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marbleheader 02-13-2011 01:20 AM

I want to trailer tow...2 questions?
 
My wife brought me to a dealer yesterday and for our first Valentine's Day bought me the black 2011 Wrangler Sport that I had my eye on. For small tasks, moving pieces of furniture, going to the dump, etc, we need a small trailer.
Question 1: where can I buy a small trailer?
2: Should I go to UHaul to have a tow hitch/wiring added? The dealer wanted $550 to add towing package and I am not handy at all, so I need to have someone install the tow package for me.
Thank you!

XJ Knight 02-13-2011 01:35 AM

I spent 500 when I bought my first Jeep witch was a XJ at uhaul. Class 3 Hitch, wirring, and trans cooler, and labor.. So if you go to uhaul for that stuff expect to pay around that depending how long it takes to instal everything.

ilmjumper 02-13-2011 01:37 AM

Wow...that makes my candy and flowers look like crap! (its the thought that counts right?) Can't comment on the install cause I did mine, but for the trailer I'd search craigslists first! Otherwise Lowes has a small one for pretty cheap

marbleheader 02-13-2011 01:42 AM

Thank you. Can I get away without a transmission cooler if I am using it sparingly and only for small tasks?

XJ Knight 02-13-2011 01:53 AM

Yep. Trans cooler not needed. I just like the idea of having for some of the loads i was towing and it helped keep the engine cool offroad. Fwiw a class 3 tow hitch makes a great recover point also

JeeperJake 02-13-2011 08:16 AM

re: "Class 3 hitch"

If my old references are correct, a 'class 3 hitch' can not be considered such if it is attached to a 'class 2 rated' vehicle. The JK is rated at 2000 # tow according to my manual....not a Class 3 range.

Looking underneath at what I expected to be a frame mount, was a sad little bolt-on to a single rear frame member....quite a limit from the true class 3 set up of my pick up.

The abbreviated one-point hitch illustrated there is more than just wheel-base length that goes into tow rating capacity.

Re: trailers
I've gotten the best service from all sorts of utility trailers that have at least 15" tires....but they have all been on Class 3 service tow rigs.

The 'boat trailer' size tires do not appeal to my needs in any way.

One of the best trailers I ever had, was a WW2 Bantam jeep ammo trailer with dual Timken wheel bearings. Despite its "1/4 ton" rating, I used it far in excess behind my various pick ups over a 20 year period....before a WW2 collector finally gave me considerable motivation to let him acquire it.

Replacing the Army jeep ammo trailer remains one of my goals. I like the older M100 round fender versions. Considering the difficulty in finding an affordable example, the later M103 etc versions with square fenders may have to do.

daggo66 02-13-2011 08:18 AM

Buy a hitch receiver and do it yourself. It is extremely simple.

Rugged Ridge 11580.51 - Rugged Ridge Receiver Hitch with Wiring Harness for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Then you can get a small trailer or a cargo basket.

800 Lb. Capacity 55" x 35" Box Trailer

500 Lb. Capacity Aluminum Cargo Carrier

PecosRiver 02-13-2011 08:59 AM

I just ordered this trailer:
http://www.off-roadinternational.com/images/fab12.jpg
and we plan to use it for camping and occasional shopping trips for inventory for our store.

I also have a smallish ATV trailer that I bought when I bought my Jeep to haul occasional building supplies and my ATV's. It works great to replace the pickup I traded in for the Jeep. I bought it at a trailer store in Santa Fe and since it was off-season for ATV's and trailer sales, I got a great deal on it. Listed for $1200 and I paid $850 for it. Go now to your local trailer store and see what they have. I'm almost positive that I bought mine in February too.

Mike750 02-13-2011 10:02 AM

A hitch is super easy to put on and they have wiring kits that just plug online with your tail lights you don't have to hard wire anything. You may say ur not handy at all but give it a try. Before you pay someone 300 to do about 30 min of work!

JeeperJake 02-13-2011 10:46 AM

This 500 Lb. Capacity Aluminum Cargo Carrier looks really handy.

John412 02-13-2011 05:22 PM

[QUOTE=PecosRiver;1052747]I just ordered this trailer:
http://www.off-roadinternational.com/images/fab12.jpg
and we plan to use it for camping and occasional shopping trips for inventory for our store.

I like that alot, and for that kinda money I think you had a deal there.

PecosRiver 02-14-2011 12:39 PM

[QUOTE=John412;1053488]
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Originally Posted by PecosRiver (Post 1052747)
I just ordered this trailer:
http://www.off-roadinternational.com/images/fab12.jpg
and we plan to use it for camping and occasional shopping trips for inventory for our store.

I like that alot, and for that kinda money I think you had a deal there.

Oops! Sorry, that price I stated was for my flatbed trailer. The pictured trailer is $2600 as shown. I pick it up in 4 weeks. Ordered it from: off-road international

JIMBOX 02-14-2011 12:51 PM

:whistling: If you pull a trailer with any JK/JKU-AUTO, you should get an aux cooler and they're not expensive, under $75 bucks


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Originally Posted by marbleheader (Post 1052502)
Thank you. Can I get away without a transmission cooler if I am using it sparingly and only for small tasks?

:dance::rofl: JIMBO


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