A 1/2 ton truck will be a much better option than a ZJ. Factory ZJ brakes can barely stop itself, much less try to stop a trailer that doesn't have brakes. I pulled a small u-haul with my jeep when it was stock, it did OK, and the loaded trailer wasn't more than 1500 lbs. Coil sprung, unibody vehicles were not meant to tow.
Current: 98 TJ, 33" TSLs
Past: 94 ZJ, built for the rocks
I towed my yj with my zj no problems had brake controller and its a 5.9
But this seemed better to haul up to Pennsylvania last year
But aslong as your smart keep toung weight down and a level trailer easy throttle and enough braking plus od off and staying under limit youll be fine. Dose put stress on drivetrain so if its already loose expect a possible break but always hope for the best
I've used my ZJ with 4.0L and 2wd to boot to pull a 12 hole dog trailer 3 times so far. The trailer isn't that heavy, about 1200lbs or a bit more and even full of dogs not much more than 1600lbs or so. It also has trailer brakes and it rolls right on down the road and stops without a problem as long as I take the proper precautions.
I used my I6 ZJ to pull a 20' trailer w/ my friend's 94 V8 ZJ out of the woods. Had to drag it through the dirt and sand.
Mind you, I had to be in 4Lo, and wasn't in a big hurry. Once we got out to the road, the trailer's owner used his Dodge 2500 diesel to take the ZJ back to it's home shed... Meanwhile, I treated my ZJ to a tranny and transfer case fluid change.
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