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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 happen....to myself or anyone else. But it's nice to have.

ACUJeeper 04-02-2016 08:02 PM

I'm going to be towing my TJ behind my RV in a couple weeks. is the stock bumper strong enough to mount my mounting plates to? or do i have to hook to the frame?

bbtj 04-03-2016 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by smithkw (Post 742639)
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.

Most states require some type of supplemental braking system when towing something over 1500 lbs. It varies from state to state, so if you are towing strictly in the state you live, check your state laws.

As for lighting, you can get a Cooltech harness or the Mopar harness, both of which are plug and play for a JK, or you can go with the separate lights.

I tow my JK behind my Class A diesel and use the Air Force 1 braking system, which uses the RVs air system to brake, and I use the Mopar wiring harness for the lights.

bbtj 04-03-2016 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gee oh Dee (Post 742684)
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.

The use of a dolly is not recommended for the JK. It is either all 4 up or all 4 down.

Mody n Domy 04-05-2016 03:17 PM

I have towed my 2dr JK behind our motor home about 25,000 miles. I use a Currie base plate, Blue Ox tow bar, Blue Ox breaking system, Cool Tech light wiring harness and Toad Charger to keep the battery fully charged.

fattirewilly 04-06-2016 09:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ACUJeeper (Post 25001738)
I'm going to be towing my TJ behind my RV in a couple weeks. is the stock bumper strong enough to mount my mounting plates to? or do i have to hook to the frame?

Some will say no. There's a video out there by Jeep saying the bumper is fine to tow with. I have a friend with a bent front bumper, he hit a post. I towed him up a rocky jeep trail attached to only one of his bumper tow points, on his bent bumper. Tow strap slacking and jerking the whole time. His bumper didn't budge.

flatboat 04-17-2016 05:53 PM

flat tow
 
I was told NOT to tow on a two wheel dolly . Pulled it 5000+ miles flat no problems

DeeGee 04-25-2016 09:56 PM

Rock Hard bumper instead of a base plate, Blue Ox tow bar, and M&G Engineering brake system. Oh, and a Mopar harness for the lights.

DP40 05-11-2016 10:35 AM

I've used a tow dolly for my Dodge intrepid for 5 years, now I tow 4 down for my TJ using a Roadmaster tow bar. Its way easier towing 4 down. I have a Stay in Play Duo breaking system in the jeep

AZrat 05-11-2016 10:50 AM

Don't remember about the TJ, but on the JK, towing a wrangler 2 up will eventually destroy the transmission. There is enough fluid friction that even in neutral it will cause parts to rotate that are only lubricated when the engine is running.


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