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phatwhaler posted 03-05-2002 01:44 PM ET (US)   Profile for phatwhaler   Send Email to phatwhaler  
Anyone here tow their Whaler with a Jeep Wrangler. I-6 engine of course. Manual trans. 29" Tires. I'm sure she'll do around town, how about on the highway?
JBCornwell posted 03-05-2002 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Sounds to me like Russian Roulette, Phat.

The Wrangler is too light and too short, in my never humble opinion, (IMNHO), for a 80s or 90s OR-19 at highway speeds and for highway hard braking. Jacked up with tall tires makes it much worse.

If you are talking about a 70s OR-19 I would think a stock suspension/tires Wrangler might be okay, but I would want to be sure my surge brakes were very good.

We will now hear from a bunch of guys that tow Hatteras 50s with their 4 cyl Wranglers and have had no problems. :D


Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

JFM posted 03-05-2002 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Been there done that, don't do it!
My wife's toy is a 2000 Wrangler Sahara I6 5 speed. We put the Runk bumper with class 3 hitch on it and does fine around town. On the highway the problem is the short wheeel base. I don't tow anything bigger than the 13 Sport. The power is there but the control isn't. Regards, Jay
witness posted 03-05-2002 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
I towed our 20' V-20 Outrage with a 95 Cherokee (same engine as yours i believe) and even though it was only local, it seemed to struggle a lot. I would not recommend it.
phatwhaler posted 03-05-2002 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
Yeah, that's what I figured. I used to have a Jeep scrambler that did ok,but it had an extra 10 inches of wheel base.
Bigshot posted 03-05-2002 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
My Scrambler was OK with my 15' but would barely move my 21' Scarab around town. In a nutshell....NO.
flieman posted 03-05-2002 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for flieman  Send Email to flieman     
I had a 84 Outrage 18 and towed it with a CJ7 with V-6 and there was the power, but it was plenty scary. No control to stop or turn, you could really get hurt, I did it one time and one time only. I do not think you would feel comfortable at 45 mph as it is squirrely. I had a tandem axle trailer under the boat so the tongue weight did not affect the jeep it was just like jeeps are and that is squirrly. I have owned 8 jeeps and love them, currently own a 2001 Wrangler but only pull little stuff with it. Just my thoughts.
Flieman
Rich Seidel posted 03-05-2002 11:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich Seidel  Send Email to Rich Seidel     
Towed 2 Jet Skis with my new Wrangler, 6-automatic, big tires, and went three blocks. A terrible experience. Immediately took it home and never tried it again. Never really analized the problem, but only use my F-150 for the Jet Skis and Whalers.(Might be tongue weight was too light, or wheelbase too small, but it was "scary" Rich Seidel
PMUCCIOLO posted 03-06-2002 03:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
From the recent Jeep literature, the towing capacity is 2000# with the 6 cylinder engine.
Landlocked posted 03-06-2002 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Landlocked  Send Email to Landlocked     
Towed with a 1990 4.2 L wrangler for years. It was a strong engine and I think it would have pulled a house. Stopping and controling the load was another thing. I tried to pull my 22 outrage a couple of miles once - big mistake. I would strongly recomend against it. The short wheel base amplifies every little turn of the wheel and you can get out of control quickly. Roll over in an emergency manuver or quick stop situation is a high possibility.

Ll.

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