Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Oak Park, Michigan
I flat tow behind my RV. 38 ft, 10 ton class A motorhome. As you may suspect, without the rear view camera, you would not even know it is there. (I check just to make sure, get paranoid) Many states are requiring brake systems in flat towed vehicles these days. I have not gotten one for myself yet since my travel the last few years has been limited to Michigan. My parents have one for thier KJ. The system runs about 1k. What they bought was a remote system, box that sits on the floor with an actuator attached to the brake pedal. Radio signal activates it. Yes, it does have fail safes and indicators. I have not seen it work, but my dad is not one to buy crap.
A tow dolly is a waste of money (2up, 2down mentioned above) in my opinion. It gains you nothing, still can not back it up, still have 4 tires on the ground (Jeep and dolly). Not sure if Dolly's have brakes. And I have been told that putting it on backwards, with the steering wheels on the ground is not a good idea. I could imagine people doing this if there is a rear axle problem.
I played around with flat towing my TJ behind my 07 Commander this past December. I did not like it. To much tail wagging the dog. Just taking my foot off the gas from 60 mph on a gentle curve left an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach.
I will be borrowing a trailer for an upcoming trip and have another lined up for other trips this year. I will be taken my maiden drive with the TJ on a trailer behind the XK this coming weekend. I will report my experiences. The towing capacity of an XK with a 4.7, factory tow package and electronic brake contoller is 6500 pounds. The Jeep and the trailer together weigh in at about 5500 pounds. Should be fine. I intend on using straps to the frame to avoid load shifting.
I have flat towed my TJ with 2 different Durango's the past 2 years. This past December was a little scarey, but then I was doing this during a sleet and ice storm. I really should have waited a day.
Have trailered the TJ on the same trailer behind an 05 Durango, 99 Ram 2500 v10 and an 06 Ram diesel. Give me a trailer anyday.
Anyway, just my experiences and opinions. Flat towing will cause a vehicle to handle differently than trailering. Practice before you go, get used to what ever way you do it.
I will be buying a trailer soon, in the meantime I have sources that I can rely on when I need one.
'00 TJ With toys, lift and tires.
'10 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad 4x4. Daily driver and tow rig
'05 Dodge Neon. Wifes daily driver and gas sipper.
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Sorry if my support of legal wheeling offends you