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Old 08-09-2016, 04:47 PM   #15
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Through late Fall of 2014 we towed a trouble-free TJ Rubicon. We had it built-up and as we aged, we struggled more and more to get our kayaks on and off the roof rack. So we sold it and bought a 2015 Cherokee TrailHawk (it was almost even-money -- that should tell you something about the new Jeeps).

It is much easier for the two of us to get the kayaks on and off the roof now, but the Cherokee has not been trouble-free. You can search for those unfortunate posts on this forum.

The TJ was a 2-door, so not as much room inside (see picture in signature below). But it was much easier to set up and tow (just a couple of steps). The TrailHawk has a punchlist of a dozen steps now in order to ready it for towing, not the least of which is popping the hood and installing a fuse. Remembering to remove the fuse when you unhook from the MH is another challenge for us.

Setting up the TJ for towing was also very easy. Setting up the Cherokee for towing required disassembly of the whole front of the vehicle (search for the How-To on YouTube). We used the BlueOx kits on both Jeeps.

Both vehicles weigh about the same and (to me) towed about the same behind the MH.

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Old 08-09-2016, 05:26 PM   #16
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just traded our (roll over you and kill you) jeep on a new chevrolet tahoe. She said if anyone was going to kill me it will be her NOT jeep! lol!!
We have done extensive off-roading on difficult rated trails for many years. Have never rolled or even flopped.
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:50 PM   #17
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Grand Cherokee; I enjoy a bit more comfort on the highway vs hardcore/rock climbing/offload; but it still gets us in and out of lots of back roads.
x2^^ Look for an '05-'10 Grand Cherokee and if you like to off road, buy a v8, preferably the Hemi, with Quadra Drive ll. It's essentially electronic lockers that require no driver input and are extremely capable off road. Simple to hook up to tow in 5 minutes or less with no extraneous effort. Price range for a nice top of the line Hemi Limited is $7-10k in our area currently. I recently sold the last of my Wranglers, a TJ that was also used as a Toad, for the reasons quoted above and continue to offroad to my hearts content!
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We tow a 2011 Liberty (successor to the Cherokee, but now they're back to using the Cherokee name) 4 WD "Trail Rated". Once you get the install done, hook up is easy. No steering wheel lock so key stays in Off position for towing. Make sure that your break system draws power from somewhere beside the dash electrical outlet. It goes dark when the key is off.
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We have a 15 Grand Cherokee Summit with the Hemi...Make sure you get 'Active Drive 2" for a one button Neutral. We also have the Blue Ox and Air Force One for easy hook and Go!!
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Pull a 2006 grand cherokee. Simple hook up and has been reliable. My only complaint is that the seat fabric is the worst for staining and holding onto pet hair with a vengeance.
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I tow a 2015 Wrangler JK using a Blue Ox Avail and SMI Air Force1. Super easy to hook up 5 min max. 8k miles so far.
Jeep Wrangler is the universal vehicle, ok for the finest restaurant or the deepest mud hole.
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We tow a 2003 TJ Wrangler. Towed it behind our camper for years with Roadmaster hidden brackets and Stowmaster using a Readi Brake. Now tow it behind the MH with Demco bar and an adaptor fitted to the Roadmaster brackets with the Readi Brake replaced by an SMI Play & Stay Duo. The latter is very easy to hook up. Eventually we will move the SMI to our 2010 JK Sahara or whatever we have then. Inflatable kayaks fit in Jeep.
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We are considering changing our toad to a 4 door JEEP 4x4 automatic trans. I am trying to get a feel for which JEEP model to look for. Need something easy to hook up for towing with little or no prep like trans pumps etc.

We won't be getting a new one. Most likely 2005 to 2010 model years. Which one do you tow/like?
It is a shame you aren't on the east coast....have a 2004 Grand Cherokee that we towed for 10 years..it is all set up Blue Ox..lights....thinking of selling as we just bought and set up a 2015 GC...
but we found the 2004 perfect to tow...and it is a v-8....put transfer in N and gear in park...leave key set to Acc...and away you go
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It is a shame you aren't on the east coast....have a 2004 Grand Cherokee that we towed for 10 years..it is all set up Blue Ox..lights....thinking of selling as we just bought and set up a 2015 GC...
but we found the 2004 perfect to tow...and it is a v-8....put transfer in N and gear in park...leave key set to Acc...and away you go
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A general question, do all 4x4 Jeep models have high low neutral trasfer cases? How about the AWD versions, do they have manual transfer cases?

I will assume the transfer case must be shifted to neutral for towing. Correct?

Another question, any idea what a 05 to 10 Jeep Liberty weighs?

Thanks for your input.
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A general question, do all 4x4 Jeep models have high low neutral trasfer cases? How about the AWD versions, do they have manual transfer cases?

I will assume the transfer case must be shifted to neutral for towing. Correct?
Not all Jeeps have high/low/neutral transfer case - Jeep has many different drive systems with different features - Link here to Jeep for current drive systems. Link here to wiki for a summary of most all systems.

I like my 2007 Quadra Drive II as it is an electronic neutral shift, and can be towed 4 down with the shift lever in Park, and the key turned off (key in in the dash, steering wheel does not lock, allowing wheels to turn when towed).

05 to 10 Jeep Liberty is 3500 to 4300 lbs. Info here.

Hope this helps,
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A general question, do all 4x4 Jeep models have high low neutral trasfer cases? How about the AWD versions, do they have manual transfer cases?

I will assume the transfer case must be shifted to neutral for towing. Correct?
The short answer is no, not all Jeeps can be flat towed or have transfer cases that have a neutral. Some models have manual transfer cases while others utilize electric selection. The '05-'10 AWD Grand Cherokees have an electronic transfer case. 4 low is selected by operating a switch and neutral is selected by a separate button/switch. Each of these switches are located near the shifter with ez access. For towing these models you simply put the transfer case in neutral, auto trans in park, turn the ignition off and put the key in your pocket... it really is that simple.


**I see BrianGlenn beat me to the draw while I was typing! FYI my '06 GC weighs 5k on certified scales. Good luck in your toad quest.
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'01 Grand Cherokee w/ 175k miles, going for 250k. Just works. Transfer in neutral, tranny in park.
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