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?
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.
I would rather have a tool I don't need, than need a tool I don't have.
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.