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Unread 06-29-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
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Towing a 5'x8' U-Haul trailer w/ 2002 Wrangler X

Hello, I've never towed anything before. I'm moving from California to Louisiana, and I don't have enough stuff to justify a truck (plus the costs are crazy high - renting a truck and towing my Jeep would be almost $2500). So I'm thinking of having a U-Haul hitch installed and pulling a 5'x8', which would cost - altogether - around $1000. My Wrangler has a hard top so no problems there.

I know the Wrangler has a 2000lb towing limit. The 5'x8' trailer is estimated at 900lbs on their website, leaving me 1100lbs of packing. The heaviest things in my belongings are about eight small boxes of books (16x12x12) which weigh about 50lbs each; plus a full drumset, some guitars, and a bunch of random boxes of other household junk. No appliances, maybe a plasma TV and stand if I can't sell it, etc. So I'll be at or near the maximum weight (the trailer will be fully packed). I'll have to pack the car with the remaining stuff, and add a bike rack, so it's a pretty full load.

So maybe I'm just a wuss, but I'm worried about damaging my car. Am I just being paranoid? I'd hate to wreck my car because I'm being cheap.

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Unread 06-30-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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Should be fine. Is your Jeep an auto or manual?
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Unread 06-30-2010, 08:26 PM   #3
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Shouldnt be an issue, but depending on what transmission you have, and thegearing, you may hate the Jeep by the time you get to Louisiana Hopefully you have a manual with at least 3.73 gearing, preferably 4.11's. Good luck with the trip!
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Unread 07-01-2010, 01:32 PM   #4
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The Jeep's a manual, and after years of driving it around in LA traffic I'm long past the point of hating it. :-P

Not sure of my gear ratio, I've never crawled around under the car. Seems like the X has 3.73 ratio as standard. I scheduled the hitch appointment, hope I make it!
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