Originally Posted by Digger29
We know that both our vehicles are too heavy to tow behind our coach so we're thinking of trading in my wife's Escalade for a new Jeep Wrangler. I'm not new to towing because I tow my 16' enclosed 4000lb MX bike trailer to the races every other weekend but I've never towed a vehicle so my question is what will I need to tow a new Jeep Wrangler behind our coach? Our coach pulls the trailer effortlessly so I'm not worried about towing a jeep because it probably weighs the same as my trailer. Thanks everyone, Mike
Mike, Jeeps are extremely easy to tow behind a motor home. To set it up, you will need a tow bar, a base plate for the Jeep, a light hookup, and a braking system. Everyone has a differing opinion on what works best, but what has worked extremely well for me is a Blue Ox Alpha tow bar, a Demco base plate, a Mopar wiring harness and the RVI2 brake. I bought all of these new for around $2100 and installed them myself.
If you are thinking at all about adding an aftermarket bumper and winch to the Jeep, then I would suggest skipping the base plate and going with the RockHard or the LoD bumpers. Both brand bumpers have add on tow attachments which connect directly to the frame. Most aftermarket bumpers can not be towed using the D-Ring attachments since they are just welded to the bumper and not tied directly to the frame. I wish I had done this to start with since I added an aftermarket bumper a year after installing the base plate. They work well together, but the unitized bumper and tow attachment would have been nice.
To tow, all you have to do with the Jeep is hook up, put the transfer case in neutral, the transmission in park, plug in the lights, set up the braking system and go. That is for Jeeps '08 and newer. Older Jeeps require the key to be in the ignition and turned to unlock to free the steering wheel. The newer Jeeps don't have a locking steering wheel.
As for weight, the two door Sport models weigh in around 3700-3800 pounds. The four door Unlimited models are heavier at around 4400-4600 pounds.