Hi. I own a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 2011. For the summer vacations I was thinking buying a popup trailer camper for the family, not a big one, just a small popup trailer.
But, you know what, my JK can't tow a small popup trailer, it can't even tow a cow, and more than that, it tow less than a Mini Cooper.
When I bought my jeep it didn't came with the tow package, so I just asked the dealer to install a hitch and wiring and that was fine. The thing I wish somebody could have told me is that I was missing something else from the tow package, a 3.73 axle ratio, leaving me with the stock 3.21 axle ratio.
My owner manual says that a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 2011 with the stock 3.21 axle ratio can tow a maximum of 1000lbs. This is just ridiculous. An icon of power and freedom like a jeep tow less than any small car on the market.
I asked dealers about it and everyone seems to be amazed by my discovery, like I'm the only one with this problem. Upgrading my gears to 3.73 would cost me about 3k$. Or I could ignore all this and put myself in danger/waiving my warranty/insurances?
Now I'm thinking about buying that mini cooper to go camping this summer.
Not to be a prick man, but how much research did you do before you bought it? I bought my 2013 JKU (w/ 3.73's) with the intention of towing a small boat (~2000lbs) and I spent hours combing through manuals, jeep.com, and forum sites like this just make sure I knew what I was getting into. The jeep isn't really built to tow, it's got a pretty short wheelbase so it can offroad.
That said I'd imagine that you can tow 1500 lbs or so and not have any real issues, just know that the motor/ tranny is gonna be working hard.
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