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Unread 07-17-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
davef83
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Towing boat

Just purchased an 06 wrangler sport 6 cyl. 2 times a year I need to tow my 24 ft pontoon boat that goes about 3500 lbs with trailer. Can a TJ pull it? I am only going about 1 mile. Before I buy a hitch I would like to know, or do I need to borrow a truck?

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Unread 07-17-2014, 07:48 PM   #2
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No problem.
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Unread 07-18-2014, 11:54 AM   #3
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No sweat, just make sure you have a tranny fluid cooler and understand that your brakes suck for towing. If the boat feels heavy, use 4 -lo to take it off the ramp. I can tow a 19 foot Nautic Star bay boat from lower Toledo Bend down to Cameron, LA...but it's hard on my 4.0 ZJ. It doesnt like the coastal bridges at all...so I get a 70+ MPH running start at the foot. I have a 3.73 rear end, btw...which helps. It does struggle and I dont like putting that much of load on it. It stuggles with my 17 foot Skeeter bass boat too.
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Unread 07-24-2014, 04:35 PM   #4
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If you keep the speeds low, it should be ok. I definitely wouldn't get any real speed going with that much weight behind a TJ...
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Unread 07-25-2014, 09:36 AM   #5
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I wouldn’t worry about it BUT I would use a hitch that mounts to along and under the frame as opposed to one integrated into the bumper. This will better support the extra weight. You will lose clearance but if that is a concern and you are only towing once a year it wouldn't be that difficult to take the hitch on and off when needed.

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