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Old 05-01-2015, 06:25 PM   #1
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Towing a Jeep Wrangler 4 down

I am still setting up my '88 34' Fleetwood Southwind (New to me) and have stumbled upon an older Jeep Wrangler that may be available for me to buy at a good price.

Before I make an offer, my thought is that I would use it as a toad, because it has that neutral point in the transfer case. This particular vehicle has an automatic transmission, which is not my favorite, but will be easier if the wife wants to drive it (as she cannot drive standard shift) and when I teach my 15 year old son to drive next year. I would rather not have him drive my car...

Anyway, does anyone know if that neutral setting in the transfer case is enough to allow me to just drag this vehicle along behind my MH, or do I have to do more to prep this car as a toad?

I drive a Nissan Murano SUV, and that all wheel drive CVT transmission cannot be towed at all, so I would wind up with a flat bed if I had to tow it, and my wife drives a minivan, that I really have no desire to drive or tow, even though I could with a dolly.

I would have considered a standard transmission, and simply not have my wife drive it, (I have tried to teach her to use a clutch, it was not pretty), but thought this may be a good choice instead.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Probably but to be safe you should check the manual. My 99 Wrangler tows with the 4wd in neutral and transmission in gear. I believe with the auto you would put it in 'park' with the 4wd in neutral.

Just don't forget to unlock the steering wheel before towing.
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How old is the Wrangler? I tow my 1995 without problem but it is a standard shift. I put the transfer case in neutral and the gear selector in 5th gear. My owners book says if automatic it can be towed by having the transfer case in neutral and putting the gear selector in park.
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We have been looking at the Jeep Wranglers as a Toad too. We have been told that all Jeep Wrangler 4WD can be towed 4 down as they all have the separate transfer case that can be put into neutral. This is not the case with all other manufacturers of 4WD vehicles. I would read the owners manual prior to buying anything to tow.
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Anyway, does anyone know if that neutral setting in the transfer case is enough to allow me to just drag this vehicle along behind my MH, or do I have to do more to prep this car as a toad?

Any advice would be appreciated.
Yes you can tow it 4 down. Our Jeep Grand Cherokee is an auto trans and we have towed it more than 20K miles with the transfer case in neutral and the trans in park. Same effect as removing the drivelines.

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Plenty of great info here and online. If your steering wheel locks then it is not too hard to remove the lock part, half day job at most and then you do not need to leave key in and turned on to accessory

Older models also have steel bumper and you can bolt brackets to them and save hundreds over the cost of a base plate.

I set up my 07 Wrangler unlimited by myself and it works great, saved thousands.


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Old 05-01-2015, 09:11 PM   #7
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The wrangler is a 98.

Thanks for all this great data. I thought it might work, and seems it will. Now, I just have to get the purchase past my wife...
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The jeep is a great toad you will like it
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i have toaded 2 wranglers a 2010 and 2011
just hook up tow stuff
plug in lights
on 2010 and later you can take the key out
put gear shift in park on auto/in gear on stick
go forth and toad and have lots of driving fun when you arrive
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Not all Jeeps with can be towed, my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee has the Quadra Trac II which has a neutral setting and can be towed 4 wheels down. There is another transfer case that does not allow towing four wheel down.
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Transfer case to neutral
Auto Transmission in park, manual transmission in any gear
Steering column unlocked


Ready to tow.
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I tow a jeep liberty 4WD with auto transmission. This is the second one I have owned. the first was a 2002. I tow them with 4 down. Transfer case in Neutral and the steering wheel unlocked. Gear shift in park as per the manual. Never had a problem.
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