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Old 09-26-2011, 02:57 PM
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Towing a Travel Trailer

I've got a 2011 Rubicon (2 Door). I'm looking at the [email protected] trailer made by Little Guy. Weight of the trailer is 1420 pounds. I'll need to get a proper hitch and an electrical hookup (7 point) for the trailers surge brakes.

What else do I need to do to the Jeep to make it ready to tow something like this? Anything else I need to know?

I've never towed anything with a Jeep (I understand its different) so any and all advice is appreciated.

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I had the tow package...but I never had any issues with mine...just hooked it up and went

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I used to trailer some personal watercraft with my TJ and never had any problems towing (with the 4.0L engine) that I have no clue what the diff ratio's were back then (1999) but the Jeep towed that without any fusss.

My advice:
  • take it slow
  • allow plenty of time to react
  • don't speed
  • when turning in the city, remember you'll have an extra "stuff" behind you and people new to towing will typically turn too quickly and run the trailer over the curb or way to late pi$$ing off the people behind them since they can't tell what lane you are turning into
When loading the trailer, keep the weight balanced according to the manufacturers recommendations or you will get trailer walking (aka trailer sway - I've heard it called many things). Ford has a nice video explaining and demo'd what happens if the trailer starts walking and how to respond. The video is actually a promotion for their trailer anti-sway stuff but the video is good nonetheless. I looked it now but I couldn't find it. I either saw it on their web site or on Youtube.
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Try to make sure that the TONGUE WEIGHT, isn't much more than 10% of the trailer weight-(Bathroom scales work) and don't forget to cross your safety chains !

I don't know what your tranny is, mine is an auto and my diffs have been regeared, so towing my trailer is a cake walk-

I can even use O/D and cruise control , no problemo !!

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I would gear it very low; the JK will have a struggle in any hilly areas.
My trailer weighs more than yours and I finally traded the JK for a PW to be able to tow better.

You'll need to install a brake controller for the brakes to work. About $100 or so.

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Thanks for the info!
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I have a 2004 tj 4 inch lift sport jeep wrangler, Does anyone know what size travel trailer I can tow with this Please? I was thinking between a 14 to 20 ft.
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Really gonna depend on overall weight.

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