Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-01-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Falcon190's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Camas, WA
Posts: 871
Got a jeep wrangler!

I finally decided on a Jeep Wrangler instead of a Liberty. It's a 2000 with a lot of practical bells and whistles. Like LED lights throughout, already set up for towing, hard top, 4.0L, five gear stick, etc. It came with a rigid 5,000 lb tow bar. Anyone else use one? And I can get a pretty good deal on a Brakemaster. I've seen a lot of opinions here about brakes, but that one is often recommended. Any thing else I should know?
__________________

__________________
Falcon190 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-01-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
vsheetz's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 11,787
I have towed multiple Jeep Wranglers thousands of miles. They are a great toad. I have Brake Buddy I bought used cheap. Works well, but would like to have something that did not require putting it in and out and having to be stowed somewhere.

I have my eye on a Ready Brake setup. Search here and you will find a lot of user experiences.
ReadyBrake Supplemental Brake System for Towed Vehicles - NSA RV Products

Your Jeep setup for towing:
  • transfer case to neutral
  • manual trans in any gear
  • let the clutch in a bit to ensure transfer case really in neutral
  • key one notch to unlock the steering wheel
__________________

__________________
Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
vsheetz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2013, 11:58 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Falcon190's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Camas, WA
Posts: 871
Like others here, I plan on disabling the steering wheel lock. Just wondering - have you (or anyone else looking at this) had problems with the U-Joints? I'm hearing a "clunk" when I take my foot on or off the gas.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3514002346.jpg
Views:	73
Size:	609.8 KB
ID:	39954  
__________________
Falcon190 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2013, 05:36 PM   #4
Community Moderator
 
JMonroe's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Deer Creek RV and Golf Resort, Davenport FL
Posts: 6,853
I might like a stronger tow bar. I think the 5k lb one is a bit marginal, although the Jeep weighs a lot less than that (probably 3700 - 4000 lbs?).

In a past life we used to do a lot of muddy off road exploring. Learning to replace U-joints was part of the life style.
__________________
Jay & Peggy Monroe with Dolly
Can't take it with you - don't plan on leaving any behind
2016 Newmar London Aire 4553, Spartan chassis
2017 GMC Acadia toad
JMonroe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2013, 06:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
vsheetz's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 11,787
Quote:
Originally Posted by Falcon190 View Post
Like others here, I plan on disabling the steering wheel lock. Just wondering - have you (or anyone else looking at this) had problems with the U-Joints? I'm hearing a "clunk" when I take my foot on or off the gas.
The Jeep appears to have a mild (maybe 2") suspension lift on it? The stock rear drive shaft is very short, making any lift a substantial change of the operating angle of the U-joints, causing premature wear.

The 5000 pound tow bar is fine.

I am not aware of how to disable the steering wheel lock on a TJ - how is that done? And it's easy enough to just do the one click to unlock it, albeit one has to leave the key in. If you have Sentry Key I think you can use a dummy key without a security chip.
__________________
Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
vsheetz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2013, 06:27 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
CampDaven's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Fulltime, USA
Posts: 14,452
Blog Entries: 1
What?
Oh, NOOOOOOO!!!!
Now you will be seeing wildlife and scenery the common tourist cannot dream of.
And competing for my space off-road.
Welcome!
__________________
Dave and Nola, RVM1
The Journey is Our Destination!

http://davenola.blogspot.com/
CampDaven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
tcopeland's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Posts: 1,314
Quote:
Originally Posted by vsheetz View Post
I have towed multiple Jeep Wranglers thousands of miles. They are a great toad. I have Brake Buddy I bought used cheap. Works well, but would like to have something that did not require putting it in and out and having to be stowed somewhere.

I have my eye on a Ready Brake setup. Search here and you will find a lot of user experiences.
ReadyBrake Supplemental Brake System for Towed Vehicles - NSA RV Products


