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89jeepster 08-15-2010 05:26 PM

First time flat towing
My father inlaw decided to buy me a smittybuilt bumper and tow bar. I was pretty apprehensive about using it. Don't like the idea of watching my jeep rolling down the highway with nobody in it. But anyways with the help from previous threads from WF I put it to use and it worked great, I will be using it a lot now. He bought it so when I'm drinking at the lake he can hook it to his truck and drag it home. Great idea.

Vaultzz 08-15-2010 05:32 PM

I flat tow my wrangler, and theres no problem as long as you're smart and set it up right. However with all the talk of how smittybuilt is **** I'd be weary about using their tow bar. I use a Reese tow bar and hitch to tow mine around

Klenger 08-15-2010 05:51 PM

I use a Blue Ox setup to tow mine behind my motorhome. Works great.

89jeepster 08-15-2010 06:20 PM

Not sure the brand of the tow bar itself. The new bumper is smittybuilt

smithkw 08-25-2010 10:58 PM

Do most flat towing folks use Brake Buddy or someting like that? Or just bare back it? Also, how do you set up the brake lights and turn signals? Is there a standard wiring harness to tie the Jeep into the towing vehicle? Or use a set of add on lights on a separate bar? Any help appreciated.

Gee oh Dee 08-25-2010 11:18 PM

I'd spend $900 on a used car dolley and not have a cut up or otherwise altered front end. Just my humble opinon. I'll keep the ability to use just about any bumper I want and not worry about compatability of the tow bar.

Oh, and $50 on custom tire straps to strap 44" and smaller tires in case I tow a buddy long distance. Get a trans cooler if you do lots of towing, too.

Bobthegod 08-26-2010 09:55 AM

I tow my TJ behind my motorhome. I use a Roadmaster tow bar/hitch system and a Roadmaster Even Brake system these are rock solid systems. They are both easy to setup/use. As for the lights you can get a wiring kit (Roadmaster sells them too) that uses the existing lights, diodes are used in line to prevent the voltage from going the wrong way when brakes are applied from the tow vehicle. You need to check your states requirments for supplemental brakes for your Jeep. Most states require brakes for anything over 1000 lbs.

Bobthegod 08-26-2010 09:58 AM

Oh yeah one important note.....should the jeep separate from the towing vehicle the brake system has a brakeaway switch that applies full braking so the jeep comes to a stop on its own. Although I've never seen it myself or anyone else. But it's nice to have.

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