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Old 04-19-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
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towing my jeep

HI, I just bought my first jeep and have questions. I will be towing a 95 wrangler 5 speed manual trans across the US for 2 months up and down lots of mountains with my 02 f250 7.3 power stroke diesel and cab over camper, my concern is braking can I flat tow it or use tow dolly (do i need to disconnect drive shafts) or am i going to have to spring for a trailer with trailer brakes?

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Old 04-19-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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I tow my 94 Wrangler. I am going to tow it across from NM to CT this summer. Because most states now require brakes in towed vehicles I now have a brake system...If you flat tow I would suggest you get a brake system. I also have a second set of brake/signal lights in the rear, that way the rear brakes and signals will work regardless if I have the braking system connected. Brake systems will run about $1k new but they can be had cheaper used. A decent tow dolly with surge brakes will run you more and I would still recommend adding the brake/signal lights.
Jeeps tow pretty easy, just make sure the tow bar is level with the tow vehicle, put the transfer case in neutral and the trans in gear, leave the key in the off position but not in the lock position....
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:42 AM   #4
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Key position while towing

"leave the key in the off position but not in the lock position"

I have a 1988 YJ 6cyl manual tranny and will be flat towing next month. I'm jiggy with TC in neutral, tranny in gear. I'm not sure what the aforementioned statement means. From the off position on the steering column, I turn the key one click forward. I get battery on my gauges then. Is that what the aforementioned statement means? Or am I turning the key in the wrong direction? I can't turn it forward any less. Since I get battery when I do this, won't my batterry eventually run down?
Sorry if I seem thick headed about this, but I want to make sure I understand what this statement really means.

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Old 07-10-2012, 08:40 AM   #5
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This link http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/sett...ow-136535.html
is a great way to set up a jeep to be towed. I bought a 100.00 tow bar, and wired up my back lights like in this link and had it ready to tow in a half day. I did take the time to run all the wiring in the black plastic casing from front to back and I now have a small loop that comes out of the grill. I run a short 3' section between my Motor Home and the jeep. I run safety cables that are 6 ton rated and coiled. Really keeps it clean and easy to remove not having to deal with the chains.

When setting up your tow bar. Try to get the bar as level as possible (perpendicular to the ground) so that the towed vehicle does not want to climb the tow bar when braking. Depending on the lift on the jeep, you may need to make adjustments to you receiver hitch and ball raise or lower to get it level.

Other than the set up. Put the transfer in neutral and tranny in a forward gear. Key switch turn forward so the steering is unlocked.

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Old 07-10-2012, 09:52 AM   #6
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"leave the key in the off position but not in the lock position"

... I'm not sure what the aforementioned statement means. From the off position on the steering column, I turn the key one click forward. I get battery on my gauges then. Is that what the aforementioned statement means? Or am I turning the key in the wrong direction? I can't turn it forward any less....

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The intent is to unlock the steering wheel so the front wheels will turn while towed.

When the key can be inserted and removed it is the 'lock' position.
The key can be turned once counter-clockwise for 'Accessory'.
The three clockwise turns are 'Off' 'On' & 'Start'.

If your dash lights up it is the 'On' position.
Turn the key back one click.
This should be 'Off' where you can turn the steering wheel (with difficulty).
And you cannot remove the key. You tow with the key in the ignition.

If you can remove the key then you are in the 'lock' position and the steering wheel is locked. Not for towing.

If you do not have a position between 'Lock' & 'On' maybe your ignition switch is old an worn. I've had old cars where I could pull the key out driving down the road and keep on steady gettin it so, anythings possible.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
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Thanks Raoul. Makes sense what you said.

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