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Old 11-03-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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What gear do I need to be in when towing?

I've searched the forum and can't find an answer, so hopefully this isn't redundant. I can't find my owner's manual and everybody I ask has a slightly different answer so...

I have a 91 Wrangler that we want to tow behind our motor home. It has a manual transmission. What gear do both the transmission and the transfer case need to be in for a successful tow? Most all say neutral for the transfer case but I've gotten various answers on what gear the transmission needs to be in.

Thanks in advance for your help! -Alene

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Old 11-04-2009, 12:10 AM   #2
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Both the Transfer Case and the Transmission have to be in Neutral Leave the E-Brake off as well.

If you leave either in gear the could damage one of them, and thats no fun now is it?

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Old 11-04-2009, 12:59 AM   #3
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also leave the key in the ignition so the steering wheel won't lock.
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↑ He's kidding by the way haha, just making sure nobodys jeep falls off an rv
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:05 AM   #5
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no i'm not. key in ignition and on. might not be so good if the front wheels lock up. google "towing a jeep wrangler yj" look under flat towing a jeep wrangler. it gives explaination about key in ignition.
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Wow, sorry, don't listen to me I'm stupid

This seems to have good information though: YJ Flat Tow Setup
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Huh,

I had no idea that you could tow a jeep like this. You learn all your life. It will solve a lot of problems for me, thought need to check if its legal here.

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Key in and turned to unlock steering wheel, Transmission NEEDS to be IN GEAR, and the transfer case needs to be in neutral.
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Well I towed my Jeep back from the race at Bristol and I just simply put mine in neutral, make all my connections witht the safety chains and saftey lights that I run and never look back. I mean it's not like your going to be running 80 MPH pulling it. I usually drive about 60-70 with mine and I have never had a problem and we fabricated the tow hitch and all hook ups in the garage at home. I can send you pics if ya like.
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Book says in gear for trans and neutral for transfer case.
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Old 11-04-2009, 11:00 AM   #11
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Good to know that when my husband towed it a very short distance in 2nd gear (which I'm assuming is okay given Jeepsr4me's post) with the transfer case in neutral that it was right. The Jeep dealer that I had called told me that the transmission needed to be in neutral... Thanks, everyone, for your help!
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Towing YJ

I have heard both stories-the manual says in gear. All the RV people I asked say neutral/neutral. I was told Jeep wanted tranny in gear to circulate gear oil. I guess I'm going to learn
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Correct me if I am wrong, but if the transfer is in neutral, the trans doesn't matter. To test this, go outside and put trans in gear and transfer in N, you can push the truck. Therefore, trans will not rotate and circulate oil.
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Correct me if I am wrong, but if the transfer is in neutral, the trans doesn't matter. To test this, go outside and put trans in gear and transfer in N, you can push the truck. Therefore, trans will not rotate and circulate oil.
True but internally the transfer and trans will have some moving parts and thus lubricate the internals...or at least that's the theory...
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After hearing a few horror stories of the transfer case wiggling into 2h. I will always keep my 5sp and transfer both in N. But maybe that's just me.
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Its gotta lot of wiggle to make it to 2H, I would suspect it was never in N..
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It might have been in "nuetral" between 2H and 4H... My dad tows his 05 in second with the transfercase in nuetral. He has one of the chipped keys for the ignition so he had a non chipped key make to unlock the steering system for towing.
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Simple way to keep the trans in neutral.

Disconnect shifter linkage then manually put it into N.
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well i towed my jeep back from the race at bristol and i just simply put mine in neutral, make all my connections witht the safety chains and saftey lights that i run and never look back. I.
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That depends, What are you towing...........

A Ford

A Chevy

OR a Toyota??!?!


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