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Trailer to haul Jeep?

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We usually spend our summers out of state and are looking for a trailer to haul the Jeep behind the truck. We are in Colorado and are looking to travel to places such as California, Utah, and mountain locations in Co. I have an 02 Wrangler Sport with a 4 inch lift and 35" tires (not sure if that matters) We were not looking at enclosed trailers due to the height of the Jeep, but is it best to have enclosed while traveling? Any suggestions and advice is greatly appreciated as we have never had to purchase a trailer before!

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There are many of us that tow four down. It's less weight to drag, easier connects and disconnects, less parking issues for a trailer (when you're off Jeepin)....just a much more simple setup.

We have a 16' Clark trailer with ramps, I haven't used it twice for Jeep haulin....projects, yes!
We bought a 2000 Wrangler Sport tj recently and are weighing our options regarding towing behind the motorhome. We see Jeeps 4 down all over the country..and hardly ever see them trailered.
Our question is this...does the convenience of 4 down towing outweigh the wear on the tires, etc.?

Those who pull a trailer, say... less wear on the Jeep and easier maneuverability (we have pulled an enclosed trailer for many years) .. and we know you cannot backup a towed 4 down vehicle.

We will appreciate any more feedback in helping us make this decision. We are looking forward to the Jeep experience !!

Kay and Ron
I went from flat towing, to a steel and wood car trailer, to an open 16' aluminum car trailer. After making the switch to aluminum I'll never go back. Yes the aluminum is expensive, but it doesn't rust and weighs 1/2 what a comparable steel trailer weighs. I tow it and my built LJ on 35" tires behind a 1/2 ton Ram and barely know it's there. As I said, not the cheapest option, but another one to consider.
Thank YOU ! We are looking at aluminum trailers as well. Do you feel the 16' better serves the need than a 14' ? our Sport is 10.5' long .. since we know nothing...we are exploring all our options.

A 16' is the minimum I'd consider for hauling. As the three bears say, It's not to long, it's not to short, it's just right.

If pictures would help, send me a contact number in a PM and I'll snap a few in the next couple days.
thank you for your reply...all points made taken...
Ron is very comfortable pulling a trailer, as this is how we have traveled with our motorcycles for many years (including a hitch mount rack for the dual sport when not taking the dresser) … we do, indeed, have a tool box which would be a good addition to the trailer! ,, check !
We have plenty of room to store the trailer when not in use...check !
Ron understands/knows the difference between loading & pulling/backing a trailer vs a toad...thus making it more compatible to his abilities/knowledge.

I will pm you for some photos !

The only benefit of flat towing is not having to have a trailer... don't have to buy it, tag it, store it, maintain it, or park/ secure it at ur destination....

Btw, contrary to popular belief, you absolutelu CAN back up a jeep on a tow bar.... the front tires go full lock and scrub and squall and people come running waiving their arms and yelling stop stop stop but it doesn't hurt the jeep other than minimal additional wear on the tires....

I have even backed my jeep on a towbar behind my 38' fifth wheel behind my crew cab dually about 100' and then around a corner.... now that's fun....
Thanks for your comments ! sooo. our thought after your graphic description of the lengthy a person is in that position/predicament … would it make sense for the spouse to get in the toad and grab the steering wheel to help guide it in the correct backward direction?
not really... The steering wheel will agressively fight you...

You can lock the steering wheel in the center position but honestly the correct approach is to plan ahead and only back up if you make a mistake....
I have flat towed many thousands of miles over 10 plus years and and only backed up a few hundred feet total in all that time.... I am almost always alone.... With a second person it takes about a minute to unhook the jeep and the other person could drive it to a safe place to hook back up.... Or just let the tires scrub n go for it.
thank you ! It was just a thought !
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