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post #1 of 44 Old 10-04-2012, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Towing your jeep question

Hey all I'm just wonder who all does what ?
Tow on a trailer?
tow with a bar?
or use a dolly?


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post #2 of 44 Old 10-05-2012, 07:32 AM
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Serious off-roaders trailer.

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post #3 of 44 Old 10-05-2012, 09:05 AM
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I've done both and feel much more secure with the trailer. The trailer adds cost, weight and needs to be stored, but has every other advantage - ability to back up, brakes, towing stability, ability to transport a disabled vehicle, shift wear from expensive jeep tires to cheap trailer tires.
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post #4 of 44 Old 10-05-2012, 09:43 AM
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i trailer my rig and soon will be my only real option as its kinda hard to get a rig on 60s street legal in PA

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post #5 of 44 Old 10-09-2012, 01:38 PM
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What are you trailering it with? I trailer mine with a 7-8000# suburban, and the jeep in park. I leave the t case in neutral.

I've heard horror stories of people with light pickups flat towing and getting pulled off the road by their jeep. Make sure the jeep alignment is good.

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post #6 of 44 Old 10-09-2012, 01:42 PM
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post #7 of 44 Old 10-09-2012, 01:48 PM
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post #8 of 44 Old 10-09-2012, 01:48 PM
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What are you trailering it with? I flat tow mine with a 7-8000# suburban, and the jeep in park. I leave the t case in neutral.

I've heard horror stories of people with light pickups flat towing and getting pulled off the road by their jeep. Make sure the jeep alignment is good.
I flat tow, but recommend trailer.

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post #9 of 44 Old 10-15-2012, 03:24 PM
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Ive towed using all of the above plus standard tow trucks, flat beds, and rollbacks, but nothing beats a trailer IMO.

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post #10 of 44 Old 10-24-2012, 07:46 AM
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post #11 of 44 Old 10-24-2012, 08:25 AM
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I plan on flat towing, any advice from someone who does it on a regular basis? No advice needed from those who don't. Not interested in why not to. Simply in how to do it safely.

Is there a safe way to do it using something that plugs into a front receiver hitch?

Is there an easy way to hook up the jeep's signal lights like trailer lights?

How hard is it to back up while flat towing?

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post #12 of 44 Old 10-24-2012, 09:05 AM
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I plan on flat towing, any advice from someone who does it on a regular basis? No advice needed from those who don't. Not interested in why not to. Simply in how to do it safely.

Is there a safe way to do it using something that plugs into a front receiver hitch?

Is there an easy way to hook up the jeep's signal lights like trailer lights?

How hard is it to back up while flat towing?
I flat tow my LJ all the time.

A front receiver (a single receiver in the center) isn't a good idea because you want a triangle tow bar for strength.

And you cannot backup more than a few feet when flat towing, or the steering wheels of the Jeep will get crossed up.

For lights I added a trailer plug to the front of my Jeep and use that to plug the lights in.

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post #13 of 44 Old 10-29-2012, 08:54 AM
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I always use a trailer. There's no wear on the Jeep and knowing there is a way to get a broken rig home is nice. Being able to back up the whole operation is worth it's weight in gold too. The added braking power going down long, steep declines can be life-saving too. (ex: Hwy 550 South from Ouray to Durango)

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post #14 of 44 Old 10-29-2012, 10:09 AM
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We're planning on taking a van full of people and using the jeep for a luggage trailer and secondary vehicle when we get there.

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post #15 of 44 Old 11-06-2012, 01:01 PM
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Serious off-roaders trailer.
I tend to agree but only from what I've observed out on the trails. I'm not a serious off-roader and only tow by bar if I have to.
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