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Old 01-22-2010, 03:52 PM   #1
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I tow my TJ with my motorhome......

I tow my 1999 TJ behind my motorhome when I travel. I would love to have a winch on the front but due to the tow bar I don't have the room. I use the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain tow bar. Have any of you used the receiver points for the tow bar to fabricate a platform for a winch? In other words the tow bar inserts into two smaller receiver type connections where a crossmember could be fabricated into a winch platform to which the winch could be mounted. The receiver brackets installed on the TJ are rated at 6000 lbs each so it could support a 12,000 lb. winch. Comments....

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Can you post some pics of the bumper setup now, might help us figure out a solution.

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Old 01-22-2010, 04:08 PM   #3
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A regular winch plate won't fit or is it that the winch would be useless with the tow-bar up?
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:14 PM   #4
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Hey Bob,

You might want to PM Unlimited. He runs a receiver style tow hitch on his rig and tows it behind a Motor Home. I know he's also running a winch set up.

Here's a pic. His is on the left.


Maybe he can give you and idea of what you need to do.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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Here are the photos of the drivers side and passenger side. I want to keep my light bar and lights where they are. On the drivers side you'll also see the breakaway switch under the license plate and the tail light connector.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:43 PM   #6
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Depending on your needs, you might keep in mind what it would cost to get an inexpensive trailer. Less wear and tear on the vehicle depending on how much you tow it. I'm no expert on cost but something to keep in mind as I'm sure the trailer offers many additional possibilities such as being able to haul the Jeep somewhere if it gets broken, as well as using the Jeep to tow the trailer for utility purposes.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:58 PM   #7
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Well adding a trailer adds more weight to the towing capacity, thus reduces fuel economy. Towing the Jeep is not a concern I do not go more then 600 miles average. I plan on going to Alaska in 2011 but the jeep tows sooooo well and as it is doesn't affect the fuel mileage on the motorhome so far. I also go boondocking which is camping in the wilderness (i.e. no hookups) and when you do this there is very little if any room for the motorhome, jeep and then a trailer too. Believe me I thougt of the trailer and when talking to everyone towing a jeep......4 wheels down is the best way to go. Haven't heard of any breakdowns (albeit is could happen). I also don't go crazy 4 wheelin...mostly trails and some rock stuff. I got the Jeep as everyone always wants to put the top down and cruise.....YOU know how that is.
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You might consider a front bumper with 2" recriver, like mine and use a mobile winch-I do and it uses a 2' hitch, I use it on either end of the jeep, or the back of the trailer but no pic ofit

I think Olympic makes this bumper for the shorter jeeps and it wouldn't interfere with the towbar attach points, it's about $290 bucks

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I am sure that a plate could be fabricated to mount a winch but it would be very low out front and even more of a concern would be extremely heavy. ( back strain to install and remove)
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most winches will mount right behind light bar on a winch plate and you will have to cut and raise light bar up so winch cable will clear and get longer bolts and go back in same holes. Light bar will set on top of winch plate thus you will need longer bolts.
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I have a 2" receiver front and rear, and hitch type winch plate. Good enough for my needs. It looks like a winch plate could be supported by tubing carried across both of your receivers.
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I also tow my Rubi behind our motorhome using the standard "A" type towbar. The mounting points for the towbar are bolted to the bumper with "L" brackets going back to the frame. That way they are up out of the way instead of under the bumper.
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Here are the photos of the drivers side and passenger side. I want to keep my light bar and lights where they are. On the drivers side you'll also see the breakaway switch under the license plate and the tail light connector.

I'm lost as to why a standard winch won't work on that setup? Winches sit on top of the bumper and it looks like the towbar connects underneath?

Sorry if I'm not seeing something obvious...never flat towed a vehicle before.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:44 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the feedback. I'm going to look into a the 2" receiver in front, maybe raising the light bar, or something along those lines. I sure don't want to hang a winch way out front and bang it up needlessly. You've all helped greatly.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:26 PM   #15
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i have a warn winch on mine and use road master stow master tow bars.they fold up in front no problem.my tow bar receivers look same as yours.

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