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Old 10-27-2015, 02:22 PM   #11
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Does anyone with FR3 30DS tow a Jeep 4dr? If so, what is the gas mileage like? What was the cost for towing package? How does it handle? Do I need to have the special braking system installed? Thanks

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You will definitely need a braking system even if you pull a lighter vehicle (2500) even . I could tell a big difference pulling a fiat at 2500 l bs Some states require the braking system no matter what you pull.
I have a new 4r door rubicon ordered that will be delivered the next couple of days that I am going to tow- I don't anticipate the gas mileage being that much more. I get 7.5 with the fiat and think that I will get about 7 with the jeep, from what I have heard from other motorhome people that pull the 4 door wrangler.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:44 PM   #12
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Just went through all this so I will share what I learned...

4 door jeep wrangler weighs about 4500lbs, 2 door weighs about 3500lbs. FR3 tow capacity is rated at 5000lbs. I prefer to stay 75% or less than the tow rating so I went with the 2 door Wrangler. I highly recommend a braking system. Your motorhome will stop your Jeep well when your in a straight lane of traffic, but think if you have to brake heavily on curve...the braking action to the Jeep is reduced and the Jeep's momentum would be pushing the rear end of your motorhome to the side - not good in an emergency situation. I went with the Blue Ox Patriot - as I researched braking systems it seemed to be the easiest to install, and the easiest to rig and un-rig. I wanted simple. I also like the remote control for up in the drivers seat. Let's me know if the thing is working or not. For most of my normal city driving stop and go traffic the brake control does not engage - but when I have to make a quicker stop it does.

An additional hint since you are dealing with a Jeep - don't get wrapped up in aftermarket lights, wiring harnesses, diodes, or extra bulbs. Go to the Jeep dealer and order the RV wiring harness. It installs into your OEM wiring harness and has a 7 contact plug that connects to your motorhome jack. When plugged in it enables your Jeep taillights to work and follow your tow vehicle lights...very simple - works great easy to hook and unhook. Last weekend I towed the Jeep 1200 miles and everything worked great.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:48 AM   #13
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Yes I tow a 2015 wrangler, bought everything from etrailer.com great customer service. Road master base plate l, falcon 2 towbar. Wiring kit that by-passes electrical system. Biggest job is getting wire through frame there are baffles in frame so you can't run wire from front to back. There are holes in frame about 3' apart so you have to go from hole to hole (2man job ) Entire kit less than $1,000. Tows great milage around 9 with 32' 2015 Sunseeker.
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Old 10-28-2015, 12:07 PM   #14
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I tow a Wrangler unlimited with a Sunseeker 2860. I use a blue ox tow bar and tow plate with a RVI auxiliary brake. All but a couple of states require auxiliary brakes.
My setup works great
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:30 AM   #16
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4 door jeep wrangler weighs about 4500lbs, 2 door weighs about 3500lbs. FR3 tow capacity is rated at 5000lbs. I prefer to stay 75% or less than the tow rating so I went with the 2 door Wrangler. I highly recommend a braking system. Your motorhome will stop your Jeep well when your in a straight lane of traffic, but think if you have to brake heavily on curve...the braking action to the Jeep is reduced and the Jeep's momentum would be pushing the rear end of your motorhome to the side - not good in an emergency situation. I went with the Blue Ox Patriot - as I researched braking systems it seemed to be the easiest to install, and the easiest to rig and un-rig. I wanted simple. I also like the remote control for up in the drivers seat. Let's me know if the thing is working or not. For most of my normal city driving stop and go traffic the brake control does not engage - but when I have to make a quicker stop it does.



An additional hint since you are dealing with a Jeep - don't get wrapped up in aftermarket lights, wiring harnesses, diodes, or extra bulbs. Go to the Jeep dealer and order the RV wiring harness. It installs into your OEM wiring harness and has a 7 contact plug that connects to your motorhome jack. When plugged in it enables your Jeep taillights to work and follow your tow vehicle lights...very simple - works great easy to hook and unhook. Last weekend I towed the Jeep 1200 miles and everything worked great.

Just curious as to what you set the blue ox patriot gain setting on? We have that same system, but haven't used it yet. We are leaving for a week long trip next weekend.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:24 AM   #17
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I have a new rubicon 4door and chose the stay in play braking system it is a lot more trouble to install, but once it is installed no trouble at all . You hook up to your coach with the regular trailer plug and then flip one switch in the jeep and you are all ready to go with one of the best braking systems on the market. It applies tow vehicle brake progressively as needed. Also has a light that comes on in the coach to show that is working every time you apply brakes. For lighting system, again a little trouble to install but worth it . Hour and a half to install the extra bulbs in the tail lights of the tow vehicle and run wires forward to base plate and trailer plug. tail light s then work off of the motorhome 12 volt system and there is no draw what so ever from the towed vehicle- no dead battery on tow vehicle when you get to your destination. Just hitch your tow bar to your tote with a regular plug and you have brakes and lights everytime , oh and no braking system in your way in the towed vehicle. Saves time and trouble each time you hook up or unhook your towed vehicle. Very simple .
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The braking is a must. Required by law in a lot of states but unsafe without it regardless. On the lights, I bought a Blue Ox light kit for about $195 that simply plugs into the existing OEM wiring harness. Works great and takes about 20 minutes to install. No diodes or extra bulbs to mess with.
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This is what I used for the lights on my 2011 Wrangler 2 door. Piece of cake, $40 on Amazon shipped.

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I'm glad to see that some people have experience towing the four-door Wrangler with the Ford chassis. My daily driver is a 2014 Rubicon Unlimited. I don't want to tow it every time but it would be nice to bring along going to certain locations especially those with fun off-highway areas. If anyone has any other information or pictures and product reviews on this topic please share.

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