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Unread 07-16-2015, 12:56 PM   #1
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Jeep double trailing

Has anybody done double trailing a 15' boat and a jetski?
I phoned a local authority, he told me that only something like F150 or above is allowed to double trailing. My Jeep is just a SUV!!!!!!!!

This is absolutely unacceptable! LoL.

But has anybody done double trailing behind a Jeep?

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Unread 07-16-2015, 04:40 PM   #2
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I have pulled a 12' pop up camper followed by an 8' double kayak trailer behind my 2 door JK. No issues with trailing or the law. I seriously doubt there is a regulation stating a minimum size for the towing vehicle. As long as you do not exceed the tow rating of your vehicle it should be legal. In Indiana there is a regulation for the maximum length of what is being towed (single and tandem towing) and also a combined overall length. I would do more research because I don't believe your source.
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Unread 07-16-2015, 04:46 PM   #3
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In many states, when towing doubles, the front towed trailer must be a 5th wheel,
and out weigh the rear trailer. While it might b legal in indiana, check b4 u cross a state line. Its not legal in michigan.

All states have an overall length limit, usually between 53 and 65 ft.

u really wanna pull doubles behind a jk?
Towing with a short wheelbase, even one trailer aint great!
The tail wagging the dog on a jk might not end well!
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Unread 07-16-2015, 08:29 PM   #4
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I have a boat and ski. My two vehicles both can tow.
But it would be nice if the whole family can be in one vehicle while traveling.
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Unread 07-17-2015, 06:54 AM   #5
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Anywhere it is legal, it is still stupid.
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Unread 07-17-2015, 08:21 AM   #6
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Anywhere it is legal, it is still stupid.
Yup.
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Unread 07-28-2015, 07:54 PM   #7
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Legal or not, there's no way you'd catch me doing it...

Jeeps were never designed to be tow vehicles... Short wheelbase, high ground clearance, soft flexy suspension - all good things for a 4x4, but the opposite of what you want for towing.
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Unread 07-28-2015, 08:03 PM   #8
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I have a boat and ski. My two vehicles both can tow.
But it would be nice if the whole family can be in one vehicle while traveling.
What kind of jeep? You left that out
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Unread 07-28-2015, 08:11 PM   #9
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What do you mean Jeeps were never designed to tow. Why does my Jeep have a hitch ? Why does it have a rating ? Do you think they just threw on the hitch, then made up a rating? Do you think our very invasive government would allow that ? I think we are experiencing your personal thoughts, not reality. I thank you, and reject your statement ! LOL !
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Unread 07-28-2015, 09:53 PM   #10
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Once those trailers sway you'll be in the ditch
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Unread 07-29-2015, 12:49 AM   #11
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What do you mean Jeeps were never designed to tow. Why does my Jeep have a hitch ? Why does it have a rating ? Do you think they just threw on the hitch, then made up a rating? Do you think our very invasive government would allow that ? I think we are experiencing your personal thoughts, not reality. I thank you, and reject your statement ! LOL !
Seriously? If your only argument is that the Jeep has a tow rating and an optional hitch, then you clearly don't know what you're talking about.

First of all, tow ratings aren't controlled by the government; There is a push toward the SAE J2807 standard, but even that isn't mandated by the government.

The fact of the matter is that many cars that weren't designed for towing still have tow ratings and optional hitches. That doesn't make them good tow vehicles. Good tow vehicles tend to have a longer wheel base, a lower center of gravity, heavier/firmer suspension, etc... They are designed with additional handling, braking and carrying capacity to handle the weight of a trailer. Jeeps are engineered for just the opposite, which is why they have a lower tow rating that many other SUVs the same size.
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Unread 07-29-2015, 06:45 AM   #12
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Seriously? If your only argument is that the Jeep has a tow rating and an optional hitch, then you clearly don't know what you're talking about.

First of all, tow ratings aren't controlled by the government; There is a push toward the SAE J2807 standard, but even that isn't mandated by the government.

The fact of the matter is that many cars that weren't designed for towing still have tow ratings and optional hitches. That doesn't make them good tow vehicles. Good tow vehicles tend to have a longer wheel base, a lower center of gravity, heavier/firmer suspension, etc... They are designed with additional handling, braking and carrying capacity to handle the weight of a trailer. Jeeps are engineered for just the opposite, which is why they have a lower tow rating that many other SUVs the same size.
Wranglers* grand cherokees can tow well in moderation
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Unread 07-29-2015, 09:07 AM   #13
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Wranglers* grand cherokees can tow well in moderation
Assuming you mean Jeep Grand Cherokees...

My comments were directed at Wranglers as that was what the OP was asking about.

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Unread 07-29-2015, 09:49 AM   #14
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Assuming you mean Jeep Grand Cherokees...

My comments were directed at Wranglers as that was what the OP was asking about.

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Ohh I didn't see him specify. Well in that case I'd only double tow if I was going under 10mph. The jeep wasn't designed for towing large trailers. You can tow small trailers like ones for jet skis or snowmobiles
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Unread 07-29-2015, 01:01 PM   #15
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I guess some people also missed, he's in Canada.
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