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Old 05-25-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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Towing a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with Manual Tranny

Hi Guys,

I just bought a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, you can call it my new boy toy. The main reason I was looking at a Jeep Wrangler is because I was looking for a vehicle to tow behind my 38 Motorhome. Until now, I used my H2 Hummer as a toad, but this vehicle was too heavy to tow and I was looking at something lighter. Therefor the Jeep.
Now my Wrangler has a manual transmission and I have read so many different ways to prepare the jeep for toad. I have heard in 1st gear and transfer case in neutral, then someone said 5th gear. Unlocking the steering lock, disconnect the negative pole on the battery etc. I would like to know from someone who has a manual 2005 Jeep Wrangler, what the correct way is.
Thank you for all ya'lls help

Danny
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I have towed multiple Jeeps many thousands of miles.
  • Transfer case in neutral
  • Transmission in any gear
  • Key turned to just unlock the steering column
No need to disconnect battery, pull any fuses, etc.
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It should be listed in your Jeep owners manual, if you don't have one check on line.
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I have towed multiple Jeeps many thousands of miles.
  • Transfer case in neutral
  • Transmission in any gear
  • Key turned to just unlock the steering column
No need to disconnect battery, pull any fuses, etc.

And let me add to my previous post - if automatic, transmission in Park.
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If you don't have an owner's manual you can download one here Jeep Owners | Download an Owners Manual 2004 - 2011 | Jeep Recreational towing instructions for a 2005 Wrangler are on page 232.
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We have towed our 2005 Wrangler for years. Procedure for us is transfer case in neutral, in first gear for transmission, turn key to the right until radio comes then back the key one position. Have never disconnected the battery or pulled any fuse and never had a dead battery.
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We have towed our 2005 Wrangler for years. Procedure for us is transfer case in neutral, in first gear for transmission, turn key to the right until radio comes then back the key one position. Have never disconnected the battery or pulled any fuse and never had a dead battery.
Do you know far the brackets on the Jeep need to be apart, center to center?
I have aftermarket bumper and I bought just the brackets to have them welded to it.
The aftermarket bumper is mounted on the frame and completely safe.

Thanks for your advise.

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Do you know far the brackets on the Jeep need to be apart, center to center?
I have aftermarket bumper and I bought just the brackets to have them welded to it.
The aftermarket bumper is mounted on the frame and completely safe.

Thanks for your advise.

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I would suggest starting a new thread for this related, but new, topic. And include which tow bar you have. Blue Ox, for example, has bolt on brackets that are recommended to be about 2' apart. In the real world you will likely have D-ring brackets or other impediments to optimal placement, but I don't think a couple inches one way or the other is a big deal.
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We tow a '03 Wrangler ( should be the same, 2nd gen TJ ) we tow with transfer case in neutral, and tranny in 5th, because the guy who set my Jeep up said to, he also suggested this.....pull the jeep up, turn it off, connect the towbar and all that stuff, turn it back on, shift transfer case to neutral, put it in 5th, let out on the clutch, if it doesn't move, turn key back one notch too shut of engine, make sure parking brake is off. Walk to front of jeep and push it back to lock bar in place. It's been working for me.
Another IMPORTANT thing on a Wrangler is to make sure the parking brake works well, as you will use it a lot connecting and disconnecting.
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I tow my 2005 wrangler with both the tranny and transfer case in neutral.
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I tow my 2005 wrangler with both the tranny and transfer case in neutral.
Transmission should be in park (auto) or any gear (manual) to prevent internals from turning without proper lubrication.
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the tranny should be in the highest gear, in the unlikely event the transfer case jumps out of neutral and into 2wd/4wd... you wont burn your tranny if kept in lower gears such as 1st or 2nd gear. Parking the tranny in the highest gear will prevent the money shift.
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