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Old 09-04-2011, 03:26 AM   #15
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We tow a 2010 Wrangler Sport, with the German 6 speed manual transmission.

Instructions say to put trany in 4th, transfer case in neutral.

Use the Blue-Ox baseplate. All seems to work great.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:24 PM   #16
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If you are doing serious off-roading the baseplate gets in the way. But, if you aren't crawling over rocks and don't need or want a winch and bumper then the baseplate is a less expensive alternative. One nice thing is that the Blue Ox baseplate now has removeable tabs, which is a big help when going off-road. My last Jeep had the baseplate biut it had fixed tabs and I was always watching so that they wouldn't get bent.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:15 PM   #17
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So to be clear, and because I am brand new to all of this...
I have a 2011 Jeep Rubicon Call of Duty edition, auto transmission. I should put the gear shift in park and the transfer case in Neutral? so then I do not need to leave the key in the ignition? that is great as I have been towing it with both the gear shift and the transfer case in neutral requiring me to leave in the key and draining the battery.
What a difference this will make, and I was doing it the way I was based on information received from another source.

Thanks!!!!
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:18 AM   #18
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That is correct - park (tranny), neutral (xfer case), and no key needed in a 2011.
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kandb3293/Cruzer. What no steering wheel lock ???
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Not for the last few years. I forget exactly which year the eliminated it.
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I believe 2008, but...

Just cause u read it on the net don't mean it has to be true.
Loook up "recreational towing" in your cars owners manual.

Except in a few cases where they took a few years to update, this is where the truth will be found.
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Our 2010 Wrangler, no steering wheel lock, no key needed to tow. Plus two 12v sockets, one always on, again so no key needed, to power the Brake Buddy.
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Just returned from an 1100 mile trip thru the smokies towing our 2010 Wrangler automatic. Never used the key. Just hook up tow bar, plug in light connection, put the transfer case in neutral, tansmission in park, and drive away. The supplemental braking system for the toad is the ReadyBrake system that uses no electrical from the toad or the MH. For us...perfection.

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Thanks for the link. They look like quality products for sure. Just a little to rich for my blood. $550 for a shorty bumper, $900 for a full width. VS $350 for a blue ox baseplate.
We use Roadmaster baseplates, but if we'd known about this style bumper at the time we would have definately considered it. Since the towbar attachments are on the face of the bumper it raises the connection height and makes the towbar closer to level.
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I believe 2008, but...

Just cause u read it on the net don't mean it has to be true.
Loook up "recreational towing" in your cars owners manual.

Except in a few cases where they took a few years to update, this is where the truth will be found.
2009+ and as of 2011 the owners manual still talks about having the key in even though it's not needed. Not sure about the 12s yet.
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2009+ and as of 2011 the owners manual still talks about having the key in even though it's not needed. Not sure about the 12s yet.
I have to agree with dashdriver that all owners manuals are not created equal. When we bought our motorhome the manual said the clock was attached to the wall with "industrial strength" velcro. The procedure for removing it was to "place your hands behind the clock at 3:00 and 9:00 and tug briskly". I did just that only to find the clock was held to the wall with 3 screws. Fortunately they were small screws and there was no serious damage.

When I called the factory and asked "What Gives?" I was told that was a carryover from the previous model year that didn't get corrected in the new manual. The clock is now reattached to the wall with 3 wall anchors. When I want to set it all I have to do is turn it 90* counter clockwise to unlock it from the base to remove it from the wall.
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I believe 2008, but...

Just cause u read it on the net don't mean it has to be true.
Loook up "recreational towing" in your cars owners manual.

Except in a few cases where they took a few years to update, this is where the truth will be found.
For anyone out there testing there own unit for a steering lock; Jack up the front end and turn the steering wheel slowly;KEY OUT OF IGNITION; from steering stop left and back to the steering stop on the right. My last 2 mopars would only lock with the wheel 180 degrees from straight ahead.
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I would make the auto/manual decision based on what you intend to do with the Jeep, not based on towing. All of the real Jeeps, TJ's, YJs, and CJ's tow very nicely. CJ's with the Dana 300 and some YJ's have distance restrictions but they are easy to overcome.

If you're doing a lot of off road slow speed 4-wheel low traveling then my choice is a manual. You can get more downhill slow speed engine braking and you get better speed control in a manual. My last auto in most slow speed 4wd situations I had to constantly ride the brakes to keep the crawl speed down to maintain the "bouncing" to a reasonable level. For slow speed off- roading you cant beat a manual with a 66-to-1 or higher crawl ratio. Low gearing like a 66:1 crawl ratio combined with a reasonable overdrive (0.7:1 or so) will also allow your Jeep to perform nicely at 65-70MPH highway speeds.

If you're buying the Jeep for looks and city driving.. and rarely will go into the back country where you need slow speed control.. and don't mind the significantly lower fuel mileage and performance.. then go with the auto.
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