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Unread 04-02-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Towing limits?

I have a 2013 GC with the 6 cyl. My tow package was installed at the dealership. Depending where you read i can tow either 3.5k or 5k. If 5k is possible how close to the 5k is recommended. Reason being, i want tow my 2 door JK. If i got one of those 2 wheel trailers it would save on weight.
So, I'm wondering if it's possible or just forget about it.

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Unread 04-02-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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It's interesting that the 2013 user guide says you can only tow 3,500 lbs without the factory tow package. My only guess is that's because it includes the trailer sway control since the heavy-duty cooling and higher gear ratio is only offered with the Trailer Tow IV which is only available on the Hemi.

I towed a 5,000 lb travel trailer with a 98 Cherokee with the 4.0 liter and no factory tow package twice before getting a bigger vehicle. You might be OK in Illinois, but climbing long grades in the mountains sent the temp guage up near the warning level and it wasn't even hot outside.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 05:42 PM   #3
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if u have tow package and a weight dist hitch i say 4900 wet. including trailer.
\2 door jk is about 3700- 4100, i would do it. the 2 wheel trailer is maybe 250lbs. but does it have brakes?

my 16 foot double axle is 1800 empty( well alittle under but i like to round up another 100 lbs.) . so some are even lighter. and are alot better to pull than the car dolly.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 05:50 PM   #4
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Looking at the differences between the OEM towing package and aftermarket, along with the historic differences in tow ratings between US spec models and identical models overseas in less litigious environments makes me say BULL S*#! to the 3500 number.
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Unread 04-02-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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I don't believe a two wheeled dolly is recommended for towing a JK. I think flat towing is your best option. I plan to do this with my JK this summer with a motorhome and most are only rated 3500 to 5000lbs for towing. Braking systems can be used in the JK and you will hardly know it is there.
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