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Re: towing jeep--need more hp or torque?
Don't fall for the manufacturers ratings. I think they are grossly exagerated. Especially if you are flat towing with no brakes.
The smaller utes are fine for small trailers. You will not be happy with performance in the mountains.
The big thing in my mind is saftey. I assume your family will be riding with you. A small ute with lots of weight behind it is not what you want to be in in a panic stop. I say this from experience. I had to put my family into the desert one day to keep from hitting the idiot who pulled out in front of me. Very scarey. I had brand new brakes on the boat trailer and was under the manufacterers limits. This was with a ZJ.
After that experience the wife aggreed it was time to upgrade to a bigger tow vehicle. F350 crewcab diesel. Best thing I ever did. There is no doubt in my mind we would have not have had to leave the road if we were driving this truck.