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Old 05-06-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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Pulling with a jeep?

Who all pulls with a Jeep and what do you pull? How well dose it work for you?
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:25 AM   #2
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For 23 yrs now I have pulled a Scamp 13' standard layout with front bunk/couch, with our '97 TJ Wrangler. It had a 4" Lift and 35" tires with 4:11 gears and standard transmission. It pulled well except I would have to down shift to 3rd on mountain passes, and only got 10-11 mpg. I now pull a 13' Scamp with wood interior, with our 2007 JK Rubicon, with 5:38 gears and 37" tires, and automatic. No real difference noticed between the 4.0 I-6 and the 3.8 V-6 in the way it tows or the mpg. The Scamps never had any sway and both had trailer brakes.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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Towing w/ a Jeep?

Jeep TVs?

Towing with a Jeep CJ, YJ, TJ, LC FJ-40, LR SIII 80?
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:50 AM   #4
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"A Jeep" is a wide range of vehicles, from MB's to CJ's to Grand Cherokee's etc. Tell us what model and year Jeep you are asking about.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #5
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My Jeep is a 2004 Rubicon 6cyl. Auto tranny.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:41 PM   #6
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I tow my 16 foot Scamp with a 99 TJ. It is lifted 4" and 33" tires. It works, but is obviously not ideal from a height and wheelbase standpoint. I typically get around 13MPG while towing on open rolling terrain. Without the trailer the mileage is only slightly better. My Jeep has Airock air suspension that computer controls ride height, so the rig always sits level. It comes in handy for hitching and unhitching also, as the Jeep can be lowered out from under the coupler, and raised into it as well. I can level the trailer while parked on a slope too, so the refer will be level. Headlight aiming stays constant, so no flashes from on coming cars. The running gear is armored for rock protection which adds a few hundred pounds of steel down low which aids in stability. I have experimented with different ride heights and found that lower is not necessarily better due to the characteristics of air as the springs. Lower means softer which produces more body lean during direction changes. I found a lifted stiffer jeep to be preferable to a lower soft one.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #7
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My TV is a 05 Wrangler Unlimited, 6 speed manual trans, with about 3 in lift and 31 Iin tires. I'm not able to tow with my XJ to tall its hitch is 30 + inch off ground. I'm towing 16 ft Deluxe Scamp.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:49 PM   #8
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My TV is a 2004 Wrangler X, 5 sp manual 4L 6cyl. 1982 Scamp 13' no electric brakes. I've only had it one short season so I've only taken a handful of trips within 2 hours of home (central WI), but I've had good experience. Downshifting to 4th needed on hills ( no mountains here) but overall I feel comfortable. I do still need mirror extensions though so I can see who I'm backing up behind me on the interstates :-)
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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My Jeep is a 2004 Rubicon 6cyl. Auto tranny.
Good... but is it an Unlimited (with the longer wheelbase)? That makes a big difference to towing, as mentioned in those earlier discussions.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #10
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It is better for towing, that is the reason it has a higher tow rating on the Unlimited Wrangler "5000 LBS vs 2000 "2.5 motor"/3500 LBS" I don't have the owners manual with me right now but I have read the different tow limits for the 3 versions 2.5, 4.0 SWB, LWB (4.0)
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
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It's just a 2 door. I know what the ratings are for mine, I'm just asking if anyone has a jeep and what they pull and how do they pull. Thanks to all for getting back to me on this.
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My Jeep is a 2004 Rubicon 6cyl. Auto tranny.
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Good... but is it an Unlimited (with the longer wheelbase)? That makes a big difference to towing, as mentioned in those earlier discussions.
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It's just a 2 door. I know what the ratings are for mine, I'm just asking if anyone has a jeep and what they pull and how do they pull.
Unless I have mixed up my Wranglers, all 2004's are two-doors; the Unlimited has more wheelbase, but still only two doors... so we still don't know if it is the long or short wheelbase. The four-door Unlimiteds came with the next generation (along with many other changes).

Even if there is no concern with ratings, the relevance of the experience of other owners still depends on how similar their vehicles are.
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OOPS it's just the short one.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #14
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I tow my CT13 UHaul with an '04 Grand Cherokee all-time 4 wheel drive automatic. Lugs a bit in the mountains, but at elevation so do I. Tows like it isn't even there so I check alot.
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