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Old 07-03-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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Hello everyone… Newbie from Alabama here. I have a question for you all. I’m looking into buying a jeep, probably a TJ model. From a pure utility perspective can your TJ (with an I6) do most if not everything a decent pickup truck can do? Here’s what I’m looking for in a Jeep’s capabilities – Pull a trailer for use around the house – for my riding lawnmower, moving things here and there, etc.. and eventually I may buy a ski boat. I wouldn’t be pulling things all the time, just a few times a month, at most. I wouldn’t be off-roading in the jeep. I just want one to cruise around in on nice evenings with the top off and use it to drive to work a few times a month. I’ve heard differing opinions as to wether a jeep can be used for pulling things on occasion. My next question would be in general what is the average cost of repairs on your jeeps vs say a used Silverado.. Just thought I’d get your opinions.

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Old 07-03-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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Asking us if you should buy a Jeep is like walking into a whorehouse. You know what's going to happen next.......

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Old 07-03-2012, 10:50 AM   #3
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Asking us if you should buy a Jeep is like walking into a whorehouse. You know what's going to happen next.......
Haha, yeah I'm aware of the bias.. I'm just wondering if a Jeep can do most things a full size truck can do, or is it too demanding on the Jeep? I've always loved Jeeps (who doesn't) but I've never been a big fan of Chrysler products. But if a Jeep can pull a trailer and a boat, then Jeep it is...
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:55 AM   #4
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I've been around Jeeps for quite some time and while they "can" pull, the question lies a little more towards should they pull. I am much more partial to the TJ, YJ, and CJs as the newer JKs just look to me like a little Bitty Hummer and have grown a bit too modern. With that being said, I do however feel that the newer models make better tow rigs, especially the longer wheelbase ones. I personally wouldn't recommend towing very much weight with a TJ or older model without some upgraded brakes or at least some trailer brakes. Not saying they can't do it, just saying that they need the proper equipment in order to do it safely.
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There are pro's and con's with either choice. Its like choosing beteen an apple & an orange for most people but for me, choosing between a Silverado and a TJ ? It would be like choosing between having a root canal on a Saturday or a cold beer on a hot day.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:59 AM   #6
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Jeep is actually much less Chrysler than most people think. I believe the newer ones share some things but not so much with the older. BTW, welcome to the forum. Im also from Bama.
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I would look for an LJ (TJ with a longer wheelbase) if your going to tow, but the TJ can tow your tractor as well. Just not too much awful more.

I haven't had anything go on my jeep except the blower motor resistor, which is a common problem. 30 bucks and an hour later I fixed it. I have put on almost 15k miles over two years and I think that was the only problem I have had... I think the jeep is the most reliable vehicle anyone in my family has ever owned. I do take good maintainence care of it however.
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All depends on how much weight you want to pull. A Jeep and a 5x8 utility trailer is a lot more flexible arrangement vs. a pickup. But if you need to tow more than the capacity of the Jeep, you need the truck or an SUV with a higher tow rating.

Bottom line is how much do you want to tow?
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:19 AM   #9
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All depends on how much weight you want to pull. A Jeep and a 5x8 utility trailer is a lot more flexible arrangement vs. a pickup. But if you need to tow more than the capacity of the Jeep, you need the truck or an SUV with a higher tow rating.

Bottom line is how much do you want to tow?
Great point. I should have included that to begin with. Eventually I’d like to have a ski boat, 18’ at the biggest. I’ve seen others pulling boats this size in a Jeep, but just wondering if it’s sustainable. Distance wouldn’t be long, maybe three miles to my local slip. Doing a quick google on an example, an 18 ft ski boat with trailer comes in at about 2700 lbs. This would be the biggest thing I’d ever think about towing, and it’d be only on occasional summer weekends. Other than that I’d be looking for a utility trailer to load up my riding lawn mower or misc household items – things you’d typically load into a pickup truck.
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I have an 06 Unlimited, or LJ as it is referred to around here. My max towing capacity is 3,500 lbs. Yes I do use it to tow a small trailer and it has been known to fetch a boat or 2 out of the water. I may rarely exceed the tc but not often and not for long distances. This is a choice that you have to make. If the boat isn't a sure thing or heavy enough to exceed the tow capacity, then you would be crazy to go with a pick-up. Of course that is just my opinion and I'll admit that I am a bit biased but the fun factor of the Wrangler way exceeds the utility factor of a truck.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:35 AM   #11
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2700#, 3 miles,..... hell yeah!!!! I wouldn't hesitate to make an occasionally pull like that with a stock Jeep. I would however go for a manual transfer unless that's just not possible for whatever reason in which case I would choose one with a 3sp auto just to guard against overheating the trans when hauling the trailer for further distances. I personally have an old truck hanging around for my hauling and my Jeep for cruising and playing.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:52 PM   #12
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I just recently bought my jeep, I have a F150 as well. I will speak from experience and say if you tow at all I'd try to get both. Like someone else said they had a an old truck to tow. We started in a pop up camper a TJ could have pulled easy, but at the time I had a Tacoma. We decided we wanted a bigger camper so we found a 24 foot camper that weighed 4,000 lbs dry. Tacoma TCAP was 6500 lbs. I thought I was golden until we got it I drove with it hooked up.

