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Unread 06-05-2011, 05:37 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever flat towed their jeep behind a fifth wheel camp trailer. I have towed my quads quite often without any problems behind my fifth wheel. But not my jeep.

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Unread 06-05-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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I haven't done it personally, but I spent about 20 minutes talking to a guy next to me at a truck stop who was pulling his YJ behind a 5-er toy hauler.

He commented that, legal or not, there were a lot of highway patrolmen out there who didn't know the law when it came to towing doubles, and he'd been stopped multiple times. He ended up carrying a copy of the California Vehicle Code section that refers to doubles. Luckily, he'd never been cited, as the officer's couldn't come up with a code violation to use on the citation.

The other consideration is the length of your 5-er. I have a 38' Next Level, and combined with the length of my crew-cab long bed dually, I can't add the TJ behind it without going over the max length limit.
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Unread 06-05-2011, 11:14 AM   #3
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My Fifth wheel is a 30 footer and short bed crew cab. In Utah max length is 65 feet. So I should be ok. I was just wondering how good they pulled?
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Unread 06-05-2011, 11:35 AM   #4
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How heavy is your 30' 5-er? I'd only consider trying it if it outweighs your Jeep by a good margin - at least a couple thousand pounds, for the sake of stability.

Edit - I've towed my Jeep behind my 38' Diesel Pusher, and don't even notice it back there. I've also towed it behind my Suburban 2500, and it's noticable, but plenty stable. But my Suburban is a good 1500 - 2000 lbs heaviery than my LJ. I wouldn't even consider it if the 5-er is lighter or the same weight as the Jeep.
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Unread 06-05-2011, 12:03 PM   #5
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My fifth wheel is almost 7000 lbs.
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Unread 06-05-2011, 12:04 PM   #6
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But that's a good point. Thank you
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If the length isn't an issue, and the combined weight of the 5-er and the Jeep aren't an issue for the GCWR of your tow vehicle, then I'd be inclined to try it.

Good luck to you.
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Unread 06-25-2011, 03:22 PM   #8
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Other double tow question

What about flat towing a TJ behind a Hemi, and the TJ towing a small 14-foot Dory (with only a 15HP engine, all very lighweight)?? Anyone know the deal with that situation?? Thanks.
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Unread 06-27-2011, 08:51 PM   #9
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What about flat towing a TJ behind a Hemi, and the TJ towing a small 14-foot Dory (with only a 15HP engine, all very lighweight)?? Anyone know the deal with that situation?? Thanks.
Probably not legal. Usually the first trailer must be a 5th wheel designed for camping.
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Unread 06-27-2011, 09:06 PM   #10
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My cousin who is a firefighter in Riverside City, CA flat tows behind his fifth wheel all the time. He has a 05 LJ, so he has figured out everything like tow capacity and length. I agree with MPond though, if it is legal in your area, carry the vehicle codes with you so that any unknowing patrolmen will understand.
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Unread 06-29-2011, 12:43 AM   #11
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The only thing is my Hemi is in a Grand Cherokee, so no 5th wheel option.... any one know if it's a good idea?.... I already know the double tow law in NY and I fit under 65" so it's legal, but is the Cherokee w/the Hemi able?
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The only thing is my Hemi is in a Grand Cherokee, so no 5th wheel option.... any one know if it's a good idea?.... I already know the double tow law in NY and I fit under 65" so it's legal, but is the Cherokee w/the Hemi able?
You shouldn't tow a tj with a grand period. The wheelbase is to short. You are just asking for disaster trying to tow a double.
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Unread 07-01-2011, 07:50 PM   #13
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Well I have already towed the TJ on a 16ft car hauler with the Grand for a total of about 9 hours and had absolutely no problems. But I assume there's a difference with a flat tow?
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The biggest issue your going to have flat towing behind a Grand is stopping. If you add a way for the towed vehicle to apply the brakes when you stop then the only issue is how happy the Grand's trans and rear diff will be pulling all that weight.
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Unread 07-03-2011, 04:28 PM   #15
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The biggest issue your going to have flat towing behind a Grand is stopping. If you add a way for the towed vehicle to apply the brakes when you stop then the only issue is how happy the Grand's trans and rear diff will be pulling all that weight.
So I could get a supplementary braking system to help with the stopping, I've looked into those, although not cheap. And the Cherokee w/Hemi is rated to tow up to 7,200 punds and The TJ is less than 1/2 of that. So maybe I'll be okay with that. But probably a bad idea to have the TJ pulling the 14-foot boat. Thanks.
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