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Old 04-22-2015, 09:08 AM
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1987 wrangler yj towing

Hey all I was wondering if any of your wrangler owners have pulled pop up campers. I am asking because my grandmother has a pop up camper that I am considering using. At the very most it will be 3500lbs. My yj is a 4.2L I6 manual transmission. I would like to know if pulling this trailer will be a problem or dangerous. Thanks all in advance.

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Old 04-22-2015, 09:30 AM
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now can i assume you have tried and jack knifed?
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now can i assume you have tried and jack knifed?
not yet, i always have the proper truck to tow or haul.

in your case 3.5k on a YJ, not so safe.
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thanks for the info
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so if i wanted to pull a pop up camper woulf the 1.5 to 2k weight range be a better bet?
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so if i wanted to pull a pop up camper woulf the 1.5 to 2k weight range be a better bet?
lets say just maybe you could tow it, braking should be your main concern.

specially around the hillside or in the mountains.
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is there something i could do that would help enhance braking? i know i have seen people talking about trailer brakes. is that something i would have to install on the camper or is something i would need a different wiring harness for? obviously i am here asking because i dont want to get out and have some catastrophic event happen. I am looking to find what i can tow properly and what i can do to enhance any other aspects of the tow with the YJ
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and that being said i would be towing mostly upstate new york in and around the catskills
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I pulled my motorcycle around on a small trailer, about 1K. pulled good but didn't stop good, i can't see 3.5k. without trailer brakes. even then it will be too heavy.
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The camper weighs more than your jeep, just don't do it unless u have a death wish, if your gunna borrow your grandmas camper borrow her truck too. I assume she has one if she owns a camper
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I pulled a homemade teardrop camper with my 6 cyl XJ with no problems. The 1500 lb. trailer had brakes and the Cherokee had a brake controller. I still have the trailer and if I were to pull it with my current YJ I would most certainly install a brake controller. Jeep brakes are marginal at best. To the best of my memory Wranglers are only rated to pull 1500 pounds. If you decide to pull Granny's trailer with your Wrangler, please let me know. I will stay home that day. Good Luck, L.M.
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Look at the hubs of the trailer axle. If there are unused flanges in there, you can bolt on a trailer brake kit. If not, you'll have to change the axle to do so. I've been (lightly) using the same 5x10 cargo trailer that I pulled with my 4runner for many years. (Less than 1500 lbs. I've loaded it to 5000 lbs with the 4runner. Carefully.) Although the jeep is only slightly lighter than the 4runner, it is considerably squirrelier. I'll be adding the brake kit before I load up that trailer significantly.
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I went and checked out the trailer and it is not 3.5k lbs it is 2.4k lbs and after the forum and research my YJ as per the owners manual says max towing is 2k. So I guess either way I will not be able to pull it. I do not have a death wish that is why I am on here asking these questions. My grandmother also didn't have a truck they pulled the camper with a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. That is why I was wondering if I could pull it because they appear to be roughly around the same size and both have a 6 cylinder engine.
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With the actual weight now known I guess I can assume with trailer brakes and a brake controller it is still probably not a good idea.
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@toddster8 do you have any idea where I could shop around for trailer brakes?

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