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Old 07-14-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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Towing Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Busy week ahead. This morning a crew started widening my RV pad. We're installing 50 amp power on Thurs. Vacation starts tomorrow. The coach is getting a wheel alignment this afternoon to correct a pull to the right. We need to be in Kennewick, WA to have a satellite dish installed at 9:00 am Tues about 90 miles from home. Should be doable.

As soon as the sat install is completed we leave for Boise to pick up a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to use as a toad. It's getting the backing plates and an Airborne one installed Wed. The coach goes in Thursday morning for the tow bar and assorted connections. Then we can really play. It took a lot of coordination to pull all this off and I hope it's worthwhile.

I've pretty much figured how to drive the coach on the 2100 mile trip north from Texas. I'm not an expert but it wasn't as steep a learning curve as I feared. What effect will the Jeep (4100#'s) have on driveability. I suspect that because the jeep is not as wide as the coach it will just sort of follow along. Obviously I have to allow for the extended length when I change lanes. Anything to look for when turning right or left or does it just tag along? Will the added tow weight be noticiable? I understand backing up while still attached to the tow vehicle is not recommended. Any thoughts or tips from those of you more experienced than I.


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Old 07-14-2014, 02:08 PM   #2
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I like to see my load when I am driving so I have a camera on the back of my 5er. I would do the same in a MH if that was what I was driving.


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Old 07-14-2014, 02:16 PM   #3
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I tow a jeep also. Don't realize it's back there most of the time. Not being able to back up can be a problem at times. You have to plan your entrance and exit points in advance. Plan ahead, use truck stops for fuel and verify campground access points are safe via google maps. Some campgrounds have a good way to travel and a not Rv friendly way. More so in the mountains. Great choice in a tow vehicle. Enjoy.

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Old 07-14-2014, 02:42 PM   #4
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I tow a wrangler as well.....without the camera and a the fuel gauge you wouldn't even know its there. Cost me almost 2 mpg, and you can't me one time I pulled into somewhere I shouldn't have....everyone just had to wait while I disconnected, turned the coach around, hooked back big deal.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:53 PM   #5
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if we come to a campground or national parks we pull off and just unhook the jeep and wife drives in ahead of me and checks out for any low trees, tight obstacals i may need to avoid kinda like a truck escort only free of coarse you need to plan ahead and also give a shout on this site for anyone that may have traveled where your going
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Old 07-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #6
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One time in a pinch, I backed up with tow vehicle. My wife started the jeep up and turned the wheel to align with coach and it did fine. I wouldn't do it far and only in a pinch. We only needed to back up a few feet and it worked. I now ask campgrounds of recommended travel when I book a site. Lesson learned.

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Old 07-14-2014, 04:05 PM   #7
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I tow a Cadillac SRX and don't even know it's there. I average about 10.5 mpg staying around 65 to 70 mph. Backing up can damage the front suspension and it steering since the coach pushes the vehicle back and wants to turn the wheels but the car can't turn.

As for your coach going in for the tow connections, not sure for what. All you need to do is put the tow bar in your hitch receiver and plug the power cord into the 7 pin wire receptacle and plug the other end into the jeep. It's quite easy and fast to hook up and go.


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Old 07-14-2014, 06:29 PM   #8
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You may want to check with the selling dealer for a add on harness for toad use. Jeep accessories used to have an add on harness for "plug and play" install, maybe could have sales dept. get service to have it installed. Make sure that they understand that you want a harness to tow the Jeep, not to tow with the Jeep. As a dealer installed accessory, it would also be covered by Jeep warranty.

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Old 07-14-2014, 06:30 PM   #9
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I would suggest buying a duffel bag and having a pair of mechanics gloves to assist with connecting and disconnecting. The bag works great for keeping all the tow cables organized. I agree with everyone else, you will hardly notice your dinghy other than by using the rear view camera. We like having our camera set to show behind the tow vehicle so it's easier judging length when passing on the highway.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:34 PM   #10
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Recommend you get a TPMS on the toad, we had a flat and didn't even know it until someone flagged us down. We now have it to monitor all tires, HM and toad.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:09 AM   #11
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All good suggestions here, I tow a Wrangler as well. I keep my rear camera on so I can keep an eye on it. If not I would forget it's back there. Really tight turns are the only time you will have to worry about it. I can get in and out my subdivision with not problem and those are the tightest turn I have ever encountered.


I hope all your coordinating works out for you, that's a hectic schedule, good luck and enjoy the ride.

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Old 07-15-2014, 10:37 AM   #12
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Don't forget most states require a braking system on your toad.

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