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Unread 01-21-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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Towing a boat

I have 08 unlimited, auto, 4x4, k&n cold air intake, superchip programmer, modified exhaust. Looking to tow a 18' pontoon boat with a weight of 2000lb. So I'm looking for anyone who has towed something of similar weight and shape. And if it's going to be a problem? Thanks in advance!

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Unread 01-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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Thats only 1/2 what its rated, less trailer and gear in the boat.....
Your good to go

Long hauls Trans cooler...
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Unread 01-21-2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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I'm going to definitely put a cooler, had an issue once on my ford ranger with a 3.0 pulling a boat. Got hot and blew fluid out of front pump seal.
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Unread 01-21-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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should be fine. pulled our 25ft long and 5500 pound camper on a 2 1/2 hour trip one way with no problem. thats with the old 08 jku not our 11s we have
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Unread 01-21-2012, 11:17 PM   #5
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I recently bought a highwall Chalet A-Frame pop-up, a little over 2000# loaded. I don't even know it's back there (just kidding, but it seems everyone says that). I definately know it's back there, but it has been a surprisingly easy tow and I don't have the electric brakes connected yet. Haven't been up the local mountains yet, but through the hills it holds 65 mph fine downshifting in the 3-4k rpm range (auto) on the steeper ones. With a single axle and standard hitch I thought it would bounce the back end some, but it doesn't.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 08:06 AM   #6
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In south Texas we have constant wind, going toward the coast and wind pushing on the way back. Maybe if a put a cover over it when towing will lessen the drag. Maybe a wind deflector on the hardtop may help. Removable of course!
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Unread 01-22-2012, 08:09 AM   #7
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What gears do you have?
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Unread 01-22-2012, 08:14 AM   #8
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Stock gears, it's auto and 4x4. I've modified with a superchip programmer at 93 octane setting(makes a big difference). K&n cold air and modified exhaust. I'm assuming 3.73
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Unread 01-22-2012, 09:16 AM   #9
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It will be fine, but if you want easier towing, figure out what tire size you plan on staying with and then regear accordingly. JK's are notoriously under geared, especially 2007-2011 automatics.

Generally accepted recommendations for different tire sizes for automatic 2007-2011's are as follows:

32"..........4.10 or 4.56
33"..........4.56
35"..........5.13
37"..........5.38

Not only will it have more get up and go and tow better, the transmission will not work as hard. It will also alleviate gear hunting, over revving, and other common annoyances.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 02:05 PM   #10
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You should be fine, but I think the trans cooler is a great idea. i put one in mine and I don't even tow just a piece of mind thing
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Unread 01-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #11
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Will the superchip "towing" program help. I have 285/65/18 tires
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Unread 01-23-2012, 03:43 AM   #12
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My boat with stock 4.10

Now my 18' camper: I do have E brakes, a tow sway bar and a Trans cooler.


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