Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-13-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 5
Tow dolly for 1988 Jeep wrangler

My question is as follows: I have a 2003 Georgetown 306S and want to tow a 1988 jeep wrangler jeep, curb weight approximately 3,000 lbs. I was thinking of using a tow dolly where the two front wheels go on the dolly and the rear wheels on the ground. The jeep is a rear wheel drive, but if I put the four wheel drive and the transmission in neutral while it is being towed, I figure it would be OK.
This is my frist time towing a car behind a Class A motorhome
__________________

__________________
hunter1339 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2012, 07:26 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 2,381
Hunter1339,

First of all, this is a public forum, and we discourage the use of posting private email addresses, so I removed yours. As being contacted, check back on the forum, there will be answers, opinions, and suggestions. Take your pick.

Now a 4 wheel drive, as long as it is part time 4 wheel drive, can be towed all wheels down. Just put the transfer case in NEUTRAL, and it can be towed. Now can it be stopped without a brake buddy, or some other braking system? You also have to do some wiring for lights.
__________________

__________________
LadyWindrider
2012 Ford F250 ext. Cab 4x4
2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
2008 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic

2008 Work and Play 18LT
LadyWindrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
3 Happy Campers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 330
Regardless of towing a 4x4, two up or 4 down you will have to put the transfer case & trannie in neutral.
As for a tow dolly if you haven’t invested in one yet I would recommend a Demco KarKaddy SS.

The KarKaddy SS is the cadillac of tow dollies. We had one when we have our class A.
The wheels of the KarKaddy dolly pivot so it tracks in the same path has to tow vehicle so you don’t have to take corners wide. (Well wider than needed for the class A)
The advantage of a dolly is price over towing 4 down & you are not locked into just one vehicle to tow behind.

Demco. Doing our Best to Provide You the Best - Tow Dollies

Now if you have to $$$$ I would definitely go with four down.
The one time you have to unhook the car/dolly in a driving rain in a campground with dirt roads you’ll wish you spent the extra on the 4 down option.
__________________
Dave, Judy & Daisy May
Perkasie, PA
2010 Sierra 356RL
2011 Silverado 2500 4WD, LT, Ext Cab, LB
Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel
Allison 1000 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
3 Happy Campers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2012, 10:08 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
zook's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 102
Quote:
Originally Posted by 3 Happy Campers View Post
Regardless of towing a 4x4, two up or 4 down you will have to put the transfer case & trannie in neutral.
As for a tow dolly if you haven’t invested in one yet I would recommend a Demco KarKaddy SS.

The KarKaddy SS is the cadillac of tow dollies. We had one when we have our class A.
The wheels of the KarKaddy dolly pivot so it tracks in the same path has to tow vehicle so you don’t have to take corners wide. (Well wider than needed for the class A)
The advantage of a dolly is price over towing 4 down & you are not locked into just one vehicle to tow behind.

Demco. Doing our Best to Provide You the Best - Tow Dollies

Now if you have to $$$$ I would definitely go with four down.
The one time you have to unhook the car/dolly in a driving rain in a campground with dirt roads you’ll wish you spent the extra on the 4 down option.
PPL shows the KarKaddy ss for $2,479.00 I just got what I thought as the best of everything for flat towing our 2011 Jeep Wrangler Blue Ox base plate, 10,000# tow bars, the complete kit including the 7 to 6 plug, and the US Unified brake system total cost with shipping $2,242.00
I'm planing on doing the install this weekend myself and was going to do a step my step write up with Pictures if anyone would want to see how its done.
__________________
zook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
3 Happy Campers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 330
Quote:
Originally Posted by zook View Post
I'm planing on doing the install this weekend myself and was going to do a step my step write up with Pictures if anyone would want to see how its done.
Okay there’s the key, doing the work yourself.
I give almost every automotive MOD a try myself & sometimes it works & other times I have to call a wrecker to take the vehicle to a shop.

The cost to have a shop do the install to tow four down can be astronomical depending on the vehicle.
In this case I know my limitations & wouldn’t even think of doing that myself.
__________________
Dave, Judy & Daisy May
Perkasie, PA
2010 Sierra 356RL
2011 Silverado 2500 4WD, LT, Ext Cab, LB
Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel
Allison 1000 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
3 Happy Campers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2012, 01:08 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
zook's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 102
One shop quoted me $1,800 for everything but the brake system so that comes in at like $550 labor the rest the tow bar and such, not to bad and I trust their work.. but he only uses the Brake buddy system that sits on the floor. The dealer the Unified showed in their data base had never installed one and quoted me $1250 for the system and $900 to install it, since they had never installed one before so they did not know what to expect. I got it shipped to my door for $977.

I am the first one to know my limitations but once I started reading and seeing all the “little steps” like torquing some of the bolts, painting the parts of the frame that will have to be cut so they do not rust down the road I came to the conclusion that I would take my time and do a better job than these guys.

Both of these system do look intimidating from afar but when you break it down in little groups it is not scary at all… or that is the way I’m seeing it now anyway. We will see tomorrow morning.
__________________
zook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2012, 01:24 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
3 Happy Campers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 330
Good luck!
I wait to see your report.
__________________

__________________
Dave, Judy & Daisy May
Perkasie, PA
2010 Sierra 356RL
2011 Silverado 2500 4WD, LT, Ext Cab, LB
Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel
Allison 1000 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
3 Happy Campers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:57 PM.