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Old 09-03-2014, 08:37 AM
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Question 2013 jk 2dr towing questions

Good Morning ALL! I am trying to decide if I should purchase a 2014 RPOD Travel Trailer. I have a 2013 2DR Jeep Wrangler Sport. I keep reading that the tow weight ranges from 2000 lbs to 3500 lbs and I'm having trouble understanding what I should count on.

Here are the specs of the RPOD 171 -

Type Classification Ultra Light Weight
Length 18'4"
Width 8'0"
Height 9'6"
Hitch Weight 225 lbs
Dry Weight 2,205 lbs
Gross Weight 3,225 lbs
Cargo Weight 1,003 lbs

Will this kill my Jeep to pull it (longest trip probably around 7 hours)? I will be going up and down hills at times and sometimes through the Ozarks. I understand that I need to be a careful driver and I'm one of those super cautious people as it is but I'm more concerned about messing up my Jeep.

The RV dealership told me that with an anti-sway system, trailer braking system installed, transmissions cooler and a 4000lb hitch that I should be fine pulling this trailer. I've seen pictures of others pulling as well (example - Ford Escapes and RAV4's). I want the trailer but I don't want to get myself into trouble.

Thoughts? Advice? Should my Jeep be able to handle this?
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I believe the limit on 2 doors is 2000. The higher weight would be the 4 doors with 3.73 I believe. That is too heavy for your Jeep to safely tow.

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I would do it, especially if your camper has it's own brakes.

But thats just my .02c

As far as "killing" your Jeep's performance, you would want to re gear for it.
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As you can see all 2 doors have a 2,000 max.

Personally I would NOT tow it. Not because of the weight being slightly over, but because of the frontal area of 76 sq feet combined with an 18.5' length. That is way too much of a "sail" for a 2 door. WAY TOO MUCH!! WAY WAY TOO MUCH!! << Get the point
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Also don't forget the legal aspects.
Over the limit opens you up to charges/insurance denials on claims. Also if in an accident you will be automatically be at least partially at fault for going over the limit.
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We choose to get a Little Guy 5 Wide for behind the 2 Door. Dry weight of 950lbs
Don't even notice it back there on the highway. Still get just over 17 on the road.

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Also don't forget the legal aspects.
Over the limit opens you up to charges/insurance denials on claims. Also if in an accident you will be automatically be at least partially at fault for going over the limit.
Bingo. Your powertrain can certainly handle it, and if you're careful you can probably get through it ok, but one bad crosswind, or another bad driver you have to try to avoid, and suddenly you're open to having your life wrecked. To say nothing of the physical risk.
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I have never thought the risk is worth it... Keep it under the recomended towing capacity, manufacturers have reasons for choosing the numbers they do. Maybe look at other trailer options or consider going to a JKU

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