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Bears Den

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Posted: 01/04/18 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am currently a TT owner and have noticed a lot of MHs towing Jeeps. I am considering a MH purchase and am trying to find out what the advantage is to having a Jeep as your toad. DW is all for owning a Jeep so that helps in the grand scheme of things. Thanks for your help and remember, there is no substitute for experience.


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I towed a Jeep for years and there are lots of reasons. Ease of configuring to tow, ease of setup when hooking up, tracks well. It's also easy to add a bike rack on the back. We never use the back seat so we leave it our and can carry the dogs and it's easy to clean up. Add to that 4 wheel drive that goes trough anything and that it's fun to drive and you have a great combination.

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Posted: 01/04/18 08:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So you can go off-roading at your destination.
Personally I have never owned a Jeep.
I take my C-RV off-roading sometimes. It is an AWD.

* This post was edited 01/04/18 09:10am by Mandalay Parr *


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The biggest advantage IMHO is that you can put the transfer case in neutral and forget the transmission altogether. My unofficial poll of toads (looking to see what everyone else was pulling while on the road) showed that CR-Vs and Jeeps were the most popular. The trouble is that these vehicles command a higher price on the resale market and IMHO it's too much for what you get. Around here $18k gets you a 10 year old CR-V with 200,000 miles and a beat up interior. That's what I paid for my 3 year old Equinox and it's towable 4 down.


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Agree with "magicbus" on ease of towing, depending on model. Check with FCA/Jeep or the Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Guides for basic towing info on the various other Jeep branded models. They don't all tow the same.

We tow a 2016 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited, and they're probably one of the simplest to tow, from the setup perspective, using Blue Ox equipment. The steering doesn't lock, so no key in ignition issues. It does track well. We had the base plate and wiring installed professionally, and everything works including towed battery charging from the tow vehicle. The Patriot II brake system seems to work well and responds well to input from the towing vehicle.
Other reasons - fun to drive, Sahara is well equipped fromm the factory, 4X4 is nice if/when needed, convertible top/removable doors if desired, lots of after market and OEM equipment mods available, wife liked it and wanted one.

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If it fulfills your need when you reach your destination then there is no reason not to. No hidden issues that I can think of. Is our daily driver at home. Roadmaster All-Terrain. As soon as it gets off of back order, we will put a Rock Hard bumper on our 2014 Unlimited Sahara to raise the tow point a bit. Have towed a Jeep since 2012 just fine with the Roadmaster baseplate, but it pulls a bit low for the attachment point on our MH. I'd like it to pull straighter, hence the Rock Hard. Started out with a Jeep Sport, but are much happier with the Sahara. Renegades are pretty and all, but the $$$$ were too rich for our blood.

EDIT:I guess I meant Rubicon, not Renegade.

* This post was edited 01/04/18 01:50pm by SageCrispin *


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Something in jplante4's post reminded me of what it was like towing our 2011 Chev Traverse (I see I need to get that off my signature). We had to pull a fuse (I installed a switch), and worry about starting it every so many miles. Worked ok, but the Jeep is much more straight forward and simpler. Both work(ed) just fine with our Brake Buddy.

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We tow a 07 Wrangler, back seat out, it is easy to hook up, it is fun to drive, it isn't hard to pull, the coach doesn't know it is back there.


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The wife would like a jeep too, but she doesn't want to pay for one. We got a cheep used 2 door standard shift that can be pulled 4 down easily.





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We tow an 02 Wrangler. I've owned several Jeeps over time. As for towing them, it was easy to:
1. install the wiring myself to save money
2. install the tow hooks myself to save money
3. buy a good used Towmaster tow bar from Craig's List
4. tow back there, it's very light, the MH doesn't know it's there
5. park at the camp ground, short, and hard to get stuck
6. go see a lot of off-road country in it
7. take the rear seat out, have lots of storage
8. mount a bike rack on
9. do a lot of your own maintenance on
10. hook up, the bumper is at a decent height, no bending over
11. get in and out of, not some low slung car for old knees
12. see out of - it has good straight windows all around for back up
13. use the manual transfer case for towing

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