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post #1 of 6 Old 03-26-2017, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings.

New Kid (Baby Boomer) on the Block here - on my 3rd Jeep but venturing out to undiscovered lands, namely, trailering ? or better said, out on the hunt to purchase a travel trailer (for 2) suitable within the confines of the JKU matrix. I have spent many a late night reading the forums-at-large, websites, etc, and learned a lot (thanks, guys). At times, however, it became overwhelming with conflicting viewpoints, even conflicting weight ratings where found, but I took all that knowledge and sought to create a semi-worksheet to simplify my understanding of it all. What I ended up with was a ?straight to the bones? guide with plug-in numbers leading to final variable weight totals to help me select a travel trailer (or general towing) and all the other considerations which go along with it.

And so I thought I would share, in case it would be of some help to anyone who has also faced this apparently confusing ordeal. If it helps just one person, then I?m happy. As a matter of record, all the listed ratings were given to me directly and straight from Jeep, as I have often found variations from other sources reporting on alleged official Jeep specifications. Basically speaking, this is it, for better or worse.

Anyway, take a look if you wish.

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 07:03 AM
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I always thought a "dry" trailer weight was the trailer empty. If your trailer weighs 3500lbs empty, you need a bigger tow vehicle.
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Well, yes, that's true, but that figure from the JKU spec was just the starting point to get through the math of all the other involved factors. You'll notice the final trailer weight of 2575 on the worksheet.

As far as a dry trailer of 3500, yes, that too is feasible as long as it remains dry. What matters is the final weight, regardless if dry or wet, with or without cargo.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-27-2017, 01:31 PM
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of no particular relevance to all the science here...

We are sitting on Oahu right now. When you go down to one of the popular bays about 500 vertical feet over maybe 1/4 mile or so, you can either walk or take the "tram"

The "tram" is a nice aluminum trailer thing pulled by a JKU. It has 7 rows of seat that holds about 20 people. The trailer must weight over 1,000 lbs. So well over 4,000 lbs at a go. This things runs the hll every 15 minutes or so six days a week. 52 weeks a year with seemingly no problem.

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No doubt proof of the JKU's true capabilities despite the manufacturer's reported ratings (always the sore spot, their numbers are low because of our litigation-happy society). But, my worksheet sticks to the official numbers because tickets are expensive if you get caught over the max...And lawyers are waiting to sue if you get involved in an accident while over load.

Still, good to see that it CAN do more, in case it's needed to.

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The thing prolly never gets out of first gear. Don't forget, a Toyota pulled the Space Shuttle across an over pass. Big deal. In either case, no one's on the highway and potentially encountering panic stops or maneuvers.
Do I think the Wrangler's rating is low? Yes, on both counts, 2dr and 4dr, but, as was mentioned...litigation.
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