||03-20-2012 01:32 PM
Originally Posted by jeepinmarine
I tow some 5x8 trailers, and this boat. I have the smittybuilt src rear bumper with some bumper re-enforcements
I've been towing boats for 40 years and that boat is WAY WAY WAY WAY too heavy
for a TJ to tow safely!!! YOWSA!!! :eek: :eek:
When you get into an emergency maneuver situation with that much boat behind you, that boat is going to take over and you and the traffic surrounding you will be in a heap of doo-doo. Really. No exaggeration. You'll find out very quickly what the term 'Tail wagging the dog' means in a heartbeat during any emergency maneuver with that boat behind you.
The max safe weight limit for a TJ is 2000 lbs. and that is truly its max realistic safe tow limit which hasn't been artificially lowered by the safety weenies.
I tow a tent trailer behind my TJ which weighs maybe 1800-1900 lbs. and the Jeep does fine.
Bumpers with integrated receiver hitches are fine, that's what I have run on two different TJs, especially since those don't drag on the terrain like a bolt-on receiver hitch like from U-Haul or Reese would.