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Old 02-03-2015, 11:35 PM   #1
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Jeep in tow

Did somebody post earlier they were wanting to, or already were, towing a Jeep behind the Redwood? Just curious how that worked out. I saw a Redwood pulling out of Albuquerque a few months ago with a Jeep in tow, but can't remember if it was on a trailer or just a tow bar.

I just inherited a CJ5, and I'm curious what is possible.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:30 AM   #2
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A CJ5 is from the time they made good Jeeps. 2 of my sons had recent Jeeps but they sold them quickly.
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Old 02-04-2015, 12:30 AM   #3
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The rule is pics or it didn't happen!!!

The good thing about MOST jeeps is AS IS it can be towed 4 down...
so your tongue weight will be nothing at all... and the fun factor when you putt around the southwest is through the roof !

Brother in law tows his wrangler unlimited behind his phaeton 4 down,

We've had many jeeps in the past - a cj-5, cj-7, cj-9 scrambler & 5.9limited...

I towed the cj-5 behind a 4 cyl turbo diesel Winnebago LeSharo with just a clamp on tow bar !
the forum towing police would have had a cow with that combo, but went all over the south and southwest...

towed the scrambler behind a dodge 318 class c with the same bumper hitch!

just put tranny and transfer case into neutral, unlock the steering wheel and tow away !!
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:35 AM   #4
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ya this brings back some good memories - it's a 71 CJ5 with the V6 and a warn overdrive. It's been sitting for 10 years so I need to scope out condition before I decide if I restore it, sell it, or take it in and convert it to a dirt digger V8.

My wife remembers riding in it, and I reminded her that other than charm, there was nothing about them that is practical, too narrow, too short, terrible steering, clutch and brake go straight into the floor instead of swing, defrosters sucked, small gas tank with GI cans on the back, drum brakes, oil leaks on emergency brake drum........but love em!
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:23 AM   #5
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Originally designed to be too short and too narrow... drove the Willy's around when I was in Cdn Reserve in late 70s... now they are just like every other car... some are not even 4x4's... what the hell is the point?
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I agree Brad - I tried a 2004 and the new ones drive and handle like a Durango with an oversize CJ body for visual effect.
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We tow a Wrangler, 4 wheels down--making no weight on the hitch. You have to know the weight of the Jeep you will tow. We we pulled through Albuquerque the end of December. We have pulled it all around the country. Each state has it's own laws--which everyone feels free to tell you. I am hesitant to even write this, because it tends to bring out strong opinions. However, we have nothing but positive experience and are happy to share what information would be helpful. We use a Brake Buddy for brakes, a Falcon II tow bar and we installed a backup camera to watch the jeep.
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We tow a Wrangler, 4 wheels down--making no weight on the hitch. You have to know the weight of the Jeep you will tow. We we pulled through Albuquerque the end of December. We have pulled it all around the country. Each state has it's own laws--which everyone feels free to tell you. I am hesitant to even write this, because it tends to bring out strong opinions. However, we have nothing but positive experience and are happy to share what information would be helpful. We use a Brake Buddy for brakes, a Falcon II tow bar and we installed a backup camera to watch the jeep.
I glad to hear it works for you........Happy Trails
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Old 02-05-2015, 01:12 PM   #9
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Just curious - as you never know where life will take you and what direction.
I've considered this same setup. What is your tow vehicle and any idea how long you are overall ?
Seems to me that might be the only area for concern. Unfortunately here on the East Cost they are not dual friendly and are especially length conscious.

Have fun with it and enjoy. Hope to see the rig some day. Pictures
Mould be great, feel free to block out the license plate LOL.
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We tow a Wrangler, 4 wheels down--making no weight on the hitch. You have to know the weight of the Jeep you will tow. We we pulled through Albuquerque the end of December. We have pulled it all around the country. Each state has it's own laws--which everyone feels free to tell you. I am hesitant to even write this, because it tends to bring out strong opinions. However, we have nothing but positive experience and are happy to share what information would be helpful. We use a Brake Buddy for brakes, a Falcon II tow bar and we installed a backup camera to watch the jeep.
Fantastic! What year jeep? Did you strengthen the Redwood hitch? Did you have to extend the receiver?

I'm guessing from web info, but I think this 71 weighs about 2200.
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