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Old 08-04-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Pulling a Small Travel Trailer or Pop Up

I'm thinking of purchasing a smaller boxy type travel tralier or pop-up type and hauling it with my 04 TJ Rubicon.

The rubicon was purchased with a heavy duty rear bumper that looks to be Class II. The towing specs in the manual are standard, in as such, that it states Gross Wt. 3500 lbs. (With the Unlimited Model) 2000 lbs. with all others and 8100 lbs. max (Unlimted Model) and 6250 lbs. all others with a Class II hitch.

My Rubicon is not an unlimted model.

I have a chance to purchase an 18 foot, double axle, box like travel trailer.

The Jeep manuals specs of towing do not recommend pulling boxy type trailers with the Jeep.

Good Idea? Bad Idea? Anyone out there have any suggestions or experience with this?

Also, have been looking at smaller pop-up type campers but, do like the idea of the travel trailer over a pop-up.

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Old 08-04-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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the most your TJ Rubicon can tow is 2000lbs total, with up to 200lbs tongue weight.

an 18 ft double axle travel trailer is way too big. that's a job for at least a 1/2 ton truck.

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Old 08-04-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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the most your TJ Rubicon can tow is 2000lbs total, with up to 200lbs tongue weight.

an 18 ft double axle travel trailer is way too big. that's a job for at least a 1/2 ton truck.
X2. A small pop-up tent trailer is as big as I'd go which is what I tow behind my TJ on a nearly monthly basis.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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I tow a jayco 806 which is the smallest jayco makes with my 99 4.0 liter. It pulls it easily and actually rides quite nice it's a 5speed and don't think I have to downshift any more often with it than without it. I just pulled it 600 miles one way and back last month. I don't think I would try a box type trailer I could hardly imagine how much more the wind would push you around with one but I think you could easily go with a little bigger popup than I have my dry weight was 1500 and I'm sure I pack 350+lbs into it so I would feel ok to go over 2000 lbs a little bit it this mines about 8ft long 10-12ft be ok
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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Stick with a popup I tow one no prob with a 99 4.0 liter 5speed mines an 8ft dry weight is 1500 so I think a 10-12 ft would be fine too
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:31 PM   #6
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Any idea how much ric of firewood weighs only have a 10mile trip fills trailer that's 2/5/8 would have to put in 4 wheel for 45degree hill going in to cabin thinking shouldn't b a problem right?
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A cord of wood can weigh anywhere from the upper 3,000 to low 4000 lbs which is too much for a Wrangler... if that's what you meant by "ric of firewood".
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #9
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Thanks Jerry a ric is 1/4 of a cord of wood so at most i guess 1000lbs
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You may want to look into a tear drop trailer. We saw a really nice one this summer that had been pulled by a JK 2 door. Give them a google. Camp inn trailers. We are seriously considering one . They are very nice rigs.
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You may want to look into a tear drop trailer. We saw a really nice one this summer that had been pulled by a JK 2 door. Give them a google. Camp inn trailers. We are seriously considering one . They are very nice rigs.

Or, you can build one. Teardrops n Tiny Travel Trailers

Here's mine, almost complete after several pauses along the way: Retro-Kamper I opted to build a "tiny travel trailer" instead of a teardrop, but they are both cool for different reasons. That site also has a forum dedicated to offroad designs. (Mine was started before I got my Jeep).
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I have towed a 4 door Pontiac Grand Prix from Indianapolis IN to Nashville, tn in my 2005 tj with 0 problems. The car was on a dolly. I have also towed a 3000lb boat 175 miles with it. The drive train is built to tow up to 5000lbs, it's the short wheel base that restricts that due to stopping ability.. 18' box, I wouldn't tow. Popup camper, yes! 16' duel axle flatbed trailer yes. Just tow smart. Know your limitations, and when towing always leave 2x more room than you think you will need..
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I drive a 99 TJ 4.0 with automatic trans. I've been pulling my Coleman 10' pop-up with it for 9 years now. The electric trailer brakes on it are a definite plus. My TJ pulls it along very nicely, and I have not ever had any problem with side wind making it sway, but I'm sure a box type trailer would definitely catch more wind. I'd listen to what Jerry says, and not pull anything bigger than that. There's no reason to risk damage to your jeep or yourself.
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I just pulled an 8 foot pop up with my wife, 3 year old son and our 3 year old Boxer 400 miles round trip with our TJ. In fact we just unpacked and settled in. I think 10' would be doable, but I certainly would not want to go larger than that. In my 97 owners manual it has a picture depicting yes to pop ups, and no to any other kind of camper. I think it has to do with side to side sway with the wind. At highway speeds we were ok. 75 mph was groovy, 80 the darn thing was walking right and left. Needless to say we stayed at 5 over or 75 mph.
I also got electric brakes on the camper and wired in a booster. This made the steep grades very easy.
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