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rk911

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Bears Den wrote:

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.


first, not every jeep model in every model year can be flat towed. in general if the 4-wd model has a manually selectable neutral position in the transfer case then you should be able to flat tow it. do not trust the sales critter to know or be truthful...check the owner's manual under recreational towing or contact the factory. jeep has all of their owner's manuals on-line.

second, most newer models that can be flat towed will not require a key to be left in the ignition or the key turned to the 'on' position. this eliminates the need to pull fuses to avoid battery drain or to run a charging line from the MH to the toad battery. again check the owner's manual.

third, unlike many other vehicles jeep has no time, distance or speed restrictions when towing. at least this was true when we bought our current toad in 2010. but be sure to double-check. other makes will limit your speed or require you to stop every X-miles or X-hours to start the toad and run thru the gears. PITA.

fourth, jeeps are just plain fun to drive. we have three.

as a side note before you buy a MH and a vehicle to tow be sure you understand the various weights and weight ratings of both the MH and toad. in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following:

- the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.)

- the weight rating of your tow bar

- the weight rating of your hitch

this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. Your MH will not collapse if it is overloaded but you will experience handling issues as well as longer braking distances and accelerated wear on suspension, brakes, steering, etc.

flat towing any vehicle adds negligible weight to GCWR.

good luck and safe travels!


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Keep in mind that older Jeep Wranglers (2006? and earlier) have an "OFF, not locked" position in the ignition switch. the switch does not have to be "ON" for towing. I towed a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited for many miles.
If I were to get another Jeep, it would be a 2003 to 2006, preferably a Rubicon.


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rk911 wrote:



second, most newer models that can be flat towed will not require a key to be left in the ignition or the key turned to the 'on' position. this eliminates the need to pull fuses to avoid battery drain or to run a charging line from the MH to the toad battery. again check the owner's manual.


True about some models not requiring the key in the ignition to be towed. Keep in mind, that if you're using a towed vehicle braking system that requires 12V DC power to function (aka, the auxiliary braking system is powered by the towed vehicle's battery, like the Blue Ox Patriot II) you might want to consider running a battery charging link from the towing vehicle to the towed vehicle, to keep your braking system working, and to keep the towed vehicle's battery charged.


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