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post #1 of 17 Old 06-25-2010, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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Flat towing behind a motorhome

I just bought a used 2006 Wrangler Unlimited with auto transmission. To tow this Jeep behind my motorhome the TC goes to netrual and the transmission goes to park. By doing this will towed miles show up on odometer? Or do I need to pull a fuse? Thanks for the help

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post #2 of 17 Old 06-25-2010, 06:02 AM
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i've been towing mine all year and never thought to look....i'm going to have to check that out this weekend....
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No fuse to pull and no it will not show any towed miles.
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I just bought a used 2006 Wrangler Unlimited with auto transmission. To tow this Jeep behind my motorhome the TC goes to netrual and the transmission goes to park. By doing this will towed miles show up on odometer? Or do I need to pull a fuse? Thanks for the help
Never heard that. "Park", are you sure?
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Never heard that. "Park", are you sure?
Yep. Park for sure...
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Never heard that. "Park", are you sure?
Yup. You don't want the transmission turning while you're going down the road.
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post #7 of 17 Old 06-26-2010, 02:39 PM
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IIRC, on a Jeep, you can turn key to postion that unlocks steering wheel, and allows you to remove key, but not have any power on (so no battery drain).
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IIRC, on a Jeep, you can turn key to postion that unlocks steering wheel, and allows you to remove key, but not have any power on (so no battery drain).
If my key is not in the off position, I can't remove it. If the key is in the off position, the steering is locked...
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If my key is not in the off position, I can't remove it. If the key is in the off position, the steering is locked...

A normal ignition switch only has off, on, crank, and accessory. I thought a Wrangler had one additional off location that allows the key to be removed.

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Flat Towing a Jeep® Wrangler

According to the Jeep manual:

When towing a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for recreational towing -- such as behind a motorhome -- you must tow with four wheels down (as opposed to using a tow dolly), because...
"Internal damage to the transfer case will occur if a front or rear wheel lift is used when recreational towing!"
How To Tow A Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind An RV

First, the transfer case must be shifted into NEUTRAL. Here's how to do that:
Key must be in the "accessory" position......
  • Depress and hold the brake pedal.
  • Set Parking Brake
  • Shift an automatic transmission into NEUTRAL (N) or depress clutch pedal on manual transmission.
  • Shift the transfer case level into NEUTRAL (N).
  • Start the engine.
  • Shift the automatic transmission into DRIVE (D) or the manual transmission into gear.
  • Release the brake pedal and ensure that there is no vehicle movement.
  • IMPORTANT: Shut the engine off and place the ignition key into the unlocked OFF position.*
  • Shift the automatic transmission into PARK (P).
  • Apply the parking brake.
  • Attach the Jeep to the tow vehicle with a tow bar.
  • Release the parking brake.
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-26-2010, 03:22 PM
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I have been towing my 2004 TJ with 42rle auto for years with no problem. States right in the owners manual how to flat tow it. TC in nuetral, tranny in park, ign. on first click. Not sure why, but that is what the manual says, so I do it. No miles register I am told, but I have never really checked to be 100% sure.
And it also says, "Do NOT shift tranny from nuetral to park with the engine running. Serious damage will occur." Happy camping.
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I have been towing my 2004 TJ with 42rle auto for years with no problem. States right in the owners manual how to flat tow it. TC in nuetral, tranny in park, ign. on first click. Not sure why, but that is what the manual says, so I do it. No miles register I am told, but I have never really checked to be 100% sure.
And it also says, "Do NOT shift tranny from nuetral to park with the engine running. Serious damage will occur." Happy camping.
See if you can remove your ignition key when in this postion.
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-26-2010, 03:38 PM
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I wonder how this would apply to manual tranny's. I've had mine towed once in neutral and neutral (TC and tranny). I've also unlocked my front hubs. Mind you, they only get engaged on a trailhead anyways. I didn't check my mileage.

Should my tranny be in gear? Some strange reason why like having it in park matters?

Anyone?
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No you cannot. You must have the key in the lock position to remove the key and you must have the key in the off position to tow.

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See if you can remove your ignition key when in this postion.

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post #14 of 17 Old 06-26-2010, 04:12 PM
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If your Jeep is equipped with the SKIM (security key system) you could get a non-security key cut at the hardware and leave that in the ignition so no one would be able to start it.
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I wonder how this would apply to manual tranny's. I've had mine towed once in neutral and neutral (TC and tranny). I've also unlocked my front hubs. Mind you, they only get engaged on a trailhead anyways. I didn't check my mileage.

Should my tranny be in gear? Some strange reason why like having it in park matters?

Anyone?

If you leave the tranny in neutral everytime you flat tow then someday you will start to hear louder noises from the tranny that you didn't hear before because of the scorn races and bearing due to lack of lubrication.
Putting the tranny in gear will keep the main shaft from spinning. If the main shaft is spinning without it in gear then no lube gets to the bearings, lube is below the main shaft bearings.

Unlocking the ft. hubs keeps the axles & ft drive shaft from spinning and less overall wear & tear on the bearings & u-joints.
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