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Flat Towing a jeep behind an other jeep

flat towing a jeep behind an other jeep.........can it be done, or would it be too hazardous........lets pretend we have a v8 jeep as the towing jeep
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Re: Flat Towing a jeep behind an other jeep

1. Can it be done?
2. Yes.
3. It ain't a case of the power of the engine.
4. It's a case of Short Wheel Base not letting you control the tow.
5. It's simply the law of Physics, it will "sway" you.
6. It's a case of killing yourself in one big crash.
7. And taking others with you as the Jeep careens out of control.
8. I'd hope you'd not be towing within a mile of my rig...
9. I once towd a SE Caravan with a Bronco II.
10. I'll never do that again.
11. I thought I was going to die.
12. My helper following behind be thought he was going to die.
13. We were both very lucky to have lived through the experience.

The above was done with a car-dolly.. so on the other hand...

1. I also towed a '84 Mitsubishi Montero 60 miles with the Bronco II.
2. Both vehicles are SWB's.
3. The Montero towed fine...
4. The difference was that the Montero was on a tow strap.
5. My son-in-law was operating the Montero and we had speeds up to 60mph.
6. No problems!

What's the difference between the two scenarios?

1. Weight of the towed vehicle on the hitch.
2. When you tow with a hitch you "lock" the two vechiles together.
3. What affects one... affects the other.
4. If a wind gust hits one vehicle it affects the other.
5. This is true for ALL road conditions.
7. The towed vehicle gross weight can easily overcome the SWB tow vehicle weight. It's a matter of mass.
8. This pushes the SWB tow vehicle.

Now we're not even talking the ability to stop the hurtling mass of TWO vehicles with brakes hardly competent to stop the weight of One!

It's a recipe for distaster...

But... if you tow at 5mph on level ground... OK.. go ahead and tow... knock yourself out!
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Don't do it. My brother tried flat towin his sami behind his jeep and said it was very scary and he was all over the road and that thing is smaller and lighter than a jeep.
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Re: Flat Towing a jeep behind an other jeep

i was jst asking cuz my buddy jason has a 360 CJ7 with all the good stuff in it...and if anything broke in my jeep when we were out....i was wondering it it was feasible........guess i just better not break down....
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Re: Flat Towing a jeep behind an other jeep

I'm with Leve on this one....bad plan. It's the shortwheelbase thats a killer. Back when I had the 93 fullsize Bronco I had some interesting experiences with trailers, and it's no where near as short as a jeep. When I was a kid living in Washington I remember going over Snoqualime (sp? been long enough ago now I don't remember how to spell it!) from western to eastern washington. We were in a 50's ish Chevy 1/2 ton short bed step side (sorta like the "Apache" bodystyle they had for a while) pulling either a 13' or 15' travel trailer. Well, the wind came up and that little truck felt like it was coming off the road at times. I wasn't driving, but after twenty some years I can STILL here my dad cussing!
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Re: Flat Towing a jeep behind an other jeep

I've towed several jeeps with a tow bar or dolley in the last year using a 99 ranger. Nothing over 50 miles though. I don't recommend it but it can be done.
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Re: Flat Towing a jeep behind an other jeep

My folks had a friend that towed a 25'+ travel trailer with his '7x CJ Golden Eagle (w/ 304, QT, ClassV/anti-swaybars)....ONCE. He showed up late at the campground and when he got out, he was white as a sheet! Said he had "seen deaths face" and "would NEVER try it again!". He ended up having someone else tow it back home for him.
Like already been stated, you definitly want both mass & wheelbase when towing anything. I rode with Mobdawg up to the DixieRun this year. He pulled his BIGA$$ Jeep on a 16" trailer with his 5.9L Durango. Although he had to keep it floored on the big hills, it did ride surprising well, and didn't seem to affected by trucks/sidewinds to be as short as it was.
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Wow...a 16" trailer? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Flat Towing a jeep behind an other jeep

Besides the normal "mass" issue ...you can run into troubles because of the short tongue of the trailering body. If the tongue is long you decrease it's ability to sway the towing vehicle. It kinda wants to 'self align" with more commitment. The typical flat towing (bolted tow bar) just gives the trailering vehicle too much of an even hand at effecting the towing vehicle laterally. Again ..this is besides the mass issue.
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Re: Flat Towing a jeep behind an other jeep

If your buddy is going to tow you in the event of a breakdown it can be done safely with a tow strap. Buttttttttt remember 1.your brakes will be harder to push if you got power brakes.
2. dont use the tow bar
3.go slow , keep off the highway
4. you need to keep on the brakes to keep from rolling over the tow strap or into your buddy
5. Dont forget to use your parking brake if you have one
Next time out with your friend try out on a dirt road,
that way you will know for sure and be prepared for a real brake down.
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