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Old 07-22-2011, 12:10 AM   #1
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Anyone tow there jeep behind a motorhome?

We just bought an 06 Wrangler Unlimited and need some info on towing it behind our motorhome. We have actually been doing this for years with our old jeep but that jeep had the tow package on it when we bought it, including all of the electrical. No, I don't want to keep the old tow bar because its really old and not in the best of shape. Where is the best place to purchase this set up? Will it bolt to my stock bumper? Who does the electrical?

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Old 07-22-2011, 12:43 AM   #2
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I haven't set my current Jeep up but had a previous car I towed 4 down. I recommend Blue Ox for both the vehicle mount and tow bar. You want a mount that is bolted to the frame, not the bumper.

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Old 07-22-2011, 07:34 AM   #3
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Mark, Welcome to WF! As for tow bars, Blue Ox or Demco. (I was never a fan of Demco until they changed the lock style) I would go with Demco base plate because it is cheaper cost and now will work with Blue Ox bars too. The Blue Ox base plate mounts a tad lower on the frame than the Demco. (and uses the steering box bolts on the driver side) If you want a rigid arm bar then they are all pretty equal and bolt thru the bumper to the frame. I run my cheepy bar bolted to a Warn bumper with only one issue. Height. Not mutch adjustment in a rigid tow bar. good luck. Mike
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Excuse me while I hijack this thread...
when towing a wrangler (automatic) behind a camper/rv, what has to be done? I have been told 'just put everything in neutral', 'remove driveshafts', leave key in so steering wheel can turn', 'lock steering wheel so it can't turn'...'put rear wheels on a dolly and disconnect driveshaft for front wheels'...alll conflicting advice. What is the REAL way to tow a wrangler?
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:08 AM   #5
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yep.........
and heres basically what I did...less than $100 to get tow ready.
Amazon.com: Universal Tow Bar Adjustable Mount Tow Bar Tow Kit with Magnetic Tow Lights: Automotive

Now I know you can spend a lot more for fancier equipment, but this works fine.
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:01 AM   #6
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I tow my '01 TJ, 5 speed - transfer in neutral, transmission in 2nd gear, key in unlock position so steering can turn. I use a home-made tow bar attached to h-m front bumper securely at frame attachment. I put diodes in my wiring system and use my Jeep lights. the new trick thing is to buy the wiring kit and put extra bulbs in your taillite housing. My neighbor did that and made a neat installation and was easy following instructions provided. This has worked for me behind 2 different motorhomes. Good luck. Robert
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What's the point of towing cars in the back when you can buy a trailer and tow it that way? Just seems odd to me when I see people do that for that drive it doesn't it put the same ware and tare on it by dragging it pretty much behind you when people can just tow a trailer with it on it?
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How to flat tow your Jeep is clearly explained in you owners manual. I was amazed how easy it was, and how well set up the TJ is to be flat towed. TC in nuetral, tranny in gear or park, and first click on the ign. switch unlocks the steering wheel and does not drain power from the battery. The towed miles do not show up on the odometer either. I have flat towed mine for years with a Roadmaster set up with no problems. I have the removable XL frame mounts.
Roadmaster stuff is not cheap, but it worked great for me. Maybe you can find a used set-up from someone that has bought a trailer. LIKE ME!!




You can see the little receivers under the bumper. That is all that remains on the Jeep when you are not towing. A lower attatchment point means a lower riser on the tow rig to keep the towbar level. More stable, especially on lifted Jeeps.

My whole Roadmaster set up has been sitting in my garage for over 3 months since I bought my trailer. I can't seem to give it away.
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How to flat tow your Jeep is clearly explained in you owners manual. I was amazed how easy it was, and how well set up the TJ is to be flat towed. TC in nuetral, tranny in gear or park, and first click on the ign. switch unlocks the steering wheel and does not drain power from the battery. The towed miles do not show up on the odometer either. I have flat towed mine for years with a Roadmaster set up with no problems. I have the removable XL frame mounts.
Roadmaster stuff is not cheap, but it worked great for me. Maybe you can find a used set-up from someone that has bought a trailer. LIKE ME!!




