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  • scmhockeyscmhockey Posts: 45
    Blues WIN!!!
    Blues WIN!!!
    Blues WIN!!!

    Sorry, off topic.
    Anyone pull a trailer with their Wrangler? I bought a boat and want to know the possible pitfalls of pulling it with my Wrangler.

    Steve
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Oceantoad - get the gas tank skid plate. The one that comes standard isn't much. Most of my off-roading is light stuff, but mine is dented in several places (well, I did scrape bottom going through the rocks of a dry stream crossing getting into a friend of mine's place once...).

    Congrats to the Blues fans - great game!

    I'm also interested in actual experiences with trailers. While my other half is against the idea, I'm thinking about a tent trailer. It is just a thought at this point - too many other things to buy with higher priority (such as a new roof and getting rid of the Taco), but researching before getting serious is always a good idea.
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    I pulled a sizable u-haul trailer from Oregon to SoCal last summer. It was probably a bit over the weight limit (around 2500lbs I would guess), and I had to be careful coming down mountain passes to keep from being pushed around. The 4.0L is amazingly strong, all that torque allows you to keep up with traffic just fine. I could actually accelerate going uphill when I needed to. The frame takes the weight just fine. The only problem is the short wheelbase. I also averaged about 12mpg, which surprised me (in a good way).
  • scmhockeyscmhockey Posts: 45
    Did you experience any high-wind situations? I hear its the real tester. I've been told I will want to get a larger tow vehicle once I have to drive in a high-wind situation and my boat is driving alongside my Jeep. Man! I hope that doesn't happen!
  • bamatazzbamatazz Posts: 311
    that sounds like a good plan too..
    BUT..i still have to work while to show is going on..This will more of a "get to know" show more then anything.. Plus it's a way to get my restaurant more business too.
    This is still in the EARLY stages too. Just something I think would be fun to do.
    Dwrangler..im trying to get to Gills..but between work & kids kida hard to do.
    Tom..thanx for the Info..
    Ive seen a good deal on a "package CB" with cb, wiring & antenna with quick connect for 114.00 this was on another web site.
    Ive looked at yours at wal-mart too.. Was the power wiring long enough?
    If u can send me some pics..of your set-up if you can..
    STEVE..Thats a good idea ...I would do it if I could. Those people drove me CRAZY!!

    Keep Jeepin
    Bama!!
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Did you use trailer brakes or not? I don't know anything about tent trailers, but I would guess that they have them, and that I would want to install trailer brakes. The only trailers I've towed were large stock/heavier horse trailers that I pulled with full sized trucks and used trailer brakes.
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    No high wind situations, but I did encounter a rainstorm coming down out of the Siskyous above Redding, up near Mt. Shasta. I slowed down to about 45mpg and was fine.

    The trailer did not have trailer brakes. I just braked gradually and kept plenty of space in front of me.
  • jptjjptj Posts: 53
    I am a camper from way back and I have notice that electric brakes are not standard equipment on small tent trailers (under 2000 lb) I now have a 30 ft 5th wheel and pull it with a Dodge Cummins. So I have to pretty much stay on paved roads. I think a Wrangler / popup combination would be perfect, just think being free from traveling the paved roads. To camp were you want, not were you can.
  • scmhockeyscmhockey Posts: 45
    Feeling better about towing my boat with the Wrangler. I'm going to the lake this weekend and I'll tell you how it went when I return. Unfortunately its supposed to rain all weekend. I sure hope it doesn't. Its been raining every day here in St. Louis.

    Steve
  • madebw00madebw00 Posts: 13
    Well, the next round of funding has arrived :-) and a new set of mods is planned. We already did the 2" spacers and the 31" BFG MT's on AR 767 wheels. In the next 7 days we will be adding a Kilby gas tank skid plate (AFM rocks!), a Tomken engine skid plate, Tera sway bar disconnects, and some other smaller items. Memorial Day we will hit the great outdoors! And yes, I have hugged my Jeep today - even though it's dirty.
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    Congrats on the mods!

    Old Tsjay has been a bad boy too. I have done the AR767 thing too, and I got some new BFG Mud Terrains, but I already posted about those things.

    I have ordered a Kilby gas tank skid and a pair of Sun Performance rocker guards, and I just received my Teraflex steering box skid yesterday.

    A wheelin buddy offered me his used Procomp 2" lift, which includes four springs and four shocks, and he will install them for me. We will do it Saturday. He offered me a deal that I couldn't refuse, even though I was going to wait a long time before getting a lift. For what he is charging me, it won't hurt a bit to remove that stuff later when I get a real lift.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • bamatazzbamatazz Posts: 311
    WOW,,,Tom..u go man..
    your turning into a true JEPPER>>
    CB..Mud Terrian tires..now a lift...
    Whats next?... Just kidding with ya pal.
    glad your having a good time with Thelma..
    still havent got that hoist yet..but working on it..
    Tazz is looking great as usual.& stayin that way,,

    Keep Jeepin
    Bama
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    Thanks for the input. I was thinking about one of the small tent trailers. That 5th wheel and diesel pickup is going to have to wait a few years - like when we're getting ready to retire (that's one of my dreams). I've always been a tent camper and my husband hates it. He only barely tolerated my converted van (owned when I first met him and sold not too much later). He's more the timeshare type of person, but I want to see things off the beaten track (not surprising for a Wrangler owner), and do it on the occasional weekend. Much harder without camping or motelling (something I don't like). So I'm thinking that a tent trailer might be a nice compromise - something that is close to "go anywhere" but still comfortable. Something the Wrangler could tow without problems.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I know that Thelma Jane is having as much fun as you are with all of this! Glad to see you are going to be protecting her well!
  • madebw00madebw00 Posts: 13
    AFM is a great 4x4 shop here in the Dallas / Ft Worth Metroplex, and I am sure they also ship their stuff around the country. Their Web site is at


    http://www.afm4x4.com/


    Brett knows his stuff, is always helpful and gives great advice. He stands behind his products 100%. Recommend highly.

