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post #1 of 30 Old 10-07-2008, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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How much does my Jeep weigh?

I don't have access to a scale (that I know of). Here's a picture of my Jeep with 37s (five of them), the winch, bumpers, Atlas II, Ford 9", aluminum Dana 60, auto trans, and 4.0 engine. Can someone give me a round number of what they think this Jeep would weigh? I am looking for a new tow vehicle that will need to tow the Jeep inside a 3000 lb enclosed trailer.

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post #2 of 30 Old 10-07-2008, 10:01 PM
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I'd say your jeep+trailer would be 7-8000 pounds. Heavy estimate. A cummins would tow it no problem. A newer (within 3-4 years) half ton should be able to do it ok, but who doesn't want a cummins?

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post #3 of 30 Old 10-07-2008, 10:03 PM
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I'd say your jeep+trailer would be 7-8000 pounds. Heavy estimate. A cummins would tow it no problem. A newer (within 3-4 years) half ton should be able to do it ok, but who doesn't want a cummins?
id say closer to the 8,000 mark with trailer, then you have to remember to add in all your gear, gas, people to total weight
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post #4 of 30 Old 10-08-2008, 09:34 AM
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Nice Jeep!

With a tow vehicle, right size is always large size. I've done a whole lot of towing over a long period of time, and I'll tell you that if you "right size" your tow vehicle you won't be happy. Go bigger than you need. And, go diesel. An F250 diesel is just perfect for towing. You don't need a dually or a long bed or a crew cab, so it will easy to drive and park. That's my $02.

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post #5 of 30 Old 10-08-2008, 09:38 AM
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Nice Jeep!

With a tow vehicle, right size is always large size. I've done a whole lot of towing over a long period of time, and I'll tell you that if you "right size" your tow vehicle you won't be happy. Go bigger than you need. And, go diesel. An F250 diesel is just perfect for towing. You don't need a dually or a long bed or a crew cab, so it will easy to drive and park. That's my $02.
also depends how often he tows, if it is once a month then a diesel is to much. that was my dilema, my trailer is 2700lbs then my jeep/gear. but i knew my job wouldnt pay for my gas if i had a diesel, and i wasnt about to loose my gas card. and i only tow once a month sometimes twice, and only 250 miles round trip. so i went with a 1/2 ton truck tow rated at 9300lbs. whatever truck you go for, make sure it has the right hitch, mirrors, tranny cooler, brake controller
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I will probably only tow the Jeep twice a year, for the far away trips to places like Moab. Ordinarily I drive the Jeep everywhere I go, including to work and back. In fact, the Jeep is parked outside in the parking lot at work right now. The truck will also function as my wife's daily driver, and I don't think she would go for a diesel. We are looking at a half ton truck, perhaps the 2009 Dodge with 3.92 gears, 17" wheels, the 5.7 Hemi, and a tow rating of 8500 lbs. I hate getting a truck with just "barely" enough tow capacity, but then again, it wont be towing the Jeep too often. Most of its towing duty will be with ATVs loaded in the trailer, which are a few thousand pounds lighter.

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You could probably use the weigh scale at a dump.

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post #9 of 30 Old 10-08-2008, 05:00 PM
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I have a 98 with the 4.0, manual, 14bolt, d60, 36's on 17's (5 of them), arb front bumper, jeeperman rear, no top, with a full tank and no one in it it weighs 4800.

I know your setup is a bit different like i didnt have my winch mounted, no top , and a stick shift, but it may give you a ballpark of where you are.
I would have posted a pic but I am retarded when it comes to computers.

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post #10 of 30 Old 10-08-2008, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I would think your Jeep is pretty close to the same weight as mine. Your 14 bolt is heavier than my aluminum 60, and your 60 is heavier than my 9". But my Atlas II is heavier, and your Jeep didn't have the winch on when you weighed it. I'm thinking the auto vs manual transmission doesn't affect weight too much. 4800 lbs is about 300 lbs more than I was guessing it weighed.

I did find out that IFA (a farm supply place) has a scale, so maybe I can go down there and get an accurate weight.

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With the way my JP sits right now minus the tank skid of 68# and the JKS ACOS 4 lbs. I am close to 5000 lbs. OK call it 5K

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I wouldn't tow with anything else besides a Diesel. Just because a 1/2 ton truck says its rated for 10,000 lbs doesn't mean you should tow that much with one!


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I wouldn't tow with anything else besides a Diesel. Just because a 1/2 ton truck says its rated for 10,000 lbs doesn't mean you should tow that much with one!
I agree. I've had a lot of gassers and a few diesels and there is simply no comparison. I think you have to have two times the towing capacity of your load to be comfortable in a gasser.

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If you live by a truck stop go to a CAT scale. Only costs 8.00 and is very accurate.

And I highly doubt your Jeep is anywhere near 5000 lbs, my YJ is about 3500.

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post #15 of 30 Old 10-14-2008, 07:38 AM
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Go you get to an interstate? Many truck stations will have certified scales. Cost is minimal. I weighed mine shortly after a Moab trip. With no people, 1/2 doors full gas tank (19 gals), 34's, D30/8.8, BB, winch, bumpers, 2.5l/auto/231, it weighed 3700#s.


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