My new TV: 2012 Jeep Wrangler

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  1. campagain

    campagain Active Member

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    I just traded my 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited last week for a 2012 Wrangler Sport. Any other Jeep owners here?

    My '07 had 250k miles and though I was sad to see her go, I made sure the '12 had a hitch on it!
     
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    I've got a 2015 JK and can't even come close to pulling my 3,500# camper with it.
     
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    campagain Active Member

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    Why not?
     
  4. West Coast Canuck

    West Coast Canuck Jumped to the dark side ......

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    I have a 2016 Jeep Cherokee Limited with the factory tow package rated for 4500 lbs. I would not use it for my TT, I have a 2004 Hemi Ram 1500 for that purpose. I use my Jeep for my utility trailer instead of my truck
     
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    jumpoff I'm in a camping state of mind

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    2001 TJ Wrangler 4.0 .... would only tow the smallest pup with it.
     
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    A quick google search shows the towing capacity of the 2012 Wrangler Sport as 2k lbs (with the tow package).
     
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    jumpoff I'm in a camping state of mind

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    The newer JK's are so much more powerful than the old 2001 TJ I own...I guess the limiting factor on towing capacity is the short wheelbase and the suspension.
     
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    Up until the 2016 models, all two doors were rated at 2k capacity, 200lb tongue and 3.5k, 350lb for 4 doors, even though they had the same engine, transmission, axles, breaks, and suspension. As of the 2016 model year, they increased the 2 door limits to match the 4 door (3.5k, 350lb) except for the 3.21 axle. My understanding is they went to new standards in 2015 for all vehicles in the US. Nothing changed on the 2 door to increase its capacity, just the standards. I always thought they underestimated the 2 door capability.

    My 2 door 2011 Rubi tows my pup great and stops on a dime. The pup has breaks, and comes in about 2200lbs, 220lb tongue fully loaded. I have the 6 speed manual with 4.10s, and she can keep highway speeds (70+) on all but the steepest grades.
     
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    I have a 1999 Jeep Sport 6.0. I pull a 2014 Coachman Viking 12cws with trailer brakes that weighs in at about 2200lbs. No problems pulling it at all.
     
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    We got a 2017 JKU Sport S this year. 3.21 gearing and 5-speed auto, no tow package (2000 limit per the factory). It tows my 1100 pound (dry) pup very well but does bog down a little on hills. Starts and stops haven't been an issue. My biggest problem has been backing up the short wheel base trailer with the short wheel base Jeep. I'll just have to keep practicing. :)
     
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    My 07JKU towed the pup with no trouble, so I'm hoping for the same with my '12!
     
  12. jumpoff

    jumpoff I'm in a camping state of mind

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    Just my opinion but the hardest part about using a 2 door Jeep for camping would be the fact that there's virtually no room to store anything. I would have to become a minimalist....which would be OK except for the fact that my wife is a maximist.....:D
     
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    We own a 71 CJ5. But tow with the Titan
     
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    campagain Active Member

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    error sorry
     
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    The new TV pulled the pup just fine. It was definitely an adjustment having less storage space though :(
     
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    Congrats!! Last month I picked up a New '17 JK Freedom edition- 3.73s/LSD, LEDs, Alpine speakers, Heated Seats, Remote Start, Tow PKG. Sure is a big step up in luxury and convenience from my '05 LJ & my '07 JKU!! I don't plan on towing the PUP with mine though. I sold my FZ6 so this is the new "Safety Davidson."
     
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    I tow my PUP with my 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon...it has 4.10 gears. Tows great except when i climb the mountains here in Utah.. and unfortunately... all my camp trips so far have been up at 8000-10000'. I miss having a truck to tow with.. but I am in post divorce apocalypse and enjoying a debt free life..
    No, its not an optimum tow vehicle.. but its doing the job...
     

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