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Old 05-01-2008, 10:44 AM   #1
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Largest thing towed?

I know jeeps are not know for their towing capabilities, but what have you pulled? Other than stumps! I plan on using mine for a 17 ft center console boat, which I know will be fine. Just curious.

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an 18ft boat for me. I moved it about 20ft. as long as that CC is under 3k you should be fine. i regularly tow a few hundred lb waverunner around and thats it. I leave the towing duties to my hemi truck.

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The TJ's short wheelbase make it dicey for towing anything much over 2,000 lbs. which is the TJ's max weight it is rated to tow. Only the Unlimited has more than a 2,000 lb. capacity, the LJ's max is 3500 lbs. What's your boat weigh? As a long-term boater (5-6 boats over the years), I'd guess that 17' center console boat of yours is well over 2,000 lbs.
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stumps are pretty tough to pull out to.
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I towed a broken down dodge 2500 with a tow strap about 2 miles.
With a 4 banger!
It worked but not very well on a hills. I couldn't go more than 30mph, not that I wanted to with just a tow strap.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:02 PM   #6
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Its a Mako 17, 1500 lbs dry, 375 lb merc 115, alum trailer ??lbs. I've towed it back and for to the boat launch with my dads 91. It did ok, but certainly not up for interstate speeds, a little bouncy.
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That should be fine then. Just make sure you load the boat or position it on the trailer so there's enough tongue weight on the hitch, at least 200 lbs. which is approx. 10% of its total weight. Insufficient tongue weight, less than 10% of the boat & trailer's total weight, will cause the boat trailer to sway once you get up to (or nearly up to) highway speeds.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:35 PM   #8
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We have a Regal Bowrider that weights about 5000 lbs, I use the TJ to tow it around the block after washing it (saltwater here). The Jeep towes it fine power wise, the problem is the tounge weight and the brakes, even with surge brakes the little TJ has a problem stopping because of the boats weight.



This is what I usually tow the boat around with.
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That should be fine then. Just make sure you load the boat or position it on the trailer so there's enough tongue weight on the hitch, at least 200 lbs. which is approx. 10% of its total weight. Insufficient tongue weight, less than 10% of the boat & trailer's total weight, will cause the boat trailer to sway once you get up to (or nearly up to) highway speeds.
EDIT: Oh wait, is that weight you described just for the boat and motor and not for everything including the trailer? If that didn't include the trailer and all the gear, I'd be wary as it's gonna be well over that 2,000 lb. tow limit.
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i will tow my CJ which is about 2200, but i only go for about 5 or 6 miles to get to the dirt raods, hopefully it does it well
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I towed a 92 Jeep Grand Wangner for a freind. Then I had to help he fix it.
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I have a fleetwood E1 popup that weights about 3200 lbs. loaded with what we need. My 04 Rubicon pulls it just fine. I had a brake controller installed and use a sway controller which really has helped. If I could change anything I would go with the Hemi conversion from AEV, I think that would help yank that through the mountain passes.
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Most I've ever towed was a 16ft rowboat with a 25hp Evinrude on it. Towed it about 20 miles to go muskie fishing, it faired alright.
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I have a fleetwood E1 popup that weights about 3200 lbs. loaded with what we need. My 04 Rubicon pulls it just fine.
Sure your Rubicon pulls it just fine, that ability has never been doubted since the same engine, brakes, and drivetrain is used in a Cherokee etc. that has a 5000 lb. towing capacity. It's when you get into an emergency other other unexpected maneuver where that much weight behind your short-wheelbased Rubicon will quickly teach you the meaning of "the tail wagging the dog". Your TJ can tow that much weight, certainly, but it doesn't have enough wheelbase to safely control that trailer during an unexpected emergency maneuver.
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I hauled a load of large women around one time!
That sounds like a bad thing.
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I hauled a load of large women around one time!
You be careful! The jeep's payload is far less than what can be towed. Haul them one at a time to be safe.
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You be careful! The jeep's payload is far less than what can be towed. Haul them one at a time to be safe.
haha that almost made my drink come out my nose!!
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You be careful! The jeep's payload is far less than what can be towed. Haul them one at a time to be safe.
Either that or put them on the trailer
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with my old TJ i often towed my parents formula 311 sr1 offshore boat, it had a weight of 9500 lbs incl. the trailer.
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I've never had any trouble stopping my TJ when towing this trailer. With the brakes on the trailer and the anti-sway controller I don't get a lot of fishtailing. Then again I don't drive it so fast that I can't control the damn thing.
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haha that almost made my drink come out my nose!!
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I pulled a trailer with a bundle (16) of Rail Road cross ties. Each tie weighs an average of 300# totaling 4800# plus the trailer, so well over 5000#. all with a 4 banger on 33's. I do have 4.88 gears however.


Aside from that I move a 24 foot pontoon boat regularly.
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I've never had any trouble stopping my TJ when towing this trailer. With the brakes on the trailer and the anti-sway controller I don't get a lot of fishtailing. Then again I don't drive it so fast that I can't control the damn thing.
That type of tent trailer is sweet.
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Hooked up to the 17ft Mako today, just to drag out of the yard, took it around the block. Seems ok to me. Obviously, not gonna go 70 down the freeway, but back and for to the boat launch will be fine. And they pull boats out of the water so well!
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i tow my 21ft paramount with a 225 evinrude with a continental aluminum trailer. It pulls it fine, power is not an issue or brakes. I dont take it over 55 though and tow it every weekend, im actually towing it today to do some spearfishing. Right my jeep has a 4 inch lift with high steerkit and 38 swampers, 4.88 gears. I know the hull wieghts around 1800 lbs. so trailer and motor will add up more than the recommended max cap. But my jeep seems to tow it fine and certainly not sluggish or any lack of power. Brakes are good too but not perfect, maybe due to the disk brakes in the rear from the 8.8 swap. But i think the tj,s with the 4.0 can certainly pull more than 2000 comfortably for i have 3 friends with tj,s and they all tow(when geared correctly). So far the short wheel base has not been an issue for me yet, but i dont go any faster and 55 cause i dont want to find out.
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I pulled two pallets of sod this weekend, normally have a truck to pull all my boat and traliers and other crap, but since the tj is my main vehicle right now, its having to pick up some of the duties, pulled the sod ok, but boy was I hating my 3.07's and 33's.
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You guys towing those excessively heavy loads obviously won't have problems with that much weight until you finally have "that" problem... like you might get away without wearing a seatbelt for years... "Hey I don't wear a seatbelt and I've never gotten hurt".... until someone ahead of you slams into you doing 70 mph. THEN you have a problem. The SWB isn't a problem until you need to make that emergency maneuver you haven't had to make so far, THEN it's a problem.

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