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Old 01-28-2007, 07:14 PM   #1
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Question Towing Help

Ok Everyone. In my infinite wisdom I bought my Jeep without paying much attention to whether or not it would tow my boat. I know the towing capacity is 2000 lbs max, and my boat and trailer weighs 1475 lbs. My question is will the Jeep tow my package safely and how will I be able to know for sure. I am not sure of what the tongue weight is nor do i know where to find out that info. Any help will be greatly apprciated becuae at this point I might be having to sell the boat due to lack of tow vehicle..
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I think you can tow it okay. The problem with the short wheelbase jeeps is stopping safely with the added weight behind it. If you take this into consideration, and drive accordingly, you should be okay.

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Ok Everyone. In my infinite wisdom I bought my Jeep without paying much attention to whether or not it would tow my boat. I know the towing capacity is 2000 lbs max, and my boat and trailer weighs 1475 lbs. My question is will the Jeep tow my package safely and how will I be able to know for sure. I am not sure of what the tongue weight is nor do i know where to find out that info. Any help will be greatly apprciated becuae at this point I might be having to sell the boat due to lack of tow vehicle..
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the biggest problem with towing anything with a jeep is stopping. the stcok brakes are barely able to handle the vehicle as-is ... much less with dead weight on the back or oversized tires. i have towed with my jeep and it didnt stop ... the fronts locked up but the jeep kept skidding (~4000 lbs of payload... was an emergency situation). also, the wheelbase isnt ideal for towing. payloads longer than the wheelbase of a lightweight vehicle have a tendency to fishtail badly ... again, this is something i have experienced with loads as light as 1000 lbs.

my advice is to get a tow rig with decent wheelbase and decent payload. you dont want to lose control of a vehicle when you have dead weight attached to it.
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We've towed with Jeeps for years without any problem and we've towed loads exceding what you have.
The max towing weight and tongue weight are generally conservative nubers to keep the manufacturers liability down.
As long as the trailer is loaded properly and you leave excess space for stopping you shouldn't have a problem but the only way to know for sure is to try it and see if you feel comfortable with it.
BTW, if you can pick up the tongue of your trailer by hand your tongue weight should be fine.
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Sell the boat and get a jet ski.
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Does the boat trailer have brakes? If not perhaps a new trailer with brakes may be the solution.
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Sell the boat and get a jet ski.
That was going to be my response We pull our 2 without a problem
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I'm pulling my 21 foot Yamaha weighing about 3200 lbs unloaded with my LJ. The LJ has a 3500 lb rating. The Yamaha's trailer has surge brakes and that helps a lot. I only have to tow it 15 minutes to the launch ramp. If I had to do freeway I wouldn't do it. It's just too much of a strain.
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As long as the trailer is loaded properly and you leave excess space for stopping you shouldn't have a problem but the only way to know for sure is to try it and see if you feel comfortable with it.
BTW, if you can pick up the tongue of your trailer by hand your tongue weight should be fine.
I agree completely. It's all about your comfort level.
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i tow a 1500-1600 lb. tent trailer with my tj. no problems.
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That you set the boat up to have sufficient tongue weight is crucial. It needs an absolutely minimum of 10% and a maximum of 15% of the boat and trailer's total loaded weight on the tongue. So for that rig, I'd go at least 200 lbs. on the tongue since you'll probably load it up with gas and gear so it'll be close to 2,000 lbs.. That's going to cause your headlights to light up the sky so if you drive at night, you should think about some airbags in the rear of your TJ to level it out which will improve handling and braking too.

Not having sufficient tongue weight will cause the trailer to sway, perhaps viciously, which can take control of your TJ and cause a serious accident. Something akin to "the tail wagging the dog".
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I have a question to add onto this thread....I am new to the Jeep world and I have a 2005 Wrangler with a 4" lift and Pro Comp Xterrain 33x12.5R15 tires. The towing Cap. says its 2000 lbs. but I have a boat that is 18ft and wieghs 2400lbs with trailer. What are my options if any, or any suggestions? I use the boat quite often and want to know if I should even try to tow it with the Jeep.
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I might think about occasionally towing that boat short distances but I wouldn't take it on long highway trips. The TJ's very short wheelbase is the problem, a heavy trailer can just take over and cause a world of hurt. Again, that "tail wagging the dog" description is very apt for this.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:57 AM   #14
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I don't know much about tongue weight or how to set the trailer/boat for it. I still gotta get either a hitch or new bumper with the hitch built in for more strength. It sucks becuase I really like the jeep. I just shoulda put a bit more thought into the deal before I jumped in with both feet. In the long run I might end up having to borrow my dads truck until I can get a sufficient tow vehicle, because i would rather be safe than sorry. Thanks everyone for the help. Of course i could always buy the new JK and solve all my problems..LOL wheres that 30 grand I had laying around
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Tongue weight simply means how much the tongue of your trailer weighs when hooked to your trailer.
You can use your bathroom scale to check your tongue weight if it goes to 300 or better.
I doubt you'd need to adjust the tongue weight but if you do just move the front anchor point(where the bow of the boat ties up) forward to increase, or rearward to decrease tongue weight.
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Or if there is enough heavy gear inside the boat, just move it up to the bow during towing to get enough weight on the tongue. As suggested above, use a bathroom scale and just make sure you have 10% of the total weight of the boat, trailer, and gear on the tongue. So if the total is 2,000 lbs, get at least 200 lbs. onto that bathroom scale. To make lifting the tongue up easier, have somone stand on the rear of the boat or trailer temporarily.
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Old 01-31-2007, 04:07 PM   #17
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Thanks for the help. Now i just gotta do some weighing and measuring.

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