Can You Tow A Trailer With A Jeep Wrangler?
Jeep Wranglers can pretty much handle everything you can throw at it. Want to do some off-road adventuring? No problem. Need to pick the kids up from school? Easy. The Jeep Wrangler is an incredibly capable car that is a valuable asset in nearly every scenario. However, one question that people often wonder is: can I tow with my Jeep Wrangler? The simple answer is yes, you can. But, there are some limitations as strange as that may sound for a Wrangler. In today’s blog here at TopLift Pros, we talk about what towing looks like for your Jeep Wrangler.
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What’s the Towing Capacity?
Obviously the towing capacity your vehicle is capable of will vary based on the year it was manufactured and what model of Wrangler you have. For the most part, most modern Wranglers can tow anywhere between 2,000 pounds and 3,500 pounds. The main factor that determines how much you can tow is the axle that your particular vehicle has. Reference your owner’s manual to determine the towing capacity of your model and year to make sure that your car is capable of handling the load you need it to tow. If the load is 2,000 pounds or less, you are often good to go in most cases, it’s once you get above the 2,000 pound mark that things can get tricky.
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What Do You Need?
Most vehicles require a few essentials in order to be able to be able to tow. In most cases, you will need a trailer hitch receiver, a ball mount that has a pin and security clip, a hitch ball, and a wiring harness.
There are two common types of trailer hitch receivers — ones that mount to your frame and rear bumper replacements that have a built-in hitch receiver. The former is more commonly used on older Jeeps and the latter is used most often on newer Jeeps.
The ball mount fits into the hitch receiver and its function is all in the name. It provides a sturdy location for the trailer ball that is universal in towing. Once the mount is in place, you need to make sure that you have the right size ball. Trailer hitch balls come in a few different sizes, so some people may want to have multiple for towing different loads.
The wiring harness is important because it supplies power to the brake lights on your trailer. The last thing you need is someone rear-ending you because your brake lights don’t work! It is also worth noting the different years of Wranglers have different wiring, so you will need a different harness depending on the year of your vehicle.
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What Can You Tow?
There are tons of different things you can tow behind your Jeep Wrangler than are around the 3,000 pound mark or less! You can tow things like:
- Pop-up trailers
- Small campers
- Moving trailers
- Motorboats under the weight capacity
- Canoes, wakeboards, row boats
- Bicycle trailers
- Lightweight cars
- And so much more!
As long as what you want to do has a trailer, or can fit in an enclosed trailer that connects to your hitch, you can tow it! This makes the options practically endless, once again making the Jeep Wrangler the jack-of-all trades.
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