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Old 09-16-2009, 11:47 AM   #1
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Towing with a 06tj

What do you think about towing a uhaul trailer to Tucson arizona from Florida or should I tow it with a uhaul truck on a dolly

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Old 09-16-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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How big of trailer w/ what weight? I imagine mostly highway driving and mostly flat terrain wouldn't be too taxing on your Jeep.

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Old 09-16-2009, 12:10 PM   #3
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I was thinking a 5x8 trailor with just a bed room set, tv, and clothes.
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So long as the loaded trailer is 2000 lbs or under and you have 5-10% (no less than 5%!!) of the trailer's total weight sitting on the trailer hitch (tongue weight), you'll be fine. However, U-Haul won't rent trailers to Wranglers with a soft top so you'll probably have to find a different trailer rental company to rent from. If your TJ has a hardtop, no problem. Yes I know their policy is stupid but they won't back down from it.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:15 PM   #5
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I was thinking a 5x8 trailor with just a bed room set, tv, and clothes.
Will the Jeep make it? Yes.

Will it put miles on the Jeep? Yes.

Will the Jeep get crappy MPG's? - Yes, so will a U-haul towing a Jeep.

If it's my money, I'm towing w/ the Jeep.

I towed a 5x10 trailer w/ clothes, small electronics, and a Harley Davidson Sportster from Canton OH to Cape Coral FL through the WV/NC mountains and I made it. Yeah, my calf was sore due to the lack of cruise and I'd never been passed by so many semi-trucks going uphill in my life. A couple years later I made the move back, this time w/ a U-haul truck and my wife's Jeep Liberty in tow... it was hell. Towing w/ the Jeep was a lot less nerve racking than driving the huge underpowered U-haul w/ the Liberty in tow.

Edit: BTW - when I towed from OH-FL, it was w/ a 97 Wrangler SE 4cyl 5spd. I again say you should be fine, just keep your heads up and plenty of following distance.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:18 PM   #6
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So long as the loaded trailer is 2000 lbs or under and you have 5-10% (no less than 5%!!) of the trailer's total weight sitting on the trailer hitch (tongue weight), you'll be fine. However, U-Haul won't rent trailers to Wranglers with a soft top so you'll probably have to find a different trailer rental company to rent from. If your TJ has a hardtop, no problem. Yes I know their policy is stupid but they won't back down from it.
WHAT??? What's the logic in that???
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WHAT??? What's the logic in that???
Their policy is they won't rent trailers for convertibles. Even though the TJ has a rollbar and the hard top is not structural or protective in a rollbar, their policy doesn't make an exception for a Wrangler. They don't care because Wrangler owners are not a huge market for them.
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I don't think U-Haul will let you tow the 5'x8' behind the jeep. I could be wrong though.
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Yeah I had the same argument with them as you possibly had, but still they said no. Something about no soft top SUVs and ford explorers, I thought that deal was with the tires and not the ford explorer. So as far as towing a trailer goes it sounds like I souldn't have any problems then. thanks for the help.
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they said if i had a hard top on the jeep there would be no problem.
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Borrow someone's SUV, rent the trailer, switch at home.
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Borrow someone's SUV, rent the trailer, switch at home.
If he did that and had an accident, the insurance provided by U-Haul for their trailer wouldn't cover it.
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Ok, Don't kill the messenger! I am a U-haul dealer and Yall are all correct about the hard top thing. It drives me nuts too. and jerry is correct about the insurance.
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If he did that and had an accident, the insurance provided by U-Haul for their trailer wouldn't cover it.
Didn't think about that. Good point.

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