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Unread 12-27-2013, 12:12 AM   #1
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TJ Towed Behind Motorhome?

Hello,

It's been quite a while since I started looking for a Jeep (Life Events!), but I am back in the market now. I found a nice looking TJ with low mileage that has been towed behind a motorhome. Now, I have no idea of knowing what the actual mileage is of course, so no idea of the wear on other parts, but I am wondering if there would be additional wear and tear due to the towing? I searched and found plenty of threads on how to do it, but not if it places additional stress on steering or suspension, etc.

Anything I need to look out for?

Thanks,

Adam

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Unread 12-31-2013, 03:31 PM   #2
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I would suggest doing a complete inspection and not let the low miles on the odometer persuade your purchase.

Also don't pay pay a premium for the low miles. Just assume 10-15k per year, based on vehicle year and go from there.

I don't have any first hand experience with a towed vehicle, but I don't think it is any worse off than a non towed vehicle. But, with that said I would not pay extra for a towed vehicle, unless mint.
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Unread 12-31-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

I was (am) a little torn because it looks really nice, and only has 20k miles showing on the odometer. Yes, the owner is asking a premium for it. I can't help but wonder how many miles are on everything else and think it might not be worth it. After all, in this situation I suppose other than brakes and the engine and tranny running, everything else could have 100k+ miles on it and be subject to the same wear and tear as every other Jeep that actually shows those miles. Ahh-- what to do, what to do...
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Unread 12-31-2013, 06:21 PM   #4
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if the rear axle moving, its turning gears in the transfer case, so tires, u joints, front end wear. shocks, stc
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Unread 12-31-2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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if the rear axle moving, its turning gears in the transfer case, so tires, u joints, front end wear. shocks, stc
yes, but not quite the same wear. the axles, tcase, u-joints, etc, are more "free wheeling" than actually having drive torque applied with causes friction and heat. so even though these components are turning i would think there isn't much wear.

and other items like seat covers, interior would also have very little wear.

i know a couple of rv'ers and they spend plenty to keep all their rigs in tip top shape.

with all this said, i still would not over pay.
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Unread 01-02-2014, 12:19 AM   #6
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Thanks guys. I may take a good hard look at it and see. I really do like the options, color, etc. so that may sway my decision, but I know there are plenty out there!

Appreciate the help!

Adam
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Unread 01-04-2014, 08:37 AM   #7
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The only way to gauge wear is by the tires. Are they original? Ive towed YJs, XJs and now my TJ with no wear showing. I have towed more than 20K without any problems behind my motorhomes. As others have said parts do spin when towed. If the rest of the vehicle is taken care of I would go for it.

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