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Old 01-19-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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Towing my TJ

Hey guys I would like some input on how to tow my TJ...
I was planning on renting a trailer from UHaul and pulling it behind my dad's 2007 Ford Expedition. (putting the WHOLE entire jeep on trailer, (car trailer)).

Or I could rent one of the dolly trailers? Where half in on ground and half is off... I don't really want to do this theory due to the fact I have 35" tires and 3.73 gears... I don't know if this would be a problem when towing on just the back wheels, but I believe it is...

Which theory or any more theories would be appreciated.

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Old 01-19-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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Oh almost forgot, I will be making the trip to Athens, Alabama. About 9-10 hours with the Expedition going speed limit from where I'm at now.. Will it withstand this long of a trip if half off?

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Old 01-19-2010, 04:32 PM   #3
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Penke for example will tell you that a Wrangler even on 31x10.50x15's won't fit the car carrier trailers. I measured and checked and rolled her right on. Need to check the overall width and the inside width of the trailer. Really will help if the tow vehicle is set up to control trailer brakes. 4k for the Wrangler plus what 1-2k for the trailer = a decent load.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:35 PM   #4
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The biggest decision I have for towing on a full trailer is what happens if you bust a rear axle shaft on the trail? The half trailer would do you no good. 35s and 373s make no difference on half tow because the tcase will be in neutral.

If I had a choice I would pick full trailer every time.
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ok thanks guys
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:43 PM   #6
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Ok, just looked up the towing capacity for the Expedition it's 9100 lbs so I should be good with the full trailer.

Not sure if the TJ will be able to fit...

1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara with 4" Suspension and 1.25" BL, 35" tires... please varify?

http://www.uhaul.com/guide/index.asp...-autotransport
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:48 PM   #7
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Should fit.
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Old 01-19-2010, 04:53 PM   #8
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Ok. Thanks. They say I need to provide my own tie-down straps since I have over 30" diameter tires... Where would be a good place?
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:01 PM   #9
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sams club.

Sam's Club - Allied XLGripâ„¢ Ratchet Truck Tie Down - 2"x33'

15 bucks each is stupid cheap. I use 2 per axle and axle straps.



This is the type of axle straps I use.



2 in front like this. Same in the back.

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Old 01-19-2010, 05:03 PM   #10
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How much would my Jeep weigh? 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, 4.0L 4" suspension, 1.25" BL, and 35x12.50r15 tires and mickey thompson classic II rims...

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Old 01-19-2010, 05:04 PM   #11
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The ones in the back are criss-crossing right?
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"* Max load: 5,290 lbs."

Less than 5290 lbs.
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The ones in the back are criss-crossing right?
I criss crossed the back only because of where my stake pockets were. If you can run them straight back it would be better. After that trip I welded in some DRings that allowed me to run the straps to the back side of the trailer.

You aren't just trying to keep the jeep on the trailer to tow. You also need to think about accidents. If you run into someone it would be nice to keep the jeep from coming through the back of your excursion.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:09 PM   #14
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I saw that, wasn't sure though. lol thanks.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:10 PM   #15
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That is true. I will see what the uHaul trailers have to offer me.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:21 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the help Clifford.
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another vote for full trailer..when I had mine I used a few more tie downs as I don't want mine going anyplace. Think of it this way, your attaching the trailer to the jeep. Also I think u-hauls have surge brakes, so I think stopping time might be a bit longer. Also if they have more than one trailer there, check them out, look at the tires and over all condition. Is there a spare tire? If not get one or even two.
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I put my TJ with 31x10.5's on a UHaul trailer. You must tow all 4 wheels. Do yourself a favor and tow it with an empty gas tank to eliminate some weight.
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If 100 pounds is the limiting factor I'd say you shouldn't tow it.
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Is there a spare tire? If not get one or even two.
+2 on that... It happened to me, thanks God I had two
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Oh yeah, my dad and I towed my old atv with my grandpa's trailer and we looked behind us and one side was tilting, pulled over, tire was flat.. Good thing we had a spare.

Pretty sure I'm going to ask if they have spare tires that come with trailer..
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Pretty sure I'm going to ask if they have spare tires that come with trailer..
I doubt they'll give you a spare tire because they don't want you changing it. They'll tell you to call their toll-free number if you get a flat so they can send you roadside assistance or something like that.
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The jeep will fit on a uhaul "transport" trailer as they call it. You will need to use your own straps.

I run 33x12.5 on wheels with only 3.25 backspace...fit just fine. I was dumb and forgot my good straps in Kansas..(jeep was in MO) So I aired the front down to 3psi. The straps on the trail fit then. Then I went and bought a couple straps and strapped down the axles.

The trailers have a 4pin plug and surge brakes on them. Not my cup of tea but it pulled just fine and was only $119 rental fee.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:29 AM   #24
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Yeah I love how cheap they are.. I see trailers worth like 2-3k $ I don't have that money for a trailer lol.

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