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Old 04-25-2011, 03:29 PM   #15
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Pretty sure the motorhome is 38', not the boat and trailer that he wants to tow with his TOAD....would need an MDT to tow a typical 38' boat.
You exactly correct, the "38" is the motorhome length, not only that it is a FRED.

But he still needs the boat tow weight, cause a number of the Jeeps are tow limited.
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:30 PM   #16
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First question that should have been asked is how much does the 38' boat, trailer and contents weigh?

Some starting towing numbers:
TJ is 250/2500
JK is 200/2000
JK Unlimited is 350/3500
LIberty is 200/2000, 500/5000 with accessories
Grand Cherokee is 500/5000, with V8 is 700/7200

All of these are under 4500 lbs curb weight.
On page 204 of the 2004 Wrangler (TJ) owners manual there is a chart with the maximum tongue and total weight towable by both the standard TJ and the Unlimited version. It states that all models except the Unlimited should be equipped with a class I hitch. Vehicles equipped with the 2.4 liter engine are limited to towing a maximim of 1,000 lbs, and those (other than the Unlimited) equipped with the 4.0 liter engine are limited to towing a maximum of 2,000 lbs. The Unlimited version can be outfitted with a class II hitch and as such has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:43 PM   #17
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Funny how things come back to haunt you. I read threads and say I wish the poster gave us more info then I turn around and do the same thing
The boat I need to pull fully loaded goes about 2400#, with about 110# on the tongue. Recommendations?
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Any 6 cyl wrangler will tow that. Mine would tow it for days, maybe even weeks in end.
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Funny how things come back to haunt you. I read threads and say I wish the poster gave us more info then I turn around and do the same thing
The boat I need to pull fully loaded goes about 2400#, with about 110# on the tongue. Recommendations?
So I'd go with the Jeep. I see no problem here. I have towed quite a bit with my 99 TJ Jeep. I have even towed quite a bit more weight than the Chrsyler approves of. When I did I drove quite slowly and at night to avoid traffic. but most importantly I know my vehicle and my personel limtations.
Towing 2000 lbs with a wrangler is not equal to towing the max rating with other vehicles I belive. there are many many reasons automakers come up with a number for a tow rating.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:32 PM   #20
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How's it perform with the anemic V6 and all that extra height and weight?
ANEMIC!!! That's a great one word description of these V6's! I very much miss the Inline 6 that was in my '89 YJ with 213k+ miles. The newer motors are lacking top end power even with stock tires and 4:10 gearing. However, it is torquey enough to climb whatever you put in front of it. Overall, it's not toooo bad. Let's face it, it is a Jeep and not a Jet.
I had 2 bearings spin at 36,653 miles blowing the motor. The warrenty replaced it due to misaligned piston rings as well as a few other issues they found after teardown. They replaced it with a Jasper Remanufactured long block and it runs like a top now.

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Old 05-01-2011, 08:32 AM   #21
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Thanks for all the input. Picked up a new 2011 Wrangler Unlimited Sport yesterday. Now to order Hitch, baseplates, brake adapters, etc. Time to get ready.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:09 PM   #22
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Congrats! We've had a blast with our Sahara in the 2 years we've owned it & it tows easy behind the coach..looking forward to our trips to Glacier & Yellowstone NP's this summer along with Moab...
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Very cool, DFR. I'm highly considering doing exactly the same thing and picking up a 2011 Wrangler Unlimited as a TOAD very soon. Please let us know how your install goes on each of those items, what products you end up choosing, and how the overall rig setup goes for you!
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