills, but I think that is normal with any gas vehicle pulling a heavy load. Other then that, my unlimited pulls it just fine and I would recommend that if you were to pull something this heavy you take all of the steps that I have taken to make sure you are safe.
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I'm going to jump back in here as well.
Like I said above, I am towing a 18" Funfinder trailer with a slideout that comes in just under 3k pounds dry and just over 3k pounds when I have it loaded up. I never put water in it because that adds a ton of "shifting" weight" that I just don't need. I have a pretty big sway bar attached to make it super stable and it also has a electronic brake controller to help with braking.
Is it a fun tow when I have it attached? Not really. Mostly because it struggles on hills, but I think that is normal with any gas vehicle pulling a heavy load. Other then that, my unlimited pulls it just fine and I would recommend that if you were to pull something this heavy you take all of the steps that I have taken to make sure you are safe.
This is along the lines of the concept that I was trying to convey. Care must be taken while towing anything especially near the tow limit.
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OK, so the comment about stupidity in the image that you posted appears to be aimed at me.

Having a different paradigm from you is just that. If you are used to towing with a heavy vehicle and start towing with a jeep which may be lighter than what you are used to may give you the sense that the jeep is not a very good towing vehicle. I've towed with lighter ones and the jeep seems pretty stable. It is not stupidity to pay attention to the vehicle manufacturer's published limit specifications and be careful while doing it so I don't see your point in the post. You have a right to your own opinion but try not to be insulting whilst expressing it. Peace.
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Staying within the towing confines of the vehicles, in this case Jeep Wrangler, stated ratings it will most likely get the job done.

When nearing the upper limits of those ratings will it do it well, IMO, no. If anyone thinks they do, ok, I'm good with that but I would advise, for the safety of you and others, use extra caution because again, IMO, they don't do it well.
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The OP was looking for advice that includes pulling a load close to the limit for a 2 door. The jeep is new and the advice was for that situation. I pull near the load limit, I'm careful with it while doing it. The jeep handles it well. Would I have selected a jeep for pulling heavy loads? Maybe not but a jeep is what I have. It works well pulling the load. To the OP, I would say that I tow with confidence. The jeep does well for what it is.

I agree with B11 and others that care should be exercised. But I wouldn't say I would advise against towing at least up to the limit. Beyond the limit, I wouldn't advise. Would I do it for short distances? Possibly. Depends on the situation.
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hey another funfinder. i pull a 16' funfinder once a year with my 2 door, it does fine, electric brakes are a must.

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