These may not work and chances are great they won't, but I'm just thinking out loud...
Because you want the S2K there along with the Jeep...
Why not a big UHaul truck, Stookie inside, tow the Jeep? If you can somehow drive the car into the truck on a ramp (top down so you can get out), then you're golden.
Of just pay someone to transport the car... Or have someone follow you? Fly the other driver back?
did a long trip with a 3800lb travel trailer (camper) two weekends ago. having electric brakes with the controller gain up was great. total confidence in that (having the trailer brake a little harder than the truck, which i prefer in most scenarios anyway)
| 2017 Elantra | 2018 JLU Sport | 2001 BMW 740 iL | 1974 SuperBeetle | 1962 Ford Unibody | The poster formerly known as 200HP4dr
The 173" bed version only weighs 975lbs. But it'll be expensive.
Chris, just tow the damn thing and don't worry about it.
Oh yeah, if the trailer starts to walk or sway, DO NOT hit the brakes.
Or do, depending on how good your insurance is.
Well it's partially a concern of "will it work" but there's a bigger question of "will anyone rent a trailer to me." I'm pretty sure U-Haul won't because they have "Must have vehicle with 5000lb tow rating" as a requirement on their web site and they are known to be sticklers.
There's a more fly by night place down the street, but I dunno.
Strictly speaking, you're at or near the towing limit for the Wrangler. Now, I wouldn't necessarily sweat this because I see Wranglers towing over their rated weight all the time around here. What gives me reason for pause is the trailer issue - as you are seeing, you likely won't find anyone willing to rent to you.
I wish the Wrangler had a 5K towing capacity. It would literally be the perfect daily for us at that point.
I will make this offer: You're welcome to come out to the house and hook up the boat and take it around the block to see what 4,500 lbs feels like on it. I wouldn't do that regularly but around the neighborhood at slow speeds won't hurt it.
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Stack, I've toyed with this a lot as you know my long s2000 history. the short answer was simply to buy a truck capable of pulling well over 5k. yes, there are aluminum trailers and some tricks you can pull to get the weight down further (run all the fuel out of the s2000, strip stuff out of the car, run with no spare on the truck, etc). however, these are all small gains and i'd add some further towing related advice for long trips...unless you have a truly built towing vehicle (ie. 2500 or 3500 pickup), running long distance with 80% less of max rating is always going to be the best idea. if the truck can tow 10k, don't plan to go long distance with more than 8k. if your truck is rated for 3500, you really only want to go long distance with around 2,750. this gives you a chance to have some wiggle room on vehicle contents, stress load on axles/tires, etc. i just don't want you setting yourself up for failure. the option that may be easiest is renting a pick-up from uhaul to tow the car trailer itself.
Given those, the conditions are so far under what would be considered the worst possible, that I wasn't worried about approaching the limits, but again, I think it probably doesn't make sense. I already made arrangements to make two trips, just means an extra weekend/long awkward car ride with the FIL.
I'm going to amend my intial don't comment based on 2 things.
First being the wheelbase, I had in my head the JLUs were like 108" or so not the 118" that they are, that makes me a little more satisfied with them from a wheelbase stand point.
Second being if you were buying a trailer that was of reasonable weight, not the 2k lbs Uhaul thing. And that trailer had its own brakes and you could properly set everything up with load leveling etc then I'd maybe say you could safely tow 5k range with the JLU.
But the second part comes with that this would just be a terrible investment for most people. If you planned to tow enough to warrant your own trailer then the right tool for the job makes sense and you'd have another vehicle that can handle the 5k+lbs no problem.
Another factor for the JLU is that it seems the payload is 850 lbs. If you had the 5k lbs trailer setup with a 10% tongue weight then you'd have 350lbs left. I'm not sure if that 350lbs is with or without hard top, and it seemed to be on a stripper model too. So once you add in full doors, hard top, bunch of power accessories, you suddenly might be down to you better weigh under 200lbs or you are maxing out the payload.
Since insurance always comes up in every one of these threads.. INSURANCE COVERS DUMB AND ILLEGAL STUFF... This is not a suggestion to do dumb or illegal things nor am I condoning it. But just because your vehicle is rated for 3500lbs and you town 5000lbs does not mean the insurance company gets to just say F off.
If you run a stop sign and hit someone.. you did something illegal insurance covers it..
If you ran a stop sign while texting and hit someone...you did something illegal insurance covers it..
If you ran a stop sign drunk while texting and hit someone...you did something illegal insurance covers it..
If you ran a stop sign drunk while texting running from the cops and hit someone...you did something illegal insurance covers it..
If you ran a stop sign drunk while texting running from the cops in a stolen car and hit someone...you did something illegal insurance (assuming you are named on a policy somewhere) covers it..
If you ran a stop sign drunk while texting running from the cops in a stolen car with an overweight trailer and hit someone...you did something illegal insurance (assuming you are named on a policy somewhere) covers it.. The trailer doesn't suddenly invalidate your insurance coverage..
No, and for three reasons:
-I need dry storage more than I need wet/open storage; I carry more luggage than mulch
-My Wrangler JUST fits in my garage now with the workbench and stuff in front of it, any more length and it's a no-go. Got like 6" of error margin here (TWSS). This is important because sometimes I like to leave the doors off for the weekend or for a few days and don't want it covered in dew or spiders outside.
-Crappy breakover angle on the Gladiator and now that I'm a wannabe offroader....