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Old 04-30-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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Jeep Wrangler Toad

I have a 1995 Jeep Wrangler that I would like to flat tow behind our coach. I know it can be done on a stock Jeep, however this Jeep has a had some modifications done to it. It use to be my rock crawler but I have retired it from that. It has a hydraulic assist steering system setup on it. If the Jeep is powered on the steering can be done with you pinky. If the Jeep is turned off it is pretty tough to move the steering wheel at all. I would assume similar to a vehicle without power steering. Will this be a problem when trying to tow it behind the motor home??



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Old 04-30-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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I don't know the total answer, but it seems like the hydraulic ram that is used in the steering assist will inhibit or limit the ability of the front wheels to turn based on road feedback.

We tow our Jeep behind a RV that has a long rear overhang. As we turn, say to the right, the front wheels of the Jeep first turn to the left as the rear swings out, then the wheels reverse to the right as the turn completes.

I've actually considered getting a hydraulic assist system, this might be a big negative for 4 down towing.

Some suggestions:

Call the manufacturer of the hydraulic assist and get their feedback.

Try it, observe the front wheel behavior. If the wheels don't turn easily enough, there will be a lot of tire wear.

Figure out some sort of hydraulic assist disconnect.

You might ask this question on one of the Jeep web boards to see what other people with Hydraulic assist have done. They may be trailer-ing their Jeeps.

Let us know what you find.

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Old 04-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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We've hooked up lots of Jeeps over the years to flat tow & I myself am a jeeper. I don't know about the hydro-assist steering, but my thoughts are that as long as it doesn't lock and can turn it should be ok. On built rigs I worry more about the front locker. The only ones I recommend to flat tow are air lockers. (ARB or Yukon's) I've seen the front axle pulled out from under the rig from the locker engaging at highway speeds. As so many jeepers run a mechanical locker in the front for cost savings, just not a great option for flat towing.
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I have Detroits front and rear but the front axle has manual locking hubs. So unlocking the hubs should the the front locker out of the equation.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #5
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A friend in my Jeep club has hydro assist on his CJ7 and had no issues flat towing. He has since purchased a trailer.
2001 34' Alpine Coach
2008 Jeep Rubicon or 2012 Ford F150 4x4 Lariat towds
or a couple of different trailers
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