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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2008, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well still trying to figure some things out that are pretty obvious for the guys who have had their trucks for a while.

I might be picking up a jeep this weekend (YJ with 4" lift, dana 44s, and 33" tires, so guessing around 3500lbs). Now the problem is getting it home. My trucks never been towed with so I need to set up lights, get a ball, and figure out if I need a reciever or can tow off the bumper.

I am leaning towards flat towing since it wont add a ton of wieght and its pretty straight forward, or at least I think.

So, what do I need for trailering lights on my truck, what method of towing (flat, dolly, trailer), and will the ball on my bumper hold up for flat towing or a dolly.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2008, 09:53 PM
 
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what year your truck and do you have the light harness for towing, you should have and empty plug some were underneath that the truck side of the harness will plug. if ya look in the owners manual it should show you how much the bumper will take i recommend a flat bed trailer (open car hauler) with the brakes built into the trailer, Uhaul rents them. this way you don't have o do a hole electric brake upgrade to your truck and the trailer will have brakes.
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If you look on the rear bumper it may have the tow rating and tongue weight stamped on it some where. Not sure if its the same for all years but its there on my 97. Bumper is Class 3 5000lbs and 500lbs tongue weight.


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sorry, forgot to mention the trucks a 2000 F-150 4x4 short box, reg cab, 4.6L , and my dumbass didn't even think to check the owners manual.

I was leaning towards flat towing because thats the way I am planning on moving the jeep to the trails and back (and the jeep comes with mounts on the bumper for a tow bar, and the towbar itself)
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Well apparently its rated for 5000lbs, the problem is I just found out the jeep has no front shock hoops (meaning no front shocks hooked up). Don't know if I want to or even should flat tow it.
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Rent a dolly from Uhaul would be my guess, with the front wheels on the dolly you should be able to tow it no prob.


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Good point, could still use the bumper as well. Dolys are $40 but the trailers are only $10 more bucks. Problem is I would probably have to get a class III reciever on there seeing as in the trailers are 2k lbs alone
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Its a 4x4 vehicle.
If I remember correctly all 4 wheels have to be of the pavement for towing



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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-20-2008, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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standard transmission in neutral and transfer case in neutral and you are set :icon_smile:

I may disconect the drive shafts anyway though.

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dana 44s front and rear with 4.10 gears and open diffs (for now) 4" lift kit running on brand new 33" tires and 4.2L inline 6
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