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Unread 07-16-2004, 03:45 PM   #1
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Towing a 2003 behind a RV?

I have just purchased a Universal bumper-mount tow bar from JC Whitney, which says it bolts to most flat bumpers. We are moving across country and will be making the final move in an RV, hopefully towing our 2003 Jeep Wrangler, manual transmission.

Here's what I 'think' we have to do to tow:

1. Unlock the steering wheel
2. Put the main drive in Neutral
3. Keep the manual stick in a gear such as third

Is that all we need to do?

I cannot seem to find a lot of info on towing with a tow bar, but a ton on how to tow on a flatbead or with a dolly.

Any and all help will be appreciated!! PK

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Unread 07-16-2004, 04:27 PM   #2
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I had these web sites bookmarked, they talk about flat towing a Jeep. Good luck.

http://www.jedi.com/obiwan/jeep/flattow.html

And

http://www.monacocoach.com/lifestyle...01/dinghy.html

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Unread 07-16-2004, 05:36 PM   #3
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It's probably in your owner's manual. It was in 99.
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Unread 07-16-2004, 07:01 PM   #4
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Nekkidfish-

I tow my 2000 wrangler all over the place. It has 42k driving miles on it and probably has gone nearly that far by being towed also. (They also do not rack up mileage on the odometer by being towed either)

Follow the 3 steps listed below and you will have no problems.

1. Place transfer case in NEUTRAL
2. Place manual transmission in gear. (I use 1st gear)
3. Unlock the steering wheel to where it free wheels (but not turned to where the accesory power is on.)

Have fun ! !

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Unread 07-17-2004, 05:49 PM   #5
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Make sure you have some tow lights hooked up also, either magnetic on wire into the Jeeps lights.
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Unread 07-27-2004, 11:00 AM   #6
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you might as well put your transmission in nuetruel as well, why take a chance on not having your transfer case completely out of gear. I have found no just cause to leave your transmission in gear.
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Unread 07-27-2004, 06:53 PM   #7
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you might as well put your transmission in nuetruel as well, why take a chance on not having your transfer case completely out of gear. I have found no just cause to leave your transmission in gear.

I agree, unless someone can shed some light on the subject. My 2001 has 28000 road miles and over 4000 towed miles.....

disconnect the battery for that long trip, no miles get racked up either....
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Unread 07-27-2004, 08:27 PM   #8
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you might as well put your transmission in nuetruel as well, why take a chance on not having your transfer case completely out of gear. I have found no just cause to leave your transmission in gear.
If your t-case goes into gear and the tranny is in N, your tranny will be toast. There is no internal lubrication going on in the tranny if being driven from the output side. That is why you leave it in gear or park for auto. Not fun if it happens, but better to have a tire lock up than get somewhere and have no transmission (not necessarily from a safety point, but a mechanical one).
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Unread 07-28-2004, 06:40 AM   #9
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Hmmmm, toasted tranny or nasty accident with toasted Jeep and or toasted engine and or blown diffs and or......

Since the chance is so small and my trips usually short I'll stick with it in Neutral until someone gives a better reason !!!

I need a justification for that 700R4 or NSG370 or NP4500 anyways
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Unread 07-28-2004, 07:46 AM   #10
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Tranny in neutral-- when the the T case is in N, you'l get no movement, so why risk screwing up your gears? I've been towing my 97 for a while, and I always put it in 2nd.
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Unread 07-28-2004, 10:28 AM   #11
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Hmmmm, toasted tranny or nasty accident with toasted Jeep and or toasted engine and or blown diffs and or......

Since the chance is so small and my trips usually short I'll stick with it in Neutral until someone gives a better reason !!!

I need a justification for that 700R4 or NSG370 or NP4500 anyways
Theoreticaly, with the t-case in N you still could get some turning of the output shaft on the tranny. Not likely, but damage could happen. When I flat tow, I do it with the t-case in N and the tranny in park. Why, because that is the way it was designed to be done. Says so in the owners manual.
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