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Old 09-05-2007, 05:58 PM   #1
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Trailering TJ's

I want to put my TJ on a trailer and take it to the Jamboree next week. We have a tandem axle 16' utility trailer that we use to haul tractors and hay around with. Shouldn't be a problem...I will probably put my stock wheels and tires on for the width. Anyone else do this? What is the best way to secure? Any tips or suggestions would be highly appreciated! I could rent a auto trailer from Uhaul, but since we already have this trailor, it would be nice to save a few ducks...

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Old 09-05-2007, 06:07 PM   #2
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If you don't have any nice big ratchet straps be sure to get at least 4. Wrapping them around the axles is the best way to secure the vehicle.

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Old 09-05-2007, 06:50 PM   #3
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I'd say one strap around each axle and then two each on the front and back end to cinch the body down a bit. Looking out thru the back of the tow rig watching the jeep bounce around is no fun.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:57 PM   #4
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Ditto on the axles and the bumpers. I strapped mine down with just the tow hooks and shackles in the back and found that from the travel in the suspension of the Jeep the tie downs easily come off.
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On the frame, you will see oval shaped holes. I was a car hauler and had expensive cars on the trailer, these are what you use to secure the vehicle.

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Old 09-05-2007, 08:04 PM   #6
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On our Rubi, I tie it down, using the tow hooks on the front, and two holes on top of the frame, over the rear tires. Just make sure to check your straps, after about 25-50 miles. They do tend to loosen up. Once you have retightened them, you should be good for the duration of your trip. Some even cross the straps, so they make an X. I don't think that is neccesary. Just get 4, 2"-3" wide ratchet style straps, with hooks on both ends.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:11 PM   #7
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Thanks guys, I was really wondering about the trailer, so I guess I'll stop wondering and tell Dad to clear it off and hook it up!
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Old 09-05-2007, 11:29 PM   #8
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yes use the factory hook mounts on the frame hat are shown above, its what JEEP uses when they ship them. Also you will want to use two straps in the front and "x" then and two in the Back again "x" them. Then cuz I am way concerned about my junk, I add a few more one at the back in the hitch and via the front tow hooks and two more under it going in opposite directions. Way over kill I know, but I really don't want a 4000lbs jeep smashing into my tow rig or someone else.

As for the trailer, make sure it has dual brakes.
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I hate to get into this type thread so I will start off with "It is your rig do as you feel is safe for you and everyone else on the road".
Most of us when we start towing our rigs to the trails are towing modified vehicles which have 2 to 3 times the travel of a stock jeep and lot softer suspension. For those reasons I would not strap to the frame only as when you hit a large bump the suspension will flex and the vehicle could come loose or move.
I strap to both the front and rear axle and then use a couple straps to snug down the body and suspension. In the last several years of towing to and from the trails in AZ, CA, and UT I have had no trouble.
BTW the trailer sounds like it would work fine as long as it is wide enough.
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I hate to get into this type thread so I will start off with "It is your rig do as you feel is safe for you and everyone else on the road".
Most of us when we start towing our rigs to the trails are towing modified vehicles which have 2 to 3 times the travel of a stock jeep and lot softer suspension. For those reasons I would not strap to the frame only as when you hit a large bump the suspension will flex and the vehicle could come loose or move.
I strap to both the front and rear axle and then use a couple straps to snug down the body and suspension. In the last several years of towing to and from the trails in AZ, CA, and UT I have had no trouble.
BTW the trailer sounds like it would work fine as long as it is wide enough.
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Old 09-06-2007, 07:43 AM   #11
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I do both body and axles. 2 axle straps per axle and 2 straps per end on the body. This was before I got my tow hooks installed. It didn't move and never does. I can't count the times people have cried out "OVERKILL" but I did everything else that way so why not the straps??

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Andy, that strap on the left side looks a bit slack you may wish to fix that..LOL
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Andy, that strap on the left side looks a bit slack you may wish to fix that..LOL
can't really tell if you are joking or not. Look at it again. The strap is fine. If it wasn't tight the passenger side of my jeep wouldn't be on the bumpstops. The long "loose" portion is the excess that gets tied to the trailer.
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:58 PM   #14
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Dude Clifford.. thats even a nice trailer your rig is on.. how bout you leave them to me in your will???
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Old 09-06-2007, 06:29 PM   #15
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Old 09-06-2007, 11:25 PM   #16
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dam andy what kinda tow rig you use with that trailer?
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can't really tell if you are joking or not. Look at it again. The strap is fine. If it wasn't tight the passenger side of my jeep wouldn't be on the bumpstops. The long "loose" portion is the excess that gets tied to the trailer.
Yes, it was a joke.. however now that you mention it the tire pressure on the trailer looks a bit low too....
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Old 09-08-2007, 09:06 PM   #18
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Don't have a pic, but I use two straps on a dual tandem trailer that was also orginally purchased for a tractor. One strap on front and one on back. I strap thru the d-ring tow points (two on front and one on back). I used to strap the axle's but didn't like how the rig would pitch back and forth due to the suspension. Doing it this way causes the suspension to tuck down and not move. Towed hundres of miles with not a lick of problems.

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