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FishOnOne

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Posted: 09/21/19 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PAThwacker wrote:

Many Gladiators are showing up on the roads in PA. Some seen towing 22 foot lake boats, and other toys. Looks to be a colorado, ranger, taco, and frontier killers. Soccer mom mobile 4 door jeeps will soon be gladiator versions.


I've yet to see a single one in the Houston area, the trips to the deer camp and to the coast.


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I'm seeing a fair amount of them here in the inland northwest.


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An interesting vehicle. Retro style and technology.
Not a great tow vehicle. Not a great only vehicle, buy a fun vehicle.
I had a 1974 Jeep Wagoneer once that went everywhere with a 360 and a 4 speed. It was loud and primitive but we logged out of it.

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Bedlam wrote:

The current trail models are 107-109" long and have grown in size the last 8 years.


My 2017 570 rzr is the same size as my old 2008 800 rzr.

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Bedlam wrote:

Flashman wrote:

I wonder if some one will make a flat bed for the Gladiator? I could put my 570 rzr on it and flat tow it behind a motor home. Be just about perfect.

The RZR is 9' long so you cannot side load this vehicle. It would have to ramped up over the cab since a 9' deck behind a Gladiator cab would put CG too far rear of the axle.


8 ft would be more than enough. Put the rzr in backwards - the rear is heavier and an aluminum flat bed would keep the weight down.

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Flashman wrote:

Bedlam wrote:

Flashman wrote:

I wonder if some one will make a flat bed for the Gladiator? I could put my 570 rzr on it and flat tow it behind a motor home. Be just about perfect.

The RZR is 9' long so you cannot side load this vehicle. It would have to ramped up over the cab since a 9' deck behind a Gladiator cab would put CG too far rear of the axle.


8 ft would be more than enough. Put the rzr in backwards - the rear is heavier and an aluminum flat bed would keep the weight down.


May want to inspect those welds before installing that flat bed. The Wrangler gets a big black eye as FCA's supplier of frames can't get their act together due to poor quality welds. Perhaps you should consider installing that flatbed on the RZR and haul the jeep. LOL...

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I finally spotted my first Gladiator in the wild yesterday.

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Grit dog wrote:

smarty wrote:

MSRP is off the charts, IMHO


True dat. Unbelievably so actually.


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For the money a Gladiator costs, I'd be far better ahead "tow-rig wise" buying something else.... like a full size truck.

I have looked at the Gladiator a few weeks ago. The interior of the new generation Jeep is kind of nasty. Bright colors on the dash look like a Fiat. Oh wait, it is sort of a Fiat.

The dash / interior of the 2011+ JK was much nicer in my opinion.


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deltabravo wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

smarty wrote:

MSRP is off the charts, IMHO


True dat. Unbelievably so actually.


x12.

For the money a Gladiator costs, I'd be far better ahead "tow-rig wise" buying something else.... like a full size truck.

I have looked at the Gladiator a few weeks ago. The interior of the new generation Jeep is kind of nasty. Bright colors on the dash look like a Fiat. Oh wait, it is sort of a Fiat.

The dash / interior of the 2011+ JK was much nicer in my opinion.


I like the exterior of the Rubicon with the painted fenders, but I don't care for the Rubi red dash insert. I think if you could get a Rubicon with a Overland interior would be the best scenario.

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The issue I have with the Gladiator is that taking the price and comparing it to a similarly price 1500 series truck, you end up with a much better tow vehicle buying a 1500 series truck.

In other words, I think the Gladiator is overpriced for what it is.

I had a 2012 JKU Rubicon with 4:10 gears. I towed a 6x12 cargo trailer across Washington multiple time. Fuel mileage was bad. Trailer probably weight in at 3000-3500 loaded. Based on my experience, I wouldn't want to tow much more than that with the Pentastar 3.6L V6

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