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Old 06-01-2015, 07:16 PM
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Advice on how to tow my YJ......please

I'll be moving from Michigan to Arizona later this summer and need advice on how to tow my YJ. Should I just get a tow bar and drag it along or get a dolly? Anybody have any experience doing this? Thanks in advance.

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I've had to flat tow mine (short runs of 50 miles) a couple of times in the last few months. Transfer case in neutral, trans in 5th and steering column unlocked. Mine tracked well, but it's not lifted and running 235x75R 15's. Pulled it with a 3/4 ton pickup, so braking wasn't a concern. Depending on your tow vehicle and if that's your jeep in the avatar, I would go with a rented car trailer for a long tow.

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rent a car hauler from uhaul. and what are you towing with?
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We used to drag our other YJ around a lot. YJ's flat toe just fine.

I wouldn't add the weight of a car trailer.

You can set up a tow bar and magnetic lights for cheap.

Unlock the column, t-case in nuetral and trans in gear or park.

Set up some safety chains, make sure you are within your tie vehicle limits and don't plan on backing up.
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Leave it in MI. Buy one with less rust when you get to AZ. Seems simple to me. Added benefit: you can avoid ALL the hassles associated with towing.
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Leave it in MI. Buy one with less rust when you get to AZ. Seems simple to me. Added benefit: you can avoid ALL the hassles associated with towing.
funny as it is I actually would have to agree with you. I have searched Arizona CL and the quality of jeeps down there compared to up here in our frozen salt filled shit hole is amazing. I think their biggest problem down there I read was dry rot on rubber! WHOOPTY DOOOO!!!! I would seriously think about it. If yours is in decent shape you can get a good penny for it this time of year. Or do like the previous poster said, flat tow.
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Leave it in MI. Buy one with less rust when you get to AZ. Seems simple to me. Added benefit: you can avoid ALL the hassles associated with towing.
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rent a car hauler from uhaul. and what are you towing with?
Probably a small UHaul truck. Not sure how big yet.
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Leave it in MI. Buy one with less rust when you get to AZ. Seems simple to me. Added benefit: you can avoid ALL the hassles associated with towing.
I've done a lot of work on my jeep and really want to keep it. It's in very good shape and pretty rust free. A jeep like mine in Arizona would be hard to find and if you found one, it would be VERY expensive. Since I'm renting a truck I figured it would be no big deal to pull my YJ behind it. Don't think the thought didn't cross my mind though.
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Rent a tow dolly from u-haul. Check your wheel size against what size they say their wheel straps will fit. Remove the rear drive shaft & go. Relatively easy tow, especially using their truck. "Don't be gentile, it's a rental!" Good luck.

Personally, I am sticking with my first post. Sell it in MI.
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Rent a tow dolly from u-haul. Check your wheel size against what size they say their wheel straps will fit. Remove the rear drive shaft & go. Relatively easy tow, especially using their truck. "Don't be gentile, it's a rental!" Good luck. Personally, I am sticking with my first post. Sell it in MI.
How is that better than just flat towing.

The one way dolly rental will probably cost more than a Reese tow bar and magnetic light, plus you get to keep the towing set up for future trips and or break down recoveries.
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How is that better than just flat towing.

The one way dolly rental will probably cost more than a Reese tow bar and magnetic light, plus you get to keep the towing set up for future trips and or break down recoveries.
A dolly includes lights and brakes... just like a trailer.
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I've towed mine over 1200 miles with a tow bar, no problems at all. Rolled along just fine.

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