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Old 05-03-2015, 07:10 AM
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Motorcycle Towing

I have been reading about towing on a lot of different forums and have a question if any one has tried it.
I have a 2014 Wrangler Unlimited with 3.21 and manual transmission and a standard hitch I installed
I plan on towing my 2010 Street Glide from northern VA to Clarksville TN when I PCS in a couple months.
I would rent a Uhaul trailer to do the towing 5x9 utility trailer. At the 2000 lbs rating it only says I can put 760 lbs on it (less than the weight of my bike by about 150 lbs). The 3500 weight would let me put over 1300 lbs on the trailer which would work.

My question is how hard would this be on my Jeep. Im pretty good on towing, but I also know I have to cross the mountains on the way and want to make sure stopping is not an issue. It will be mostly interstate on 81 and then 40 to Nashville.

Has anyone towed around this amount that far on the interstate it would be around 2500-3000 totally loaded. If I dont tow it with the Jeep I have to prep it for transport with the Army (always concerning in the back of a moving truck)

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Maybe the U-Hauls are not the lightest trailers around. If you were to purchase a small trailer, maybe a made for motorcycles trailer, you could stay under the 2000 lbs limit.

I would think it doable withe the extra 150 lbs. Just drive a little slower and only use fifth if it does not lug the engine.

Backroads have a lot better scenery if you have the time. Highway US 70 runs from Knoxville to Nashville and is a beautiful drive if you are not in a hurry.

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The only difference between the 2000 lb and 3500 lb towing capacity options on the Wrangler Unlimited is the gear ratios, I would say that the stopping shouldn't really be an issue.

I would think that you could find a lighter trailer than the U-Haul one; I don't know exactly which trailer you are looking at, but I know the motorcycle trailer my local U-Haul has is quite a bit bigger than needed for a motorcycle, has a full metal floor and metal sides...seems like overkill for a motorcycle to me.
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I don't think you have a 3500lbs rating with 321 gears.
I agree about the trailer you are renting is overkill. Costco sells a good trailer and in the northwest we have Bi-mart. $250-300 gets you a cheap lite weight trailer. Just buy a spare tire.
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As mentioned stopping power is the same. It's the gears combined with the JKU wheelbase that makes s difference. I just want to make sure you're aware that u-haul won't rent to a softop if that's what your running. According to others on this site.
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Question rent or buy

How much will U-Haul charge? Northern tool has a 1500lb capacity trailer for like $500 or so. Might be better off buying one, either keeping it, or if no room sell it at the other end.
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Thanks for all the replies but for one the cost of the rental is covered under my move with the Army a new trailer is not. Them based on the size of a street glide I wouldn't feel safe towing a 20000 dollar bike on a smaller utility trailer that far across the country. I have a hard top so that's not an issue, again in just wondering if anyone has towed that kind of weight at interstate speeds for 500 miles?
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Rent an enclosed truck/van. Haul the bike in the van and pull the Jeep in tow.

Problem solved.

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again thank you, I have transported my bike like that in the past and dont really want to do that again and I have also towed a prior Jeep that I have owned behind a uhaul and would rather not again, then also my tire size does not fit their tie downs for car haulers

The goal is to hear experiences where people have hauled at interstate speeds around 2500 lbs
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again thank you, I have transported my bike like that in the past and dont really want to do that again and I have also towed a prior Jeep that I have owned behind a uhaul and would rather not again, then also my tire size does not fit their tie downs for car haulers

The goal is to hear experiences where people have hauled at interstate speeds around 2500 lbs
Then figure it our yourself.

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Then figure it our yourself. .
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Then figure it our yourself. .
I'm not trying to be a pain but I am asking a specific question, don't take my point of view so personal against you
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Have done a similar trip like you described with no ill effects to the Jeep. Take your time on the long uphill grades, I typically stopped every couple hours in the mountainous area to give the engine and brakes some time to cool down. Good luck with your trip.
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Have done a similar trip like you described with no ill effects to the Jeep. Take your time on the long uphill grades, I typically stopped every couple hours in the mountainous area to give the engine and brakes some time to cool down. Good luck with your trip.
Thanks so much for the info
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Thanks for all the replies but for one the cost of the rental is covered under my move with the Army a new trailer is not. Them based on the size of a street glide I wouldn't feel safe towing a 20000 dollar bike on a smaller utility trailer that far across the country. I have a hard top so that's not an issue, again in just wondering if anyone has towed that kind of weight at interstate speeds for 500 miles?
Not an expert on hauling with the newer jeeps...yet.
My main concern would be that with that much weight behind you, you may feel like the dog being wagged by it's tail with too much speed.
Just allow some extra time in case.

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