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Old 04-15-2012, 11:42 AM   #15
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Floyd, why would you want a two wheel drive Jeep? That's like having a boat with no motor.
I wondered the same about an automatic transmission.
But we're talking Tugboat not riverraft.(I know...No motor on a riverraft)
Offroading and towing really need different tools.
On pavement and anywhere you can sanely take a Casita, there is no advantage to 4WD. The limited slip does what is needed without the need to lug around an extra drive train, leaving more for tow capacity. If you want 4WD, then a 3:73 gear might be a better choice. But there goes your best fuel economy.

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Old 04-15-2012, 12:05 PM   #16
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True, if you use the Jeep as a dedicated tow vehicle but I use my vehicles for everything.

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Old 04-15-2012, 12:56 PM   #17
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I have an 2001 Cherokee, 4.0, 2 wd, manual transmission, specs that I searched the country for specifically to have as a tug. I found our low mileage, rust free, Cherokee in Clabourne, Texas. I have gotten as high as 25+ mpg on the highway and 17 mpg around town when not towing. Though my usual mileage on the highway not towing is about 23 mpg. On a recent trip towing my Lil Snoozy from SC to Pa with as much as 60% of the distance very mountainous, I got 17+ mpg, traveling at a usual 62 mph.
I believe 2 wd is the ideal for a tug. I also like a manual transmission, though I may be in the minority on this one. Admittedly, backing up with a manual can sometimes be a nuisance. For me, automatics take all the romance out of driving.
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:10 PM   #18
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Ah, but if it was 4X4 you could use 4low and get out and watch it back itself in.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #19
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Thanks for the correction, Floyd. I knew it wasnt over 2000 lbs but couldnt remember if it was 1750 or 1950.

LOL, no, I didnt know Joy stayed gone. Now that I see what she carries I can imagine the weight being up there. In our T@b we only carry sleeping bags/pillows, 1 towel per person, smallest toaster oven, paper eating/drinking items with plastic utensils, 1 small skillet and 1 small sauce pan, a plastic spatula/spoon, ziplock baggies, trashbags, paper towels, all purpose spray cleaner, whisk broom, clothes/food/toiletries for the trip. If it's cold we bring an electric ceramic heater to save propane and if warm a small fan. We all bring our Nooks too and a small portable DVD player.

Most of my cabinets are empty as is all the space under the large bed. Well, I also carry 2 choks, a rubber mallet, screw driver, knife (multi tool), zip ties, duct tape, small WD-40, caulk, rope, plastic folding stool, toilet chemical, tiny weather radio, lantern and flashlight.

I'm guessing a couple hundred pounds at most. I bet as we travel we will add things but this is the stuff that came out of our popup.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:12 PM   #20
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If you want the info about your Jeep...gear ratios,Dana axles,etc,go to your Jeep dealer with your VIN and they can look it up...even the date it rolled of the assembly line.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:14 PM   #21
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The dealer should also be able to look up what was in the tow package, if they aren't too lazy.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:14 PM   #22
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I went to my local Jeep dealer parts dept for some mud flaps and said"by the way,can you run my VIN?"My 2000 Cherokee Sport (XJ) has a tranny cooler.
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Old 05-25-2017, 06:00 PM   #23
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This is an old thread, but FWIW, a few years ago I transported a Mazda Miata from Eastern Ohio to Chicago on a U-Haul Tandem Axle Car Hauler with my 1998 Cherokee 4.0 (equipped with an auxiliary automatic transmission cooler). The combined weight of the Miata and the Trailer was about 4300lbs and I did not use a weight distribution hitch or have anti-sway controls (but the U-Haul trailer did have brakes). It was a breeze to pull, with no issues with acceleration, stopping or trailer sway. That said, I was in a pretty flat part of the country. The rear of the Jeep was sagging pretty low, though. If I was going to make it a regular habit to pull heavier trailers, I'd definitely want weight distribution and not one, but two anti sway brakes (the friction bar type).

I got 12 - 14 MPG on the portion of the trip with the car on the trailer (picked up and dropped off the trailer in Chicago). Oh, one other thing: My Cherokee XJ magically became a Grand Cherokee when I found out that U-Haul doesn't allow their Car Hauler Trailer to be rented to be pulled by a Cherokee. ;-)

Note that I have a lot of trailering experience in my past. I spent three years touring with the Shrine Circus (I played trumpet in the circus band) and pulled a 31 foot travel trailer 35,000 miles a year with a modified Ford Bronco (it had a 460 out of a Lincoln and the transmission and transfer case out of a Ford One Ton 4WD Pickup Truck). And due to the Bronco's short wheelbase, in addition to the weight distribution hitch, I had two anti-sway brakes instead of just one. One time, I pulled out and had forgotten to tighten down the anti-sways. I got up to about 30 mph and HOLY CRAP!!! All of a sudden I was swaying from the other side of oncoming lane to the other side of the right shoulder!!! I squeezed the electric trailer brake switch full-force and road out the see-sawing which didn't stop until I got down to about 15 mph. Thank God there was no oncoming traffic (I was in the middle of a National Park in Canada in the evening). If nothing else, this really taught me what an AMAZING job anti-sway friction brake bars do - especially when you have two installed instead of just the typical one bar installation.

To summarize, I think a skilled driver with the proper equipment (Trans Cooler, Weight Distribution Hitch, TWO Anti-Sway Friction Bars, and good Trailer Brakes) can safely and reliably tow a 5000 lb. trailer with a Jeep XJ 4.0. The 5,000 lb. towing limit which was changed down to a puny 2,000 lbs. in the later years of the XJ has nothing to do with the XJ's capabilities and everything to do with what greedy liability lawyers have done to this country. In the UK, a Jeep Cherokee XJ with 4.0, right to the last year it was built, was rated to tow up to 7,800 lbs.

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