I am looking at the 15 foot one, fully maxed out it weighs in at 3200lbs. Has anyone towed a travel trailer like this with their JK? I will get the brake control, sway bar and weight distribution hitch to help out. What does everyone think?
I have a 2007 unlimited, automatic with 4.10 axle. We have a Takena model 1860 travle trailer 18'9' overall length , dual axle, fully loaded and only 2700lbs. I searched all travel trailers and found this online. We pulled it last year over central BC, over passes, and all went well. the trailer is well thought out and we plan on a several month trip to alaska in the future. I found our local dealers carried very little in good options for light weight trailers. ther is primarily only two of us when we go. Gas useage has been from 12 to 16 mpg travleing about 60mph. flats get about 15, hills 12. Hoope this helps.
Having pulled just about everything with anything, but not anything with a JK, I am still going to weigh in. I think when you are traveling for fun, with all your stuff on board, and no real flexibility in dealing with mechanical failure, one should try to shoot for the most effective tow vehicle one can put on the road, not one of the least. It is quite one thing to throw a rig and a couple of quads on a trailer with a buddy in the passenger seat and head off to a trail or a park a couple of hours away, compared to having a full complement of equipment that can't be off loaded, a wife in the passenger seat and a plan for a thousand miles of travel with a schedule along the way.
Travel trailers tow like boats with every gust of wind grabbing the thing like a sail and themselves are about as poorly constructed, axle and frame wise as anything on wheels. They are a pain to tow with a competent tow vehicle. I wouldn't consider towing that big particle board and vinyl box with anything but a real tow rig.
03 Rubicon; 99 xj with too much stuff to list; Unimog 406 (gone)
I pulled our Forest River R-Pod, about 2100lbs, from Alabama to the Grand Canyon,over to Cortez, New Mexico last summer with my 2011 JKUR. I was well within the tow rating (3500 lbs) but the motor just didn't have the power. 9 to 10 mpg also. I wouldn't try this again unless I had the 2012 with more powerful engine. Have the auto trans and it was always downshifting. Just to much wind drag towing a RV. Even with the 2012 I wouldn't try a cross countrytrip again.
Black '05 LJ Rubicon; 4" higher, 35" MT/R's, Shrockworks bumper & sliders, Big Daddy Offroad rear bumper/ tire carrier, Or-Fab cage, RC disconnects and a winch