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Old 01-16-2012, 05:42 AM   #1
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Jeep wrangler

I have a jeep wrangler 2007 that I want to tow. It has 2 hooks on the front attached to frame already. The manual calls them tow hooks. Are these ok to use for towing or do I still need the baseplate and tow hooks from blue ox or other? I have a 34 journey diesel pusher if that matters.

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Those tow hooks are for you to "tow" something not for something to tow you. Have use the tow hooks on mine to pull tree roots out of a bog or bay. Next question is what kind of a Jeep Wrangler do you have ? Since you live in Florida you might not have a 4 wheel drive Jeep. If so you may have to trailer it. If you have a 4 wheel jeep, either manual or automatic, your best bet is with a tow bar Blue or equivalent and a base plate. A tow dolly is another option if you desire to have the option of towing another vehicle, if they are front wheel drive, but forget the tow bar route!!
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:43 AM   #3
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a tow dolly is not an option for a 4 wheel drive jeep per owners manual
base plate are an easy 2-3 hour install and hook up to the tow bar is a 5 - 10 minute operation,and dont forget supplemental braking
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:25 AM   #4
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I am pretty sure Wranglers are only available with four wheel drive and are very easy to tow. Check your owner's manual for instructions.
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I am pretty sure Wranglers are only available with four wheel drive and are very easy to tow. Check your owner's manual for instructions.
They are/were also available in two wheel drive, although not sure why.
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I am pretty sure Wranglers are only available with four wheel drive and are very easy to tow. Check your owner's manual for instructions.
Just so everyone knows, apparently the 2012 Wrangler manual regarding towing is incorrect. Folks on the various forums, including the Wrangler forum, state that to be towed all you have to do is put the transfer case in N, the tranny in Park and take off. To be sure, I sent an email to Jeep and they have already kicked it up to someone who supposedly knows the answer because customer assistance didn't. The 2012 manual lists a LONG list of things that have to be done prior to the Wrangler being towed.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the advise and info. I figured that those tow hooks weren't the right ones. Guess I need the base plate and hooks associated. I do have a 4 wheel drive jeep and thus ok for towing. I do live in Florida where the limit on towing without supplemental brake is 3000 lbs. Jeep weighs 3300 lbs so guess I need the brake.

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Now I am cofused because the OP said a 2007 Jeep, and 'golden' started giving info on a 2012 jeep. There may be some differences because of the 5 yr gap.

And these companies are always making 'improvements'
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Your a little lite on the weight of your jeep. The specs on the 2007 say the lightest one weighs in at 3760lbs. And yes an aux brake is a must. Enjoy.
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There is a wide range of weight difference in the Jeep (and many other) lines. For example, mine weighs just a few lbs under 4,300 while the one mentioned earlier by Andiamo was 3,300. Mine is probably just above the median weight for Jeeps (just a guess). I can't imagine towing without a supplemental brake system but that's the worrywort in me.
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I took the weight from the jeep wrangler spec sheet. That was the curb weight of the lightest wrangler. My cj7 with the big tires ,winch , full roll cage and tools with me in it comes in at 4120lbs and thats with a full fiberglass body , fenders and hood and my Commander with me it is a hefty 5135lbs with half a tank of fuel. Thats at an officail scale.
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I was going what I was told regarding weight. Couldn't find it in spec sheet. Really doesn't matter as I need the supplemental brake anyway.

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I have an 06 Wrangler and went with the Demco base plate (9518045 I believe). Had to buy a 4 or 8 mm allen socket to mount it, but it took less than 15 min to do. I also went with a ready break. The cable for that took about 45 min to install. That setup worked out well last year with two longish trips - Detroit to Wi Dells down to Lake Cumberland and back, and then Detroit Denver/Lake Powell/North Rim/I 40 home trip. So, all total, maybe 6K miles with that setup.
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My suggestion would be to go to remcotowing.com, input your vehicle and they will give the information needed to tow your vehicle.
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