Just bought a 1999 TJ to tow behind my motorhome. Bought a Reese tow bar with heavy duty front bumper brackets. Was planning on drilling through the round crossmember for the bolts. Noticed at an RV show that other Wranglers being towed have elaborate tow bar base plates bolted to the frame and use expensive (mostly Blue Ox) tow bars. Question is do I need this setup or can I safely tow with the Reese setup. Have a Brake Buddy for the TJ which I will use. Minimal towing probably about 3000 miles per year on secondary roads, not interstates.
I have towed my TJ for years bolted to the stock bumper with backing plates behind the bumper as washers. Now I have a Warn bumper with custom made bracket on reese tow bar to the clevis eyelets on the bumper. works fine for over 7 years. Be sure the tow bar is level or little high at the front. I have never had aux brake setup. It is not need for stopping with my MH, only for breakaway feature. Trans in first gear and transfer in nuetral. Key switch on for steering, you wont even feel it back there. I also trailer it sometimes. You can feel the trailer more and it has brakes. Just heavier and longer, but it backs up.
I use the Roadmaster brackets and their cheapy towbar. Everything comes off except the frame mounted brackets. I don't like the way they hang down so low, although I have not whacked them on anything yet. On the plus side, I don't have to have as much as a riser on the motorhome. Four Winds 26' E-450 V-10. Can barely feel the Jeep back there! FYI if your's didn't come with owners manual. Transfer case in Nuetral, Auto tranny in park. First click on ignition (unlocks steering, but no power on) Happy camping!
i have the exact same reese set up and i cut off the rubber bumpers on the front off my bumper then mounted the brackets through the bumper and round frame member directly behind it. No problems at all after almost 2 years of towing.
I made a towbar out of 2"x1/8" square tube and welded brackets directly to my 2"x4" tube front bumper. Works great. I also do not use a supplemental brake system and don't see any need for one. Motorhome is a 36' Holiday Rambler Ambassador with a 300HP Cummins ISB.
I want to tow my 2000 TJ behind a Class A Winnebago. The front bumper is a Warn (RockCrawler, I think). Can I attach the tow bar to the existing bracket on the bumper? Or, do I have to install a baseplate? Thanks.