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Old 01-30-2017, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Towing a Tentrax trailer on the Rubicon?

Just bought a used Tentrax trailer and am wondering about the feasibility of pulling it over the Rubicon. For those that are not familiar, the Tentrax is a lightweight trailer with a clamshell top that makes into a tent, storage below.

The trailer has 33" tires and torflex axle, good ground clearance, skid plates, 17" under the belly


My tow vehicle is a 97 TJ, OX locked f & r, 35" tires, 3" lift, Klune underdrive, 8.8 rear axle, hi-pinion dana 30 upfront (probably my weak point), and Dana 300 transfer case with twin stick.

I have driven all the trails in Moab, no breakage, several at the Dakota Territory Challenge (those that are not 'for buggy only' - craziness!), some at Clayton OK, and misc others. However none of these was with the trailer.

Not an aggressive driver, unless the situation requires it.
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've seen similar trailers to what you have described go through. You'll just need to take extra time and care in certain spots, but you should be OK.
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I tow a trailer through the Con and other trails 5-6? times a year. You will need low gears I'm 119.1 with 37s" You need a pintle hook, a ball hitch will bind and brake, any body or fenders behind the tires will take a beatin'. I let the trailer set the pace, I don't like the trailer bouncing. I air the tires down to 14 psi. any lower and it looks like a rock will tear the tire off the wheel. don't put a ice chest in the trailer it will turn over, even pop beer cans open. pick your line before you get to it, backing the trailer in the rocks won't go well, 90% of the time it will jack knife, like in 3'. Have a hook on the back you will use it........... Enjoy
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I have a trailer and it's just slower but nice for bringing the kids or extended stays. It's on 37" tires and I load 2 ice chest in it just make sure the top can't open up and have them tied down good so they don't beat the shit out of them selves.
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search tentrax pics , plenty of shots on the rubicon, looks good to go.
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Get some!!! You'll be fine just take it easy


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Like Tim, a lot of people have been pulling little Bantam trailers across the trail since the 50's (Tim might of even been doing it back then!).
Pulling a trailer on a trail sucks, but it is what it is.
Just take your time, let people get around you and you will be fine.
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Thanks for all the replies.

If you see me and I'm going too slow just throw a rotten tomato or something at me and I'll get the picture.

Thanks again
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