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post #1 of 12 Old 03-16-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone towing a travel trailer with their WJ?

I'm looking at travel trailers....my WJ is rated at 6500lbs and 30' max length. Sounds too big. Anyone got some specs for me on what they tow? And how it handles? Hills, wind, etc... Also, what about modified rigs? My WJ is lifted 3" w/ 265/75/16 KM2's (load range D) it has factory tow pkg w/ V-5 rated hitch


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post #2 of 12 Old 03-16-2011, 09:04 PM
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Just cause you can tow doesn't always mean you should tow. My prob with towing a large boat once was not the power it took to tow it but the power it took to stop it. Even with electric brakes or mechanical brake assist, I am sketchy about towing things that are way heavy. I have noticed that since I lifted mine, it does not tow half as nice as it used to in higher wind conditions but as for general handling it seems just fine.

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I towed a 4000lb box trailer about 300 miles round trip (I live in "The Mountain State") and never felt unsafe. There almost isn't a single stretch of straight road in our state. Sure acceleration was a little tougher, and I had to brake earlier, but you've got that with any heavy towing.

I pull a 2000lb load around without even knowing it's there most of the time. There aren't even brakes on that trailer.

I thought wjjeeps.com said max 25' on the trailer, I could be wrong.....

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-16-2011, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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class 3 is 25', class 4 is 30' on wjjeeps, my owners manual says 30'

towerdude....do you remember the weight of that boat?

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post #5 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 05:52 PM
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I was thinking of towing a 20ish foot travel trailer this summer with mine and was curious how i would make out. It's got 2" bb and p245/75r16 tires on it. Will i need one of those distributing hitches? I know i will need trailer brakes but i have never used a load distributing hitch before?
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 06:08 PM
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I tow a 3000lb military trailer with no brakes and unless i'm climbing a hill or have to brake suddenly I don't usually notice that it is there.
Any increase in tire size means a decrease in transferred power to the wheels. Hence why guys regear to get better oomph. So your initial 6500lb weight limit is reduced. That 6500 is assuming at least sway bars on the tongue and definitely brakes of some sort, either surge or ebrakes.

so on the dude with 20ish foot, it doesn't matter so much how long it is as it does how that weight is affected by wind and what not. So if it's a flatbed, it's not affected anywhere near as much by turning and what not as a camping/travel trailer. You NEED some sort of anti-sway device, and depending on the tongue weight of said trailer, you may or may not need a weight distribution hitch.

To the OP, that's a 9 ish% difference between stock, so you're losing at least 600 lbs of that towing capacity for your drivetrain, but that's also a fairly hefty trailer. Just make sure it has brakes and if it's under 4500lbs you should be fine. Just remember, the trannies in our jeeps are used on the 1500's, they're beefy, I know it seems like a high number, and some people are paranoid about it, but there are also factors of safety in there to where it could most likely pull upwards of 8000lbs without issue *not recommending obviously*
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I don't tow anything heavy but there is a picture, pop up is loaded, so it the back on my truck and as you see a few bike.

Mind you, I have the 4.Slow with 3.73 gears running 265/75R16's and a 4" lift. I does fine up or down hill, I can pass OK and I have no issues.

If you have the 4.7 the extra horsies and torque will make for easier towing on your rig.
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When I had my Wj, I towed 2,000# car trailer with a 95 Nissan pathfinder 54 miles one way.

4.7HO, jeepflashpack, 4" lift and 265/70r17. had no problem pulling but also started stooping sooner. did 55-60 fine on the highway.

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Do you tow with OD on or off? Will be towing a 5 x 10 single axle enclosed with 1000 lb cycle in it. Will be under the 3000 gross.
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Do you tow with OD on or off? Will be towing a 5 x 10 single axle enclosed with 1000 lb cycle in it. Will be under the 3000 gross.

I tow a 3000 lb boat with OD Off until I reach 55 mph. The TC will lock up in third gear (OD Off), getting more power to the wheels, faster acceleration and then also in fourth gear (OD).

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Just cause you can tow doesn't always mean you should tow. My prob with towing a large boat once was not the power it took to tow it but the power it took to stop it. Even with electric brakes or mechanical brake assist, I am sketchy about towing things that are way heavy. I have noticed that since I lifted mine, it does not tow half as nice as it used to in higher wind conditions but as for general handling it seems just fine.
Yep...lifting is for idiots.

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Ok now, all of you who do tow heavy loads what are you getting for mileage? I have the 4.7 engine. I was getting avg 12 with od on avg 11.2 mpg od off .
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