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Unread 05-17-2013, 04:53 AM   #1
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4.0L WJ towing Wrangler 1,200 miles. Am I crazy?

I'm moving from Georgia to Minnesota in August and I own 3 vehicles with only myself and my wife to drive them. I am thinking about renting a trailer from U-Haul and towing my 1989 Wrangler YJ (2.5L) behind my 2003 WJ (4.0L w/towing package).

Now, my YJ weighs approx. 3,200lbs (need to get an actual weight) and the trailer is probably 800-1000lbs. I'm sitting pretty close to the 5,000lb capacity.

It's about 1,300 miles and I'll be avoiding the mountains/hills by Chattanooga so it is relatively flat.

Am I crazy? My other option is to fly someone down to drive the 3rd vehicle back for me or fly back myself and drive it up. The Wrangler is an 1989 and I have only owned it for 2 weeks so I'm not confident in it's ability to drive 1,300 miles in 2 days just yet...maybe I will be by August!

Anyone done something like this? I could use some sense talked into me!

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Unread 05-17-2013, 05:28 AM   #2
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I've towed my car trailer with my 4.0 from South Florida to the NE (1200 miles) non stop. Just take it easy, do the speed limit, and stay in the slow lane.

That was about 50,000 miles ago - so I'm sure if there was significant damage... I'd have seen it by now.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 06:04 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reassurance. I didn't realize how expensive it was rent a full auto trailer as opposed to the 2 wheel dollies. U-Haul wants $350 for the rental...hell. I can fly back and get it for $190 and ~$215 in gas = about $400. I'm sure my MPG in the WJ would go from about 20-23 (all highway) to about 10-14 towing the YJ. I think it'll be cheaper for me to get a 3rd person to drive it or fly back and drive it myself.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 06:35 AM   #4
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Yea - my MPG's at a constant 55 MPH was @ about 12 - 14
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Unread 05-17-2013, 06:40 AM   #5
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Your math is good . Pulled a car from Michigan to Portland , Oregon . Bought a used car trailer in Pa on the cheap, installed new bearings and tires . Gas mileage went down 70% . Sold the trailer for a $900 profit in Oregon . So broke even on the fuel mileage loss.

Renting a car hauler was way to expensive . Enjoy the walleye fishing.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 07:08 AM   #6
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With that much weight you'd want a brake controller and weight distribution hitch, do factor those upgrades into the cost as well.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 07:24 AM   #7
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Great idea on the brake controll and weight distribution hitch, if its an auto I would throw in an external tranny cooler, even if it has tow package. Most factory installed tow packages just run the tranny cooler lines to the radiator which is well 180deg. You can splice into them there and add the cooler for 40 bucks.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 07:41 AM   #8
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If you can do a tow dolly you would probly be better to go that way. The dolly does not require your vehicle to carry the weight only pull it. I have pulled a few cars on my dolly with my old cherokee 4.0 and never had a issue.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #9
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If you can do a tow dolly you would probly be better to go that way. The dolly does not require your vehicle to carry the weight only pull it. I have pulled a few cars on my dolly with my old cherokee 4.0 and never had a issue.
You still have to stop double the weight of the vehicle....
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Unread 05-17-2013, 12:09 PM   #10
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My WJ averaged 9 MPG when trailering my TJ.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 06:45 PM   #11
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I have towed Suburban and Expedition by Cherokee. Speed was about 35-40, that was scary and stupid.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 07:52 PM   #12
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if you rent the u-haul trailers, they have those gravity brakes, so you dont need a brake controller, and i towed my moms classic mercedes ~4000lbs from new york to west virginia with a 4.0 and 3:55 gears, yea it was like 35-40mph up hills, but it did it
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Unread 05-17-2013, 09:04 PM   #13
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Tow dolly or flat tow.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 10:09 AM   #14
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I was under the impression you can't use a 2-wheel dolly with a 4WD or RWD vehicle?
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Unread 05-18-2013, 11:29 AM   #15
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I was under the impression you can't use a 2-wheel dolly with a 4WD or RWD vehicle?
You can't ... I used the full length car trailer from U-Haul but if you put the transfer case in 4x4 and remove the rear driveshaft on the wrangler and use a tow dolly no problem
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