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Old 04-07-2010, 07:48 PM   #31
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Sometimes I pull my SX18 Mariah bowrider with my 4 banger from the storage to the boat ramp which is about a mile. I'm not sure what it weighs but I definitely can feel the load and I keep my distance from others. Just yesterday in fact I did it. At the ramp I put it on four low to pull it out and that's never a problem.
The scariest part is getting out of my Jeep to launch the boat. I cut the Jeep off and leave it in gear with the emergency brake on. The key is too get low enough so the boat is floating before unhooking it. I usually use my wife's Highlander but there are times I get the itch to go out and she's at work....like yesterday.

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Old 04-07-2010, 09:30 PM   #32
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Well, I think I have read enough comments that suggest a change of plan. My jeep is obviously not designed for that sort of job. I will probably give up the free boat, because I have not intention of changing my jeep. I have to answer to the guy that wrote about me being at my family funeral...I would never dream of bringing my wife and kids on a journey like that, and your comment was really inappropriate.

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Old 04-09-2010, 08:01 AM   #33
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Well, I think I have read enough comments that suggest a change of plan. My jeep is obviously not designed for that sort of job. I will probably give up the free boat, because I have not intention of changing my jeep.
Good choice Jetblue.

Your 4.0 will tug around more than 2000 lbs.



I had to use my Son's '99 TJ last year to bring the boat (4400 lbs + trailer) home. It was that or pay the local boat hauler $600 to bring it half a kilometer. When I turned onto our street, doing approx 1 MPH the boat almost shoved the Jeep into the ditch. I had no trailer brakes on this rig so all that weight even moving at such a slow speed just wanted to push the Jeep out of the way and keep going on its merry way!

If you were just shifting the boat around the Jeep is like a lil' tug boat. It'll get the job done just wouldn't take it anywhere near a highway. You can probably still keep your boat. There must be some guys around with an F350 that'll pull it for you. We had to do that for the first year we had our boat.
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:31 AM   #34
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I urge you guys to take caution even when pulling under limits. I towed my 5x10 utility trailer camping last week with total load of only about 1000 lbs. I hesitated too much on a yellow light until I an oncoming saw state trooper waiting to turn left. I locked her up & slide about 20 or more yards. My wife was embarrassed & the only running through my mind was "Damn I don't have ABS". My Jeep pulled the trailer like it wasn't even there, but it sure was noticeable under emergency conditions. Lesson learned for sure.
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Old 04-09-2010, 12:44 PM   #35
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Back when I was young and crazy,in the early 90's, I had a '92 YJ with the 4 banger.


I pulled a tandem axle trailer with a 20' Ranger bass boat with a 200 Merc........pretty damn heavy.

I was careful, and pulled that thing all over the place.

Down here, we have back down boat ramps.......most, you drive down, go around a circle to get pointed up, and then back your boat in.


Those got a little "hairy".....


The little Jeep would slide backwards, until the boat hit the water, then it would stop.....


Pulling the boat out, I just shifted into 4Lo, and eased up the ramp in first to the top, then strapped everything down, put her in 2, and hit the road.



The KEY is, PLENTY of stopping distance between you and the vehicles in front of you.......
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:30 PM   #36
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Has any one towed Jon boat with a 97 TJ?

I have a 16' lowe Jon boat on a single axel trailer would that be to heavy?

i have no idea how much it weighs

i got it last fall and haven't had a chance to go fishing in it this year .


(p.s.) i just got my TJ on 4-16-10
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:06 PM   #37
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:39 AM   #38
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Has any one towed Jon boat with a 97 TJ?

I have a 16' lowe Jon boat on a single axel trailer would that be to heavy?

i have no idea how much it weighs

i got it last fall and haven't had a chance to go fishing in it this year .


(p.s.) i just got my TJ on 4-16-10
That boat (unloaded) is just under 1,000lbs. And the trailer is probably less.
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Thanks

I wasn't sure what the trailer weighs I know the boat
doesn't weigh much and I don't use a outboard I will just
cautious and see how the jeep reacts to the tow.

Thanks again !
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:35 AM   #40
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Jeep 97 - You'll be fine pulling your Jon boat. I pull my 18' Pro Jet with my 97 SE, manual with 32's. It does well, until I hit a long PA hill.
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2008 Wrangler Unlimited X 4dr 2wd.

Just about to buy a 2008 Wrangler Unlimited X 4dr 2wd.... need advice on towing a light trailer and jon boat, and maybe a popup camper. Any advice is appreciated. I don't have 4wd so I know the slimy boat ramps could be a problem. I'm excited and want to hear from everybody!!!!!
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:16 PM   #42
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Air your rear tires up fully when on a slick algae covered launching ramp. That will, no matter how counter-intuitive it may seem, reduce the tire's footprint size so it can dig down more easily through the algae to the better traction below. I wish I had a dollar for each time I have launched and retrieved boats on slick launching ramps.

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