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Old 01-18-2011, 09:34 PM   #1
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Towing a U-haul trailer with a jeep?

I am moving from Richmond, VA to St. Louis, MO in a few days. My options are to rent the smallest U-haul truck or pull a U-haul trailer with my jeep. I wanted to get everyone's opinion's on which option. Renting a truck would obviously mean less wear on the jeep and there would be a fair amount of wasted space...but renting a trailer would be a lot less money.

The drive is all I-64 - but goes through West Virginia (mountains), Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.

Given the fact that the trailer is roughly the same size of the jeep itself - any thoughts or opinions? I have a stock 2003 Wrangler with a 6 cylinder engine.

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Old 01-18-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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if u dont overload the trailer you will most likely have the muscle but the short wheelbase could make things sketchy FAST..... i pull a small utility trailer and a small aluminum fishing boat... mabe 500lb loaded with my tj and the power is no problem but the sway sucks large.... wouldnt do it on the highway

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Your jeep is only rated to safely tow 2000lbs....that includes the weight of the trailer itself.

THE BIGGEST issues is...well...U-Haul has banned Jeep Wranglers from pulling any trailer. Due to an accident many years ago. U-haul refuses to allow the use of there equipment with Wranglers.

With the "issue" and the fact wrangler can't safely pull more than 2000lbs....My advice is a no brainer and use a truck.

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You can rent a Uhaul trailer, you just need a hard top. No soft tops. I've rented & pulled Uhaul trailers on a few occassions in recent years.

2000lbs is the towing capacity, with a 200lbs tongue weight. can't go over that, very dangerous.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:48 PM   #5
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What distorted said is true. Maybe get a big enough truck to load the Jeep inside.
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You can rent a Uhaul trailer, you just need a hard top. No soft tops. I've rented & pulled Uhaul trailers on a few occassions in recent years.

2000lbs is the towing capacity, with a 200lbs tongue weight. can't go over that, very dangerous.
Never been able to get a trailer even in my hardtop jeep. I've tried several different places and three different states. The trailer asked for was just a 4x8 or 5x8 sized utility trailer.

It's all legal issue on thier side and can't blame them.
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Never been able to get a trailer even in my hardtop jeep. I've tried several different places and three different states. The trailer asked for was just a 4x8 or 5x8 sized utility trailer.

It's all legal issue on thier side and can't blame them.


There was no U-Haul place in Maine that would rent me a trailer to tow with my Unlimited when I moved to Moab.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:08 PM   #8
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My Sport Trac has almost 7k pound towing capacity, and I can't rent a U-Haul trailer because her first name is Explorer. That sucks big time. I would probably rent a truck and tow the Jeep, though. Its probably gonna get windy on your trip, and that would suck with a short wheel base like the Wrangler has. I can't imagine your Jeep getting very good mileage with a trailer in the mountains. Probably a lot less than a half empty rental truck. If the truck breaks down they come fix it or get it fixed. You break your Jeep, and you're out some money and/or a ride for a while.
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:47 PM   #9
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Drive the Jeep and ship the stuff. Problem solved.
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Then there's the whole if you tow the Wrangler challenge.....Moving to WA from Cali, Penske would only rent a minimum of 16 foot truck with the car hauler to tow the YJ. Definitely keeps life interesting.

No problems renting utility trailers locally even with a soft top. Have not tried U-Haul, but then my local Cresco has superior equipment compared to the U-Haul chit.
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You guys are missing the point here.He is moving to St.Louis.He needs to know how much ammo the jeep can pull.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:28 PM   #12
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Yea problem with uhual is it depends on where you go. I used to go pick up tandem axle car haulers with my lj all the time. Doors off top off on 37s and never got hassled...

But if I were you I'd rent there smallest box van with a hitch (12-14 footer) and a car trailer (not a dolly) and tow the jeep. I used that setup once when my truck was down to go from il to mi and back to pickup a 67 tbird and parts and that setup does extremely well
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:43 PM   #13
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You guys are missing the point here.He is moving to St.Louis.He needs to know how much ammo the jeep can pull.

...... but anyways man if i was you i would play it safe and rent the truck. saving money is not worth dieing over. i live in indiana and it is home do bumb*** drivers out there. be safe spend the exra cash. good luck either way
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I am assuming you will be going through southern IN-Get the truck-it is hilly (not mountains but good rolling hills) and as mentioned some people don't pay attention when driving. Plus if it breaks they fix it..

