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jebby 05-16-2013 11:45 AM

towing - think i can?
 
I have a 97 TJ 2.5L with the ax5 stick shift. I tow my little fishing boat all the time no problems 1000lb tops (its rated to tow up to 2000 lbs) my cousin asked me to take his boat out this weekend to test some work we did. His is a fish and ski coming in around 3000 lb plus fuel (so say 3200 to be safe) he lives 1.5km from the launch and its all flat, slow and nicely paved. the launch is a good launch too so 4lo should get me out not problem. think its a bad idea for me to tow his boat to the launch and back this weekend?

Jerry Bransford 05-16-2013 12:34 PM

If you will be on a road with traffic, I wouldn't even consider it. I regularly towed my 3500 lb. boat with my wife's Grand Cherokee with a 4.7L V8 engine & though it was rated to tow 7500 lbs. with its towing package, that JGC barely handled that boat.

So if you're on a back country road, maybe since it's just for the weekend... but definitely not if the road is full of traffic. I used my 4.0L TJ to move my 3500 lb. boat around on private property & it was ok for that but...

SuicideSaints 05-16-2013 01:03 PM

If you are able to go slow and no traffic I would do it. I used a little YJ back in the day for farm work. I would drag a trailer with hay and fence mending equip. never going more than 5 miles really. It worked fine, if you are going to be going on busy roads I might rethink it......

jebby 05-16-2013 01:54 PM

Light traffic slow speed flat road 1.5 km think I'm gunna go for it isn't dont want to hurt my jeep

HobieSailor 05-16-2013 02:01 PM

Its 1.5k and flat, go for it. Just take it easy and you'll be fine....

People worry to much...

jeepstertj 05-16-2013 07:04 PM

Go for it i did a worst thing than that on my old 98 2.5 i towed a my boat like 1800 plus 6people on my jeep plus luggage from every body thats like 500 and so on so when i did took a good look i was towing like 3000lb and it was a 700km round trip. No troubles the only thing is that i was going 70-80 in 4th gear all the time and pedal to metal. It did overheat just up to 220 but it cooled down pretty fast.

kshaws21 05-16-2013 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepstertj (Post 3763280)
Go for it i did a worst thing than that on my old 98 2.5 i towed a my boat like 1800 plus 6people on my jeep plus luggage from every body thats like 500 and so on so when i did took a good look i was towing like 3000lb and it was a 700km round trip. No troubles the only thing is that i was going 70-80 in 4th gear all the time and pedal to metal. It did overheat just up to 220 but it cooled down pretty fast.

6 people plus luggage in a 98TJ for 700km round trip pulling a boat at 70-80? I call BS, or stupidity, take your pick.

WVU Mountainman 05-16-2013 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepstertj (Post 3763280)
Go for it i did a worst thing than that on my old 98 2.5 i towed a my boat like 1800 plus 6people on my jeep plus luggage from every body thats like 500 and so on so when i did took a good look i was towing like 3000lb and it was a 700km round trip. No troubles the only thing is that i was going 70-80 in 4th gear all the time and pedal to metal. It did overheat just up to 220 but it cooled down pretty fast.

How the heck do you fit 6 people in a TJ? Plus even if I travel alone I have no room for luggage. You sure you weren't driving a hummer :)

krisbman 05-16-2013 07:47 PM

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Originally Posted by WVU Mountainman (Post 3763396)

How the heck do you fit 6 people in a TJ? Plus even if I travel alone I have no room for luggage. You sure you weren't driving a hummer :)

Maybe they were halflings!!!

RevCo666 05-16-2013 07:55 PM

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Originally Posted by krisbman (Post 3763422)
Maybe they were halflings!!!

LoL

SuicideSaints 05-16-2013 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by jeepstertj (Post 3763280)
Go for it i did a worst thing than that on my old 98 2.5 i towed a my boat like 1800 plus 6people on my jeep plus luggage from every body thats like 500 and so on so when i did took a good look i was towing like 3000lb and it was a 700km round trip. No troubles the only thing is that i was going 70-80 in 4th gear all the time and pedal to metal. It did overheat just up to 220 but it cooled down pretty fast.

I hear cocaine is a hell of a drug!!! *(in my best Charlie Murphy voice)

jeepstertj 05-17-2013 12:18 AM

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Originally Posted by kshaws21 (Post 3763379)
6 people plus luggage in a 98TJ for 700km round trip pulling a boat at 70-80? I call BS, or stupidity, take your pick.

hahahah yeah 2 on the front seats and 4 on the back plus luggage it was a complete adventure at least XD yeah i know i was stupid but hey its a jeep thing you wouldn't understand hahahahaha xD

fuck hummer my 98 was a tank never gave me trouble even at this point it was fuel efficent believe it or not xD well 17 mpg was pretty damn impressive xD

jeep rulez and im stupid i know but i dont care :punk:

jeepstertj 05-17-2013 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by WVU Mountainman (Post 3763396)
How the heck do you fit 6 people in a TJ? Plus even if I travel alone I have no room for luggage. You sure you weren't driving a hummer :)

hahahaha no xD. what i did is i took the back seat out and put it wall the way back to make room. and luggage and all that stuff on the boat.
well heavy stuff behind the wheel of the trailer so that the boat carries all the possible weight and the nose all the light stuff xD it take some planing xD

Jerry Bransford 05-17-2013 01:59 AM

:facepalm:

toolmantim 05-17-2013 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by HobieSailor (Post 3762361)
Its 1.5k and flat, go for it. Just take it easy and you'll be fine....

People worry to much...

This.

I would never risk others safety by towing a heavy load with a SWB vehicle on roads with alot of traffic.....but I would use my lawn tractor to tow a boat the 1 mile I needed to get to my boat launch if I had to. :whistling:

Jeeps actually make great boat launch vehicles (towing not so much) because it's common to get a good amount of algae on concrete ramps and using the 4WD can get you up it instead of spinning your rear wheels.

KaiserJeep 05-17-2013 07:05 AM

FYI only the 6-cylinder TJ's are rated to tow 2000lbs. The 4-cylinder TJ SE's are rated to tow 1000lbs. LJ's are rated to tow 3500lbs.

Realistically, when you modify the Jeep by fitting larger diameter tires, you alter the COG and compromise both handling and braking, and the tow rating needs to be decreased or "de-rated" from the stock figure.

jebby 05-17-2013 07:36 AM

ax5 stick shift bumps it to 2000 straight from the owners manual


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