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Old 09-30-2011, 07:56 AM   #1
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Question pulling a trailer..

first off im new to the forum, and jeeps all together. ive always wanted a jeep, so i finally bought one! heres the deal tho, i got a good deal on it but its only a 4 cylinder.... it doesnt have a trailer hitch which i have to have because i have a little popup camper that we use two or three times a month. GVW on the camper is 2500lbs..... will the jeep pull it? where is the cheapest place to buy a hitch from?
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:15 AM   #2
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First what size tires do you have and did the owner regear it properly? And the towing weight from the factory is 2,000 pounds for the tj and 3,500 pounds for the LJ due to it's longer wheel base.

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Old 09-30-2011, 08:17 AM   #3
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First what size tires do you have and did the owner regear it properly? And the towing weight from the factory is 2,000 pounds for the tj and 3,500 pounds for the LJ due to it's longer wheel base.
It's got 33" on it... I don't think is was geared right, it stops pulling at like 65-70mph. About what gear should be in it?
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Doesn't matter what gear you use, you are already 1500# over the recommended weight on the vehicle. I tried pulling our 1200# Coleman with my 4 cyl. YJ, and first time I hit the brakes the camper pushed me right across the yellow line. From then on I use my TJ rubicon-it weighs a lot more than the YJ.
You 'may' be able to pull it, but you WON'T be able to STOP it!
A 2500# pop up is NOT a 'little' popup...
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:37 AM   #5
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Ok, I appreciate your help!
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:41 AM   #6
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Doesn't matter what gear you use, you are already 1500# over the recommended weight on the vehicle. I tried pulling our 1200# Coleman with my 4 cyl. YJ, and first time I hit the brakes the camper pushed me right across the yellow line. From then on I use my TJ rubicon-it weighs a lot more than the YJ.
You 'may' be able to pull it, but you WON'T be able to STOP it!
A 2500# pop up is NOT a 'little' popup...
I have trailer brakes on my popup... That may make a difference. I'll hook it up and give it pull around town and to the next exit and back... I'll just see how it feels. Worst case, I have a truck that I've been using... Just the jeeps seems like way more fun to take camping!
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I pull a popup with my 4.0, wouldn't want to try with the 4 banger... Mine is only 1300#, yours is a pretty heavy popup. The trailer brakes make it manageable, will need those..
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I have a 99 Jeep with the I6. Stock 3.07 gearing on 31".

I do allot of towing of sailboats. Even though the Jeep is rated for 2000lbs that is pushing it. I towed a 29' E-scow (total weight was close to 1900lbs) with it and managed 75mph on the freeway. Stopping wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but the Auto Trans temp was overheating. This was right before I installed my Auto Trans cooler.

If you are going to do any towing in the TJ with the Automatic then I strongly recommend a Auto Trans cooler.

Jerry has an excellent right up on the Derale Kit which is exactly what I installed 2 years ago.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/keep...er-110676.html

Another tip is make sure your tongue weight is correct. The short wheel base of the Jeep is very sensitive to it.
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The 4.0L is rated for 2000#. The 2.5L is only rated for 1000#.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:15 AM   #10
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Another tip is make sure your tongue weight is correct. The short wheel base of the Jeep is very sensitive to it.
That is good advice, having too little tongue weight is downright dangerous as it will make the trailer sway side to side. No less than 10% of the trailer's total loaded weight should be on the hitch ball as tongue weight.
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Having too much tounge weight is dangerous, also. Most popups are proportioned out with the right amount of tongue weight, just like a boat. I guess if you were hauling a boat with 400 pounds of beer, I mean fish, in a cooler, you would mind where you put it in the boat. No, I do not drink and boat because that is dangerous, it was for the drive home!
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Having too much tounge weight is dangerous, also. Most popups are proportioned out with the right amount of tongue weight, just like a boat. I guess if you were hauling a boat with 400 pounds of beer, I mean fish, in a cooler, you would mind where you put it in the boat. No, I do not drink and boat because that is dangerous, it was for the drive home!
Exactly. To much tongue weight will make the front of the jeep float around on the freeway.

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