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Old 03-27-2019, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would you tow this empty trailer with this jeep 200 miles?

I left my jeep in another state last weekend and now I need it back. I also need my trailer back because I will likely need to tow the next vehicle I purchase.

Option 1. Drive suburban there and tow the jeep on the trailer home. Wife would be without a vehicle while I was gone. I may want to stay there a few days. The wife is not going.

Option 2. Ride with family there. Tow empty trailer home behind the jeep.

Tow rating on jeep is maybe 2000 lbs and I would guess this 14k trailer probably weighs 2000-2500.

The jeep has an LS Dana 60s and 100" WB. (Vs 93" stock)

Obviously the trailer is probably heavier than the jeep is rated for but I think it would do ok.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Slap a trailer brake controller on the jeep and go.

Edit. I'd do it without the trailer brake controller, but that's me. Safety first.

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Old 03-27-2019, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I’d do it (at my own risk )
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would not. I towed a dual axle (utility) trailer behind my tj. Power is not an issue, brakes and handling were. If you were talking a local tow, sure. Nothing of great distance.

Also I towed my wood deck 18ft car hauler behind my old WJ. (Empty). It pushed that thing around a bunch.

This is pirate, so you likely already decided to do it, so send pics of the accident.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Safety third.

When I cut up my other Dodge, I used my Jeep to tow the remains of it on my car trailer to the scrap yard. No brakes, no fucks, no problems.

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Old 03-27-2019, 10:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would do it. You have the drive train of a 3/4 ton truck towing 2500 lbs.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I suggest NOT doing it.



I would have done it 20 years ago. I once towed my offroad Toyota pickup, on a light duty car trailer, behind my 87 4runner. With no trailer brakes. Up and down pretty decent hills.

Now, I have a stretched mega cab with a diesel, to pull a 3500 enclosed trailer.
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I would do it. You have the drive train of a 3/4 ton truck towing 2500 lbs.
Unless you've got reliability problems with the Jeep. Otherwise, drive more, post less.
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Old 03-27-2019, 11:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Do it, LS and 60s? It’s a real short 3/4 ton, just don’t drive stupid.
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V8 power and 60's? Tow it!
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Old 03-28-2019, 02:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Rent car for wife while gone?
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Old 03-28-2019, 02:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I wouldn't even think twice.


With that being said your strapping job is wrong on so many levels.
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Old 03-28-2019, 04:30 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I wouldn't even think twice.


With that being said your strapping job is wrong on so many levels.

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Old 03-28-2019, 04:43 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Man up and tow it. If it wants to wiggle then be like a Eurocommie and drive slow. Also learn to use a rachet strap.
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I'd do it without even thinking, I've towed a similar trailer with a 4cyl TJ, Does the job fine, just not fast.. Settle in behind a semi and take it easy.
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:08 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Yep. Take your time. It'll be fine.
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200 miles through Wisconsin or the UP? Keep it to the speed limit and maintain following distances and just do it, no problem at all.
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I towed a similar trailer, empty, with my YJ years ago. 60 mph on the highway all was good until I hit a pothole and the trailer started swaying. Shit got real sketchy real fucking quick. I'm glad I had the 360 on tap as I was able to mash the pedal and pull it out straight. Trailer brakes would have been a much better option. But that was a lifted YJ with sloppy leaf springs. TJ with links, I think would greatly reduce the pucker factor.
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How far are you talking? What's the terrain? Mostly interstate?

How likely is your wife to need a vehicle while you are gone?
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if you don't have a brake controller in the jeep don't do it. If you do have a controller, then turn that bitch up to level 75% and roll with it. If you get into a dicey situation then mash the manual brake button to 100% while you mash your brake pedal to the floor
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Old 03-28-2019, 05:48 AM   #24 (permalink)
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No brake controller but I could easily add one. I could borrow the one from the suburban.

Jeep has a NV4500 manual trans and the terrain here is pretty damn flat. The largest hills will be overpasses.

I knew my strap job would get some slack tieing to the body and not the axles. I do crank it down tight. The body doesnt bounce and the strap ends are connected in a way they cannot come off. I should probably change my ways, but that's another topic.
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