  • nancyb5nancyb5 Posts: 3
    I have a 2000 Wrangler Sport. I picked it up 8/1/2000 and have been having rust problems ever since. I have brought it back again and again to the dealer and they mickey-mouse it and the rust keeps coming back. It is on the driver's door near window. Now they are telling me this is "common on Wranglers" !! Anyone else had this problem? Any thoughts? My next step at this point is Chrysler's customer arbitration because I am so fed up.
  • mtngalmtngal Posts: 1,911
    I have a '98 and have had no problems with rust anywhere. They do sand our roads instead of salting them, but where yours is rusting that shouldn't make a difference. Wouldn't think the model year in this case would matter much either, since there hasn't been any changes on the outside in quite a while.
  • wheelsdownwheelsdown Posts: 250
    You should not have to put up with rust on the doors. Take your Wrangler to another dealer. Tell the one you are dealing with now that you can get a whole bunch of Wrangler owners to e-mail him that this is NOT a typical Wrangler problem. If you have to, give us his e-mail address. Also, tell him that there are enough people out there saying D/C quality is poor without him spreading the same message. What a crock.
  • fontexfontex Posts: 2
    I'm new to the jeep game and would love to find out the best soft top for my jeep. I have a 2002 Jeep wrangler X. I hear about Besttop but I'm looking for other. Thankyou
  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    That is a common defect in Wranglers, but it IS a defect that should be taken care of under warranty.

    Our buddy that has the web site where a lot of us go to chat, Gill, had to have his Jeep fixed because of the same problem.

    It is a poor quality weld where the window frame is joined to the door, if your problem is what I think it is.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,942
    I moved Fontex's message over here knowing that you Jeepsters would be able to help him out. (Please don't make a liar out of me, LOL).

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  • tsjaytsjay Posts: 4,591
    You were drug here kicking and screaming by Steve, but.... welcome anyway! :)

    I can't answer your question, but I wanted to welcome you.

    Tom

    Have you hugged your Jeep today?
  • Fontex, I hate to tell you this but in my opinion there is no substitute for Bestop. They are the makers of the original tops and sell high quality stuff. Why are you looking for something other than them? Most other tops don't fit right and are poorly made. You should look into their sailcloth or sunrider tops. Good luck.
  • fontexfontex Posts: 2
    I'm interested in the Best Top Sunrider but it's a little expensive. Does anybody recomend another brand?
    Fontex
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    Fontex wasn't drug over here - Steve ushered him! :-)

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,942
    lol, at least he found where I, er, sent him :-)

    (glad to see you made it here, Fontex).

    Steve
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  • dwranglerdwrangler Posts: 127
    I'm wondering which is more sensible to do...get an X model with most of the sport options or just get a sport? I don't put much stock in salesman info but he said that I might as well get a sport because the options come standard. Is it just me or does the Sport sit up higher than the X? Also if I get the Sport, I would like to get a red one with preferably tan interior, but agate would be good too. I hope my connection with someone who works at a dealer near me will pan out (friends/family discount).

    Ok, now something else that I want to know is this: I want a red Sport with the hardtop(tinted windows), automatic transmission, full doors, I don't necessarily want Canyon wheels as the Ecco or even standard wheels will do...what will the invoice price be on this kind of a Jeep? With the discount and interest rates going from 1.9 to 3.9, it may work out but I want to be completely prepared for the dealer. I don't want them to think...ah dumb broad, we can really get a good profit on her. Any serious input will be greatly appreciated.

    Oh and cross your fingers...I may have a buyer for my car. That would put me that much closer to my own Jeepie :-)

    Hug your Jeeps for me ;-)

    dwrangler
  • goducks1goducks1 Posts: 432
    I know the Bestop brand tops are a bit more expensive than comparable tops, but bigkahuna is right, there is really is no other option if you want a top that fits and will last for more than a year. I have the Sunrider and it's lasted me 3 seasons so far just fine. To be honest, though, if I had it to do over again I'd just buy a factory soft top and replace the fabric with the Sailcloth when needed. I'm not as enraptured with the Bestop hardware as I am their fabrics, and I would definitely like the quieter highway ride the sailcloth purportedly has.

    If this still doesn't convince you, at least stay away from Steelhorse. They are the cheapest but their (lack of) quality control is notorious.

    If you want a new factory top, the best place I know of to get one is www.jparts.com . Actually, that goes for anyone on the board looking for cheaper-than-my-dealer prices for OEM equipment. They are about 15% cheaper than list and shipping is only $3.50, plus no sales tax unless you live in PA. I've bought stuff from them before (including things not listed on their site) and they are awesome.
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