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|DevilDogDoc||I used some HD hooks myself, not J hooks but regular ones and went into the frame myself.|
|01-01-2013 10:45 AM|
Have you thought about J-Hooks through the frame holes. You can get them at towing supply stores. I use these to tie my Jeep down on the trailer these days.
Just an idea.
B/A Products R, T and Mini J Hook Cluster — 4700-Lb. Safe Working Load, Model# 11-7CL | Towing Hooks| Northern Tool + Equipment
|01-01-2013 08:23 AM|
|Mello Mike||The last piece of the towing puzzle for me is where to connect the safety chains. I'm curious to know what other TJ owners with OEM bumpers are doing. The only real viable option I've been able to come up with is a D-ring that bolts to the top of the bumper using the existing bumper attachment points.|
|12-12-2012 10:51 AM|
|12-12-2012 12:16 AM|
Do you have an auxiliary braking system in vehicle? You will need one but you need to be careful.
I have an older model of this: Blue Ox - Patriot
Well sometime after setting it up it engaged the brake every so slightly, 120 miles later in the Wendy's parking lot we get out to see the truck smoking. Yea, it smoked/melted everything near it. Let's just say that truck got an entirely new braking system.
So be careful with those stupid things LOL.
|12-11-2012 11:54 PM|
I also have a set up that a male end off the rv into the front of the jeep in a socket and powers the lights. Id be willing to part with that too
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|DevilDogDoc||Aah that complicates things a bit doesnt it....|
|12-11-2012 05:44 PM|
|Mello Mike||Thanks, DevilDogDoc. Nice setup there. The only reason why I need an extension is for my truck camper which overhangs 18 inches from the rear of the truck.|
|12-11-2012 05:10 PM|
I towed mine behind my old Durango almost 1000 miles this last summer with this $60 ebay special Reese towbar and some brackets welded up by a good friend. Some magnet lights at O'Reillys and I was good to go. No extensions or any other silliness.
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|12-11-2012 02:26 PM|
Okay, after researching this topic several months, here is what I did for my flat tow system:
My TJ Flat Tow System
|06-18-2012 10:39 AM|
Blue Ox System
I just installed a Blue Ox tow bar system.
I also wired into the TJ's tail lights using diodes; which is very simple. Find the wires running along the inside of the rocker panel on the drivers side.
If you want brakes then Blue Ox has a very modern system.
|06-18-2012 10:32 AM|
Here's my tow bar thread. Used the Harbor Freight towbar...about $150 for everything including the wiring, works great!
|06-18-2012 10:10 AM|
I towed my Wrangler behind our motorhome for years before I bought a car trailer. There is a section in the owners manual on how to do it correctly. It is very easy if you follow the instructions. I never had one problem, and not one mile racked up on the Jeep.
It is very important that the towbar is level with the ground when hooked up to the tow vehicle. I used Roadmaster XL removable frame mounted brackets. They attach to the frame below the bumper, and everything is removeable except the two little receivers you can see in the second picture. It does not matter where your mounts are on the Jeep (above/on/below the bumper) as long as they are strong enough to handle the task. I liked the Roadmaster brackets because they did not require as tall of a hitch to keep the towbar level.
I also used their no-frills least expensive tow bar. Magnetic lights on the Jeep bumper, and safety chains.
I sold the whole set up to a friend for $400.
|06-18-2012 09:33 AM|
I saw a guy with a large boat and a 11.5' camper and looked at his setup. He had the best setup i've seen yet. He had two more hitch receivers welded onto the outside edges of the hitch and a welded up assembly that plugged into all 3 receivers. Kind of like an E. I didn't consider towing my jeep without its own braking system with that truck. I might tow it with my motorhome without jeep brakes, but its a small rig on the E450 chassis and the brakes are way bigger than my truck, and its a diesel so i can try the ebpv mod or put an exhaust brake in.
|06-18-2012 09:19 AM|
I have TJ tow bar brackets would be interested in selling, I am not sure about the bar that connects to them. I bought them with the intent to add a couple places to mount either a bike rack or storage rack on front and rear corners.
TJ Tow Brackets
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|06-17-2012 05:19 PM|
Tow Bar for 2004 TJ?
I've towed all kinds of trailers and travel trailers, but towing a vehicle is completely new territory for me. Any recommendations for a good tow bar? I'm also curious what others used to tow their Jeep. Also, is it best to mount the tow brackets flush on the front bumper or underneath to the frame?
I'll be towing my 2004 behind my truck camper, so I'll also need to get a hitch extension, so recommendations will be welcome for this, too.