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post #1 of 10 Old 09-27-2017, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. First time jeep owner and Iím loving it! 2017 JKU Willyís. Iím going to be towing a 6x12 uhaul trailer this weekend and would like to use my Jeep. Will it handle that size trailer ok?


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post #2 of 10 Old 09-27-2017, 07:37 AM
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U Haul is very strict about making sure YOUR vehicle is capable of safely pulling their trailer. Lawsuits are not something they want.

I pulled that same trailer with my 2013 JKUR. While I certainly could tell I had a trailer in tow, it was not bad. It handled it just fine, loaded with furniture. Not stuff to the gills, just a normal load.
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I towed the open top utility trailer. That trailer itself was incredibly heavy. Made my stock spring sag as well. Granted this was on a 2 door, so I didn't have as heavy of springs as a JKU has.

As for towing, the Jeep pulled it fine. I towed in fifth (stick shift) with the 3.8.

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With a 4dr, you shouldn't have any "fine print" issues. The 4drs have a 3500lb tow rating. Both open and closed 6x12 U-haul trailer weigh about 1800lbs leaving you 1700lbs for cargo.

The trailer has a "surge" brake actuator, nothing to adjust there...hook up, plug in.
Backing uphill can be an issue. The weight of the trailer wanting to go downhill will press upon the surge actuator and apply its brakes.

Otherwise, towing safely is a matter of load control. If the trailer starts to sway, you need to adjust the load by putting some of the heavier stuff forward of the trailer's axles. You're looking for a 10% weight bias forward. Could be as simple as moving one heavy (100-200lb) item from rear to front. (Good luck doing that after it's loaded if you've packed a closed trailer to the gills. )
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The problem you may run into is that U-Haul has a policy about convertibles although I've heard it isn't always enforced. Do you have a hardtop?
The Jeep can handle it. I've dragged a 6x10 enclosed trailer weighing ~3000 lbs. around the country with a 3.8 JKR and a 3.6 JKUR.

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I will suggest that you do not get the largest trailer they have and over-load it with stuff.
It will be scary as f*ck.
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The problem you may run into is that U-Haul has a policy about convertibles although I've heard it isn't always enforced. Do you have a hardtop?

The Jeep can handle it. I've dragged a 6x10 enclosed trailer weighing ~3000 lbs. around the country with a 3.8 JKR and a 3.6 JKUR.


Yes I have a hard top so that shouldnít be an issue


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I tow my Suzuki samurai (yes you can love both!) in my JK Sahara no problem. As long as the trailor is loaded rediculous heavy you should be ok.

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I tow my Suzuki samurai (yes you can love both!) in my JK Sahara no problem. As long as the trailor is loaded rediculous heavy you should be ok.

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-28-2017, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. Looks like I should be OK. Trailer won't be loaded to heavy. Thanks for the advice


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