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BlueStreak 09-20-2008 03:53 PM

Towing Question
I am getting ready to drive across several states towing a fully loaded trailer. It's possible my route could take me over the Rockies. Can anyone tell me if this is going to be a problem for me? Any feedback & advice would be most welcome!

Driving a 2002 Jeep Wrangler X 4Ltr

Towing a covered U-Haul Trailer: 5'width-8' length-5' height


sgnellett 09-20-2008 04:49 PM

Do you have any guess-timate what i will weigh? That will be the biggest factor, especially as you get into the mountains. A Jeep can tow OK, as long as you don't overload it and try to stop too quickly. I guess it also depends on your wheel/tire/gearing combo as well....

richp 09-20-2008 04:52 PM

U haul will not rent you a trailer, they won't even rent for a Cherokee, heck they won't even rent one of those trailers to an explorer. That was my experience 4 weeks ago when I had to move my daughter back home from philly 90 miles away and I even know the guy with the Uhaul place. Ended up renting an open flatbed that once loaded was pushing me through intersections in my XJ.
And for what it cost if they did rent it to me, I had second thoughts that it was cheaper to actually buy an 8ft steel trailer in the long run, two rentals from Uhaul would about pay for one.
You could always buy one and resell it once you don't need it any more.

BlueStreak 09-20-2008 06:08 PM

guessing it will weigh approx 2500 lbs total

jpdocdave 09-20-2008 06:39 PM

ya, jeeps don't really tow so nice. like he said, it will push you around without trailer brakes, and don't lug down the trans, if its manual accelerate slowly and shift a little later, auto i'd keep it out of od.

payj90 09-20-2008 07:22 PM

yup its gonna push you every way but straight, im sure you can do it but its gonna be a slow trip.

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