I’m thinking about selling my truck only if I can tow my ATV trailer with 2 atv’s on it. I have a 2010 Wrangler JK sport 2 door. The 2 bikes and trailer weigh about #2500 together. Anyone done this successfully? I do know the gas mileage will suck even worse.
It is going to depend, are you willing to slow down and accept the potential legal liabilities with pulling over weight? I pull over weight with my 2014 often but my rigs is no where near stock and I keep my speed to 60 mph or slower. I try to never exceed 200 lbs on the tongue.
I have a 2016 4 door and bought a Triton aluminum atv trailer for just this purpose, it's all aluminum, ways only 300 lbs.
I actually called JEEP and asked what my towing capacity was. Because of what they installed on my rig they said I could pull 4400 lbs. Not sure I believe them but I am well over anything I want to pull.
Call Jeep and ask them the actual towing capacity of your set up. I have heard that some of them can pull more but asking them directly is best.
I'm pulling 2 Can Am 800's on my trailer. I'm more worried about the trailer. I think I will be buying another axle in the future just to be safe.
Most trips are from Illinois to Wisconsin. Maybe 400 miles round trip. We did make a trip to Moab and one to Texas. Besides the Colorado Rockies, it wasn’t to bad. I’m guessing around 2000lbs with the aluminum trailer. I did upgrade the brakes to a big brake kit. No trailer brakes. It’s about the max I’d personally tow.
If you sell the truck and the trailer, that should offset the cost of an aluminum trailer to bring things under 2,000lb. A lighter trailer will also help with fuel economy a little bit... and it won't ever rust or need paint.
Definitely keep the tongue weight light too. With a short wheelbase 2-door, too much tongue weight will try to lift your front tires off the pavement, which is no bueno for steering stability at highway speeds.
I think if you have 3.73 or 4.10 gears and stock size tires you will be OK as long as you keep speeds reasonable. I currently have a 2017 Rubicon Recon 4.10/auto trans stock size tires and regularly tow my bass boat and a 17 foot Casita travel trailer. The boat weighs about 2500 lbs with a 275-300 lb tongue weight depending on how full the gas tank is. The Casita weighs about 3200 lb with a tongue weight about 420 lb. Tows either most of the time in 5th gear, 4th on moderate grades and occasionally 3rd on steep (over 4%) grades at altitude. I previously had a 2014 2dr JK and towed the bass boat with it - no problems. Personally I believe Wranglers are under rated in the US. Look at the ratings for Europe and Australia, much higher but they have 55-60 mph speed limits while towing. I would not tow my boat or Casita at the 80-85 mph speed limit on some highways with my Wrangler or a full size truck for that matter. I tow at 60-65 mph on the highway. MPG 13.5-Casita, 15.5-boat.
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