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Old 04-23-2010, 01:43 PM   #1
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flat towing lifted jeep w/ spring over

Getting ready for a trip to the jeep trails. Going to flat tow my jeep behind the motor home.Using a kit from walmart. The jeep has considerable lift with 35" tires , a spring over suspension,1 1/2" lifted springs,and a 2 1/2" shackle reverse kit. I have welded on the tow bar brackets to the face of the shackle bracket's below the front bumber. This is all heavy duty steel , and reinforced. The bracket is above the spring eye. When the jeep is hooked up to the r.v. ,(Ive taken a 10" drop, bar upside down) It sets level. Do you think the jeep suspension will turn ok? or have any problems? this jeep manual says to put in the key and set to freewheel. should I bungee the wheele? any concerns?

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Old 04-23-2010, 05:05 PM   #2
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I've towed my lifted CJ7 over 10,000 miles and had only one issue when one of the bolts that was mounted on the winch mount broke , didn't breakaway completely , just half and the aux brake did it's job and set off the alarm in the coach and put the jeeps brakes on. Mine is not a springover , but it sounds like your pretty high up. If the bar is level you should be okay. I would remove the drivshaft just because you have no idea what is going behind you while your driving . The backup camera only shows you that the jeep is still there . I undid mine at the rearend hung it with rubber bungie cords when I went out to the Easter Jeep Safarie in Moab. That was 2511 miles from Cape Cod Ma. to Canyonlands campground in Moab. I would suggest you take it to a large parking lot and hitch it up and drive around making lots of turns , just to make sure the wheels return to center, maybe have someone drive the coach and you watch from outside. You didn't say what your jeep is so I will add MAKE SURE STEERING WHEEL IS UNLDCKED. Have SAFE AND FUN TRIP.

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Old 04-23-2010, 06:31 PM   #3
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As long as your caster is within/near spec you shouldn't have a problem. Like the front wheels on a grocery cart that have a lot of caster they will always seek to follow the path they are pushed or pulled to. We tow a Jeep Liberty that has a 2.5" suspension lift and has 10" X 30.5" 16 tires and have no problem at all. I checked the wheel alignment figures to make sure that the caster was near spec and it tows just fine. Just make sure that if you have a locking steering column that the key is in the unlock position. Oh yeah, DO NOT try to back the MH with the Jeep in tow. The caster will cause the wheels to turn to lock one way or another and something will bend/break. That is a given. If you get in a tight spot get out and unhook, back up and then reattach the Jeep.

Moab is great. Wish we were going along. Wonderful trails and scenery. Hope you have a wonderful trip.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:47 PM   #4
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Thank's for the info.. I will make sure to get all squared away, before hitting the road. The caster angle at top is just past center towards the front. runs straight when driving. hope i dont have to shim the springs..
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