You can see the little receivers under the bumper. That is all that remains on the Jeep when you are not towing. A lower attatchment point means a lower riser on the tow rig to keep the towbar level. More stable, especially on lifted Jeeps.

My whole Roadmaster set up has been sitting in my garage for over 3 months since I bought my trailer. I can't seem to give it away.
I have almost the exact same setup and love it. Roadmaster is good stuff and their customer support is top notch.
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I wonder what would happen if the flat towed Jeep got death wobble while being towed? How would that affect the tow vehicle? Would you even know it was doing it? If you didn't notice I bet it would do some pretty bad damage to the Jeep. Also, what would happen if you broke an axle while off roading? Is it still ok to flat tow it home? Or would you have to get it fixed before you towed it?
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What's the point of towing cars in the back when you can buy a trailer and tow it that way? Just seems odd to me when I see people do that for that drive it doesn't it put the same ware and tare on it by dragging it pretty much behind you when people can just tow a trailer with it on it?
Most motorhomes are not rated to tow the weight of a trailered Jeep
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Most motorhomes are not rated to tow the weight of a trailered Jeep
Really? Look at the size of them they really can't tow it? That's odd never knew that learn something new everyday.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:43 AM   #13
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Wow.. a lot of good info! thanks for the pictures too. We actually had a 4" lift installed to it before even driving it off the lot ( We bought it from a place that sells nothing but used Jeeps) and i like the low tow bar. Can a winch be installed or is the tow bar in the way? Is it pretty easy to remove?
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:38 AM   #14
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What's the point of towing cars in the back when you can buy a trailer and tow it that way? Just seems odd to me when I see people do that for that drive it doesn't it put the same ware and tare on it by dragging it pretty much behind you when people can just tow a trailer with it on it?
For a couple of reasons. If the RV is a gas model they typically are rated at 5k towing capacity. Most deisel RV's are good up to 10k. With a trailer you have to register it and then you have the issue of where to park it at the campgrounds.
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40,000 miles with a Roadmaster setup and am very happy. Would love an enclosed trailer for the Jeep and some other stuff, but dealing with a trailer in most campgrounds would be a large PITA.

