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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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I am curious as to the frontal area on a travel trailer with respect to ability to be towed. I have a Jeep Wrangler 4 dr and the book doesnt recommend going over a frontal area on a travel trailer of over 35 sq ft but the Jeep does come with a class II hitch and a GVWR of 3500 lbs and a max tongue weught of 350 lbs. I was looking at an add for a Bantam Trail Lite B17 that has a unloaded vehicle weight of 2087 lbs with a GVWR of 2700 lbs and the owner claims it can be towed with a 4 or 6 cylinder engine. The frontal area I do believe exceeds the recommended max sq footage of 35 sq ft by a good margin. Does anybody have any experience pulling that sort of rig with a Jeep or minivan or a vehicle of comprable size? If so would it require a sway bar, elect brakes, etc
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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:25 PM   #2
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The wrangler is a brick and anything behind it that is the same size or slightly bigger won't effect it. Wider is better than higher. You will notice a huge impact if the trailer is higher than the top of the vehicle.

I have towed heavy loads before and done it with success. If you are going to be towing a lot get a trans cooler. It will save you a ton of money in the long run.
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I'm sorry I can't answer you exact question...but I did see a new Wrangler Rubicon 2dr. towing a TT about the size you mention yesterday on Us10. He did have a weight dist. hitch....don't know if he had the sway bar device for it or night. He was taking it slow, only doing aboutn 60mph....which is the smart think to do.

I would think the added wheelbase of your 4dr should help with towing that TT.
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