Originally Posted by comfun1
I know it is a 6 cylinder and I read on a jeep forum that it is capable of pulling like you say but the concern was the safety of such a short wheelbase. In addition to that they said the problem could be worsened by oversize tires and a lift.
I know there are some pics on this forum of people pulling the A frame style pop up with a jeep. I am just hoping to gain more information and be able to give better advice and perhaps help in the search for a small lightweight camper.
I have several friends who pull pop-ups with TJ era Wranglers, no problems. We had planned to do the same thing with our first trailer that was a pop-up but went with a bigger trailer. Now with that said, here are my suggestions:
-Even with the 4.0 straight 6 - you are limited to 2500 pounds. that is a ceiling, not a guide.
-stock tires were around 29 inches (the S code option would get your 30 inch tires with 3.73 gears and is the BEST for towing) and 3.07 gears. They are horrible for towing. Either do NOT go up in tire size or plan to re-gear.
-if lifted: if it is an adjustable control arm lift with a SYE and total lift is less than 5.5 inches, up to 2500 is OK if prevailing speed kept at 60 or less. You will wear out u-joints so keep plenty on hand to do roadside repair. Every self-respecting Jeeper should be able to do this with one arm tied behind his back. If not a control arm lift, or with no SYE - do NOT pull a trailer. It is unsafe at any speed.
As with all such advice, these are intended to be general guidelines and your experience may vary.
I towed a variety of trailers with a 01 TJ with 5 inch lift and 33 inch tires.