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!
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
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
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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