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Unread 08-01-2014, 03:25 AM   #1
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Crazy to tow a 7x12 trailer with a 4.0L TJ?

Hey, all!

I'm considering getting a 7'x12' trailer to be towed behind my rig. I have a 4.0L TJ with 35" tires and 4.56 gears.

(The trailer I'm considering (and others like it): http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...arch=&ad_cid=5 )

How reasonable is it to tow a trailer like this with my jeep? What about the equivalent trailer, but in "enclosed" form (e.g. not flatbed, but with walls and a roof)?

My research seems to suggest I'd be fine, but I'm totally new to this, so I thought I'd ask in case I'm making some ridiculous mistake!

Thanks!

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Unread 08-01-2014, 05:06 AM   #2
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I don't think the size of the trailer is the issue. The weight of the trailer and the weight you carry on the trailer would be the issue. You don't want to put more weight than manufacture specs. Short wheel base, light vehicles and heavy towing equals bad things when trying to stop too quickly. The weight will continue to push the vehicle through the stop. You can help stopping with trailer brakes and big brakes up front.

That's my two cents and every thread I have read here suggests the same. Do a quick search on trailers and stopping and you should find plenty of reading material.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 10:27 AM   #3
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Thanks, Firedawg! You're right - that's what my research seems to indicate. I guess this might be the better set of questions:

A TJ's towing capacity is 2500 pounds, right?

How much can I expect a 7x12 flatbed trailer to weigh? (approximately)

Likewise, how much can I expect a 7x12 enclosed trailer to weigh? (approximately)

My research conflicts a bit, but it seems like an enclosed 7x12 trailer might weigh up to 2,000 pounds. That means I'd only be able to tow 500 pounds MAX.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 12:13 PM   #4
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While in the Army I moved a few times. I have towed a 5X10 open and a 6X12 enclosed a few thousand miles, one weighing in at close to 3500lbs from CA to MO with my TJ. It towed better than my 01 grand. I would not recommend towing that much with your TJ though.

My 5X10 is now sitting on 33s with a spring over.

The TJ tow fine as long as you realize what it is and don't overdue it.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 12:45 PM   #5
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The size of the trailer does matter. The longer the trailer the more apt it is to sway especially with a short wheel base tow vehicle like a TJ. However, as long as you load it right and have the correct amount of tongue weight you should be fine with a 12' trailer. It's tough to give you a trailer weight. That will vary even among trailers that are the same size.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 02:10 PM   #6
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You will exceed your vehicles tow rating by a lot with a 7x12 trailer that has a GVWR of 7,000 lbs on average. Even with brakes it will push your vehicle around like a toy. Just get a smaller trailer or a larger towing vehicle do be safe. If your in a accident and your towing like that your insurance will more than likely drop you and not pay you anything.
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Unread 08-01-2014, 11:23 PM   #7
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Fish tailing in a jeep makes death wobbles feel like a ride on the tea cups at Disney. watch your speed as once they start to go its real hard to keep it on the road. Bigger tire makes it worse as do lifts etc.
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Unread 08-02-2014, 04:10 PM   #8
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Fish tailing in a jeep makes death wobbles feel like a ride on the tea cups at Disney. watch your speed as once they start to go its real hard to keep it on the road. Bigger tire makes it worse as do lifts etc.
Fish tailing in any vehicle isn't a fun ride. Ive done it in a 1/2 ton pickup and also had a semi get loose on dirt and start sliding a bit.
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Unread 08-02-2014, 04:22 PM   #9
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with your 35s brake power will be pretty weak. I tow a little 6ft utility trailer and I can barely feel it with a light load but full of firewood it sucks. I also tow a little boat that's probably right at the limit for towing, its ok not great. It sucked with my old 4cyl TJ
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