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Old 02-24-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Towing a travel trailer with a 2012 jku

Ok here we go, my wife and i have 4 kids and are trying to do some camping, and traveling. Most of the things we would do are short trips but a few longer ones like yellowstone or niagra falls. Problem we have had in the past is the hotels, usually 2 rooms so its very expensive, plus the cost of flying 6 of us is crazy. We have a tight budget so I can't go out and buy a truck to pull a 5th wheel or the money to get a dependable motorhome, I found a hybrid travel trailer new that would sleep up to 8 and weighs 3300 lbs dry weight. I know the wrangler is not a good tow vehicle but mine has the max tow pack with 3.73s my other tow vehicle choice is our 2009 Odyssey that shows a 3500 lb tow rate also. My big question is has anyone actually towed a travel trailer with their jeep and how bad did it do, is it just too much of a compromise? Some prices I have found are $120 a month for the trailer and around 30 to store it. Thanks for any help .

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Travel Trailers That Are Lightweight and Easy to Tow|Trailmanor Travel Trailers

I like that you can collapse it and put it in a garage - safer, cheaper, more convenient storage.

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Subscribed - I was just researching this weekend. Trailmanor was the only one that looked doable.
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3300 lbs dry weight... so by the time you fill the water tank and add clothes for 6 people you will probably be over your 3500 lb rating. Will it effect it much? Probaly not. Will you be responsible if you were involved in an accident towing an over weight trailer? absolutly.

Heres an even cheaper idea: buy 2 tents, and stay at a camp ground with bath houses, not just out houses. All you would need is a little travel trailer for the luggage/camping supplies.
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I don't have a 2012, but I will tell you what we have. I have a 2010 with the 3.73 and the manual tranny. We tow a R-Pod 182G. We used to tow a Coleman pop up before that. With the R-Pod, we added a Blue Ox weight distributing hitch as well as a brake controller for the trailer brakes. System works great. However, I don't push it and I live in a flat swamp. I wouldn't want to tow anything heavier than this. And it's just me and the wife plus two Boston Terriers in the Jeep.

The pop up actually had more room for more people to sleep than the R-pod, and weighed much less. We tired of all the setup and tear down after a while. But we liked the pop up space. You might consider such a set up and you can get them used way cheap in pretty decent shape if you look hard enough.

I just installed a Kargo Master rack to carry bikes, surfboards, standup paddle boards and kayaks in any combination. I haven't towed yet with that setup, but am going to Florida in a couple weeks so I will find out if a little more drag hurts me much. I still get about 13 mpg if I keep it to 65 mph or less.

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More info on R-pods:

R-Pod Ultra Lite Travel Trailer by Forest River

Ours is just under 2800 lbs dry and I don't keep much water in it and I pump the holding tank out before I drive to keep the weight down.
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3300 lbs dry weight... so by the time you fill the water tank and add clothes for 6 people you will probably be over your 3500 lb rating. Will it effect it much? Probaly not. Will you be responsible if you were involved in an accident towing an over weight trailer? absolutly.
First misconception you have...
People usually fill the water tank once arriving to the camp site. So you need only add the weight of your propane tank, and your gear. I would guess with 6 people there would be a second vehicle coming along that could take the majority of the gear.
Second misconception...
The tow rating is a recommendation made by the manufacturer. The gcwr is also a recommendation. The gvwr of the tow vehicle MUST be below it's max and the gvwr of the trailer MUST be below it's max. As long as you have your brake system up to par on the trailer, the law doesn't have anything to do with it.

To the op, Check out the Spree Escape 196BH. 2900 lbs Dry. I'm looking at this one, and my 2012 has the 3.21 ratio giving me a 2000 lb tow capacity but I know I could pull it no problem.
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That's impressive weight for such a spacious looking trailer!
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Oh man, bring your base with you. So cool!
I know a campground in the middle of PA I'd love to take one of those.

We still have an abandoned Turnpike tunnel we haven't explored!
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:59 PM   #11
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The trailmanors look real nice, I might just look more into those although they are double the price, they hit just about everything we need. Love the fact that you don't have to store it too. Anyone out there own one of these? Also great info double dawg on what your pulling. The spree looks real nice also gonna check those out, giving me some great options guys, thanks again for all the feedback.
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I've been looking at Aliner and another Oregon hard wall folder to stay under the weight/size I want to pull with the JK.

There's some real inventive products out there in the 1600# range...all it takes is cubic dollars!

Currently my favorite is the Aliner smallest version but Old Blister..er...my Sweet Bride....is Not Happy about a number of features she'd have to give up from our 23' Aerolite....which at "3500#" dry, requires my Ram pick up for towing.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:20 PM   #14
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I hear you JJ my um.. sweet bride is the one really pushing to go " camp" but I think she just wants to put some wheels on our house so we can have a 4000 sqft camper....... Roughing it is a word she had removed from our vocabulary once I got out of the military.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:53 PM   #15
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Getting ready to pull a 2011 Coachman 21BH travel trailer with a 2012 JKU auto with 3.73 gears Will let everyone know how it goes.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:53 PM   #16
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I just came back from a camping trip pulling my 19' 3000 lb camper.
On level ground it pulls great, on hills you can tell it struggles a bit and occasionally I was red lining the RPM's.
With no trailer brake I had to prepare for the stops and at one point in the trip the road was wet and lets just say I'm glad the antilock breaks on the jeep were working.
Over all I was satisfied with the way the jeep pulled the camper but I don't think I will be pulling it to the mountains.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:23 PM   #17
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I pull a 2300 lb dry weight pop-up (Flagstaff 206ST). Doesn't have any issues in the couple times I've towed it 1.5 hours one way. I actually think the shift points are improved while towing... 2012 JKU w/ Max tow (3.73)
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Does anyone tow a Casita or Scamp on here? Need info as I am looking at the 16 ft
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Tongue Weight?

