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Is a 2007 wrangler sport auto capable of towing a 17 ft boston whaler? Whats the biggest boat you've towed with a wrangler JK?
 

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2dr or 4dr? 2dr is rated for 2000 lbs. and the 4 dr for 3500 lbs. The size of your boat is not as important as the weight of the loaded trailer.
 

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There you have it. If your loaded trailer is 2000 lbs. or under, you're good to go.
 

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Is a 2007 wrangler sport auto capable of towing a 17 ft boston whaler? Whats the biggest boat you've towed with a wrangler JK?
I am (passively) looking for a 16-17 ft center console (like a whaler) and I'm sure my 07 2 door would handle it nicely. A boat is very low profile and at the same time very, aerodynamic...to take it 30 miles to the coast and every now and then 50 miles to the lakes region I'm sure it would handle perfectly!
Nothing like hauling a big ol' square camper...:D
Lemme know if you get one and how it handles...
 

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My question is- there was never such a thing in the States as a 2007 Sport model- it was X, Sahara, and Rubicon. You SURE it's a 2007? Mark W.
 

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I was under the impression that the 07 2-dr Sahara automatic tranny with the 4.10 gears had a higher rated towing capacity than 2000-lbs? I am also in the market for a fishing boat, was looking at 16-18 footer, aluminum or fiberglass. Was leaning towards a fiberglass w/center console which is heavier than an aluminum. Now I may have to reconsider my options. The primary use lake's boat launch is only 15-minutes away so not too concerned, but also want the ability to tow distances without sweating out the dreaded death wobble going down the highway.
 

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I was under the impression that the 07 2-dr Sahara automatic tranny with the 4.10 gears had a higher rated towing capacity than 2000-lbs? I am also in the market for a fishing boat, was looking at 16-18 footer, aluminum or fiberglass. Was leaning towards a fiberglass w/center console which is heavier than an aluminum. Now I may have to reconsider my options. The primary use lake's boat launch is only 15-minutes away so not too concerned, but also want the ability to tow distances without sweating out the dreaded death wobble going down the highway.
Your impression is incorrect. A quick glance at your owner's manual will verify that. It also doesn't say that it's safe to tow over the limit as long as it's only 15 or 20 minutes away. :rolleyes: If something bad happens your insurance will not cover you for being over the limit. If other people's lives are involved, you could end up in a world of hurt. Just sayin'.
 

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^ Not to mention, if something bad happens, you can and will GO TO JAIL! That's right- it's DOT LAW! Don't do it- in 15-20 minutes, you can cause an accident and kill people, and spend the rest of your life in jail! Lucky you- not worth it. Buy a tow rig, or a berth- Mark W.
 

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Appreciate your advice and concern. The 15-minute tow to the nearest boat launch is along a 30-mph posted road, so I am not overly worried about making/taking that chance. I would be the only one actually going the speed limit. That being said, I do want to be able to tow distances since Oneida Lake is not the only water I will be putting in at, looks like I will be saddled with buying an aluminum and that stinks.
 

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Appreciate your advice and concern.
Just to be clear, I'm not all that concerned if you kill yourself, that's just Darwin's theories in action. It's anyone else that may be involved because of your reckless disregard that is the real concern.
 

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Oh dang, just borrow a friends truck or something... I am sure you can find a person that will lend you a hand for a 15 min drive.
Be smart and play it safe... not stupid.

Remember... A Jeep is only as smart and awesome as the driver.
 

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^ Not to mention, if something bad happens, you can and will GO TO JAIL! That's right- it's DOT LAW! Don't do it- in 15-20 minutes, you can cause an accident and kill people, and spend the rest of your life in jail! Lucky you- not worth it. Buy a tow rig, or a berth- Mark W.
First off you are DEAD wrong there is no jail time associated with towing a trailer over the weight limit of a non-comercial vehicle EVER......
There is absolutely NO DOT LAW ANYWHERE THAT ASSOCIATES OVERWEIGHT TOWING TO JAIL TIME PERIOD!

You may end up in court if you kill someone but unless you have done something before you wont see jail time for it......

Commercial vehicles are a different story though keep that in mind the rules are a bit more strict but jail is still a long shot but possable......

I don't by any means think it should be done but to post false info is not fair....

Also I tow a 14.5' Baja Splash Jet boat with my 2dr no problem and it weighs 2600 dry wo/fuel including the trailer..... I only tow it on private property though ..... so I will do whatever the hell i want in that case.... :flipoff:
 

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First off you are DEAD wrong there is no jail time associated with towing a trailer over the weight limit of a non-comercial vehicle EVER......
There is absolutely NO DOT LAW ANYWHERE THAT ASSOCIATES OVERWEIGHT TOWING TO JAIL TIME PERIOD!
Maybe no jail time, but it sure can get you a hefty fine. Also, I know of a couple who were towing a trailer larger than they should. They are now minus a son... and the mother was in the hosp. for a little over a month in recovery. Had they just NOT pulled a overweight trailer on a highway... they would be a more complete and happier family today... so forgive me if I find your arrogance irritating. :mad: :(

They don't put the towing capacity in the manual of each vehicle because they were bored or had extra paper space. :doh: There is scientific testing done to back up their statement... more so than you have to back up yours.

Better to be safe than ignorant and stupid. There is not shame in following logic and the simple rules placed before you. Leave the irresponsible rebel routine to the teenage drivers. :bottom:
 

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Easy there spanky- learn to read, then respond. "If something bad happens..." yeah.. no big words, even. Try again :) Mark W.
Making generalizations is fine, I read the post you are still wrong :flipoff: there is no law anywhere.... even if something bad happens... that sends you to jail!

Once again we are talking non-commercial vehicles.....
If something bad happens you still do not go to jail......
you have a court hearing and potentially could if it is a repeat offense or if they have something else on you (or karma decides to be a royal pain in the a$$).....

I checked PA's records back when I was on the f150 forums a year ago there was one single person that went to jail out of thousands who had tickets or accidents regarding an overweight trailer in the past 5 years and he had a dui on his record......

I do not condone it on public roadways at all, I have been very close to killed by a overweight trailer... a 26' boat rolled the pulling vehicle due to a gust of wind causing it to sway and the 6" lift on the 80's full size blazer snapped a shackle two cars in front of me.......

Nothing replaces common sense here if you are doing 30mph and the trailer drops off the ball it doesn't go far been there done that with 2 sea doo's the chains allowed it to swing under the truck and come to a stop due to it being the correct tongue weight....

If you drive like an idiot then you get what you deserve.....

back to the OP:
were not talking a heavy boat its a Boston whaler, 3000lb max with trailer fully laden with gear its only a 1500lb boat dry no trailer base eng. package.....
it weighs less than my 14.5'

Great boat by the way I had a jet drive version up on lake Erie that was a blast....
 

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There is scientific testing done to back up their statement... more so than you have to back up yours.
Actually its not scientific its based conservatively off of total vehicle weight, weight distribution from front to rear, length of vehicle, and drive line components.....

Testing is minimal and is not scientific by definition....


The jeep is not intended as a tow vehicle hence not much testing.....
 
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