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smithrhjr

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Posted: 09/26/20 02:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We currently have a 5th wheel and are thinking about a Class A and hitting the road. Thinking about a tow vehicle. I am thinking Jeep Wrangler, but have no idea what the specs need to be. Mainly, if flat towing do I need a manual trans? What connections do I need for the brake lights to work. Or is having the front wheels off hte road better? Totally uninformed here. Thoughts please!!!!


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Don’t buy any vehicle to use as a four down toad unless the manufacturer says you can and you comply with any requirements. For instance, 2020 Chevy Equinox...two wheel drive...four down ok...all wheel drive...no. You may need a dolly depending on the toad you buy but they are a pain...three vehicles instead of two.


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most, not all, jeeps can be flat towed with either manual or automatic transmission. best to check the owner’s manual for the specufic year and model jeep you’re looking at. directions should be in a section titled “Recreational Towing” or similar wording.

you’re also going to need a baseplate for the jeep, a towbar and an auxillary braking system. lots of choices for these.

but before you buy anything make sure you know how much weight you can safely tow. a quick way is to subtract the GVWR from the GCWR but that won’t tell the complete story. so let’s say the curb weight of the jeep you want weighs in at 4200-lbs but your MH’s specs indicates the GCWR - the GCWR is only 4000-lbs. that jeep is too heavy.

and be sure the hitch on the MH is rated to tow the weight of the jeep. even some diesels gave 5000-lb hitches. even if the tow bar is rated for more weight than the GCWR-GVWR test you’re stuck with the smaller figure.

the best way is to get actual axle weights of the MH you’ve bought or will be buying. or at least calculate those weights.


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I am a newbie to this, but just had my Grand Cherokee hooked up to my Tiffin 33 with Blue Ox and Air Force set up. After doing some research, (not exhaustive), it seems Jeeps in general because of their transaxle, are easiest to tow. I bought the GC for this reason (2018) and seems to be pretty straightforward. My coach is rated at 10000 towing capacity and GC only weighs around 4500 lbs or so. I really didn't want to use dolly for towing. One more thing to deal with at campgrounds....but a lot CHEAPER! I bought set up and had everything installed and spent over $5,000+. Hope this helps.


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Your best source of towing information is Remco Towing.

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RLS7201 wrote:

Your best source of towing information is Remco Towing.

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looks like Remco is getting out of the toad biz... the best info on the flat towability of a specific yr/make/model is the mfr.
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Dear Remco Industries Towing Customer:

After careful consideration, Remco Industries has decided to discontinue the manufacture and sales of its vehicle towing kits (remcotowing.com), as of October 1, 2020.

The standard warranty terms will be honored for all units shipped prior to October 1, 2020. Orders in place and active prior to the announcement date will be honored according to the terms of that order, regarding product availability, warranty or support terms.

The discontinuance of this product line is in keeping with our practice of rationalizing low demand products and replacing them with new products with improved design and functionality.

We appreciate and value your partnership. While we regret any inconvenience this announcement may cause, we are pleased to announce that we continue to research and develop new and alternate products that provide complimentary additions to our current product offering.

We sincerely appreciate the confidence and loyalty you have shown us over the years, and we look forward to working together in the future.

Please feel free to contact your Remco Industries sales representative if you have additional questions.

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Posted: 09/27/20 04:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We used to tow a Jeep Liberty with an automatic.
Just finished setting up our 2020 Jeep Wrangler for towing.
Went with Blue Ox equipment.
Roadmaster diode light kit splices into your tail lights easily.
Jeeps are popular because they are so easy to tow.
Put transfer case in neutral and transmission in park and you are ready.
As others said, check the manual to verify the one you are looking at will work.


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The Dinghy Towing Guides are a great source of info about towed vehicles and the needed towing equipment. https://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/

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and from personal experience i'd recommend installing a separate wiring harness ans bulbs in your jeep. it sounds harder than it really is. when we started towing back in '03 the diodes (which function like an A/B switch) in the original wiring harness kept blowing leaving us with no tail lights or blinkers. we put in a second set of bulbs in our jeeps connected directly to the umbillical connector in the front of the jeep.

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We tow a 2013 Ford Explorer. Ours is 4WD but 2WD is also 4 down towable. Very easy to tow and weighs around 4300lbs. Not sure on the 2020's, but I belive all of them up to 2019 with the V-6 are 4 down towable.

As for the Jeeps. All Wranglers are 4 down towable, manual or auto. Certain Grand Cherokees are towable, but it needs the proper T-case with the N position. Same for the little Cherokee, it needs to have the active drive II which has the N position.


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