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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-28-2002, 03:10 PM
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Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

I just got back from Lake Mead and now I want a boat BAADD!!!! I need to know if I can tow a 12-15 foot boat with my lifted YJ or do I need to buy a tow rig for a boat.

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Re: Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

How much does the boat weigh? How far? Over what type of terrain?
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Re: Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

Well actually I don't have an answer for all that yet.

I just want a boat! [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] I would imagineit would be from 15-20' and it would weight around 1800lbs. To drive from say southern california to Laughlin NV
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Re: Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

I don't tow anything larger than my 6' dump trailer with my CJ. Long trailers and SWB vehicles don't mix well, you'll get a lot of trailer sway.
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Re: Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

We tow my father-in-laws boat with his YJ. The boat is 14ft. and the trailer is about 18ft. overall. We don't have to drive far with it nor have we ever had it out on the highway. I would be a little nervous towing something that large compared to the tow vehicle on the highway. Even though the boat and trailer don't sound very big, they look giant compared to the YJ!
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Re: Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

I was afraid of that! Oh wel I guess it's time to look for a large tow vehicle
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Re: Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

For years I towed our 14" 'glass runabout and 4-cylinder Mercury with my '64 CJ5, and had no problems. However:

The CJ wasn't raised.
With the gears and engine, comfortable speed was around 50mph.
The route was over 2-lane highways where there wasn't much traffic, and almost no big trucks.

The short wheelbase didn't cause any problems at all - think about the length of a road tractor compared to the trailers they pull.

I wouldn't rule out pulling a 1500# boat & trailer with my CJ7 unless I heard credible horror stories from people who'd tried it. I think that as long as the trailer weight is significantly less than the tow vehicle it will work fine.

Can you borrow a boat and trailer about the size you're considering and pull it on the freeway to see how it works?
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Re: Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

That's a great Idea, I will try to tow one for short distance on a low trafic highway first.
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Re: Can I tow a boat with my YJ?

We have friends that use their YJ for dropping the boat into the lake but not towing it. You might think twice before hauling far distances.
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