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Old 07-23-2011, 12:04 PM   #16
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What's the point of towing cars in the back when you can buy a trailer and tow it that way? Just seems odd to me when I see people do that for that drive it doesn't it put the same ware and tare on it by dragging it pretty much behind you when people can just tow a trailer with it on it?
A trailer would be very cumbersome in a campground. Every once in a while we dry camp near 4wd trail entrances in which a trailer would be great, but most of the time we are camping and a trailer would just be too much.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:08 PM   #17
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How to flat tow your Jeep is clearly explained in you owners manual.
Our jeep unfortunatly did not come with an owners manual.
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Our jeep unfortunatly did not come with an owners manual.
Mine didn't either, or so I thought. I ordered one on line. Two years later while cleaning the Jeep out, I found the original buried under the passenger seat!
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I wonder what would happen if the flat towed Jeep got death wobble while being towed? How would that affect the tow vehicle? Would you even know it was doing it? If you didn't notice I bet it would do some pretty bad damage to the Jeep. Also, what would happen if you broke an axle while off roading? Is it still ok to flat tow it home? Or would you have to get it fixed before you towed it?
Most larger motorhomes like ours have a back up camara installed. If the jeep started a shaking a lot you would probably see it. As far as breaking an axle on the trail, I do fear that. That is why we opted for the Rubicon package with dana 44's front and rear. If one broke anyway, I suppose i would try to tow it home, slow.
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Most larger motorhomes like ours have a back up camara installed
We refer to that as "Jeep TV"
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the original reason I bought a wrangler was to tow behind my motor home. they flat tow really well and are fun when you get to your destination.
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First of all, let me thank everyone who contributed to this thread. It helped a lot. It looks like i found a great deal on craigslist. I am supposed to meet the guy on tuesday and buy a complete set up from him. If you are interested in what i bought and want to read more about me installing it, i am going to be posting in on another forum (RV.NET). You can access it by clicking the link below.
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: which kind of tow bar should I get?
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What are some good lights for towing? My setup right now has many connections ftom the PO. Is a system that taps into the Jeep's lights better than a removable pair?
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My boss tows a Jeep Liberty behind his motorhome...something I never thought about when flat towing vehicles is you're still putting miles on those tires. For those who are retired like him and spend weeks traveling thousands of miles...holy crap, that's a lot of tire money going out the window. lol
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What are some good lights for towing? My setup right now has many connections ftom the PO. Is a system that taps into the Jeep's lights better than a removable pair?
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I am about to get to this step myself here shortly. I can tell you that i got a private message on this thread from someone saying that Camping world sells a wiring kit that you can install yourself and does not tap into the jeeps wiring at all. I think he said that you actually install your own bulb in the jeeps tail light. I guess that that would lead to less problems with your jeep as you are not splicing into its wires. I have not had time to research this myself yet.
Whats "PO"?
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I wonder what would happen if the flat towed Jeep got death wobble while being towed? How would that affect the tow vehicle? Would you even know it was doing it? If you didn't notice I bet it would do some pretty bad damage to the Jeep. Also, what would happen if you broke an axle while off roading? Is it still ok to flat tow it home? Or would you have to get it fixed before you towed it?
I have experienced DW on our 2006 TJ on occasion. In over 10,000 miles of towing it I have never experienced DW while towing it. After 30 plus years truck driving, pulling doubles and triples. I know I would be able to feel it from the drivers seat. I think the dynamics that produce DW must be different when the vehicle is being towed. Just my opinion.
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I am about to get to this step myself here shortly. I can tell you that i got a private message on this thread from someone saying that Camping world sells a wiring kit that you can install yourself and does not tap into the jeeps wiring at all. I think he said that you actually install your own bulb in the jeeps tail light. I guess that that would lead to less problems with your jeep as you are not splicing into its wires. I have not had time to research this myself yet.
Whats "PO"?
Its "Previous Owner"
Here is a kit on Qtech that I found today. http://www.quadratec.com/products/92019_50.htm . It is like the one that I had but is a little nicer.
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i have a 2011 4 door Wrangler and a friend who also has one tell me that when he tows behind his RV that after setting the transfer case etc he shuts off the engine and removes the key and has no problem towing? Has anyone else towed with the steering wheel in the locked position-he claims wheel not really locked???
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What's the point of towing cars in the back when you can buy a trailer and tow it that way? Just seems odd to me when I see people do that for that drive it doesn't it put the same ware and tare on it by dragging it pretty much behind you when people can just tow a trailer with it on it?
For me there are two factors. I have done both, trailered and flat towed. Flat towing saves about 1500 pounds of towing weight. It makes a big difference in going up and down the big mountains in the western US, more difference than I would have thought on both uphills and then the maintaining controllable speed coming down.

The other thing is, as others have mentioned, space in campgrounds is pretty important for us.

Thing is, most trailers come with brakes, installing a towing brake controller into the jeep is an additional hassle factor. Solutions are available for activating the jeeps brakes, but some are very successful with no braking on the jeep, at least behind heavy diesel MH's. Some states require braking on the towed vehicle, however.
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i have a 2011 4 door Wrangler and a friend who also has one tell me that when he tows behind his RV that after setting the transfer case etc he shuts off the engine and removes the key and has no problem towing? Has anyone else towed with the steering wheel in the locked position-he claims wheel not really locked???
I tried this in my 06 LJ on a dirt road. The steering wheel feels free at first but then locks as soon as the wheel turns. You absolutely cant do it without the key in the ignition in the "off" position as far as I know.

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