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Old 05-21-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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jeep towing a 18ft bass boat 90 hp motor

would my jeep be able to tow a 18 foot bass boat with 90 hp motor a 1997 jeep wrangler with out pulling my jeep in the water while pulling it up the boat launch

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Old 05-21-2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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What's the total weight of trailer and boat? 2000lbs is max.

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Old 05-21-2011, 10:36 PM   #3
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its about that 2000
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Old 05-21-2011, 11:16 PM   #4
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if boat and trailor are bout 2000 pounds your good
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Put it in 4wd when you back down the ramp. If the ramp is slick, in 2wd your front wheels may lock up and the boat will drag you down to the water.

I have towed my boat a couple blocks to the water when my pickup was down. 35 mph max. The Jeep has plenty of power to do it, but the short wheelbase and weak brakes makes it a terrible tow rig.
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We just took our old 17 footer to the lake today. Jeep pulled it just fine.
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It can be done. But you will find a lot of guys here that have "tow rigs". Me included. I have a 07 jeep commander v8 that does all the towing. I haven't ever towed anything with my tj.
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A TJ is not a competent tow rig. However it can be done for short distances with a light load.

You know all the bs about braking real early and taking it grandma easy... Well heed that warning when towing with a TJ.
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A TJ is not a competent tow rig. However it can be done for short distances with a light load.

You know all the bs about braking real early and taking it grandma easy... Well heed that warning when towing with a TJ.
Indeed! Pulling the weight is not the issue, stopping it is!!
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:15 AM   #10
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Indeed! Pulling the weight is not the issue, stopping it is!!
100%! I locked up & damn near skidded straight through an entire intersection towing a 5x10 with way less than 2000lbs. Granted, only reason I tried to stop was because the light had turned yellow & a cop was at the intersection, but regardless I limited control.
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why do wrangler breaks fail so much?
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Old 05-22-2011, 07:25 AM   #12
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why do wrangler breaks fail so much?
i wouldn't say they fail frequently. failure implies not being able to stop at all. they're just too small & have a few design flaws that make them suck.
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:59 PM   #13
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why do wrangler breaks fail so much?
Wrangler brakes (not "breaks") don't fail any more than any other type of good quality brake does. What makes you think they do?
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Wrangler brakes (not "breaks") don't fail any more than any other type of good quality brake does. What makes you think they do?
Just need quality brakes. Go with black magic pads and centric rotors and the jeep will stop.
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lol sorry I meant "brakes" I just wrote that real fast and left. I don't think they're bad but everyone was just saying braking is the issue with towing. Just curious if it was a jeep defect for something. Thanks!
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to reitierate what others have said pay a lot of attention when braking.

I would check the weight again on our boat, motor, trailer, and supplies.

I have a 16 foot procraft bass boat made of fiberglass with a mercury 90hp on back and with everything it is over 2000 lbs. So if your boat if fiberglass i bet it is as well. I dont have trouble getting up to speed with it but stoping is planned in advanced. one thing that may help, and that i am in process of doing, is addign brakes to your trailer. look into that.
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My dad's 97 dynasty Elanti 170 (17') boat with a Merc 140 inboard/outboard weighs under 2000 lbs on the trailer.
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I have a 17ft bomber bass boat with 125 hp and the jeep does fine pulling it plenty of power. Brakeing is the issue but I have made trips as far as 250 miles with it. Just get good brake upgrades and dont drive crazy and you will be fine. If you can afford a tow vehicle get one if not the tj is fine.
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lol sorry I meant "brakes" I just wrote that real fast and left. I don't think they're bad but everyone was just saying braking is the issue with towing. Just curious if it was a jeep defect for something. Thanks!

It's not that the brakes dont work, it's a lightweight very short vehicle and trying to come to a quick stop with 2000 pounds behind it will push it. I was towing a 16ft trailer and 2 small 4 wheelers and had to slam on the brakes one time, the brakes locked up but the jeep kept sliding forward.
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Curb weight of a TJ is about 3100lbs. As other have mentioned, it's not the brakes, but weight & short wheel base. 2000lbs is max & anything over that is going to be tail wagging the dog.
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Curb weight of a TJ is about 3100lbs. As other have mentioned, it's not the brakes, but weight & short wheel base. 2000lbs is max & anything over that is going to be tail wagging the dog.
Yea, not to mention cross winds! I have a 17' Triumph deep V with a 70hp outboard, I used to pull it with my ZJ. It would push that thing down the road every time I hit a bump, braking distance was greatly reduced as well. I don't know what it weighs but there is no way I'd attempt to pull it with my TJ or LJ. Both of those are bad enough alone when it's windy!

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