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Old 05-23-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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Towing a 2005 Jeep Wrangler

Hi Guys,

I just bought a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, you can call it my new boy toy. The main reason I was looking at a Jeep Wrangler is because I was looking for a vehicle to tow behind my 38 Motorhome. Until now, I used my H2 Hummer as a toad, but this vehicle was too heavy to tow and I was looking at something lighter. Therefor the Jeep.
Now my Wrangler has a manual transmission and I have read so many different ways to prepare the jeep for toad. I have heard in 1st gear and transfer case in neutral, then someone said 5th gear. Unlocking the steering lock, disconnect the negative pole on the battery etc. I would like to know from someone who has a manual 2005 Jeep Wrangler, what the correct way is.
Thank you for all ya'lls help

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Old 05-23-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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Transfer case in Neutral, Manual in highest gear. Key in and on ACC position, that should unlock your steering lock. disconnect battery.

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Danny, I'd highly suggest also consulting your owners manual for your Jeep to verify any information. As rirrgang noted many Jeeps to require you to disconnect the battery unless you want to find it drained once you arrive at camp.
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No need to disconnect battery on a TJ.

First click forward on your ignition is steering wheel unlocked, no power to Jeep. Does not even register towed miles. I flat towed my 04 TJ for years behind the motorhome before I bought a car trailer.

There is a section in your owners manual specifically for "recreational towing". Transfer case in Neutral, tranny in gear.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:19 AM   #6
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I just flat towed the Jeep for the first time the other day.
- T-case in Nuetral
- Transmission in 5th
- key turned to the first click (no power on and no miles added up)


Towed super easy with zero issues.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:45 PM   #7
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Just flat towed my '04 Rubicon about 600 miles behind my pickup/camper. Used the Currie tow bar and TJ kit, a Readybrake and magnetic lights (which I also duct taped to the bumper - magnets didn't seem all that secure). Had zero problems. Did like the manual said - Tcase in N, trans in gear (I used 2nd - shouldn't matter near as I can tell), key in the unlocked position. BTW, if you go at the Readybrake website through ebay you get a better price - don't know why.
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The above advice is right on. T-case in Neutral, transmission in any forward gear (or Park if it's an automatic), and ignition switch unlocked which will allow the steering to follow your tow vehicle. The battery won't discharge without being disconnected any more than it would if you left it parked for the same # of days.
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The above advice is right on. T-case in Neutral, transmission in any forward gear (or Park if it's an automatic), and ignition switch unlocked which will allow the steering to follow your tow vehicle. The battery won't discharge without being disconnected any more than it would if you left it parked for the same # of days.

did this last summer with my 2002, and it worked like a champ.
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The above advice is right on. T-case in Neutral, transmission in any forward gear (or Park if it's an automatic), and ignition switch unlocked which will allow the steering to follow your tow vehicle. The battery won't discharge without being disconnected any more than it would if you left it parked for the same # of days.

This is exactly right. I tow mine all over the state like this. I usually put the tranny in 3rd. I doubt it matters what gear.
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Not doubting anyone but TC in Neutral when towed and stick shift in any gear. Why not put the stick shift in the middle neutral position in towing why in gear?
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Not doubting anyone but TC in Neutral when towed and stick shift in any gear. Why not put the stick shift in the middle neutral position in towing why in gear?
Because the transmission still spins and putting it in gear allows the lube to go through the transmission as if you were driving it
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Because the transmission still spins and putting it in gear allows the lube to go through the transmission as if you were driving it
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Well then enlighten us...
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Well then enlighten us...
If the transmission spins and it's in gear then the motor would have to spin.
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Manual in gear insures input end of transfer case does not spin any

Don't forget lights tail turn brake or you can get the harbor freight magnet stock on ones

Mine had an ultimate tow set up

Wired into jeep tail lights tow bar ready front bumper

Warnfull floater rear axle kit plus full size warn locking hubs all four wheels and cj rotors all 4 corners wit 5 on 5.5 wheels
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Here is what used for lights.
On sale for $75.
Tow Bar Wiring for 2005 Jeep TJ - TrailerMate TM781123
Plug and play. Uses the Jeep's tail and brake lights.
Works perfect and zero issues. I was also able to add a 4 flat tow harness just in case I wanted to tow something with my Jeep.
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I have been flat towing my 04 Rubicon for 9 years with no problems. Just like the others have said...transfer case in neutral; Transmission in 5th gear; key turned to the first position to unlock steering.

I have heard of owners of early JK's claiming that they need to disconnect the battery, not sure, but I can tell you with confidence that on the TJ there is no need to disconnect battery.

I also use the Currie set up on my Jeep, with an Roadmaster All-Terrain tow bar. The Currie "tow bar mount" is a clean set-up as it just mounts to the frame under the bumper...simple! Currie Enterprises CJ Axle Parts
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I have been flat towing my 04 Rubicon for 9 years with no problems. Just like the others have said...transfer case in neutral; Transmission in 5th gear; key turned to the first position to unlock steering. I have heard of owners of early JK's claiming that they need to disconnect the battery, not sure, but I can tell you with confidence that on the TJ there is no need to disconnect battery. I also use the Currie set up on my Jeep, with an Roadmaster All-Terrain tow bar. The Currie "tow bar mount" is a clean set-up as it just mounts to the frame under the bumper...simple! Currie Enterprises CJ Axle Parts
Same here but I use a smittybilt bumper and tow bar they sell. Hooks to d ring mounts. Why a battery came into play is ludicrous
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Getting the LJ set up for towing. Picked up an Even Brake setup to operate the Jeep brakes, and a Roadmaster All Terrain tow bar. Tow bar part is easy. But when the Jeep is electrically turned off with the key in the first position (unlocked column and no power), there is power to the auxiliary electrical outlets. This operates the Even Brake. However, for a long trip, the Jeep battery will eventually drain to keep the air compressor operating when needed. So, I'm planning to run an auxiliary power line to the Jeep, aside from the electrical for the lights. This will keep the Jeep battery charging all the time from the motorhome alternator. Anything special I would need to know? Wire size? Switching?

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