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Vaultzz 12-17-2009 01:11 AM

Jeep on a Trailer?
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Hello! :wavey:

I'd like to start towing my YJ when I take it on long distance off road trips since the guys I go with usually get better gas mileage. The only problem is that I can't seem to find or even figure out what the trailer that I want is called or where to get one.

I want one that looks like this, smaller of course. Just something that will get all 4 tires off the ground and put no wear and tear on the Jeep :D


distortedtj 12-17-2009 01:15 AM

Car trailer. :p

Are you looking for one with the fold up ramps as in the one you pictured ??
Room for just one jeep?
Bumper pull or gooseneck?
Brakes on one axle or both preferred?
Is just hauling the jeep all it will be used for?

There are LOTS of different trailers you can use... just need some more details from you.

Vaultzz 12-17-2009 01:32 AM

I guess having ramps won't matter, I've seen other guys just drive up onto a trailer from the ground
Just one jeep for now but it bight be nice to have room for 2
uhh I don't know what either of those mean
I didn't know small trailers had brakes
and yes just hauling the Jeep


distortedtj 12-17-2009 01:37 AM

When halling a vehicle...Trailer brakes are your best friend. And a great safety measure.

Bumper pull....pulls with a ball from your bumper or hitch.....

Gooseneck....gooseneck ball. "mounted in center of truck bed".

Vaultzz 12-17-2009 01:51 AM

Brakes = good, got it :D

So that'd be bumper pull then.

I've only been able to find trailers that are 83" between the wheels, which doesn't look wide enough or is it just me?

distortedtj 12-17-2009 01:53 AM

That should be plenty....don't believe me though...go measure your jeep...;).

I'm betting it's less than 80'' wide.

Vaultzz 12-17-2009 01:55 AM

I was planning on actually measuring it haha but its freezing out side and I don't feel like it now :rofl:

snwchris 12-17-2009 06:57 AM

You can easily hunt them down on craigslist, that's where I bought mine for dirt cheap and was in excellent condition as well.

A 16ft trail should be goood enough, but trust me get the try finding an 18ft one if you can. Make it easier for carrying other things and the extra space for a cargo bin bolted to the deck as well. You'll want one with ramps as well... especially if trying to load a broken truck onto a trailer.

Most state laws usually require trailer brakes as well on atleast one axle if not both of them. If the trailer doesn't have them they can be put on, bt it's usually another $200-$300 for getting them done.

As for tie downs, get the ones that actually have axle loops in them for tieing down. I got mine at good price from

1BLKJP 12-18-2009 11:31 PM

Chris nailed it on the ramps. You break something on a trail and getting it back on the trailer can be pretty retarded without ramps.

83" deck is plenty wide for a stock width axle jeep. They are only about 76" depending on tire/wheel combo. Mine with 1.5" spacers only sits at 79" outside tire to outside tire.

What type of tow rig do you have? Diesel? Gas? Truck? SuV?

Rawkon 12-19-2009 12:07 AM

mine is a 16' Carson hauler. both axles have brakes, the deck is mid 80s" in width. tows great. shes a little heavy but i have no problems towing it with my 1/2 ton Dodge ram


distortedtj 12-19-2009 12:09 AM


Originally Posted by 1BLKJP (Post 508140)
What type of tow rig do you have? Diesel? Gas? Truck? SuV?


s3nt3nc3d 12-19-2009 12:26 AM

These guys pretty much nailed definitely don't want one like the one pictured. That ones made for hauling heavy machinery like dozers/

And like they said...trailer brakes are your best friend. Nothing worse than having to make a quick stop and feeling the trailer either a.) keep pushing you or b.) push your ass end around. Plus they're nice too for in town can save the brakes on your tow vehicle (they do anyway) and just manually brake the trailer and let it slow you down.

We have a small car hauler at work that we use for hauling our smaller tractors...would work well for a Jeep...prolly 18 ft long or so. I don't think they run too much. I'd also recommend at the very least mounting a manual crank winch on the front of the trailer so if you need to you can winch your Jeep onto it. Most of the ramps aren't smooth but consist of square rails and can be a pain in the ass to push a vehicle up onto them...speaking from experience, I had to push a riding lawnmower onto ours with the assistance of a tractor and a come-along. A winch on the trailer would have been AMAZING.

Those smaller car haulers loaded with a Jeep could prolly be pulled by a standard 1/2 ton pickup...but I'd prolly recommend something a lil bigger, or at the very least upgrade the rear suspension on the tow vehicle. I don't think the engine would have any problems pulling it...but they tend to sag the suspension pretty good on bumps.

Just my $.02

jdhallissey 12-19-2009 12:46 AM

I went 2200 miles this past week on my trailer and truck. F-150 with the 5.4. It pulled it just fine all tho a diesel super pooper would make it so much better but I had no problems. Trailer brakes are a must unless you want wrapped rotors and brakes going every 10k if your doing enough pulling at that weight. Either then that the guys above hit the nail on the head. On your tow rig you might also want to air bag the rear depending on what it is. So what is your tow rig lol

jgano23 12-19-2009 03:10 PM

have you considered "building" a trailer? my hubby found a frame from a 22' tow behind camper on craigslist. he made some ramps and put on some decking and fenders and made himself a really nice trailer. it cost him under $1000 for the trailer chassis and materials.

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