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Old 03-11-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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Towing rating for a 4.0 i6..

Hello to all... I am thinking about getting a 02 jeep wrangler 4.0 and I hzve a trailer that I tow for work. What is the max rating for the jeep? It is a manual trans. My trailer weighs about 3500 lbs. Thanks to all

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In my opinion, and I'm sure there are a few others that will agree, Jeeps should not be used for ANY serious towing. Maybe a lightweight trailer with a quad or waverunner, but a 3500# trailer with a load is way too heavy (no matter how many axles or brakes).

The problem is the length of the Jeep. You need wheelbase for stability. A Jeep really is not designed for towing.

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Weight of trailer and load should not exceed 2000lbs.
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x2 . . . I think that would even be pushing it if you had the LJ. Although the 4.0 probably wouldn't have a problem pulling the load, the TJ just isn't long enough to handle it.
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Is there any thing I can do to the jeep to handle the weight. I am using a 08 superduty which is over kill and I want something fun. The trailer 6x10 inclosed, single axle. I am carring a toolbax, about 65 gallons of oil, small Honda airpressor and 2 shelves of oil filters. I am guessing on the weight. I think the trailer says max load is 1000 lbs. I will have to check.
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You are probably getting better mpg's with your superduty then you will towing it with a jeep if that is of any concern to you.
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Is there any thing I can do to the jeep to handle the weight.
No, at least not short of adding 12" of wheelbase. The TJ's short wheelbase is a major reason it is only rated to tow 2000 lbs.

I used my wife's 4.7L V8 equipped Grand Cherokee to tow one of our boats that weighed 3500 lbs. and that was even pushing it on the twisty mountain roads we have to drive over to get to any lakes or rivers.
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not that i matters but most of the weight is over the axle of the trailer. i caculated and i may be around 2300-2500 lbs. i could take out about 100-150lbs. i figured the trailer is 860lbs, 460lbs in oil, 200 lbs for the tanks, 75lbs for the aircompressor, 40lbs for the floor jack, 150lbs for hoses and pumps, 75lbs for the tool box, and 200lbs for everything else. so that is 2060lbs. so i may beable to make it to 2000lbs. if i can will the jeep handle that. its mostly highway with some hills. thanks to all....
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I wouldnt think youd have a problem at 2000 pounds. I carried a 12x6 trailer with an old John Deere 314, and a polaris predator. The trailer and toys on it were prolly around 1400 pounds. Hauled it all the way to nebraska and back 500 miles each way. Didn't have problems, but 4th gear was my high way gear
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not that i matters but most of the weight is over the axle of the trailer. i caculated and i may be around 2300-2500 lbs. i could take out about 100-150lbs. i figured the trailer is 860lbs, 460lbs in oil, 200 lbs for the tanks, 75lbs for the aircompressor, 40lbs for the floor jack, 150lbs for hoses and pumps, 75lbs for the tool box, and 200lbs for everything else. so that is 2060lbs. so i may beable to make it to 2000lbs. if i can will the jeep handle that. its mostly highway with some hills. thanks to all....
As the others have metioned, the weight is not the issue. It's the wheelbase that is the concern. If you are at the line of 2000#'s and you only need to make a small trip and you do not plan to make this your daily occupation: sure, you can get away with it. The 4.0L has more than enough power to pull twice the load.

However, if you plan to tow this regularly, at highway speeds....not a great idea especially considering you have the right equipment. The load is right at the max. value so you are pushing the limitations of the vehicle, the brakes and your abilities to control it when you have a problem....

Simply put, it's not worth the risk and if you get into an accident and you are over the limit, you will be negligent.

Keep the Jeep reserved for non-occupational business and enjoy it!
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thank you all for your comments... here is what i decided to do. i am going to trade in my truck for a used cargo van and put my equipment in there. i am going to buy a 02 wrangler. that will still leave me about 20k in my pocket....
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that will still leave me about 20k in my pocket....
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