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Old 03-31-2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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Towing with bumper hitches...

I've got a 17.5 ft center console boat.. and I'm wanting to get a rear bumper with a hitch reciever.. not for long towing, just a few miles at most..
Any guidance or input on these bumpers and light towing?

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How much does the boat and trailer weigh together? Also what would you be pulling it with?

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Old 03-31-2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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Your going to want a beef bumper with solid frame tie ins.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
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i saw a boat pass a jeep that had been previously towing it! Don't skimp on a good hitch.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:17 AM   #5
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Any guidance or input on these bumpers and light towing?
Remember that 4.0L TJs are only rated to tow 2000 pounds maximum. Having said that, there are a few bumpers with integrated receiver hitches that are actually rated for towing. So long as you select one of those and you stay within the vehicle's limits, you should be fine.
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Really, Lol!

"Silver" my '06 tj I6 4.0 is rated for 2500lbs.
With WDH I can tow quite a bit more.
My brothers '99 is listed in his hitch draw bar socket as 3500lbs.
Original hitch and draw bar.

I regularly tow 2000-3500lbs. during the year and have zero difficulty.

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Old 04-01-2011, 01:18 PM   #7
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By the way my girlfriends brand new Subaru 4dr SUV can tow 2800lbs. right out the box. It has half the engine size and is approx. the same length. Not to mention the weight of the two vehicles.

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Old 04-01-2011, 01:25 PM   #8
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I need a hitch for my Jku
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:38 PM   #9
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length doesnt matter, its the wheel base that matters.. its not a matter of getting going while towing, its stopping while towing, all of the weight will shift forward onto the hitch and push downward, causing the front end to lift up.. go by the manufacturers directions and only tow the max capacity, and make sure your hitch receiver is rated for the weight too..
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Really, Lol!

"Silver" my '06 tj I6 4.0 is rated for 2500lbs.
With WDH I can tow quite a bit more.
My brothers '99 is listed in his hitch draw bar socket as 3500lbs.
Original hitch and draw bar.

I regularly tow 2000-3500lbs. during the year and have zero difficulty.

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Really, Lol!

"Silver" my '06 tj I6 4.0 is rated for 2500lbs.
With WDH I can tow quite a bit more.
My brothers '99 is listed in his hitch draw bar socket as 3500lbs.
Original hitch and draw bar.
Try opening your owner's manual. Chrysler has repeatedly stated that the SWB 4.0L TJ is rated to tow only a maximum of 2000 pounds. Don't believe a sticker on a hitch that was installed after the fact.

BTW: a Class II hitch is categorized as one that can handle up to 3,500 pounds... but that doesn't mean the vehicle it is attached to can safely tow that amount! Don't be a sucker and confuse hitch class for vehicle capacity.

For the safety of you, your family and those on the road around you, again: listen to Chrysler. Please.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:10 PM   #12
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Likewise my service manual states 2000lb. LOL!

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Class 3 is rated 3500-5000....
Class 4 is rated 6000-10K.....
my hitch came with the jeep with the
OEM package and it is at 2000-3500lb.
Directly from the dealership lot brand-new.
Mopar installed.

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My brothers 99 came with the hitch also. His hitch had 2000- 3500 as listed tow rate.
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Again, any Class II hitch will be sturdy enough to tow 3500 pounds--if it weren't, it wouldn't be certified as a Class II hitch. However, that does not mean the vehicle it is attached to can safely tow that much weight. Your safe maximum towing capacity is always the lesser of your vehicle's capacity and your hitch capacity.

I don't care if your hitch says it can tow 3,500 pounds, or 5,000 pounds, or 50,000 pounds. The vehicle itself is only designed and able to tow 2,000 pounds maximum--you know this because you just read it in your service manual. Do not exceed that weight limit, ever.
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90% of the hitch bumpers are for recovery only and not a tow receiver. I never use the tj to tow (I have a frame hitch) I just use the XK with it's amazing tow power.
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The TJ Owner's Manual states that any trailer to be towed that weighs in excess of 1,000 lbs should have its own braking system. So max tow capacity for the TJ is 2,000 lbs and if the trailer exceeds 1,000 lbs it should have its own braking system. From all that I have read, it is not towing . . it is stopping that is the major problem.

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