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Hey guys, I looked at a JK on the weekend and I like it and so did the missus and kids but I'm just curious how the tow? I looked at the petrol one but it only has a 2 ton towing limit. I tore a lifestyle breakaway camper that is about 1600-1700kg loaded, anyone tow that suit of weight or more with a petrol JK?
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Wouldn't do it personally on a 3.8.

The diesel and or 3.6 would be fine as long as your weights are accurate and you don't mind airbags or stiffer springs in the rear.


My camper trailer is about 1200kgs and I wouldn't want to tow anymore weight, (3.6 auto with 35 inch tyres).
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Recently spent 2 weeks towing a jayco camper with my crd, the ass end sagged a bit next time I'd use a mchitch weight distribution hitch. But the crd towed it no problems
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I had a 3.6 JKU and towed a jayco swan. Easily had enough power however it was a manual and the tall first gear and hill starts were woefully painful, with a nice ambient aroma to enhance the feeling. I would head towards an auto if you really want a JK. Alternatively a diesel Grand Cherokee and you will forget that you have attached a jayco swan behind you, just won't be in the cool kids club anymore.

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You don't mention what motor you are looking at.

I totally agree with SnakeDoctor, I wouldn't want to be towing that kind of weight with the 3.8L. It would do it but it would be working pretty hard at the slightest hill.

I currently tow around a 1000kg camper with my 3.8L and would be comfortable at the 1200kg mark but no more.

The 3.6L wouldn't have an issue though with the kind of weight you are talking about.
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I tow a 2200kg boat and trailer occasionally in an 07 3.8l Unlimited Rubicon manual. It's certainly not a land cruiser or f250 but with the lower diff ratios it handles that fine, don't think I'd like to try it with 3.21 diffs though
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I have a 2009 CRD manual on 35's and regaeard to suit (otherwise forget about taking off in 1st or reversing with that weight) and tow my track car occasionally. Fully loaded the trailer weighs 2.5t if not a little more. Its not fast but it gets the job done surprisingly well. Once up to speed, the CRD just sits there.

My longest trip with the trailer was 1,200km round trip, the JK itself was fully loaded as well with luggage/camping gear for my wife and family. Average speed was 105kmh, did plenty of overtaking too (passing all the Hiluxes etc struggling to tow their track cars). No overheating, ambient temp was around 30 degrees. Had AC on most of the way. Fuel consumption was 17L/100kmh. I do not recommend what I did in regards to load and avg speed, just saying what it did. Anything less would be piece of cake.
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