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mguysan 07-13-2010 01:03 AM

Towing capabilities/limits Rubicon 2010
Does anyone have any info and or experience towing with a 2-door Rubicon? The towing limit is listed at 2000 lbs. My small trailer is 13' long and weighs in at 2400 when fully loaded. I am trying to make a decision on which one to purchase... Rubicon or Rubicon Unlimited. The unlimited is bigger than what I want... I really have my heart set on the 2-door. This is a make or break decision for me, all qualified info will be greatly appreciated...

daggo66 07-13-2010 07:08 AM

The towing capacity for the 2 door is 2000 lbs. You want to tow something that is 2400 lbs. Don't look for anyone to say it's okay to tow over the limit. If you tow something over the limit and something bad happens, you will be liable.

Your choice is simple. If you want the 2 door, get it and don't tow your trailer. If you want to tow your trailer get the 4 door.

TOW69 07-13-2010 08:18 AM

Very Well Put.

thaduke2003 07-13-2010 09:14 AM

By the way, Google DOT laws for towing beyond your vehicle's limits. Short version- you can end up in jail if you cause death, damage, or injury by towing more than your vehicle's rated limit. At the very least, if caught, stiff fines, suspended or revoked license. And God help you if you have a CDL and get caught doing it! Mark W.

scottwmckenna 07-13-2010 01:46 PM

This was a big decision factor for me as well. I really wanted a 2 door for the classic jeep look. However, I'll have it for awhile, and at least with a 4 door you get the extra room, PLUS the extra towing capabilities. You lose nothing in the off road department, and you lose nothing else. I went with the 4 door and I love it. The only downfall are the people who don't wave, because they THINK you aren't a real jeep person.

zerokoo149 07-13-2010 02:59 PM

When I started the process, I had my heart set on a 2 door, and really didn't like the way the 4 doors looked. But then I thought about it a lot, and realized that the 2 door wasn't going to cut it for towing and space reasons, and decided to get a 4 door.

The funny part is, now that I have a 4 door, I don't even like the way a 2 door looks anymore. I haven't had mine for long, but I am already using it to its fullest.

jk'n 07-13-2010 04:00 PM

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Road trip!

Massachusetts to Florida. Jeep is pictured at the Kennedy Space Visitor's Center. The trailer weighs between 2000 and 2500 lbs. Return trip on rt 83, 81 and 84 tested the little engine that could. Many steep grades had me in 4th gear, pedal to the floor to maintain 55 mph. Never fell below 55 unless I wanted to go slower. Towing a trailer weighing this amount with a jeep is certainly tricky but I saw tractor trailer drivers having more problems maintaining a lane than I was having. As with any dangerous activity, you must pay attention to the powers of physical science. This can be done if you are careful. My most heart pumping situations on the trip were being between two tractor trailers in the middle lane as they passed me on both sides and in construction areas with a jersey barrier on one side and a tractor trailer rig passing me on the other side. When people cut in front of me, I simply slowed down and gave them space, maintaining a safe distance in front.

mguysan 07-13-2010 04:45 PM

Glad this site was recommended
Thanks to all of you,

Funny, three different dealerships all said the 2-door would be fine. I had my doubts and wanted some real talk... this forum.

I might have to swapped the tailer for a lighter one... perhaps one of those Chase trailers... or perhaps it is the 4-dour after all...

JeeperJake 07-13-2010 04:59 PM

As a long time RVer, let me urge you to NOT overload your tow rig whatever it is.

Aside from the legal aspects, your own personal enjoyment will be seriously degraded by the unnecessary struggles of trying to do too much with too little.

I struggled for years with a 4500# trailer and 1/2 ton 4x4 pickup. It was NEVER enjoyable getting anywhere. Of course the trailer salesman said "it will do". I already had the truck.

Finally the old truck was dying. I upgraded to a 3/4 ton 4x4, and it made a WORLD of qualitative much so, that the old heavy trailer finally was traded off too, for a new lighter 3500# that is a veritable pleasure to tow.

I've tried to tow too much too heavy with other short wheelbase rigs, such as that shorty rig a size down from the Chev Suburban....even forget now what it was called.
In essence it was just a heavier Wrangler in a shorty wheel base length.

End point was, I'm lucky to have survived the trip: towing a broke down sedan on a dolly, down the interstate with a couple hundred miles to go. Mostly straight with some hills....anything over 35 would produce a fishtail. Nearly rolled 'em both before I realized how WRONG the set up was despite what the rental guy said!

Whoever is selling the TOWING vehicle will lie; whoever is selling the TOWED vehicle will lie; as long as they can SELL.

Pay attention to the vehicle manufacturer's load limits.

jk'n 07-13-2010 05:33 PM

^^ Amen! X2 07-13-2010 08:31 PM

Tow Capacity for Rubicon Unlimited is 3500 pounds when properly equipped. That means tow package from factory or adding trans and oil coolers. Along with a heavier duty battery and alternator. Word of advice, make sure you get it on the Jeep from the factory.

TOW69 07-14-2010 09:38 AM


what is the size is your trailer?

jk'n 07-14-2010 09:56 AM

It is 8 foot by 10 foot, extra height too. I can stand up in it with extra clearance for my head and I'm 6' 1" tall. It is a hog, with tare weight around 1500 and max gross weight of 2900. The benefit of it being a hog is that when I load it with all of my camping stuff, it never complains. My brother was with me on the trip to Florida (4 passengers on the way down) my wife had to fly back early on the way up and he was pretty impressed with the handling. He has never driven with a trailer and he drove through about 3 or 4 tanks of gas with it. I started him off easy when we got bogged down in West Virginia on the way down when route 95 became a parking lot. We got off onto route 1 and I let him take over. He traveled for about 40 miles south on route 1 before getting back on route 95 but then took the wheel every other tank of gas all the way to Florida. On the way up he drove through one tank of gas. He gave it back to me through major metropolitan areas. The body of the trailer is about the width of the jeep including tires so the tires of the trailer stick out beyond the width of the jeep. Nearly peed in my pants when twice I was passed on both sides by tractor trailers. I had no problems at the speed limit of 70 through many of the southern states. Driving with trailer attached is tricky with any tow vehicle. Oscillation can occur if you are not careful. That has more to do with driving skill once the trailer starts bouncing around keeping steady on the wheel until it straightens out. But the trailer tended to stay pretty steady.

jk'n 07-14-2010 11:36 AM

^^ Correction on the size of the trailer. It has been two years since I bought it and when I bought it I wasn't really paying too much attention to the size in print only what it looked like and the weight limits so that I could tow it with the jeep. It is a 6 foot by 10 foot trailer. I just went and looked up the model number and it has the number 6 and 10 in the model in such a way that it probably equates to the size of the trailer.

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