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    Anyone here ever pull their boats with a Wrangler?

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    I have pulled a boat behind my old jeep several times. Probably 1,000 miles or better. Never had any issues in the plains but there wasn't really any extra power to speak of so mountain towing may not be great. Did it once with the top off and after a day on the lake, the beating sun on the way home was less than appealing. Then when the sun goes down and you're still driving, your new sunburn almost freezes you. A top is highly recommended. Just my $.02

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    I would want brakes on the trailer. A lot of weight pushing that wrangler..

    I have done it.

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    I used to tow with a CJ-5 several different boats, that was sketchy.....always kept plenty of room around me. I put a hitch on my Wife's 2013 Wrangler as a backup tow rig, I think they are rated for 2,000 max obviously the more modern brakes, suspension etc. will be a bunch safer but I wouldn't want it to be my only option.
    It is a cool look though

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    Definitely makes me think twice about going in that direction then.

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    Towed with a 4 cylinder Wrangler with no issues. I towed from Michigan to western Pa with a dual axle trailer and bbc Sanger jet with no problems other than being a little underpowered on hills. Short wheelbase maneuverability is a plus, storage space a minus.

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    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.

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    As long as the boat trailer has EXCELLENT brakes I wouldn't sweat a tow rig with a short wheelbase...just look at wheel base on tractor trailers.

    As long as the tow vehicle is rated for the weight being towed and again, the trailer has EXCELLENT brakes...it wouldn't bother me one bit.
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    i tow my boat with my jeep all the time, over the pass, and all over washington. it works great. i don't have trailer brakes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerDown View Post
    As long as the boat trailer has EXCELLENT brakes I wouldn't sweat a tow rig with a short wheelbase...just look at wheel base on tractor trailers.

    As long as the tow vehicle is rated for the weight being towed and again, the trailer has EXCELLENT brakes...it wouldn't bother me one bit.
    Big difference as a Tractor/trailer is a fifth wheel type hitch.. so it doesn't have the leverage that a bumper hitch has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosjunkie View Post
    Big difference as a Tractor/trailer is a fifth wheel type hitch.. so it doesn't have the leverage that a bumper hitch has.
    I'm hip to what your saying, and there are load stabilizer/leveler attachments that would also make a noticeable difference.
    more truck than neefed is always nice especially for interstate towing but not a must. Tow rating and good brakes are the must have.
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    I towed a car on a 18 foot utility trailer behind my 76 Bronco once. Never again. Depending on the weight of the boat, you can be assured several things will happen. One, the trailer has a wider track than the jeep. You don't have enough weight in the jeep to keep the trailer from pulling the jeep around as it road hunts tracks. Two, the weight transfer as the trailer slows will play havoc with your rear suspension. You'll need some serious shocks to keep the jeep under control. As the tongue weight pushes the rear down you'll need to be extra careful with the steering on slick surfaces. And Three, any extreme condition will be exaggerated beyond your wildest imagination. A front tire blow out, could be lethal.

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    This is my never again list

    I towed mine to the ramp with a sidekick.....one time 12 mi.
    On a bet i towed a kz900 on a trailer i built behind a gs 850 15mi.
    I towed an audi with a kz 1300 4mi.
    I towed a panhead with a gs 1000 and a garden hose close to 40mi.

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    Guess I'll look at Bronco/Blazers to tow the SWTD instead. I want a nice 2 door 4x commuter vehicle (I only drive 6 miles to work and the wife steals my truck whenever it snows) that does well in the snow and has a little cool factor. I like those because they have a shorter wheelbase to park the boat in the back yard.

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