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Old 07-24-2022, 01:18 PM   #1
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Towing a pop up with a Jeep Wrangler

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Has anyone towed a pop up with a Wrangler and how did it do?

Mine is a JKU with 2000lbs rating but has about 400lbs of extras on it.


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Manual states a 4dr Sahara 4x4 has 3500lb capacity. I really only need about 2000lbs max (hopefully less).Click image for larger version

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See also the cross sectional area allowed. Some of the Wranglers have a 25 Sq ft cross sectional are max.

The 4 door Wrangler had a better tow rating than 2 door as I remember.
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I wouldn't do it. Not because you can't pull it, but because you may not have enough weight to control or stop it.
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I wouldn't do it. Not because you can't pull it, but because you may not have enough weight to control or stop it.
Assuming it had trailer brakes, I think you could stop it. Control it could be a whole different animal.

It would be interesting to see the payload for the Wrangler as well. I know I exceeded my 2 door Wrangler JK payload with a load of sod I put in the back and on a hitch hauler once.

I believe the JK series were not rated to tow as well as the JL series are, probably because the JL series were designed with the Gladiator in mind.

I just looked at the Forest River popups. I think all of them are 7 foot wide, probably looking at 4 foot tall for a 28 square foot cross sectional area.

Another issue you are going to get into towing a popup with a JK is tow mirrors. Most popups are going to be wider than the mirrors on the JK.
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I used to pull a 3500lb (loaded) cargo trailer with my JKU all the time. I kept it under 65mph. I had a 6 speed manual. The lower the gears the Jeep has the better.
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I wouldn't do it. Not because you can't pull it, but because you may not have enough weight to control or stop it.
That's my concern Tom,
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I just pulled a 2900 pound cargo trailer 2500 miles with my 4 door JL. I had no problem stopping or controlling it.
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Thanks all,

I won't be going down that route so.

How would say a 1000-1200lb low height utility trailer (utility trailer with a roof top tent).
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Thanks all,

I won't be going down that route so.

How would say a 1000-1200lb low height utility trailer (utility trailer with a roof top tent).
Should be no problem. I towed utility trailers frequently with my Wrangler.

I will say, my brakes on my 2009 Wrangler were puny - stopped okay, but the pad life may be severely impacted by towing frequently.
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Thanks Cary :-)
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