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Unread 01-05-2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Need Towing Advice

So, I am going on a camping trip this coming march, and I plan on doing some towing with my XJ. I will be towing my four wheeler (est. 600lbs.) on a 4x6 trailer (est. 400lbs). I also estimate that I will have roughly 300lbs of cargo load inside the Jeep, along with me and my cousin @ 200lbs a piece. Adding this all up I'm thinking the total load I will be putting on my Jeep is about 700lbs inside and 1000lbs towing. The trip I am making is about 250 miles one way, mostly interstate. Although I am in West Virginia, meaning flat roads are few are far between.

My XJ is a 1999 4.0 AW4 NP242 with 8.25" rear end (3.55 gears) on 235/75/R15's, No Trans Cooler (yet).

With this load should I tow in 3rd gear? Or can I tow in 4th? My XJ does not have the OD Off button. My grandfather seems to believe what I'm towing isn't a large load and that towing in 3rd would be a waste of fuel. I seem to think otherwise without a trans cooler.

If I can't tow in 4th with OD, if I invested in a transmission cooler would that suffice for towing this load in 4th with OD?

Any responses are appreciated!

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Unread 01-05-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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Your biggest problem is not the load, it is the POS 4x6 utility trailer.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 08:37 PM   #3
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The XJ is rated for towing 5000 lbs. It probably won't even notice that a 1000 lb trailer is there. If you're not towing more than 3000lbs you don't really need an aux trans cooler but adding one certainly can't hurt.

For towing such a light load you should be able to run in OD just fine.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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Get a temp gauge if you're concerned. I tow my ATV on a 4X6 with 31's in OD and the trans (WITH a cooler) doesn't break a sweat in warm weather.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 11:56 PM   #5
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You will be fine, if it starts downshifting at the sight of the slightest hill, turn off OD. When I tow my jeep with my truck, I run with OD off if I am under 70, I turn OD on if I am doing about 70-75 on flat surface. But that is about 6,000lbs with trailer over your 1,000lbs so you will be fine. Just make sure you check your transmission fluid before you go and load the ATV nose first to keep the weight towards the tongue to prevent trailer sway.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 06:11 AM   #6
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Ok, Thanks everyone for the good ideas. And adjusting trailer weight for sway is a good idea, Thanks!
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