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Old 05-11-2018, 05:55 AM   #1
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Towing with 2018 36LA

I'm eyeballing a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited as a toad, automatic. Curb weight is about 4,400 lbs......lighter than a Grand Cherokee for reference. I'm reaching out to see if anyone has pluses or minuses pulling behind a 2018 36LA with the newer 6-speed transmission. I will likely modify for flat tow.

Most of my travels will be in the southeastern US from south Florida. Any transmission cooling issues on the MH? Should I set my sights on a lighter vehicle?

All input welcome, and thanks!!

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We've pulled our 4600# (actual weight) Cherokee Trailhawk 25,000 miles behind our 2015 / 5 speed 31SA all over a signicant portion of the country, including eastern and western mountains, with no issues.......

I don't know of any reason to worry about modifying anything on your coach to pull within the GVWR/GCWR and hitch ratings, as I don't recall seeing anyone else reporting problems on towing within the weight ratings of (at least more recent) F53s either.

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Old 05-12-2018, 06:10 AM   #3
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I have a 2016 36LA with the 6 speed transmission.
I started out by flat towing a Fiat 500. We loved the car, but wanted more room and some off road capabilities. At the time we had a Grand Cherokee, which is a little over 5,500 lbs.
We finally bit the bullet and purchased a 4 door Wrangler Chief (version of the Saraha). Wh have been towing it since last October and love it. It has slightly more feedback when towing, as the Fiat was so light, we never knew it was back there. We are glad we made the move.
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I've towed our Chevy Malibu from MD to AZ and FL with our 2016 32 SA wi 6 speed tranny. No issues at all. I have just purchased a 2018 Wrangler Sahara and didn't give it a second thought. You'll be able to pull it just fine.
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just always have transmission in tow-haul mode and you should be fine. Dave
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just always have transmission in tow-haul mode and you should be fine. Dave
Only time I ever run in tow haul mode is going down steep hills. See no need to ever run it in t/h mode other than that. Your fuel consumption will suffer I would think.
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Dezolon - sorry, but I will continue what I've done in a class c and in this Tiffin- using tow-haul is a personal preference I guess. Never seemed affect gas mileage. Dave
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Thanks all for the valuable input, very helpful. Good to know its tried and true. My Ford Expedition had a new (at the time, 2014) 6-speed automatic and took some reprogramming initially towing a light trailer.

Regarding Wranglers.....dealers and private parties are quite proud of late model used Wranglers price-wise. I'm finding there's not much premium between new and late model used although, I may be in a saturated "new" Jeep market with no less than 10 dealerships in a 100 mile radius. Good to know also that the Trailhawk seems to be squared away also..attractive alternative.

Regarding the tow-haul mode....good narrative in the attached F53 chassis link. I wasn't aware of the step engine breaking feature. Also, sounds like 6-speed is actually 2 levels of overdrive so tow haul is good for sorting out hunting or preventing it.

https://www.fleet.ford.com/resources...2018_ARLSD.pdf

Thanks again all.

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I towed 2012 wrangler 2 door with my 2007 Alegro and now my TGA34 and live in Denver so lots of mountain tow. I use tow gear on mountain passes and works great to stop in city traffic. Otherwise I just use drive mode. Don’t even know Jeep is in tow except initial start from being stopped. A little slow to go versus not towing.
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Thanks! I ended up with a 2017 Jeep 2DR Wrangler weighing in at about 3,800 lbs. Pulling with NSA Ready Brute Elite and Cooltech harness. I hardly notice it's there. I calculate 6.8 mpg towing after two tanks.

Only mishap so far,......I had too much tension in the surge brake cable and it failed at the swage connection on the maiden voyage. Adjusted it properly and works fine now. I keep an eye on the cable in the rear camera.

The only other brief shock I get every now and then is when I hit the turn signal and the toad disappears from the rear view camera monitor.

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Congrats StaRVgazer. Enjoy the new Jeep.
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I did not like the loss of the rear view when signalling because that is the best way to know the toad is clear. While the side view cameras seemed a good idea, they show you very little of the road. Proper adjustment of the wide-angle mirrors gives a better view. Pop the panel off the top of the dash and trace the cable from the monitor. The two trigger wires are clearly labeled. Leave enough wire for a splice and cut them. Voila, no more loss of rear view.
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We have a 2014 36LA pulling a 2017 Wrangler Unlimited. Love it, and have had no problems at all. Sometimes I use Tow Haul mode, but mostly I don't.
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Just make sure tow/haul mode is on and should be good to go!
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