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Unread 08-11-2008, 11:32 AM   #1
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Towing an TJ with and Unlimited

Alright guys I know it has been asked thousands of times, but now it is my turn. I hear everyone ask if a TJ can flat tow another TJ, but I have an Unlimited. I am planning on taking a trip from NY to PA (not that far 200 miles) and I want to bring my girlfriends TJ as well.

I need your opinions if the Unlimited can tow the TJ. The Unlimited has a greater towing capacity so I am thinking its alright but I would like your input.

Also I want to buy a tow bar from Harbor Frieght. Its rated 5000 lbs for $50 - does this sounds too cheap?

I appreciate all of your input.

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Unread 08-14-2008, 06:57 AM   #2
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I don't know what the YJ is rated for but I can give you this bit of info. Yesterday I flat towed my YJ 600km behind a Liberty (rated for 6k lbs). It sucked but was doable. Just took my time, went around 60mph and any lane changes or big bends were done slowly. Braking and starting weren't much of an issue at all.

I think the LJs are rated for about 5k, so if you have to you probably "could" do it
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Unread 08-14-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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I don't know what the YJ is rated for but I can give you this bit of info. Yesterday I flat towed my YJ 600km behind a Liberty (rated for 6k lbs). It sucked but was doable. Just took my time, went around 60mph and any lane changes or big bends were done slowly. Braking and starting weren't much of an issue at all.
I think the LJs are rated for about 5k, so if you have to you probably "could" do it

i thought the lj was rated at 3500lbs
and according to jeep.com the liberty is rated for 5000lbs not 6000

here is a link i found with the specs for the 2006 LJ, the LJ is on the 2nd page
http://autos.aol.com/cars-Jeep-Wrangler-2006/specs
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Unread 08-15-2008, 11:25 AM   #4
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Personally, I would not do it. There is not much of a difference in length and weight between the 2, and 4 down flat towing could very well be problematic, if not scary.

Not to mention that your brakes will have a hard time handling the extra almost 4000 pounds of dead weight.

I tried flat towing my 2000 Tj with the 2007 Commander I had last year. It was down right scary on the expressway, at about 55 mph, going around a very gentle curve. The TJ "pushed" the Commander sideways. A case of the tail waggin the dog. On a trailer, properly set up with weight distributing hitch and brake controller, I could tow the TJ on an 1800 pound trailer at 80 mph (tested once on flat, straight highway with no other vehicles around) and be very comfortable doing it.

If I had to do it I would at the very least get a "Brake Buddy", which is a wireless braking system for the vehicle being towed. This is becoming more prevelant in the RV world as required by law in more and more states for vehicles being flat towed. And I would find a speed where the TJ did not push the LJ......I would imagine this would be relatively slow.
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Unread 08-17-2008, 06:11 AM   #5
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If some are against flat towing, then what about a car trailer. I know someone who has a car trailer that I use often, especially when I rebuilt my Camaro, but I towed it with my Dad's Excursion and had no problem but that is not the same situation. I am not taking the Excursion.

I think flat towing would be safer than throwing the TJ on the trailer and towing the trailer.
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Unread 08-17-2008, 06:39 AM   #6
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I wouldn't even consider that. Most trailers are at least 1500lbs, the TJ is probably 3500, thats 5000lbs behind an LJ (assuming the trailer and TJ are on the lighter side)
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Unread 08-17-2008, 09:02 AM   #7
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my 18ft+2ft dovetail which i thought weighed 1800lbs ended up weighing 2700lbs plus my jeep of around 4200lbs equals way to much to pull behind an unlimited, i wouldnt even do it with my toyota FJ which is rated for more than the LJ
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Unread 08-17-2008, 09:28 AM   #8
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There's a reason I traded in my LJ for my Dodge Ram 3500.
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Unread 08-26-2008, 08:37 PM   #9
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OK... I have a Question... why can't your GF drive the tj and you drive the LJ?
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Unread 08-28-2008, 01:20 PM   #10
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That would be the tail wagging the dog.
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I wouldn't,

I pull a 3 rail dirtbike trailer with my LJ and it doesn't like it much and thats maybe 1300# loaded. I couldn't imagine pulling triple that.
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