One U-haul place in town will rent to me with my Jeep.
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Going through the same issues here with the uhaul fools, the want $300 to rent the small trailer (5x8) for my 800 mile move. Which of course I can't pick up in the Jeep but can pull. The trailer empty weighs 1000 pounds. I ended up buying a 4x8 stakebed for $200 that weighs 300 pounds empty. Just gotta move the tools a small mattress some clothes etc. I figure 5-600 pounds total. And the trailer is mine for future use. Just trying to figure out a good cheap way to enclose it for the run to Oregon.
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I have rented the small u haul trailers several times from different U-Haul shops. Only thing was it had to have the hard top, just did this about 8 months ago. But as for pulling one on the highway, don't do it. It isn't a issue with the ability of the Jeep to pull the trailer but the short wheel-base of the Jeep. Around town and maybe a short trip, you also have to remember that MAX speed is 55 mph. Better around 40-45. They get real squirrelly real fast.
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I have a aftermarket tow bar on mine that is rated for 3,000 pounds and a single axle trailer that has a box on it about 12' long, 3 1/2' wide and 3 1/2' tall. I use it for small hauling, usually, but have used it for moving heavy items (or packed full) three or four times at a distance of about 225 miles one way (4 banger, 5 speed, stock wheels, no lift). Trip was mostly flat/rolling hills.

Jeep had no problem with stability, but the trailer is narrower (you can see one of the Jeep brake lights while following) than the Jeep and it seems to actually help with air flow. When I drive there without the trailer, I get 18-22 mpg, depending on the wind. With the trailer I get 20-24 mpg and once got 26 with a fantastic tail wind of 20mph+. I keep my speed at around 60 mph, +/-.

I never went that far in the snow and wasn't in the mountains, so I cannot speak to that, but only downshifted a few times on some long, high degree hills. I'd say get the trailer if it is feasible, because mine did just fine. Might depend on how modified you are, as well. If I was higher in the air, I might have more of a problem.


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Never been able to get a trailer even in my hardtop jeep. I've tried several different places and three different states. The trailer asked for was just a 4x8 or 5x8 sized utility trailer.

It's all legal issue on thier side and can't blame them.
I've rented from two Uhaul's in Colorado without issue...but they always say hard top only, no soft top. They usually ask me about the homemade/Ebay bumper too, but haven't given me any issue about it.

FWIW, the new 4x7 flatbed with a drop down tailgate pulls nicely...I wish I could buy one!
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To bad you dont live closer.....Id sell you my enclosed trailer for a great price.
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Going through the same issues here with the uhaul fools, the want $300 to rent the small trailer (5x8) for my 800 mile move. Which of course I can't pick up in the Jeep but can pull. The trailer empty weighs 1000 pounds. I ended up buying a 4x8 stakebed for $200 that weighs 300 pounds empty. Just gotta move the tools a small mattress some clothes etc. I figure 5-600 pounds total. And the trailer is mine for future use. Just trying to figure out a good cheap way to enclose it for the run to Oregon.
That is another option. You can find cheap trailers on Craigslist that might cost a little more than renting one, but lot less than renting a truck and car trailer. You're still left with the pulling it with a Jeep issues, though.
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I know its a little late and you've already solved this, but back in november i got re-staiotioned in california, moving from connecticut. I have a 4 banger jeep, it was a 5x8 uhaul trailer, weighing roughly 900lbs, and i had 1500lbs of gear to move (i still have the weight slips if you dont believe me) I drove it from CT, up to Niagara Falls, had to sight see, drove it from there to Mt Rushmore, on to Yellow Stone, down through Las Vegas and on to california, and up in Rushmore had white out snow conditions. The jeep handled just fine. I pegged it at about 50 miles an hour up some of the hills, and has fully loaded 18 wheelers passing me sometimes, but it handled the load with pretty good ease. Only thing i did was put royal purple in it it before i left. Oh i also had the problem that they wouldn't let me "pick up" the trailer with my jeep since it was a soft top, and had liability issues with it, but that he had seen many soft top jeeps return trailers with no problems, so just pick it up with a friends truck :-) Hope that helps future movers.
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FWIW, I wouldn't rent anything from U-Haul. Friends and family who have have had nothing but bad experiences - poorly maintained equipment, BS fees, etc.

Depending on what you're moving, you could conceivably buy a trailer, move your stuff, and resell it when you get to your destination.

A TJ will tow 2k lbs (or more, since its drivetrain is identical to a LJ which rates at 3500).
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A TJ will tow 2k lbs (or more, since its drivetrain is identical to a LJ which rates at 3500).
The drive train is not the limiting factor in tow rating. It's the short wheel base. Which is why an LJ gets the 3500 rating.
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FWIW, I wouldn't rent anything from U-Haul. Friends and family who have have had nothing but bad experiences - poorly maintained equipment, BS fees, etc.

Depending on what you're moving, you could conceivably buy a trailer, move your stuff, and resell it when you get to your destination.

A TJ will tow 2k lbs (or more, since its drivetrain is identical to a LJ which rates at 3500).
my jeep has pulled a 10000 lb dually out of the mud but that doesn't mean i would tow it on the road. not that i even could in high range.

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