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lovemachine 04-06-2011 08:54 AM

Pulling trailers
 
I was told since that that Wranglers are short wheel based, you shouldn't pull anything more than 1,000 pounds. Yet, I've seen guys pull huge enclosed trailers.

Surely someone here has tested their wrangler. What size trailers do you guys pull? How much weight have you hauled/pulled?

s3nt3nc3d 04-06-2011 08:58 AM

They're rated to pull 2000 lbs... I think I've seen on the stock mopar hitch 1000 lbs mentioned (my buddy was driving one of the dealership Jeeps with a Mopar hitch on it), but from on here everyone has said 2000. The Wrangler Unlimiteds can tow more, but I can't recall how much more.

forace2009 04-06-2011 09:14 AM

I have a 2005 wrangler unlimited with the 4.0 and it is rated at 3500 lbs towing. I have not pulled that much but have done more than 2400 lbs and no problems, just keep it out of overdrive. Not sure I would try 3500 except short haul local stuff.

DerekM 04-06-2011 09:20 AM

I pull 2000 pounds regularly since i'm redoing all the landscaping at my house. I would not recommend more than 500 pounds tongue weight though. I tried to pull an empty 18ft trailer just for fun, that was scary even at 25mph. I was told you should not tow any trailer that the tongue to axle is longer than your wheelbase.

darin.1701 04-06-2011 09:48 AM

Well two things, one of which, is what kind of hitch are you talking about? Different hitchs on the vehicles have different ratings. two, what is the vehicle rated for?

I have an 04 TJ-X and it is rated to pull 2,000 lbs, and I have a class 3 hitch which is rated for 5,000 lbs (it is either 5,00 or 3,000. i keep forgetting)

I pull a 4x6 enclosed trailer all the time that has around 2,000 lbs in it and only have a problem when i start to go too fast. ;-)

With the short wheel base, regardless of what you pull, you will want to keep the speed down.

DevilDogDoc 04-06-2011 10:14 AM

I pulled a trailer that weighed about 1500 lbs 850 miles with no issues....

gbtb87 04-30-2011 07:19 PM

JK here pull 2000lbs no problems factory hitch. I'm going to check the
tongue to wheel lenght as DerekM says

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u.../thebunit3.jpg

CROJEEP 05-01-2011 01:32 PM

Never too late for answer!? Very often i'm pulling offroad 14 feet trailer with 2500 pounds cargo. 4x4 engaged all the time! No high speed!

DevilDogDoc 05-01-2011 02:00 PM

Pulled this one loaded at 55-60 for 18 hours....
http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/a...8/447f44e9.jpg

Ageless Stranger 05-01-2011 02:11 PM

2000 lbs for the TJ. 3500 for the TJ Unlimited.

MarkElliotG. 05-01-2011 04:57 PM

Towing Capacity - 2011 Wrangler Sport
 
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Based on the 2011 User Guide (excerpt attached) it all depends on your Jeep's Axle Ratio. (3.21, 3.73, or 4.10).

Axle / Max. Gross Trailer Weight / Max. Trailer Tongue Weight

Two Door Models
3.21 / 1000 lbs. / 100 lbs.
3.73 & 4.10 / 2000 lbs. / 200 lbs.

Four Door Models
3.21 / 1000 lbs. / 100 lbs.
3.73 & 4.10 / 3500 lbs. / 350 lbs.

N.B. One way that I know of, to determine what your Jeep's Axle Ratio is---it was probably written on your vehicle's dealer-supplied "Build Sheet" when it was purchased new. This is the sheet of paper that is usually posted inside the window containing info. on the that specific vehicle. Perhaps too, you'll find the Axle ratio under your vehicle---it may be on a sticker, or engraved, near a component or on the axle. Also, a dealer near you, using your Jeep's VIN# located on the driver-side dashboard (near the windshield), may be able to print off a "Build Sheet" for your vehicle with the Axle Ratio info for your vehicle.

