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post #1 of 7 Old 08-14-2007, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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trailer vs. flat tow w/Atlas TC

I just bought a tow rig, so I won't be driving the TJ on these 8-hour jaunts anymore!
Is there a HUGE advantage to a trailer? I don't have room for one here at my house, so I'd be paying storage fees all winter. A tow bar would obviously be easier to store and attach. I have manual hubs, so the front axle would be disconnected completely.
What say the masses? Can a modded TJ w/an Atlas be safely towed for 350 miles in a day?


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I just bought a tow rig, so I won't be driving the TJ on these 8-hour jaunts anymore!
Is there a HUGE advantage to a trailer? I don't have room for one here at my house, so I'd be paying storage fees all winter. A tow bar would obviously be easier to store and attach. I have manual hubs, so the front axle would be disconnected completely.
What say the masses? Can a modded TJ w/an Atlas be safely towed for 350 miles in a day?
Well, if you take the time to drop the rear shaft, you can flat tow to the moon and back! I keep hearing horror stories about people having tragic results when flat towing by just disengaging the t-case, disco the shafts, no more problems!

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I went anead and bought a new trailer today. 2007 Big Tex!
My TJ is now a trailer queen!

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You made a wise choice.

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Well, if you take the time to drop the rear shaft, you can flat tow to the moon and back! I keep hearing horror stories about people having tragic results when flat towing by just disengaging the t-case, disco the shafts, no more problems!

First thing I would have asked is what is the tow rig? A big enough vehicle can flat tow comfortably. Too small a tow rig and things can get a little uncomfortable.

I flat tow with my 38 ft RV. I have never, ever removed either drive shaft from my TJ, or the YJ before it. I have never had a problem, zero, zilch. Niether has my brother in law with his TJ, wifes uncle with his TJ, my dad with his KJ, and many others that I have known over the years. I know there have been a few stories about people having problems, I and my family have just never seen them with a combined 10's of thousands of tow miles.

All that said, I prefer a trailer anyway.

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You made a wise choice.

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flat towing broken stuff is not much easier than driving broken stuff.

Not to mention trailer are much safer anyway (brakes).
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I went anead and bought a new trailer today. 2007 Big Tex!
My TJ is now a trailer queen!

got any pics of your new trailer?? and personally i think you made a wise choice


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