Jeep Wrangler Towing and Hauling
One of the benefits of owning a Jeep is the ability to tow your toys and equipment. Most Jeeps offer capable engines, differentials, and suspension for this purpose. The Wrangler's hauling capabilities can offer extra versatility for some drivers.What can you tow with a Jeep Wrangler?
While the options are virtually limitless, you will have to adhere to maximum weight. Most tow hitches are very strong and can accommodate quite a lot of cargo. You should check the specific rating to be sure they are capable enough for your purposes. There are a few different towing configurations that are available for Jeeps which include:
- Tow Hooks: These hooks are typically mounted on the front bumper of a Jeep and are used in combination with a chain or tow rope.
- Tow Receiver The receiver is installed under the rear bumper for conventional towing.
- Electric Control Module If you are using a large trailer with light hookups or brakes, you will have to buy and install the additional brake control module to operate the electric on the trailer.
If you are looking to set up your SUV for a trailer, you want to make sure you don't overload the car by pulling more than the vehicle is capable of. Here are some of the details to consider when buying a hitch for your SUV. There are variations for towing capability among models. Some things to check when determining your max towing limits include:
- Look up your Max Tongue Weight. Jeep determines the tongue load for its SUVs. You can look up the information for your individual model online with the VIN to determine tongue load specifications. It will also be listed either on
- The car frame
- Label inside the door jamb
- Manufacturer's documentation or owner's manual
- This number is important because it is the maximum load you can load onto the hitch you are buying. This number is also listed on towing accessories so you can match the accessory to the Jeep.
- Check Manufacturer's Towing Capacity: The towing capacity of most models varies by powertrain configurations and other factors. Make sure you find this information on the Jeep or through the manufacturer. This information will help you choose which accessories are appropriate for your specific model. If the load is unstable, you can also by accessories to help control sway of the trailer.
- Check Your GVWR: The GVWR is listed on every state registration and title. Each car is registered to carry a maximum load legally on public roads. Car, trailer and cargo weight are totaled together to provide a GVWR for your vehicle, but they may not be accurate for your vehicle.
- If you have a hitch already installed, it may be rated higher than the tongue weight rating. You should always use the lower of the two numbers for road safety.