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Old 05-31-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Question on towing boat

I have a 05 tj, 4.0. We are looking at a 24 pontoon boat, will exceed the 2000lb. mark. Can I tow it only a couple of miles from the storage facility and then safely back it down and pull the boat back up the boat ramp? I dont need my jeep in the lake.

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Old 05-31-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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use 4 low on the ramp, if you do it

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Old 05-31-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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Can you do it? I would say yes from personal experience. Should you do it? I would say no. Standard or auto? I've pulled my bowfishing rig several miles in a bind when my truck was down, it out weighs a pontoon boat by a lot, but I didn't like doing it. Stopping is the biggest problem, takes off and pulls fine. Wouldn't want it to be the regular tow vehicle for a boat that size. Have pulled my mother-in-laws 24 foot pontoon boat with my truck and the wind load is tremendous. Braking and a short wheel base are your enemy when towing with a TJ.

Also try to find a ramp that isn't so steep as momentum backing in the water is hard to overcome on a wet ramp with the TJ.
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What about a 18ft bass boat with my 2.5?
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:16 PM   #5
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What about a 18ft bass boat with my 2.5?
Negative! I have a 17 footer with an outboard that weighs over 370lbs alone. I don't know the total weight of the boat and trailer but there is no way I'd
pull it with any of my Jeeps! I pull it with a 06 Frontier that strains on hills but stopping is the real towing issue with TJs, not to mention cross winds.
An 18 foot boat is too much for a TJ IMO.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:23 PM   #6
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What is y'all thoughts on a procraft 16 bass with a 90hp on.back. boat is fiberglass.

I.have 4.0L with manual.

I.have drove boat around but haven't tried backing down ramp yet.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:31 PM   #7
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as stated previously: If you are properly geared..TOWING isn't the issue, STOPPING is....

a short jeep will jacknife so quickly even the most experienced can't power out of it.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:33 PM   #8
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It's a weight thing, not a boat size thing. Fiberglass boats tend to be heavy, do you know the total weight of your loaded boat and trailer?

One thing to keep in mind guys, make sure your trailer has enough tongue weight resting on the hitch ball. If your loaded boat and trailer weigh 2,000 lbs., you need no less than 200 lbs. (10%) of that weight resting on the hitch ball. Less than that and the trailer will sway once you get near or at highways speeds. That swaying can become vicious, enough to throw you out of control and cause an accident. Insufficient tongue weight has caused a lot of accidents and a lot of nervous drivers who had no idea why their trailer was swaying at higher speeds.
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I drove the boat about an hour one day. Stop and go. Down highways. I'm comfortable with that. I'm just nervous to use on ramp. Want to make sure I don't get my jeep in lake. Can pull boat out.

I.don't know weight of everything together.
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I'm about 1.2 miles from the ramp. No stop lights or anything. I don't know the total weight of the boat. I do know it's on heavy sob. Lol
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:38 AM   #11
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I have a 2000 jeep wrangler sport with the 4.0 L it has 33 inch tires with a 6 inch lift and plan on towing a 20 foot boat at 1256 pounds. I will only be towing it to the lake that is a round trip of 6 miles I will only be on surface streets doing no more than 40 mph. I will get a tralier break for it. Is it possible?
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:15 AM   #12
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As people said here, the issue is that your wheel base is so small that if you get into trouble you probably wont react quick enough.

I've pulled up to about 4800 pounds with mine. Obviously not a good idea, but it was a short distance. No problem getting it going, not easy stopping it.

If you comfortable with a trailer, your boat will be no problem over a few miles. As was said, no reason not to use 4L on the ramp just in case.
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Like mentioned, use 4lo on the ramp....especially backing down. That keeps the front wheels from locking up on the slick ramp when you apply the brakes. Ask me how I know! lol

Towing anything over towing capacity with a Wrangler sucks, and is dangerous. Most boats and trailers are longer than the Jeep which makes it worse.

