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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-21-2000, 08:53 PM
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Towing with the CJ

What's a reasonable towing capacity for a CJ? I have the 258 and T5, 2.5" lift on 31's and a class 3 reciever hitch. I'm asking because I'd like to tow my Integra on a car dolly and am wondering if it's too heavy (~3100lbs with the dolly). What do you guys think??

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Re: Towing with the CJ

I tow an older pop-up camper with my CJ7, and I don't think I would want to go any bigger, especially a car on a dolly. The short wheelbase isn't your friend when trying to tow something that approaches the weight of the jeep, nevermind the fact that you won't have enough brake to stop in anything resembling a decent distance. If you're looking for opinions, put me down as a "don't do it".

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Hello there, This is just my $.02 but a buddy of mine and I flat towed a cj-5 with a wrangler after a rain storm when the roads were still wet about 70 miles and I'll tell you it was scary. No problems til you had to stop. That tow jeep would push you all over the place! Take my advice, I'm with the last post you received, My vote is don't do it!

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Re: Towing with the CJ

i towed jeepgods' jeep from here to tellico last year(about 8 hours) with my cj-7.. i will never NEVER tow with my jeep again.. i got about 6 MPG...threw a u-joint and burned up a wheel bearing in my rear end too...please don't do it!!!
ps.. i am running a much heavier jeep than you with lots more torque/horsepower.. these problems would be even worse for you i think

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Please do not tow with your Jeep. I saw a guy attempting to towe a FULLSIZE 3/4 ton Chevrolet 4x4 pickup with a CJ-7. I kid you not. On I-95 no less. What an accident waiting to happen. I think it was a suicide attempt. I swear i saw the front wheels of the 7 lift up when he hit a dip in the road. Needless to say, i passed him as fast as i could, but not before staying behind just to watch for a while...it was quite entertaining...but seriously, I wouldnt tow anything heavier than a pair of Jet Skis with a CJ...thats just my OPINION. I believe in safety when towing, because as an EMT i've seen too many wrecks caused by improper towing. Thats why I bought my Ram...as the future tow rig for my CJ-7!!!!!!

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Alright, the general concensus is "NO". If I were towing it 5 miles that would be one thing, but I'll be towing from Montana to Massachusetts, about 2600 miles.

Hmmm...perhaps I'll pick up an older toyota v6 pickup...i'd really perfer not to get a full size. Any reccommendations for an ok tow rig for around $5000?

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Yes, an '87 and older Grand Wagoneer would make a nice tow vehicle. They have a full frame, usually a 360, and will tow the CJ easily. Don't expect very good mileage though. Maybe a 2WD pickup as well, something disposable. A friend of ours was towing his flatfender with his CJ-7 to a Jamboree when he tried to stop. The flatty pushed the CJ-7, specifically the rear end, so the CJ-7 ended up rolling over. Being unhurt, he was able to use the flatty to right the 7, then he reversed positions, towing the CJ-7 with the flatty! I guess he didn't get over 25 mph, but he got there. Minimal damage to the 7, which was good. Can't imagine it myself, I have a '95 Trooper and I'm looking for something bigger to tow the Scrambler with.

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[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] Believe me when I tell you that I have spent A LOT of time towing trailers, and in my opinion, short wheelbase of ANY kind is the pits. My favorite tow machine of all time is a GMC 2500 8' bed 2WD pickup, with the 465 4-speed, 3.73's, full floaters in the rear, and a well-built 350 CID with the steel crank. I have seen SO DARN MANY trailers spin the towing vehicle that I lost count, from rickety little garden-refuse trailers to tandem axle vacation homes. We are deep in thought right now designing the ideal Jeep transport, and we are trying to incorporate all the lessons learned from years (about fourty) of trailering everything you can think of from race cars to Caterpillars.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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If you are determined to tow, try to get a trailer with brakes. It makes a big differance.

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<font color=purple>Sorry to burst your bubble on the V-6 Toy, but that's only one step in the right direction. Full-size 1/2 ton pickup or utility would be the absolute MINIMUM you should consider. And definitely use trailer brakes. I remember once at a gas station, this guy pulls in with a Ranger towing some small car like an Escort or something similar. He hits the brakes at about 20 MPH, locked them up on the Ranger, & went right on through the gas station, right back out onto the highway w/o hardly slowing down (brakes locked the entire time). I've had a couple of "hairy's" with trailers in tow. Having a proper tow vehicle & brakes made the difference between "having a hairy" and having a wreck.</font color=purple>

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