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Komfort 23TS

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Posted: 01/05/18 06:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am going to pull a jeep ranger behind my class C for the first time. Do I need to turn the key on?





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A Jeep Ranger? Perhaps you mean Wrangler? If it's a late model Wrangler the key on is not necessary. Read the OM under "Recreational Towing" for all the instructions.


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What does your owner’s booklet say? I can’t look it up since you didn’t post year etc....for the Wrangler?


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Posted: 01/05/18 06:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Komfort 23TS wrote:

I am going to pull a jeep ranger behind my class C for the first time. Do I need to turn the key on?

there is a simple test, can you move your steering wheel with the key in the off position.
Put a different way, does the steering wheel lock when you turn the key to "OFF"


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Thank you very much! It is a Jeep Wrangler 2017. So I will try the wheel without the key. Thanks again

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I have the 2011 Wrangler, great flat tow vehicles. Key off, transfer case in Neutral, transmission in park. Parking break off!


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sullivanclan wrote:

I have the 2011 Wrangler, great flat tow vehicles. Key off, transfer case in Neutral, transmission in park. Parking break off!


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sullivanclan wrote:

I have the 2011 Wrangler, great flat tow vehicles. Key off, transfer case in Neutral, transmission in park. Parking break off!


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I have a few questions for you who tow Wranglers.

Are you maintaining the stock wheels & tires for towing? If you installed larger tires with a wider wheel offset, how is your towing experience?

Stock wheel/tire setup or non-stock, do any of you notice strange front tire wear on the outer edges of the thread from pulling your Wrangler through sharp turns with your motor home?

We get that from towing our 2006 Jeep Liberty with stock wheels & tires. I try my best to avoid sharp turns with the motor home but cannot completely avoid the condition. I also inflate the front tires much higher to reduce outer edge front tire wear. I wondered if the Wrangler had similar challenges.

My cousin and her husband in north-east Illinois has for sale, a silver 2011 4-door Wrangler setup for towing but is equipped with a very expensive Stage-V Moab Industries Conversion. The tires are much larger than stock, the vehicle is lifted fairly high, and there are so many fancy things on it far beyond the needs for serious off-roading. Auto-retracting running boards is one such over-the-top feature. My cousin is new to motor homes, new to Wranglers, and new to towing. They recently bought the Wrangler in AZ when they bought their 2nd house in Prescot AZ to slowly transition to a retirement location but the mile high altitude had my cousin living with a constant headache that immediately went away at lower altitude. So the Prescot house and Wrangler they recently bought are both up for sale. The Wrangler is now at their IL house. I wonder how towing it would be. They are both oblivious to my concern. We met at a local restaurant and when they drove off, I could hear the tires loud to the road. Did towing the Moab Wrangler ruin it's tires?

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ron.dittmer wrote:

I have a few questions for you who tow Wranglers.

Are you maintaining the stock wheels & tires for towing? If you installed larger tires with a wider wheel offset, how is your towing experience?

Yes. Stock wheels, and the tires that came with it (Bridgestone Dueler A/T)

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Stock wheel/tire setup or non-stock, do any of you notice strange front tire wear on the outer edges of the thread from pulling your Wrangler through sharp turns with your motor home?
Honestly, we've only towed it 5,000 miles, and haven't noticed any odd wear on the outside of the tires.

ron.dittmer wrote:

We get that from towing our 2006 Jeep Liberty with stock wheels & tires. I try my best to avoid sharp turns with the motor home but cannot completely avoid the condition. I also inflate the front tires much higher to reduce outer edge front tire wear. I wondered if the Wrangler had similar challenges.
Sharp turns are hard to avoid sometimes, and we figured we were more likely to make gentle tow/towed vehicle contact at the corners of the vehicles. Tire wear didn't really come to mind in those situations. I run my Jeep's tires full to manufacturer's max cold inflation specs.

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My cousin and her husband in north-east Illinois has for sale, a silver 2011 4-door Wrangler setup for towing but is equipped with a very expensive Stage-V Moab Industries Conversion. The tires are much larger than stock, the vehicle is lifted fairly high, and there are so many fancy things on it far beyond the needs for serious off-roading. Auto-retracting running boards is one such over-the-top feature. My cousin is new to motor homes, new to Wranglers, and new to towing. They recently bought the Wrangler in AZ when they bought their 2nd house in Prescot AZ to slowly transition to a retirement location but the mile high altitude had my cousin living with a constant headache that immediately went away at lower altitude. So the Prescot house and Wrangler they recently bought are both up for sale. The Wrangler is now at their IL house. I wonder how towing it would be. They are both oblivious to my concern. We met at a local restaurant and when they drove off, I could hear the tires loud to the road. Did towing the Moab Wrangler ruin it's tires?
Honestly can't help you there without seeing the Jeep. What are they asking for it? Depending on how high the lift is, you may already be into a horizontal receiver/shank misalignment issue when towing, which will require a vertical hitch rise/lower adapter. Front end mods may cause issues trying to get a standard Wrangler base plate to fit properly. Umbilical/wiring issues may have been created by other Moab mods. You could check with the manufacturer's of the Moab stuff to see if they could tell you. Lastly, I rarely if ever see anyone flat towing a Jeep Wrangler that's had some of the work you describe done to it. Maybe that's the answer to your questions? I have seen some pretty wild looking stuff towed on trailers. I think I'd look for a more stock Wrangler to pull, if it were me.
Ask your cousin what it would cost to uninstall/revert the Moab mods and suspension and tires back to stock. I'm guessing if it's really tricked out, and they ask a reasonable price for it, some local well to do post-adolescent will snap it up for weekends snowboarding or kite surfing. [emoticon]

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