Two things to consider.
1) posted manufacture weights (as your example 2700 lbs) is dry weight. On a camper that's no battery, propane, gear, add ons, etc. (think weight of gas in your boat)

2) ratio of tow vehicle vs towed object. Although I was in towing capacity range of my tacoma with the 24 foot camper it was way to big. The sheer size of the camper and weight scared me to death pulling it. The camper was driving the truck so to speak. That is why I unsized to a full size truck.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:09 AM   #13
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Well, IMHO, if the ski boat is an "eventually" thing I wouldn't worry too much about it for now. Get a Jeep. Trust me, I've had other 4x4 trucks and SUV's, it's just not the same.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:48 AM   #14
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Why I sold my first Jeep (see photo).
Many moons ago, I got the boat (Reinell 18.5) in a divorce. My Jeep was only a 4 cyl, and barely made it up the ramp. I traded it for a Tacoma just so I could safely pull the boat. Note the weight of the boat on the rear bumper!
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:54 AM   #15
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if your looking at buying a boat your gonna need a truck.. my jeep struggles with my 17 foot nitro bass boat. its small and light compared to a big ski boat.

but otherwise a jeep will do everything your truck will do, and she's even more willing to let you get her nekkid from time to time.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:56 AM   #16
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my DD was a 2500hd, cc, long bed, 8.1L. it is also my tow vehicle for my 35' trailer.
with a new job/3 hr commute the gas was killing me so i got the jeep-yes i got a jeep for the mpg, actually almost 2X the pickup. been towing a number of yrs and a number of different tow vehicles and trailers-17' to the 35' and as far as towing w/jeep, i personally wouldn't do much more than a small utility trailer(ie lawn mower) or maybe my 12' butterfly sail boat-and nothing more than very local. the reason for this-the fact that smaller trailers are not required to have brakes, or at best 'serge' brakes and the short wheel base of the jeep. add to this a novice tow person and things could get real interesting real fast. my thoughts, want a fun driving experence-get the jeep. want to tow, get something more suited for the job. want to do both-get both.
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this is a hard subject. i have both and happy i have i 2010 ram cummins and a 01 tj. i bought the truck first then went shopping for a jeep. i think that is the best route. a jeep is a toy. youll always need a truck. thats why they ar eso damn expense.trucks are the only real useful auto out the as far as i am concerned. everything else is a luxury.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:11 AM   #18
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On average a Jeep will do most everything you ask fairly well, but just like boats they're each designed for different purposes. I have a 5x10 trailer & it's been great for those utility duties. However, once you approach the 2000lb rating it definitely gets squirrely (personal experience). It's not the pulling power, but the stopping ability. I wouldn't think twice about a jetski, jon boat, or skiff, but I'd take great pause towing 2700lb boat outside the driveway. I'd go for the LJ with 3500lb towing capacity, or have a beater truck for that kind of towing.
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here's what u can expect from a tj.. it requires a little common sense, but easily achievable. ur looking at slightly over a cord of white ash(approx 3200lbs) & a 1000lb trailer. i'm currently running a tree service with just the jeep in my signature as a hauler. if u can drive, the jeep can work. of course, the proper supervision(boxer)is required..

a little side note: the tj pulls this trailer loaded like this through 2' of snow.. let's see those 'beater trucks doing that!
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I agree with Powder Monkey. The previous owners of my 2000 Tj, towed a pontoon boat from the house to the ramp, they said it wasn't a far trip (but who knows). when I installed my BBL I measured the springs and found they are sagged- in the front 1" on the left, 1.5" on the Rt. and 2"s of sagging on the rear springs. I would suggest getting heavy duty springs for what ever TJ you get (BDS and Savvy are good choices). just know that the tow capacities are 2000lbs for the SWB, and 3500lbs for the LJ. And get a tire with a strong side wall if you're going to exceed those limits. I've had trucks in the past and they do serve a purpose, but this TJ is way more fun to drive on and off road!
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There are pro's and con's with either choice. Its like choosing beteen an apple & an orange for most people but for me, choosing between a Silverado and a TJ ? It would be like choosing between having a root canal on a Saturday or a cold beer on a hot day.
I have had a 3 SILVERADOS over the past 17 years. One used 2 new. The last one I had was a 2007 that I gave my nephew and bought a 2005 TJ (in 2010). There is no comparison. It's like Dusty Rhodes says APPLES & ORANGES. I have my nephew who can lend me the pickup (or better yet haul for me). For hauling a small utility trailer 2000lbs loaded loaded is no problem. A 3000lb ski boat is. When you get older jumping up into the bed of a full size pick up isn't that easy. I would,t want a pickup at this point but I am sure you are a lot younger and have to decide. The other plus is the wife hasn't backed the JEEP into anything. Love my TJ(so does my nephew).
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Any pick up would be a better choice.

I have an F250 Super Duty Diesel, a Ranger Edge, a Rubicon and a Suzuki Samurai.

I'd sell one but they are tools and each has a purpose.

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