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Old 03-28-2016, 01:47 PM
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Pulling capacity

I want to pull a trailer with the jeep I know it has capacity for 2000 lbs and recommended 200 lbs tongue weight. I have heard people saying they pulled 3500 0r so down the freeway and going 65 mph. I'm a little worried to do that. I'm not a huge fan of tent trailers but wanted to see if anyone has pointers.

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I tow a tent trailer behind my TJ and wouldn't even consider anything over the 2,000 max tow rating of the TJ. Mine is probably 1600-1700 lbs. loaded which is just about right, I wouldn't want it to be any heavier that is for sure. Towing more than that and you're every likely to quickly grasp the meaning of the phrase 'the tail wagging the dog' when towing a trailer heavier than the TJ was designed for. The TJ's low 2,000 lb. safe rating is due to its short wheelbase which means it is easier for a trailer to shove it around on curves or emergency maneuvers.

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Listen to what Jerry Said & personally unless I needed to pull a very small trailer a few miles down the street I wouldn't hook anything up to my TJ. Be Safe
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you may have seen the 3500 lb capacity of an LJ, the longer wheelbase helps a ton.

dont go over 2k lbs in a TJ
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The other piece I want to add to this discussion is that you want to make sure your axle gearing is optimized. What I mean is..."as a for instance", if you added 33's with the stock 3.07 gears, its not going to tow anything very well.
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It's what you can stop safely, not what you can pull.

I have an M100 trailer for my JKUR - it tows like a dream. I've seen lots of people with pop-ups and trailers with roof top tents on M100/417 model trailers, too.

You can also check out Dinoot if you're looking for a nice adventure trailer.
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To be honest
I have towed a 2 ton car with a 1 ton trailer and i was doing 40mph the trailer had brakes
BUT it was a matter of life or death.
The jeep was pretty well balance and it is capable of more!
But when I applied the brakes the back part did lift up enough to lift the tires several times.
Another time a cop asked me help because of one container truck got stuck due to a transmission problem.
The truck was a old chevy c35 with a 5 ton oil tank on the back more or less 5tons of payload.
I drove my jeep in 2wd H with no problem whatsoever but every was made with care a police help.
So to me i will recommend not to exceed the safety limit if its no a matter of life or death
The jeep has capability of towing the moon But the brakes are not going to like it and! You might brake something.
So stay safe and dont exceed the towing limit if you are going on a highway.

Stay safe and use caution!
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The real issue of towing something heavier than the TJ is supposed to is if you have to hit the brakes while on a curve or during a turn. That's when the **** will hit the fan and all kinds of bad outcomes become serious possibilities. When on a curve and you hit the brakes for some kind of unexpected/emergency situation, the trailer is going going to continue pushing straight which means it'll be doing its best to push the rear-end out towards the outside of the turn and cause a jackknife or worse.
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^It will be just like hitting a slick spot in winter. That trailer will push that tail end like nobodies business.
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Agree with all of the above cautions. Yes, I have towed heavier stuff with my LJ, but it was strictly limited in scope. The helicopter/trailer combo in the photo below weighs somewhere north of 5000 pounds, but the towing distance was less than 200 yards and the speed well below 10 MPH. Aside from the fact that the trailer was totally non-roadworthy (or legal), trying to pull or, more importantly, maneuver and stop that much weight on a public road would have been lunacy.
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Looks a lot like the bell jet rangers they trained us with back at NAS Whiting
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Looks a lot like the bell jet rangers they trained us with back at NAS Whiting
Yeah, this is the stretched model, called a LongRanger. And they actually pay me to fly it - go figure!

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