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Old 05-21-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Towing Capacity

Hello everyone, we have a 2008 Unlimited Sahara with the towing package. It says it is rated to two up to 3500lbs. We have a 17.5 ft bayliner boat that weighs 2400 lbs including the trailer. That is dry weight, but with all gas and equipment I believe we are still under 3500lbs, so things should be fine. I am just curious if any of you tow a boat with your Unlimited (staying under the max capacity), and how it goes. We currently have a Durango that we use to tow, but I am thinking of trading that in (2 gas hogs for vehicles are going so well right now, and my wife LOVES the jeep!). Thanks for any input.

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Old 05-21-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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Subscribed. Using my 10 JKU Sahara to tow 17 foot Lund this weekend for the first time. I'm all ears....(or eyes I guess)...

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Old 05-21-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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Shift into 4Lo before you back that bad boy into the water.

Don't assume your e-brake or shifting into park is gonna hold a combined 8,000 lbs.
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Shift into 4Lo before you back that bad boy into the water.
This. With a manual I do this every time to take the load off the clutch. Even if you have the auto, it'll take the strain off the torque converter and it'll yank it up the hill no problem
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Mine weighs 4200 wet. Tongue is 160-200 depending on how much gas I have. I weighed it on a scale. It is on a tandem axle trailer with surge brakes, The Jeep pulls it well and is very steady and predictable. Acceleration is not what it is without the load, but it is respectable. I can keep up with the traffic no problem. I keep it under 65. I have an auto. I have been playing around and not sure whether it works best to just let it shift auto or take over and manually shift it. I get about 13 mpg towing which is decent.

As for launching, I have done it both 4hi and 4lo. It doesn't seem to matter all that much and it holds with the e brake in P. It is less throttle in 4lo of course. It can be a pain getting the t-case to shift out of 4lo.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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I have a Montauk 150 which is lighter than your boat. The JKU pulls it around like it's not there. Stopping isn't so great. I leave plenty of room between myself and the vehicle in front of me and get on the brakes early and often.

If you're going to put it in 4 lo or hi make sure you are lined up with the ramp so you don't have to turn the wheel. Don't ask me how I know.
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I have a Montauk 150 which is lighter than your boat. The JKU pulls it around like it's not there. Stopping isn't so great. I leave plenty of room between myself and the vehicle in front of me and get on the brakes early and often.

If you're going to put it in 4 lo or hi make sure you are lined up with the ramp so you don't have to turn the wheel. Don't ask me how I know.
Great to hear!
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I have a 2012 Rubicon and tow two different boats with it, one 19' and the other 21'. They are both high performance boats, so they are reasonably light. The 21' boat comes in just under the limit. The 19' feels great, don't really notice it. The 21' takes some extra caution. I just put the airlift kit in and while it doesn't do much for the suspension drop under load I do feel it helps with the handling. For the money, I don't think you can go wrong.

Similar to you, I came from a larger vehicle (1999 C3500 Crew Cab Dually). For the limited range towing that I do, I'm going to go with just the jeep and sell the truck.
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I'm towing both boats this weekend. I will take some photos if you like of the sag with and with out the air lift setup?
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I'm towing both boats this weekend. I will take some photos if you like of the sag with and with out the air lift setup?
That would be great. Thank you all for the helpful input!

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