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post #1 of 26 Old 05-10-2012, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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towing on a zj

Just wondering if any of you guys tow with your zj. my buddy needs help taking scrap wood and stumps to the compost dump and I have a fourwheel 50 ft trailer available to use. good idea/bad idea? Somethings telling me its not a good idea because my sway bars are disconnected and I know my i6 only has a 5000lbs towing limit.

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post #2 of 26 Old 05-10-2012, 10:15 AM
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With disconnected sway bars I would not do it. If they were connected I would. Jeeps are pretty decent at towing, just make sure to turn off the OD, and you would be fine. Provided you don't go to much over the 5000 lb limit.

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I managed to tow a chevy love which was also towing a trailer with mine. Pulled like a champ. My sway bar was connected, though.

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Just wondering if any of you guys tow with your zj. my buddy needs help taking scrap wood and stumps to the compost dump and I have a fourwheel 50 ft trailer available to use. good idea/bad idea? Somethings telling me its not a good idea because my sway bars are disconnected and I know my i6 only has a 5000lbs towing limit.
You have found a bumper pull 50' trailer? I wouldnt pull a 50' bumper pull with a 1 ton diesel, much less a zj that only weighs a couple tons. If a 50' bumper pull does exist it will weigh way more than your zj would ever think about towing.
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post #5 of 26 Old 05-10-2012, 11:06 AM
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I have a 18' dove tale. And my v8 zj had some issues pulling my I6 zj home.

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post #6 of 26 Old 05-10-2012, 11:14 AM
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Good lord a 37 foot fifth wheel camper will squat a 1 ton diesel, I can't begin to imagine a 50ft bumper pull trailer let alone loaded with stumps would do to a poor little zj. Especially with the sway bars disconnected. If you do it, make sure to get pics/vids lol.

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I assume he meant 15 foot trailer?

I don't see what sway bars have to do with anything. Its the brakes you need to worry about. Does your ZJ have a controller for the electronic trailer brakes?

You did not say anything about the expected tongue weight, how far you plan to tow, if the roads are hilly, and so forth.

On relatively flat terrain without much traffic you could tow 5k-6k pounds (including the trailer itself) for short distances; say 10 miles or so. More than that and you should be using a real tow rig.

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I assume he meant 15 foot trailer?

I don't see what sway bars have to do with anything. Its the brakes you need to worry about. Does your ZJ have a controller for the electronic trailer brakes?

You did not say anything about the expected tongue weight, how far you plan to tow, if the roads are hilly, and so forth.

On relatively flat terrain without much traffic you could tow 5k-6k pounds (including the trailer itself) for short distances; say 10 miles or so. More than that and you should be using a real tow rig.
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post #9 of 26 Old 05-10-2012, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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I assume he meant 15 foot trailer?

I don't see what sway bars have to do with anything. Its the brakes you need to worry about. Does your ZJ have a controller for the electronic trailer brakes?

You did not say anything about the expected tongue weight, how far you plan to tow, if the roads are hilly, and so forth.

On relatively flat terrain without much traffic you could tow 5k-6k pounds (including the trailer itself) for short distances; say 10 miles or so. More than that and you should be using a real tow rig.
Yeah I ment 15 ft sorry. I dont have a electronic trailer brake hookup and I didnt even think about that. The compost is about 12 miles away and the terrain is more hills then anything. All in all maybe I should use a pickup instead of the jeep just in case. but now im curious at what you guys think about towing on unibody vs pickup chassis and how much youve seen a jeep tow before
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Just for reference, I towed a U-Haul 6'x12' trailer from MN to TX, fully loaded and a loaded cabin. Approx 1200 miles, with no issues. Except for the fact I noticed that my fan clutch was toast, and unable to use the AC due to that. Heavy cross winds, and big rigs made the trailer sway a little bit, so having a properly working suspension would definitely be to your advantage. And the drive was anything but straight roads, there were plenty of hills that I had to go up and down.

As for towing that 12 miles, as long as you keep the OD off, and the weight around the 5000 lb area, you should be ok. But I would highly recommend having the sway bars connected, and yes, braking takes considerably longer with all the added weight.

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post #11 of 26 Old 05-10-2012, 11:20 PM
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I've personally always been taught pickups were made for hauling and everything else was meant for people. IMO I wouldn't do a lot of hauling with mine. What you described the second time though is definately within the capability of it. Maybe past manufacturers reccommendations, but 12 miles, go easy, stop early, you will be A-ok.

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post #12 of 26 Old 05-11-2012, 12:31 AM
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My 5.2 ZJ towed my friend's '09 JK and gear on a 17 ft lowboy trailer alright. Towing setup included a class IV receiver and trailer brakes. The hills in San Antonio made for some work but after that it was smooth sailing to Houston.
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post #13 of 26 Old 05-13-2012, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Towed the wood today without the sway bar links. Gave me new respect for the jeep. Btw sway bar disconnected didnt matter
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post #14 of 26 Old 05-14-2012, 02:57 PM
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@ sebian- turn off the OD? is that possible with a 96 ZJ with 4.0, im new to these but i dont see any button that they usually have to do that, all it has is OD,2,1. thanks
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post #15 of 26 Old 05-14-2012, 03:01 PM
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@ sebian- turn off the OD? is that possible with a 96 ZJ with 4.0, im new to these but i dont see any button that they usually have to do that, all it has is OD,2,1. thanks
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