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post #1 of 12 Old 08-12-2010, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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towing boat with rugged ridge hitch

Anyone pull a 4000 lb boat with the rugged ridge hitch...would I be ok?

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It sounds like your over your tow rating to me.

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I would look into the Curt tubular hitch. It's rated at 4,000 lb GTW. They aren't that expensive either. Not sure but the Rugged Ridge is probably rated around 3,000-3,500 lbs. Not sure.

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It's rated to match what your Jeep is rated to pull....3500lbs for the 4door.
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I know it is rated at the 3500 lbs, but can it handle 4000 lbs for a short distance? Trying to help a friend out with getting his boat hauled somewhere

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are you towing it up a boat ramp? tow ratings are usually for straight line towing (like a camper or utility trailer) and usually do not take into consideration a slippery ramp. if not pulling it up a ramp, you should be able to get away with it if you go real slow and easy. I know a guy who tows a boat similar to mine (28' 8000lb Chris Craft - see my photo album) on a triple axel trailer with a Ford Crown Vic. which couldnt be rated for more than 4 or 5k lbs. Short distance, goes very slow and doesnt pull it up a ramp.

If one of those Home Depot rental trucks has a hitch/receiver, go rent it for the 19 bucks and save yourself from breaking something on the Jeep.

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are you towing it up a boat ramp? tow ratings are usually for straight line towing (like a camper or utility trailer) and usually do not take into consideration a slippery ramp. if not pulling it up a ramp, you should be able to get away with it if you go real slow and easy. I know a guy who tows a boat similar to mine (28' 8000lb Chris Craft - see my photo album) on a triple axel trailer with a Ford Crown Vic. which couldnt be rated for more than 4 or 5k lbs. Short distance, goes very slow and doesnt pull it up a ramp.

If one of those Home Depot rental trucks has a hitch/receiver, go rent it for the 19 bucks and save yourself from breaking something on the Jeep.
I don't know what kind of tow it will be but I just found out its only 150 yards and I'm only going to do it once. Probably up a ramp and back down to a different part of the bay. Thanks for the help. I'll let you know how it goes.

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go for it. ive pulled my buddies malibu that weighs 3900# without trailer or gear. pulled it through town to a different boat launch. took it out of the water and put it in. just took it nice and easy and put it in 4lo on the ramp

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You should be fine for that short of a distance. Just take it easy and don't hit your breaks to hard or your back end will start dancing around. Also, use 4lo when pulling out of the ramp. I have no problem towing my action craft that is about 2800# loaded with fishing gear and fuel and I a 2dr rubi.
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Had to put the boat in the water and take it out. The Jeep handled very well. The boat is 4500lbs. Over all an awesome day to have the top off the Jeep and get out on the water.

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Had to put the boat in the water and take it out. The Jeep handled very well. The boat is 4500lbs. Over all an awesome day to have the top off the Jeep and get out on the water.

Sorry... I did not know how far or how often you were planning to tow a 4500lbs boat. More worried about the JK than the hitch. For short pulls the hitch will have no issues. You should understand that in the world we live in we cannot legally give approvals that are more than the tow rate of the vehicle.

This goes for most manufactures these days... Don't flame us, it's all about not taking responsibility for your own actions these days.. It's someone else’s fault.... I was not warned enough to know better...

OK I'm off my soap box now....
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Sorry... I did not know how far or how often you were planning to tow a 4500lbs boat. More worried about the JK than the hitch. For short pulls the hitch will have no issues. You should understand that in the world we live in we cannot legally give approvals that are more than the tow rate of the vehicle.

This goes for most manufactures these days... Don't flame us, it's all about not taking responsibility for your own actions these days.. It's someone else’s fault.... I was not warned enough to know better...

OK I'm off my soap box now....
The reason I decided to do it was because you told me not too.

I love the hitch and wiring harness. It is a great product.

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