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Unread 10-16-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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2wd 1/2 ton 4.8 Silverado to haul CJ7

Does anyone use a 2wd 1/2 ton silverado with small V8 to tow trailer with CJ7 on it?


The weight of the Jeep and trailer are about the towing limit of the truck.

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Unread 10-16-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
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now i have never pulled a trailer with a jeep on it but I think you shouldn't have any problems with it. Its not like an 18 or 20' trailer is it?

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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:32 PM   #3
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One of our club members tows with a 1999 or 2000 Chevy 1/2 ton truck, I believe it has the 5.3 V8 with a automatic. It's a short bed and a extended cab without 4x4. He has brakes on both trailer axles, and I strongly recomend the brakes. He has towed his YJ on a tandem trailer to Moab 3 times, numerous 4 hour trips, and we just got back from a 1,300 mile trip. All these trips start in central Illinois. (19 hours to Moab).

His truck has 215,xxx miles and he does a excellent job on maintence. He has not had any problems on any trip related to pulling his jeep on a trailer.

He has had problems on trips, AC went out on 1 trip to Moab, had to replace a PS pump this year, and his fuel pump went out on a trip to Arkansas last year. Like I said, nothing related to towing.
A side story.
Be prepared. The fuel pump went out 3 hours from home, we limped into a rest area and Diagnose the problem. Yep, fuel pump.
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One friend , who we were meeting on the road was a couple miles from a NAPA, he picked up the pump . Myself, the trucks owner, and 1 other club member cut a square hole in the bed of the truck using my Honda generator, and a 4.5" grinder with a cut off wheel from the other member, long story short, 1.5 hours later we were back on the road. BTW , it was 95* with no shade.

One other thing, he does use a load equalizing hitch.

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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:40 PM   #4
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I used to tow mine with a 1990 chevy 1/2 to next cab w 350. Make sure the trailer is up to the task, that the total load (jeep plus trailer) is below the capacity of the truck. And finally and most important, make sure you properly place the load so that the majority of the weight is on the trailer axles, not on the tounge of the trailer. That will make steering and stopping exciting.

Be prepared for that chevy to suck the gas.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #5
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A very good friend of mine has the exact same truck you're asking about. It's a nice truck, regularly hauls atvs/dirtbikes and 4 people. With that said, A full bodied jeep on a trailer is a sizable load regardless of how you cut it. Don't expect to go 75 down the interstate, accelerate quickly or brake quickly and you should be fine. Drive it defensively, allow plenty of braking distance.
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Unread 10-16-2013, 08:04 PM   #6
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I used to tow mine with a 1990 chevy 1/2 to next cab w 350. Make sure the trailer is up to the task, that the total load (jeep plus trailer) is below the capacity of the truck. And finally and most important, make sure you properly place the load so that the majority of the weight is on the trailer axles, not on the tounge of the trailer. That will make steering and stopping exciting.

Be prepared for that chevy to suck the gas.
In addition to this, Tongue weight is important as well. The weight on the tongue should be close to 10% of the total weight of the trailer and what's on the trailer. So if your towing 5,000 pounds, tongue weight would be 500 pounds.

Balls also come in a number of different weight Capacity. From 2000 to over 6,000 pounds, make sure it matches your weight.

Edit, there is also the GCWR ( gross combined weight rating) this is the total weight of the truck, fuel, Occupants, and whatever else the truck is hauling ( coolers,tents , camping gear, ECT.) and what is being towed.

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Unread 10-17-2013, 08:33 AM   #7
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I haul my cj 7 with a 2000 2wd chevy 1500 silverado, reg cab with the 4.8L, 16' utility trailer, no trailer brakes yet. It does the job, just got to be even more aware of idiot drivers,
Steep narrow two lane roads are not fun, that tranny kicking down and that engine will sing.
Like others have said, getting the load right is the key. I do recommend trailer brakes.

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Unread 10-17-2013, 08:56 AM   #8
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I have hauled a lot with a 2000 chevy 1/2 ton. Probably many loads that were too heavy for it and should have used a 1-ton. I definitely recommend trailer brakes and I would also recommend not running in overdrive. This will keep the trans from shifting constantly. I know it eats more fuel that way but I put 300,000 miles on my truck pulling loads periodically before I got a new one and never had any trouble with it or rebuilt the trans.
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Unread 10-17-2013, 09:30 AM   #9
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Trailer brakes

I haul Tractors for work now and then with my 1/2ton and without trailer Brakes it is scary at times.
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Unread 10-17-2013, 10:02 AM   #10
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You will be fine with a 1/2 ton and trailer brakes.

Hauled an FSJ across TX with my 4.0 Frontier on a tow dolly no problem, it would run 75 too, stopping was a totally different issue. I would do it again but use a uhaul transporter with brakes.
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Unread 10-17-2013, 11:17 AM   #11
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I haul mine with a 2000 z71 5.3. No problems. I do have trailer brakes. If you're not sure about tongue weight, after you hook your trailer up, neasure from ground to bumper. Pull your Jeep up until your bumper has dropped, say 1-2". That'll tell you that you do at least have a bit of weight on your tongue. This a 16' fairly well built trailer. Like mentioned above, trailers are heavy. So if you decide to use some 20' trailer that'll haul a dozer, all bets are off!

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Unread 10-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #12
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Oh yea, once you find a good spot to pull your jeep up to, and it rides good, mark that spot. Then pull your Jeep to that spot every time.

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Unread 10-17-2013, 11:32 AM   #13
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Thanks for the replies, we have a 3/4 ton also but we are looking at campers to use with the Jeep or the Can Am Commander as well as use the camper with the Grandkids and no toys brought with. So we are considering a older used class a or c to tow/haul the Jeep or Commander or a tow behind camper to pull with 3/4 ton with Grandkids and if we bring the Jeep (only about an hour away) haul the Jeep with 1/2 ton.

Or get ultra lite camper and pull with half ton and Jeep with 3/4 ton, I don't really care about the extra gas, that's the cost of having fun in my opinion
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