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Unread 05-15-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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Flat towing my '72 CJ5 for 1K miles...Any thoughts?

I am planning a trip to Arizona with our 5 and looked into renting a trailer from uhaul and it would cost about $400 for the week I would need it. A cheaply made new trailer capable of handling her would cost about $1700, a craigslist one would go for about 1200-1300.

Our 5 has D44s f/r and BFG km2 with 99% tread and good steering. Is it feasable to flat tow her and save the money?

I would pull the rear driveline and unlock front hubs of course and I already have a nice towbar setup.

The things I consider are the tires for one, would cost about what a used trailer would cost to replace, second is if I mess up something that renders her un-towable, then what?

The trip usually puts about 1000 miles on the tow vehicle. How about flat tow vs trailer mpg?

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Unread 05-15-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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flat bed would save money on mpg and the tiers. And for a trip that long I would flatbed the jeep, so much less to worry about and safer for the jeep
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Agreed a flat bed is best it you can swing the $$$.
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Flat bed is easier on the tow vehicle and the CJ. It also won't want to push you around curves and corners like flat towing will and those Uhaul trailers have surge brakes.
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Thoughts..........I certainly don't think 2k miles (round trip) is going to wear out the KM2's.
What is the tow vehicle? If you put it on an auto trailer, add the weight of the trailer to the total towed weight. I flat tow my CJ 7 often without issues. I tow with an F250.
If you decide to flat tow, mark the position of the driveshaft u-joint in relation to the yoke before removal. Also there is the issue of lights. I have wired a trailer harness into the rear lights circuit with a plug mounted in the front bumper. If you have a locking steering column, unlock it before towing.
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If your Jeep were to have issues while towing or otherwise, it could cost a lot more than $400 to fix, esecially if you're not at home.
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Thanks guys for the reality check. The tow vehicle for this trip is a 01 exhibition 4wd with a stonking new trans that ate my trailer fund LOL. I tow it locally w/o dropping the driveline (hour or two max). It does PULL good but STOPPING is another story, trailer brakes would give that little extra comfort.
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Unread 05-15-2013, 01:37 PM   #8
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You could also rent or buy one of those tow dollies if you didn't want to flat tow or don't want to spend the extra coin for a trailer.
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You could also rent or buy one of those tow dollies if you didn't want to flat tow or don't want to spend the extra coin for a trailer.
At uhaul it was only a few dollars cheaper per day for a dolly. A new one was running about $800. Still an option if $$ is the deciding factor though.

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You'd still want to pull the drive shaft with the dolly. The narrow track axles just may fit though. My vote... tow it on the flat bed trailer.

Coming out the I-40 means a hill climb AND a descent too going home. The 8 & 10 would be more level.
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You'd still want to pull the drive shaft with the dolly. The narrow track axles just may fit though. My vote... tow it on the flat bed trailer.

Coming out the I-40 means a hill climb AND a descent too going home. The 8 & 10 would be more level.
40 it will be. We are headed to your neck of the woods. That last jog into Willliams nets me about 2mpg pulling my 26' travel trailer.

We will be staying at the KOA there. any suggestions for some day trips? I figure Bearizona is out of the question with just a bikini top LOL.
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Why not just drive the Jeep.

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She only does about 50mph tops and is subject to backdraft from big rigs

Plus the family is "camping", no place for the kitchen sink.
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Plus the family is "camping", no place for the kitchen sink.
With your fabrication skills, I'm surprised it doesn't have one.

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I was working on a drinking fountain, maybe with a waterfall feature LOL
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