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Old 07-05-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Towing a 2dr Jeep Wrangler with small Class C

My wife and I are looking for a class C in the $50K range to pull our 2 dr Jeep Wrangler, The Wrangler will be used for off road exploring.
We are looking for a Class C in the 25 ft range. We were looking at used Winnebago View or equivalent Sprinter / Mercedes but have convinced ourselves that the Sprinter may not do well pulling the Jeep. The advertised curb weight for the Jeep is around 3800 lbs but we have aftermarket bumpers and a winch so I bet we are already over 4000 lbs. We want to take to the Jeep to New Mexico and Colorado so there will be a fair amount of mountain driving.
I've just about convinced myself that we should look for a MH with a V10 Ford Triton but all the smaller Class C seem to come with the E350 with the V8.

Any recommendations on a 25 ft Class C with the V10?
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:16 AM   #2
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Look for the smallest V10 RV that fits. My 31' does a great job of towing a 4-runner,about the weight of your Jeep maybe a bit heavier, and have hit several of the western pass's plus a bunch of the 7% grades. I am staying with if not passing most DPs on these grades.

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Old 07-06-2016, 11:07 AM   #3
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Howard,

I just traded in a 23' Fleetwood Jamboree with a Ford E450 V10. It pulled our '09 Wrangler Unlimited anywhere we wanted to go just fine. You could tell it was back there, but not a problem. I also had an SMI braking system installed on the Jeep and still do.

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I pull mine all the time. No problems.
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We have a 2017 Coachman Leprechaun, Ford V10, 25 ft long, and tow a 2 door Jeep Wrangler using a ready brake elite tow bar system. Works great.
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You're looking in the $50K range so it shouldn't affect you but many older Class C's had a 3,500# tow rating. Some new/ newer one's (in your price range) are limited to 5,000#.
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:33 PM   #7
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We've towed our heavily customized Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for 20,000+ miles using a cheap Reese tow bar and a Brake Buddy with our 2011 Winnebago View 24K over many challenging roads, steep mountain passes, etc. without any issues. Your "stock" Jeep Wrangler should be EASY to tow since our Wrangler probably weights 600+ lbs MORE with its Kenne Bell supercharger, Currie Enterprises armor, Rock Hard Sport Cage, dual 5 gallon spare fuel tanks, and five heavy 35" BFG All Terrain tires on 16" Mickey Thompson Classic Lock II wheels. This included several maximum road grades including coming into Pemberton / Whistler from the north off the AlCan highway.

Only recommendations after 20,000 miles of towing our Jeep:

1. you definitely need towed vehicle braking (Brake Buddy, etc.)

2. suggest you get a road debris "mud flap" and cut a sheet of Reflectix toput on the front of your Jeep's windshield to keep your Jeep from being rock blasted IF you're going on dirt, rocky roads

3. check the charge on your Jeep's battery if using a supplemental brake system like the Brake Buddy. It may drain your Jeep's battery in 2 long days of towing. We just bought an inexpensive "trickle charger" at Wal-Mart and plugged our Jeep's charger into shore power every other night on our 6,000 mile drive to Alaska (and 6,000 mile return trip)

4. see if you can get your RV dealer or tow hitch / trailer company to connect your Jeeps brake lights directly to your RV instead of using cheap magnetic mount tow lights. We did the latter and its a P.I.T.A.
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We towed our Jeep Wrangler Rubicon behind a Winnebago Aspect 26A for a few years. Used the Readybrute tow bar. It towed fine and we never had any issues. We now tow the same Wrangler behind a Itasca Cambria 27K and it pulls fine behind it as well. While you probably won't find a used 27K in your price range, you definitely should be able to find a mid to late 2000's 26A.
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I live in New Mexico and have a Thor Siesta on a MB Sprinter. I tow an off road Jeep TJ, lifted, 33" tires, numerous skid plates, Roll cage, etc. Last time I weighed it, it weighed a little over 4500 pounds. I use an SMI Delta force braking system. I have towed all over NM, CO and AZ over many passes without any problems. On the long 6%+ climbs such as Esienhaur Tunnels it does slow down to 45-50 MPH. I am constantly amazed how well the turbo diesel tows while getting 12-15 MPG.
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You may consider that all vehicles are designed to brake for them selves not towed vehicles. only way I ever would take along another vehicle haul it on a safe trailer.
There is no way you can backup with a towed vehicle and the turn radius is not the same as the pulling vehicle. Be safe and get a trailer, trailer would have brakes and pull easier.
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Will totally disagree with MSCHARKEY for a class C and a car hauler trailer you will be over weight. Although four down, correct you CAN NOT backup. As to brakes there are all but unlimited types to use the towed brakes, from ready brake a surge type cable driven, to brake buddy that use inertia or electric from the braking tow rig, to SMI type that use air to activate the tow rigs brakes and several combination of listed.

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We tow our wrangler 4 down as well... when we went to Durango, silverton, Colorado Springs, those passes are spectacular and you WANT to go easy over and down them so you can enjoy the scenery - but no problems towing our 4850 lb 4 door Jeep ... (a few of our upgrades added weight !)

I will never say never, but probably won't ever use a trailer unless I need to carry more toys... the jeep follows very well and with the lift, disconnects, wheels and tires can go to some FUN places !
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You may consider that all vehicles are designed to brake for them selves not towed vehicles. only way I ever would take along another vehicle haul it on a safe trailer.
There is no way you can backup with a towed vehicle and the turn radius is not the same as the pulling vehicle. Be safe and get a trailer, trailer would have brakes and pull easier.
Yes, you need brakes on your towed vehicle.

I use the Readybrute Elite and think it's great, but there's others. All operate the towed vehicles brakes to assist the towing vehicle.

I actually used to trailer my Jeep on a 16ft tandem axle trailer. It was heavy, wide and cut corners. Was a pain to store at campgrounds unless I had a big enough site or a pull through.

4 down with the Jeep, the turning radius is better, it tracks within the motorhome tires (I've tried it in a parking lot with puddles). It's a breeze going through gas stations, no worry about clipping the islands. Even a sharp left then right, the Jeep tracks perfectly like there's someone in there steering.

No, I can't reverse. But with the greatly improved maneuverability and the ease with which it can be disconnected, I'm not worried. I just plan ahead a little.

I wouldn't say that I don't know it's there, it's still a weight, but I was so happy with the ease and convenience that I sold the trailer.


Sorry, got a bit off topic.

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Yes, you need brakes on your towed vehicle.

I use the Readybrute Elite and think it's great, but there's others. All operate the towed vehicles brakes to assist the towing vehicle.

I actually used to trailer my Jeep on a 16ft tandem axle trailer. It was heavy, wide and cut corners. Was a pain to store at campgrounds unless I had a big enough site or a pull through.

4 down with the Jeep, the turning radius is better, it tracks within the motorhome tires (I've tried it in a parking lot with puddles). It's a breeze going through gas stations, no worry about clipping the islands. Even a sharp left then right, the Jeep tracks perfectly like there's someone in there steering.

No, I can't reverse. But with the greatly improved maneuverability and the ease with which it can be disconnected, I'm not worried. I just plan ahead a little.

I wouldn't say that I don't know it's there, it's still a weight, but I was so happy with the ease and convenience that I sold the trailer.


Sorry, got a bit off topic.

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I agree with Steve 100%... Couldn't have stated it better, especially the AMAZING places you can ONLY see in a Jeep. There are SO many places our Jeep has taken us in CA, AZ, CO, UT, NV, etc. which were EPIC... and so many more "Jeep Only" places on our bucket list.

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