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Old 07-13-2019, 10:47 PM
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We are considering purchase of a used 2004 - 2009 Wrangler with 6-cylinder engine and automatic transmission, primarily to flat tow behind our motorhome. We would also like to use it to launch/pull our 19' center console boat. From the published brochures, I gather the Wrangler (non-Unlimited version) has a 2,000 lbs. trailer towing capacity. Our boat, outboard motor, gas, and trailer runs about 2,600 lbs. The distance to/from the ramp is only about 2 blocks. Does anyone see a problem with occasionally exceeding the published towing capacity (maybe 5-6 times a year) for this very short distance? Thanks to all in advance.

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I had a 19' bow rider that I towed a few miles to the ramp with a 99 Cherokee. The Cherokee is lighter but it was very scary and braking was marginal. The scariest time was when the boat started to drag the Cherokee down the ramp as it couldn't hold it. Fortunately, as the back axle was going into the water, the boat floated off the trailer and stopped the slide. I quickly traded for an F150 and had no further problems. If you try it, go very slow as it would be easy to jack knife a short wheelbase with a long trailer. I currently run a 2011 2dr and tow behind my RV but I don't trailer anything with it.

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I have a 19' center console that I tow with my F150. No chance on earth that I would tow it with my 2008 Unlimited Rubicon. As one of the posts above state, braking is scary as crap when you're towing too much weight. I did it in a YJ in my younger years with a little 15' jet boat and my front wheels locked up and it pushed me about 10 feet when I was trying to slow down for a turn. I'll never test a tow rating again.
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I appreciate the concerns about braking but I don't see it as an issue with our boat trailer (MagicTilt), as it has disk brakes and they are very effective, both moving forward and in reverse. I was mainly concerned about possible long-term affects on the jeep's running gear. The tongue weight is definitely below the 300 lbs. limit of the jeep, and below the GCWR.
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Max tow is 3500 lbs.

Two blocks? No problem. We towed an 1800 lb popup and a 250 lb fishing boat behind that around Colorado this past week. Leave extra stopping distance and you should be fine.
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if you are only towing 2 blocks at slow speeds I would have 0 issue towing a boat that weighed even 5000lbs. Ever been to a marina where they use little willys jeeps to put in big boats? for your information tho a jeep from 2004 to 2006 will be a tj and 2007 on up a jk. JK definitely will be a better tow rig. Jeep raised the tow rating on 2015 and up JK two doors to 3500lb with 3.73 gears for some reason.
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Max tow is 3500 lbs.

Two blocks? No problem. We towed an 1800 lb popup and a 250 lb fishing boat behind that around Colorado this past week. Leave extra stopping distance and you should be fine.
Glad it worked out for you, but that must've been a sight to see that mini train cruising around.
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It turned a few heads, and a couple of smiles. No one Jeep waved, though. Too weird I guess.

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