Mark

Mischievous Cat 05-01-2011 05:21 PM

I pulled an 18 foot trailer loaded with a guy's Mitsubishi 20 miles with my old Sahara. No problems with power, but the stability and stopping were hairy and scary. It was icy.
I wouldn't do that again.

jeepskala 05-01-2011 06:37 PM

i have pulled a car trailer, with old cj5 complete, from florida to NY with my 97 4.0l 5 spd, 4.10 gears on 32 in tires, the trailer is a two car trailer. no problems, had swaying issues in the wind but nothing else.

found its easier to maneuver the trailer when im pulling it with the jeep, then my pick up.

coolbreeze 05-01-2011 09:16 PM

Pulling is easy, stopping is the important part. Trailer brakes and a good controller are worth the money. Don't tow more than your Jeep is rated for. Its all fun and games till someone gets hurt.

wolfen 05-01-2011 09:34 PM

Mine is a 01 TJ and its rated at 2000lbs with the 2.5 so I got me a little class one that bolts onto the bumper for now until I can build one that bolts under the frame, but my trailer is a class1 also so I really don;t need a heavy duty one :)

edmond 05-02-2011 12:42 AM

I have pulled everything form a single sea doo to a 4000lb boat... Keep it under 2000lbs and your OK, under 3500 for an unlimited. I was pulling an 18ft travel trailer with my 2006 LJ. trailer weighed about 3700 loaded. never had any issues (even stopping) BUT I had dual sway control electric trailer brakes, weight distribution hitch, one ton axles and upgraded brakes...
Pulled a 4000lb boat ONCE a short distance with a TJ..... SCARY, couldnt stop it.

UnlimitedLJ04 05-02-2011 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by edmond (Post 1214204)
Pulled a 4000lb boat ONCE a short distance with a TJ..... SCARY, couldnt stop it.

yuppers, the problem isn't the power - it's the stopping.

spyder98 05-02-2011 01:44 PM

I pulled about 1800lbs for a 700 mile round trip. going up a steep hill made it a little difficult but overall the jeep handled pretty good.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w...1/77fb26aa.jpg

phritchey 05-10-2011 08:36 PM

I made this one, it's pretty short, I can tow at freeway speeds just fine, the tongue weight is lighter than I would like, and am currently working on a remedy for that. not sure the exact weight of the trailer.

Scoob 05-10-2011 09:19 PM

Pull a trailer pretty often with mine. In the summer its spends a lot of time hooked to the camper. Which when loaded down and full propane tank is about 1600 pounds.
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c4...d00/Camper.jpg

Also a couple times a year I pull a 6X10 trailer loaded (about 2400 pounds) to Chicago and back. Which is about 400 miles each way.

With good trailer brakes and a good controller I have never had a problem.

phritchey 05-11-2011 10:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phritchey (Post 1231788)
I made this one, it's pretty short, I can tow at freeway speeds just fine, the tongue weight is lighter than I would like, and am currently working on a remedy for that. not sure the exact weight of the trailer.

sorry.

wolfen 05-11-2011 04:40 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^
Look everybody its a Jeep and a half

GatorInNola 05-11-2011 05:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phritchey (Post 1232818)
sorry.

Like that.

FalconRods 05-11-2011 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scoob
Pull a trailer pretty often with mine. In the summer its spends a lot of time hooked to the camper. Which when loaded down and full propane tank is about 1600 pounds.

Also a couple times a year I pull a 6X10 trailer loaded (about 2400 pounds) to Chicago and back. Which is about 400 miles each way.

With good trailer brakes and a good controller I have never had a problem.

Like popup - manufacturer and model please

Scoob 05-11-2011 07:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FalconRods (Post 1233877)
Like popup - manufacturer and model please

Thanks, Its a Chalet Arrowhead. They are very similar to a Aliner. Both are "A" frame campers that only take about 20-30 seconds to set up. And are light enough for the Jeep to pull with no problem. After having canvas pop ups for years, the hard side is the only way to go.

OklaTJ 05-11-2011 07:57 PM

LOL my 18 wheeler pulls 80,000 lbs 53' trl 28ft truck. But as for my TJ I've pulled a 16 ft trl loaded as much as I could get on it when I moved a few mouths ago it did fine but never got over 55mph with it. If you don't have exp pulling a trl I would start out with small loads.


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