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Old 03-29-2016, 11:27 PM   #1
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Towing and the wrangler unlimited

Anybody out there towing a 17b with a jeep wrangler 4door unlimited? trying to decide whether to give it a try or change vehicle. Problem is i love this vehicle. No trailer yet. Its on the assembly line. Thx
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Old 03-30-2016, 01:15 AM   #2
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If it has a 4L straight 6 manual shift should be ok for short weekend trips till you trade up .
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:20 AM   #3
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Welcome Dave,
Remember, with a fiberglass trailer you will probably go thru several tow vehicles.
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:05 PM   #4
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Anybody out there towing a 17b with a jeep wrangler 4door unlimited?
I assume that because you are in Canada and refer to it as a "Wrangler", it is the current JK generation... and it must be, to be a four-door.

The TJ (1996-2006) and the JK (2007-) were both were called "Wrangler" in the U.S., so some people might thing you mean the earlier TJ (if they didn't notice the 4-door reference). Although generally similar, every detail is different and they are quite different in size, especially in the Unlimited versions.

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If it has a 4L straight 6 manual shift should be ok for short weekend trips till you trade up .
The straight six engine would only be in the TJ, which was not called a Wrangler in Canada, and didn't come as a 4-door. It is apparently a [JK] Wrangler Unlimited, so it is a much larger vehicle than the TJ Unlimited, and I don't see any need to trade for something even larger.

A JK Wrangler Unlimited is longer in wheelbase, shorter in rear overhang, and heavier than most of the SUVs used to tow Escape 17's; all of these are good for characteristics for towing stability. Its 3.6L V6 is similar to the engines used in those other SUVs, as well. I have not noticed anyone in this forum using a Wrangler to tow any model of Escape.
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:59 PM   #5
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Pitching in here: we are planning on pulling our 19 to be with a Rubicon Unlimited. (at least try to). We asked the jeep dealer if he saw any problems, of course he said "no", (it's a sales person...). Then we went to the Hitch Warehouse in Red Deer for his opinion. He said it would not be a problem what so ever with a class 3 hitch and brake control. We plan to pack light to not exceed (to much) 3500 lbs, but according to our advisor at Hitch Warehouse even that would be no problem for the Rubicon Unlimited. Hope he is right. We will find out July 20th
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The 19' Escape will weigh around 3,000 lbs w/ options and dry, probably closer to 3300# loaded. Just be careful with loading. Check the GVWR on the door for capacity.
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Not on my door :-(. (Guess it is cause you can take the doors off) But the book says:
GCWR 8355 lbs, GTW 3500 lbs, Max. Trailer Tongue Wt 350 lbs
No where to find GVWR in the book but Google shows 5700 lbs, Curb Weight 4521 lbs,

What kind of Jeep Unlimited are you driving Dave?
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Old 03-30-2016, 02:51 PM   #8
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Wrangler info

Thanks for the quick replies. Appreciate the comments. Point of clarification. Its a jeep wrangler 4 door (jk generation) rated for towing at 3600 with jeeps version of towing package. Trailer will be 17b. Given jeep was never really designed for rv towing im curious to hear from those with far greater knowledge about suitability of this rig. Im getting a sense from the first responses that we may be good to go.
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Old 03-30-2016, 02:53 PM   #9
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Thanks Marry
Its a jeep wrangler Sahara unlimited. 3.6l v6. Rated at 3600# for towing.
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The 19' Escape will weigh around 3,000 lbs w/ options and dry, probably closer to 3300# loaded. Just be careful with loading. Check the GVWR on the door for capacity.
Hmm.... if you look at Vermylie's posting of Frederick Simpson's work it shows 10 Escape 19 trailers with weight ranging from 3140 to 4140 lbs. The median is around 3800 lbs., which sounds right to me as the 19 is shown as 500 lbs. lighter than the 21 on Escape's website. Most 21's come in between 4000-4200 lbs.
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