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What kind of tow bar???

I am looking for a towbar so I can tow my jeep. (with the family growing I can't fit a baby, two dogs, wife and all my crap in the jeep so I now have to look at other options) I am thinking of starting with a towbar. My questions are: Are tow shackles any good? is there any particular type of tow bar that is better than others? what about light hook ups?

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Re: What kind of tow bar???

Whats so hard about 2 dogs, wife and a child?
Child goes in the back seat, one dog on either side, wife goes in the front, feet hanging slightly outside the door so the footwells can be packed with stuff.
Child and dogs don't need space under their feet, there's another 10-15 cubic feet of space.
and then there's the trunk, you can fit another 15-20 cubic feet of gear in there.

If you have a top, you can also stack gear ontop of the wheel wells.



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Re: What kind of tow bar???

I had tow shackles when I had my wrangler and I did not like them. Whenever you had to come to a stop, the shackles buckle under and sometimes would bind the spring.

I use a drawtight bar. I modified the tow bar to work with the D-Shackle mounts I have on my bumper, but the tow bar will come with some brackets to bolt to your bumper.

For lighting, I think it is best to tie into the towed vehicles wires. You can buy some diodes (sold at RV stores) that don't allow the electricity to flow back into the towed vehicles electronics, but only to the lights. When you go to tow, you just hook up the Jeep and plug in just like any other trailer.

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Re: What kind of tow bar???

You can get anti-kickback shackles, so you don't bind the springs.

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Or you could be real creative and fab up a pair.


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I have a Stowmaster collapsable tow bar and absolutely love. It is easy to remove and hooking up is simple due to the collapsing arms. One person operation to hook up because you do not have to be perfectly centered to do it. A regular towbar can be a PITA to hook up.

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Re: What kind of tow bar???

I towbar with the Zuk a lot, never any problems. I also use a towbar I bought at a lawn sale for $20, works fine. No problems hooking it up either, even with the S/R on the Zuk.

I have also used the Currie Tow shackles on a CJ-5 I just bought, no problems towing with them either. No weird handling, no moving around, and I hardly know it's there.

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I tow the CJ with a rigid A-frame towbar. I can almost always get it hooked up right the first or second time by my self, and its a great design: strong and fairly inexpensive. The one thing i dont like though...its speedbumps or semi-quick stops, when the Jeep bangs on the back of the pickup. Its not damaging, and nothing is wrong, but that jerk and clunk sound raises and eyebrow every now and again...

By the way...What are you planning on using as a tow rig. You'll want something powerful, Jeep are heavy! You'll want something heavy, so the Jeep doesnt push it all over the road. You want something with EXCELLENT BRAKES! I can't stress that enough. Think about it, you are now stopping two vehicles with the brakes of one! It can get pretty scary in inclement weather! Also, make sure the Jeep has a good positive caster, so that it will follow your tow vehicle squarely...as well as you may already know...there's no reversing when flat towing!

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I have found I can reverse when flat towing by using a bungee strap on the steering wheel, and attaching it with some tension but not tight. Then I back it up like a trailer, works every time.

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Re: What kind of tow bar???

I have a pretty simple tow system that utilizes my shackle mounts on the front and the shackles to secure it. Cost less than $30, $20 of that was the hitch. I did reinforce my front bumper and tie it to my winch mount.

As previous comments have indicated, It is an "A-frame" design, and as such is not as convenient to hookup and some of the specialty bars on the market. (But less than 1/4 the cost)

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