post #1 of Old 05-20-2012, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Towing with a manual transmission

I haven't seen anything on the forum about this yet, so here is my situation. I've heard different people telling me that it is ok to pull a trailer with a manual transmission, and other people have told me that doing so is a bad idea. I have a 1991 Cherokee 4.0, 5-speed with no towing package. I was wondering if it was safe to be towing a trailer with my Jeep. If so, do I need anything besides a hitch? Thanks for the replies!


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post #2 of Old 05-20-2012, 09:27 PM
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What size trailer are we talking here?

Are you planning on a lot of hills?

I pulled a small popup camper with my 4.0 96 XJ, and it was okay. Better with my 5.2 ZJ....even better with my 7.3 F-250

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If all your worried about it the fact that you have to shift the gears...don't worry. In fact on hills and such it's better (runs cooler). My tow rig is a manual, I love it. My 'ol man has an auto in his 3/4 ton suburban, he loves it. They both work great

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post #4 of Old 05-20-2012, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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What size trailer are we talking here?

Are you planning on a lot of hills?

I pulled a small popup camper with my 4.0 96 XJ, and it was okay. Better with my 5.2 ZJ....even better with my 7.3 F-250

Well, I live in the mountains of Hendersonville, nc. So yes, there are many hills. I'm thinking I probably won't do anything bigger than a small pop-up trailer. I've just never had any experience pulling a trailer before so I want all the advice I can get before I do something stupid. haha

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post #5 of Old 05-20-2012, 10:30 PM
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You're saying mountains to a Colorado native...I live higher than most of the state of NC

a 4.0 XJ will handle a small popup with no trouble at all. Just be smart with the clutch, and take it slow. Remember that your brakes are close to garbage now...they're worse when you have a shoebox behind you. Go slow and steady, anticipate maneuvers. You'll be fine.

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You should be fine with just a small pop up. My CJ7 has a 4 speed in it and at times has pulled a boat.
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post #7 of Old 05-21-2012, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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FPkites, the mountains around here are pretty awesome, but I do wish I could get out there to Colorado someday soon.

Thanks all for the advice. Looks like I'll be buying a trailer hitch soon.

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Does anyone know if there are wires already installed to hook up for lights on my trailer? Or maybe just run a few wires from my Jeep's taillight?

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