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    I've seen a jeep towing accident. Not pretty! Soft top towing flat bed overloaded with crap (looked like they were moving) when they crashed furniture flew forward and f'd up the driver!

    As for parking. Many years ago, my Dad made a hitch mounts for a Suzuki 90 ATC. One that mounted the front forks and one to the rear of the frame, plus we had a drive thru garage to get the the back yard. It sure made moving the boat around easy. Wish I still had pictures of it, it was pretty slick. Made it with square tube, hack saw, and an arc welder lol. A lot of grinding and some Suzuki yellow paint made it look factory installed lol.
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    Which Jeep are you talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICECREAMAN View Post
    I think the answer is it will work fine, right up until you get yourself in trouble. Then you'll probably wish you had a little more truck underneath you. A panic stop situation with a short wheelbase, light vehicle, with too small of brakes for towing will make you find religion quick.
    ^^^This^^^

    I had a friend that frequently towed his 21' daycruiser with his CJ 5. Like was said, it worked great until he got into a bad situation and had to make a panic stop. It jackknifed the jeep and trailer. My friend wasn't hurt, but there was a lot of damage to the jeep, boat, and boat trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycotic Break View Post
    Which Jeep are you talking about?
    This one. VVVVVVVV
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    Anyone here ever pull their boats with a Wrangler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    This one. VVVVVVVV
    Would that be a yj(square headlights and leafs), Tj(back to round headlights, coil sprung multi link), Tj unlimited(increased wheel base and towing capacity), Two door or Four door JK? Possible Rubicon package on the last four.

    A cj's generally referred to as a cj and a willys is a willys.


    So what kind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycotic Break View Post
    Would that be a yj(square headlights and leafs), Tj(back to round headlights, coil sprung multi link), Tj unlimited(increased wheel base and towing capacity), Two door or Four door JK? Possible Rubicon package on the last four.

    A cj's generally referred to as a cj and a willys is a willys.


    So what kind?
    Haven't bought one, so not sure which one I'm talking about. Judging from the earlier comments, I think I might go fro a Bronco or Blazer instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    Haven't bought one, so not sure which one I'm talking about. Judging from the earlier comments, I think I might go fro a Bronco or Blazer instead.
    Hopefully you are thinking of the full sized Bronco and or Blazer. My classic Bronco has all the same problems of the Jeep when towing (classics are 66 to 77). They are way big on cool factor but cool doesn't make it a tow rig. Restored or Restomoded Early Blazers and Broncos are way cool and do a great job towing.
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    Yep, full size, probably EFI era. Lots of them here in Utardia.

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    I tow my 18" jet boat all over the place, with my XJ. Alittle different animal than the cj,Yj types, but it does good. Its a little scetchyl aunching on realy steep ramps, but so far so good. Scared Icecreaman, a little, once, while launching
    I towed my 20 spectra down the street and around the block a bit, just to see if it would do it, but felt like stopping would be as issue!
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    Quote Originally Posted by holorinhal View Post
    I tow my 18" jet boat all over the place, with my XJ. Alittle different animal than the cj,Yj types, but it does good. Its a little scetchyl aunching on realy steep ramps, but so far so good. Scared Icecreaman, a little, once, while launching
    I towed my 20 spectra down the street and around the block a bit, just to see if it would do it, but felt like stopping would be as issue!
    My kid had an XJ before he went into the Navy. Lifted with larger tires. We were going to do a brake upgrade before he got rid of it.

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    This is where I found the numbers when I put a hitch on mine, haven't towed with it yet. Manufacturers always rate things low to stay away from liability issues so I'm sure there is some wiggle room. One thing a Buddy of mine mentioned was if there was an accident my insurance might make a fuss?
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    Quote Originally Posted by holorinhal View Post
    I tow my 18" jet boat all over the place, with my XJ. Alittle different animal than the cj,Yj types, but it does good. Its a little scetchyl aunching on realy steep ramps, but so far so good. Scared Icecreaman, a little, once, while launching
    I towed my 20 spectra down the street and around the block a bit, just to see if it would do it, but felt like stopping would be as issue!

    I had forgotten about that Hal, LOL But it does make a good example of what we're talking about. Your boat was definitely showing your jeep the fast way into the water at that ramp. I had the brakes locked and the wheels turned, and we were still picking up speed sliding backwards down that ramp.
    It does make the point, it's being in control, and able to stop the weight of what you're towing.

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    I tow my 21' Eliminator O/B with my '94 Olds Bravada (4 door S-10 Blazer with full time all-wheel drive), and have towed it several hundered miles, both Interstate and 2 lane mountain roads. Other than beiing a little light on pull (compared to my Cummins truck) I've never had a problem launching, turning or stopping.

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