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Old 08-13-2016, 06:47 AM   #15
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I just found the manual online. Googled "2013 jeep wrangler owners manual" and the first link showed the official Jeep pdf file. Page 540 shows instructions how to tow behind a motorhome.

It specifically states not to dolly tow. Also, states and i quote,

"Front or rear wheel lifts should not be used. Internal damage to the transmission or transfer case will occur if a front or rear wheel lift is used when recreational towing".
Yes, my manual said the same thing. I and one dealer service manager believe it is a carry over from the full time transfer cases like the 249 and 247 TC's or any current TC that is considered "Full Time 4WD" that does not have a 2wd option. If you removed the front DS or towed a Grand Cherokee with the 249 or 247 TC on a dolly, you would burn up the viscous coupler that transfers power to the front wheels when the rear wheels slipped. If the TC does not have a 2wd position, you can not tow it with a dolly. The TC in the Wrangler has the 2wd and some even have lockout hubs that when in 2wd, the front DS is not turning. That is the same condition when the front wheels are on a dolly. I know it works and no harm will come to the TC or transmission. I towed my 2010 JKU for over 4000 miles without a problem.
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If you want to tow a Jeep on a dolly, there is no need to pull the rear driveshaft. Just put the TC in neutral and the transmission in park. Everyone says not to do it, but it is no different that driving that same jeep on the road in 2wd with the front DS removed....
Except it's not. The front end is still rotating when being driven.
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Except it's not. The front end is still rotating when being driven.

No, the front driveshaft is "NOT" turning if the Jeep has lockout hubs in the front, and they are disconnected, while driving in 2wd. While in 2wd, the front drive is disengaged in the TC, however, front wheels rotating will turn the axle shafts which in turn rotates the front DS. To reduce gear wear, lockout hubs are available and installed which disengages the front wheels from the axle shafts. Without the wheels driving the axle shafts, the front DS does not rotate.
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I am pretty sure we probably have the OP pretty confused by now... best if we can stick to the original question.
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I am pretty sure we probably have the OP pretty confused by now... best if we can stick to the original question.
You're probably correct. I meant to point out to him and others that it is not necessary to remove or disconnect the rear DS while dolly towing a JKU. Some say it can't be done without damage. They're wrong, as I have done it without any kind of problem. Each to his own opinion.
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No, the front driveshaft is "NOT" turning if the Jeep has lockout hubs in the front, and they are disconnected, while driving in 2wd....

How many decades has it been since Jeep sold a vehicle with lock out hubs? (Wish they still did).
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How many decades has it been since Jeep sold a vehicle with lock out hubs? (Wish they still did).
They are available to add to an existing Jeep. Of course you have to change axle shafts too. I have them on my 05 LJ. Most off road enthusiast's have them if they will be driving on the road. I only used that as an example of how a TJ, or JK can be towed on a dolly without removing the rear driveshaft. It's no different that running in 2wd with lockout hubs disengaged.
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As others stated if you want to be able to take different vehicles your best bet is to get a trailer, to start I believe they can cost similar money to what a tow dolly costs and you can bring whatever you want. The bad with this is some camping areas will charge you extra for holding a extra trailer at their camping area.

Towing 4 down is by far the easiest however as you know you are limited to what you can bring however you do not have to deal with the trailer at the camping area or keeping it somewhere at home.
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As others stated if you want to be able to take different vehicles your best bet is to get a trailer, to start I believe they can cost similar money to what a tow dolly costs and you can bring whatever you want. The bad with this is some camping areas will charge you extra for holding a extra trailer at their camping area.

Towing 4 down is by far the easiest however as you know you are limited to what you can bring however you do not have to deal with the trailer at the camping area or keeping it somewhere at home.
You also have to consider the extra weight involved with a full trailer. I too would like a full trailer but the weight of my jeep plus trailer exceeds my tow capacity.
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You can tow the Wrangler on a dolly if and only if you disconnect the rear drive shaft. Same for any rear drive vehicle. If you remove the driveshaft, you will have to figare a way to seal up the end of the output shaft so the t/case fluid doesn't leak out.
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You can tow the Wrangler on a dolly if and only if you disconnect the rear drive shaft. Same for any rear drive vehicle. If you remove the driveshaft, you will have to figare a way to seal up the end of the output shaft so the t/case fluid doesn't leak out.
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Where have you been? I have done it and proved that a Wrangler "CAN" be towed on a dolly without disconnecting the rear DS.

Edit: If you ask a dealer if you can tow a JK on a dolly, he will give you an automatic text book no. Then tell him you have damaged the front driveshaft and have to remove it for repairs, but that you need to still drive it. Ask if you will damage anything if you drive it without the front DS in it. The answer I got was no there will be no damage. Then I asked him what was the difference between driving without a front DS and towing it on a dolly. After a short silence, he admitted there was no difference as far as the TC and transmission were concerned. I then drove it onto a dolly and towed it over 4000 miles. No problem.
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