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 04-30-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
troyrice76's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 231
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??

Thanks,

Troy
__________________

__________________
Troy Rice 2011 Newmar Mountain Aire 4344
2013 GMC Denali 3/4 ton Diesel Toad
Great Wife, two beautiful kids, and two funny pups
troyrice76 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 04-30-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
alvinc's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Beaverton, OR, USA
Posts: 658
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.
__________________

__________________
Alvin/KB7VHI
2002 35R Southwind, W22 8.1L Vortec UltraPower, 19.5' wheels
Toad: Wrangler, lifted and on 35" tires
alvinc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 178
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.
__________________
InfinityJim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
troyrice76's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 231
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.
__________________
Troy Rice 2011 Newmar Mountain Aire 4344
2013 GMC Denali 3/4 ton Diesel Toad
Great Wife, two beautiful kids, and two funny pups
troyrice76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2012, 09:43 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Rich and Cork's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,052
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
Retired in Apple Valley, California
Rich and Cork is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
toad



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 10:20 AM.


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