Just purchased a new wrangler 2010 and i am wondering about the electrical hook up for trailler lights and if a heavy tongue is ok on the jeep frame.
The dealership provided the electrical jumper for a trailler connection but did not install it ,must be simple right?
06-05-2010 08:08 AM
yes it plugs right into the driver side taillight. tongue weight is 350lbs for the jeep towing max is 3500lbs I believe.
06-05-2010 09:16 AM
Yep, what Slither said, except 3500 lbs is for an Unlimited, if you have a 2 door its only 2000 lbs because of the shorter wheelbase.
06-05-2010 11:47 AM
You really need to check the owner's manual for towing capacity because it is determined by a few factors regarding the tow-ability of the jeep. One of the factors in the formula is the gear ratio. This will determine if there is enough torque to get the rig started from stop under average conditions (incline). My jeep has a towing capacity of 3500 pulling weight and 350 tongue weight. This is a typical ratio of 10 to 1 pulling weight to tongue weight. When setting up your load in a utility trailer, this is something to take into consideration. Try not to overload the front of the trailer as this will cause too much tongue weight compared to the total weight of the trailer and contents and this will put too much weight on the receiver possibly compromising it in a hard braking situation or collision. Putting all of the weight behind the trailer axle will cause the tongue to be un-weighted and this is also dangerous causing the trailer and tow vehicle to tend to set up oscillation sideways and the rig can become un-controllable. My best advice would be to try and keep these things in mind while loading any trailer. And be safe...drive slow while under tow.