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.
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...
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.
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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