Your Jeep setup for towing:
  • transfer case to neutral
  • manual trans in any gear
  • let the clutch in a bit to ensure transfer case really in neutral
  • key one notch to unlock the steering wheel
Tow a 2011 Jeep Unlimited with a Ready Brute Elite. Love it!
__________________
Tom MGYSGT USMC (Ret)
2016 THOR Tuscany XTE 36MQ
2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
tcopeland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2013, 06:53 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
LongDogRanch's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 325
Welcome to the world of Jeep toads. You will probably have as good a time with it as those of us who have had them for a while. The DW and I first towed a '95 Wrangler (stick) with a Roadmaster Tracker rigid towbar with the crossbar bolted directly to the stock flat bumper of the Jeep. Pulled it behind a 22' Class C for many miles without a problem. Have since purchased a '13 Wrangler automatic and we are using the rigid Tracker bar on the new Jeep behind the new Class A gasser. The bumper is not appropriate on the newer Jeep for a direct bolt on installation so we have a Roadmaster baseplate and, after our initial trip, it seems to be doing quite well. We use the RVI 2 brake system. Smaller and lighter than the others that are removable. The brake system seemed to work well also. And finally, we ran wiring through the Jeeps frame for auxiliary rear lights and did not tap into the Jeep's electrical system this time. (I did use diodes and the Jeep's electrical system connected to the MH on the '95....it worked well.)
As you undoubtedly know by now Jeep is one of the most popular toads. IMHO you just have to use the components that seem appropriate to your needs and preferences......and, in the end, those that give you the performance and confidence for safe and successful travels.
Best of luck and have fun!
__________________
2013 Canyon Star 3940
2011 GMC Terrain SLT-2 toad
LongDogRanch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 12:24 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
So Cal Roo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Monterey Park, Ca
Posts: 105
Quote:
Originally Posted by Falcon190 View Post
Like others here, I plan on disabling the steering wheel lock. Just wondering - have you (or anyone else looking at this) had problems with the U-Joints? I'm hearing a "clunk" when I take my foot on or off the gas.
Clunking might be the rear end. Very common problem with the Dana rear end. Had to have ours re-built. We had very nice 2001 Sahara Edition Wrangler . I found a rear end shop in So. Cal. They installed all new parts. Wasn't cheap but worth it. Hopefully it's a cheaper fix for you. Enjoy.
__________________
So Cal Roo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 01:30 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Kitts Hill, OH
Posts: 1,863
Quote:
Originally Posted by CampDaven View Post
What?
Oh, NOOOOOOO!!!!
Now you will be seeing wildlife and scenery the common tourist cannot dream of.
And competing for my space off-road.
Welcome!
I was thinking the same thing.

so to the OP, ever been to Ouray and Silverton Colorado, Or Moab Utah? Really nice places to visit in a Jeep.
__________________
(RVM#26) THE U-RV 94 F-700/24 foot U-haul box home built RV
Mekanic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 05:24 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
CampDaven's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Fulltime, USA
Posts: 14,452
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mekanic View Post

I was thinking the same thing.

so to the OP, ever been to Ouray and Silverton Colorado, Or Moab Utah? Really nice places to visit in a Jeep.
Oh yeah! They are on my bucket list.
Spent a lot of off-road time last winter near Prescott, Casa Grande, Jerome, and Sedona AZ, and Parhump, NV.

Jeeps love to get dirty!

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3899384349.jpg
Views:	93
Size:	570.4 KB
ID:	40000
__________________
Dave and Nola, RVM1
The Journey is Our Destination!

http://davenola.blogspot.com/
CampDaven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 05:56 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Chaffeekid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Chaffee, MO.
Posts: 397
WOW that is a great looking Jeep, I learned to drive on Camp Pendleton when I was 17 the Marines put me on a 2 week course out in the boonies with an M38A1 and a trailer. Up and down those mountians, it was great for an old country boy. Loved it. I use a roadmaster Brakemaster 9000 that I got from e-bay for 59.00 WHOOHOO, bought the remaining items needed at etrailer.com, great people.
Wish I had that jeep and you had my Ram 1500, hmmm thinking.....
Jim
__________________
MGySgt USMC(R) 1961-1991
2001 Fleetwood Expedition
2013 Jeep Wrangler Sierra Toad
Chaffeekid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 06:35 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
CampDaven's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Fulltime, USA
Posts: 14,452
Blog Entries: 1
Wheeler Pass, Pahrump, NV

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2301731331.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	264.2 KB
ID:	40006
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1565938463.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	576.4 KB
ID:	40004   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1238792350.jpg
Views:	54
Size:	548.3 KB
ID:	40005  

__________________
Dave and Nola, RVM1
The Journey is Our Destination!

http://davenola.blogspot.com/
CampDaven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2013, 07:58 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Falcon190's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Camas, WA
Posts: 871
Quote:
Originally Posted by CampDaven View Post

Oh yeah! They are on my bucket list.
Spent a lot of off-road time last winter near Prescott, Casa Grande, Jerome, and Sedona AZ, and Parhump, NV.

Jeeps love to get dirty!
You guys and your adventures are giving me major spring fever (it's still overcast and rainy in the northwest)! Time for me to get that Jeep out and check off my bucket list, too. My list includes the ghost towns of Idaho, Montana and Nevada. But I've not explored Colorado or Utah - yet! My Jeep is way too clean! Did you notice the rack on the hood? Only three jeeps have that. I bought it from the man that designed them. And the roof rack becomes a tent frame. So, if you have a bucket list, where do you want to go wheeling?
__________________

__________________
Falcon190 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.