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Old 03-24-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Towed the Jeep behind the Crusader

So towed our CJ 7 behind the Crusader to Big Bend for spring break, about a 1,000 miles round trip. Worked out great, installed a camera on the back of the camper so I could keep an eye on the Jeep. You could tell you were pulling a little more wieght, but other than that no change in towing at all. Same fuel mileage as without the Jeep. It tracks right behind the trailer, so it really didn't matter how sharp you turned. Just no backing up with it hooked up.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:59 AM   #2
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wow...don't see that kinda combo on the road often



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Old 03-25-2013, 08:21 AM   #3
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What kind of modifications did you have to make?
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:27 AM   #4
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Just welded up a reciever hitch, taped into the taillights to run a trailer plug added safety chains and added a camera to keep an eye on eveyerthing.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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I sure hope you don't have a Lippert frame under that Crusader!
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:01 AM   #6
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No braking system on the Jeep?

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:16 AM   #8
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Just welded up a reciever hitch, taped into the taillights to run a trailer plug added safety chains and added a camera to keep an eye on eveyerthing.
Your reciever hitch welded directly to your bumper or reinforced to the frame I beams?
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Good thing it's no longer under warranty.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:41 PM   #10
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I beams, welded directly to the frame. And beefed up a bunch. Yes braking system on the Jeep. There is almost no tounge wieght on the reciever hitch, Of course there is some stress from the Jeep back there, but I bet not as much as when I have my basket that goes in the reciever back there with a cooler in it, or my gennie back there. Works just fine...
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I beams, welded directly to the frame. And beefed up a bunch. Yes braking system on the Jeep. There is almost no tounge wieght on the reciever hitch, Of course there is some stress from the Jeep back there, but I bet not as much as when I have my basket that goes in the reciever back there with a cooler in it, or my gennie back there. Works just fine...
I like it. Let me know how the hitch holds up. I have a Crusader and plan on adding a reinforced hitch.
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I beams, welded directly to the frame. And beefed up a bunch. Yes braking system on the Jeep. There is almost no tounge wieght on the reciever hitch, Of course there is some stress from the Jeep back there, but I bet not as much as when I have my basket that goes in the reciever back there with a cooler in it, or my gennie back there. Works just fine...
Great! Sounds like you've got everything covered.

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Wemig have had the hitch back there for about a year. I regulary carry a rack back there with a huge cooler, It has to wiegh over 100 lbs with everything in it... I also carry a gennie and extra fuel back there that will for prob go 150 lbs. No probs so far..
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I beams, welded directly to the frame. And beefed up a bunch. Yes braking system on the Jeep. There is almost no tounge wieght on the reciever hitch, Of course there is some stress from the Jeep back there, but I bet not as much as when I have my basket that goes in the reciever back there with a cooler in it, or my gennie back there. Works just fine...
Sounds like you did a good job at the rear.
Just watch your pin box area, as I doubt Lippert designed that for the weight of the Jeep back there. They have been known to fail from fatigue.
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With the added weight of Jeep I am still only pulling less than 13,000 lbs.
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With the added weight of Jeep I am still only pulling less than 13,000 lbs.
All I am saying is that the frame manufacturer didn't design their frames to pull that kind of weight. The pin box area is of special concern. If you could see the light materials used in that structure, it would scare the begeebers out of you.
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So your telling me the frame and pin box on my 9,500lbs Crusader is different than a 12,500 lbs Crusader? I don't think so, but I could be wrong.
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Wow..and I’m worried about my bike rack receiver I welded on the frame…………
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So your telling me the frame and pin box on my 9,500lbs Crusader is different than a 12,500 lbs Crusader? I don't think so, but I could be wrong.
It had better not be the same frame, as that would mean that the manufacturer isn't engineering the frames for the expected load.
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Georgia will not allow us to that here..if you are coming through, no one will mess with you..but here as a citizen, would get a healthy ticket and probably have to have it taken apart to get it home...think towing that way would really freak me out...
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