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Old June 17th, 2010, 12:22 AM   #1
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Default Hauling via towbar w/a WJ

Have a 2003 overland WJ w/the 4.7h.o. v8 and class IV trailer hitch.
Tow rating 6500lbs

Have a 1991 nissan pathfinder with 6" lift on 33's and no rear swaybar. Dry at lowest weighs 3500, fully loaded with a weeks worth of gear and such, conservatively 4500-4800


Want to put a tow bar on the pathfinder for ease of travel, and haul it w/the WJ (really super comfy for trips) All i've hauled in the WJ is a light boat and a 3500/4k lb popup and the only issue was tongue weight (sagged a bit in the back) because it was a single axle.


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(I am aware of all preparations on the pathy for flat towing)

What about brakes? Is it law to have brakes on the pathfinder during flat tow?

I saw someone towing a full sized trailer w/a cherokee on 35+ tires the other day, and the didn't have overland package or the H.O. engine, thats the only reason I got this idea.
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I wouldn't Flat tow that thing.

But if you are so inclined, Load as much weight as you can into the WJ to make the Pathfinder as light as possible.

And no i don't think you legally need brakes, but you'll probably want them
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Why wouldn't you flat tow? Just too iffy w/lift and such?
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Get a trailer and a weight distributing hitch.
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I would love to get a trailer w/dist hitch, and a brake controller and such, but even though I have the cash...I'm only going to be around for another 2 months (mom needs to be able to tow the pathfinder if need be and she can't load a trailer)

Additionally I have no room to store a trailer. Plus, that adds 1-2k lbs that I'm not sure the WJ could pull/stop
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I would love to get a trailer w/dist hitch, and a brake controller and such, but even though I have the cash...I'm only going to be around for another 2 months (mom needs to be able to tow the pathfinder if need be and she can't load a trailer)

Additionally I have no room to store a trailer. Plus, that adds 1-2k lbs that I'm not sure the WJ could pull/stop
You make no sense.

Tow Baring is harder to do than trailer, It's a bitch to hook up by yourself. Removing a driveshaft or 2 is highly recommended.

And flat towing a vehicle that weighs more than the rig doing the towing is quite a treat.

I think i'd just drive the pathfinder
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You make no sense.

Tow Baring is harder to do than trailer, It's a bitch to hook up by yourself. Removing a driveshaft or 2 is highly recommended.

And flat towing a vehicle that weighs more than the rig doing the towing is quite a treat.

I think i'd just drive the pathfinder
I wasn't all too sure on the stats of a wj really, as far as weight and such..and don't do a whole ton of towing in general.

I would be installing a set of manual hubs for the front and the rear DS would be disconnected for the time that I'm not here to prevent theft.

She wouldn't be alone, but she doesn't feel comfortable tieing it down on a trailer.

Yeah, I am probably going to just drive the pathy, but planned on putting the tow bar on anyways if I need to tow it home for whatever reason.

Do I make a little more sense?
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