What's the TONGUE WEIGHT capacity of, say, a 2012 4-door with OEM tow package? MY manual doesn't say, but in my research on other vehicles, tongue weight capacity is typically 1/10 of towing capacity.

I got an old 19' Kit and it handles OK even withOUT using the tow stabilizer that came with the trialer. I bought rear lift bags for leveling the jeep.

I was looking at 24's, but, for old-design weight the 19' is plenty big.

I still need to learn when to downshift on hills. If I wait too long I end up in a lower gear than I could have gotten away with with earlier downshifts.
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i have a fleetwood evolution e1 that have been bought out by somerset. Somerset Camping Trailers :: Home tows like a champ


the newer e2 is perfect size. my e1 is similar but just a little lighter.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:31 AM   #21
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:39 AM   #22
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I pull a 2011 1006 Jayco Pop-up 1800lbs Dry

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Id like to go into a hybrid with A/C
I have a JKUR 4.10 Max Tow.

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More info on R-pods:

R-Pod Ultra Lite Travel Trailer by Forest River

Ours is just under 2800 lbs dry and I don't keep much water in it and I pump the holding tank out before I drive to keep the weight down.
These are some very nice trailers, I've been looking myself and I think the 177 is right up my alley.
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Does the trailer have brakes... if not, I wouldn't dream of trying it. Your risking your safety, your families safety and anyone on the road with you. I used to tow a 2500 lb tractor on a tandom axle trailer with A GMC Yukon. Scariest thing I ever had to do without trailer brakes. And that had a 6000 lb tow cap. Pleeeese think this one through. You will definately be over the vehicles rated tow cap. Good luck
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My wife wants us to grab a travel trailer as well. She has fallen in love with the 2900 pound dry weight V-Cross Vibe 6501:

2013 V-Cross Vibe 6501 - Collier RV Super Center - Rockford, Illinois 61112

We even drove out and looked at one yesterday. It truly is a sweet trailer for 2 people or a husband/wife and a child. In our case it is just the 2 of us and my dog. Illinois is pretty flat...and our plan is to go to Northern WI and MN for 4 season camping.

We liked that it is:
1. 4 season unit
2. It has a nice braking system
3. It is realtively lightweight for a 20' trailer
4. It is gel-coated and has the aerodynamic front.
5. It is well equipt STOCK
6. It has a full bathroom.
7. Easy fill/dump of water.
8. LARGE fresh/grey/black water tanks.
9. Large Awning
10. HUGE storage under the bedroom....for our mountain bikes and clothes totes. (30 pounds per bike (60#) + 50 pounds clothes = 110 pounds)

Add the storage weight + a small portable gas grill (25) + Aluminum camp table and folding chairs (30) + kitchen stuff/food....and we might be towing 3200 - 3300 pounds.....Not too bad.

The jeep has the Max Tow package with the 3.73 gears. We figure that we will travel DRY....and our gear should not exceed a few hundred pounds....thus keeping us under the 3500 pound recommended limit...and it has a 295 pound tongue weight. I would run a weight distribution hitch, sway control, and brake controller to enhance the safety.
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Ok here we go, my wife and i have 4 kids and are trying to do some camping, and traveling. Most of the things we would do are short trips but a few longer ones like yellowstone or niagra falls. Thanks for any help .
Take a look at the Livinlite Camplite CL13RDB

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My wife wants us to grab a travel trailer as well. She has fallen in love with the 2900 pound dry weight V-Cross Vibe 6501:

2013 V-Cross Vibe 6501 - Collier RV Super Center - Rockford, Illinois 61112

We even drove out and looked at one yesterday. It truly is a sweet trailer for 2 people or a husband/wife and a child. In our case it is just the 2 of us and my dog. Illinois is pretty flat...and our plan is to go to Northern WI and MN for 4 season camping.

We liked that it is:
1. 4 season unit
2. It has a nice braking system
3. It is realtively lightweight for a 20' trailer
4. It is gel-coated and has the aerodynamic front.
5. It is well equipt STOCK
6. It has a full bathroom.
7. Easy fill/dump of water.
8. LARGE fresh/grey/black water tanks.
9. Large Awning
10. HUGE storage under the bedroom....for our mountain bikes and clothes totes. (30 pounds per bike (60#) + 50 pounds clothes = 110 pounds)

Add the storage weight + a small portable gas grill (25) + Aluminum camp table and folding chairs (30) + kitchen stuff/food....and we might be towing 3200 - 3300 pounds.....Not too bad.

The jeep has the Max Tow package with the 3.73 gears. We figure that we will travel DRY....and our gear should not exceed a few hundred pounds....thus keeping us under the 3500 pound recommended limit...and it has a 295 pound tongue weight. I would run a weight distribution hitch, sway control, and brake controller to enhance the safety.
I really like the look of the V-Cross, I havent seen one like that before. If you use the brake controller and weight distribution hitch with sway you should be fine. If you have the 3.8 you will want a tranny cooler just in case. Our trailer is about 2700 pounds dry so we are about 3200 pounds loaded and the Jeep does fine. I recommend picking up an equalizer brand hitch since it has sway control built in.
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Does anyone own the Jeep Trail (or extreme) Edition camper? Looks like they are about 11K.



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