But, If you live close to the launch, do not exceed 30 mph or so, and use 4lo when launching/retrieving, it can be done without endangering the general public.

I live one block away from the launch and have launched my old 18' boat dozens of times with the Jeep. Our newer old boat is over 20' with a V8. I had use the Jeep one weekend to launch it when my pickup's water pump went out. That was interesting, but it worked!


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Old 02-06-2012, 03:42 PM   #14
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As everyone is stating going is not the problem, stopping is. I used to work for a polaris dealer when I was younger and I had to move dispays from the back to the field up front next to the shop. We had a 40' Al. Flatbed trailer and it had 3 different 4 wheelers on it and a "docking station" on its own trailer. (Docking station was a crazy U shaped thing that you could put 4 people in and dock your water craft. Kinda use the water craft to get you and your friend where you want to go, drop anchor and then undock the water craft, 2 people go play while the other 2 relax on the docking station.) I moved that with a little 250CC trail boss 4 wheeler from the back to the front everyday. That little bitty motor would pull all that weight, somewhere in the neighborhood of 3700 lbs, just fine but it was always a challange because it was uphill going to the front but downhill coming back. If I went faster than a crawl there was no turning and forget stopping until you hit something. Just cause you can get it moving doesn't mean you can stop it or control it.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:04 PM   #15
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I have a 24 foot pontoon boat and a 14 foot wave runner. We use the jeep all the time for the wave runner but I would never tow the pontoon with the Jeep.

It can probably pull it, but would never be stable.

A 24 foot toon weighs closer to 3,000 lbs loaded and sways in the wind a lot. With the short wheel base, and jeep brakes, I would not trust it.

Now, I do use my (and don't laugh) 2007 Pacifica to tow the Pontoon and it works great. A lot more hp, longer wheel base, load leveling suspension, and bigger brakes.
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I pull my 19' Grady White. Approx. 3000# w/ my 2000 Sahara manual in stop & go traffic. Trailer has good tongue weight and pulls fine. Stops OK but you need a little extra room. A panic stop would be messy. No trouble on the ramp in 2wd high. Pulled same rig once w/ a 4cyl Cherokee 2wd. Not enough power, not enough tongue weight(then), didn't think i'd ever get it stopped. Slid down the ramp until the boat floated. Her sitting beside me screaming "we're going in" wasn't helping either.
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I only tow my 2 sleds with wrangler. Even that gets "weird" when stopping. Wouldn't even think of towing my 18ft bayliner more than a cpl miles. Thats what the Commander's
"hemi" is for!!
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I'd say go for it. If it works, great. If not, we get another Chadwick thread.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:22 AM   #19
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I'd say go for it. If it works, great. If not, we get another Chadwick thread.
Lol =D
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I have a 5spd '04 Rubicon i tow a 21 footer often i have no complaints tows it better then everyone expect it to and even on the most slippery ramps, I just smoothly release the clutch (on 4LO) and it crawls right out. I will say tho i did upgrade the braking components, because down shifting and braking early was okay but i did not want to get caught by surprise one day and not be able to stop.


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I've been towing boats that size since 1973 and that's a dangerous combination.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #22
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I tow this all over with the 06 LJ. I do have surge brakes on the tailer and will say that without them it would be a bad idea to tow in most traffic conditions. The boat weighs around 3k lbs. The LJ is rated at 3500 lbs.


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Got in a bind the other day and found myself dragging a 22' Boston Whaler. An older rig. Probably close to 4k # and no trailer brakes. Just a couple of miles over flat ground. Wasn't as squirelly as I thought. Kept my speed down and some extra stopping room. Made it there no problem. Having the right trailer setup tongue weight wise is the key. If you're tongue is light rear wheel traction is gone and stopping power goes with it. On the ramp used 4 lo and didn't know it was back there.
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Can it be done. Yes if your really careful. Is it safe Most likely not.

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