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    Towing a Jeep Wrangler

    Hello All,

    So I'm thinking I want to be able to tow my 2014 2D Sport behind my 2013 Ford Explorer. I believe the Explorer's tow package can handle up to 5k lbs. My question is what do I need to buy in order to make this happen. It will save a lot of headaches on trips if I can drive with my wife and tow the Wrangler, instead of us driving seperately.

    I've read this:
    http://www.quadratec.com/jeep_knowle...rticle-145.htm

    I need this to tow the jeep:
    http://www.quadratec.com/products/92012_22_07.htm


    So what else do I need? do I need to change the bumper? My jeep is all stock atm.

    I appreciate all the additional information you guys and gals have.

    Thanks.
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    I would start with a load distributing hitch, electric brake controller, and trans cooler. Other than, you'd probably b ok. But you will be at the limits of the rating if not over depending on the trailer and if your towing that much, the explorer will b happy for only do long

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    Flat towing, with a type bar would probably be a better solution

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    When I bought our Explorer, we got the full tow kit for the best towing experience, or at least that's what they said when selling us that upgrade. it has some sway control too. its a 3.5L V6 w/o ecoboost.

    http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/g...t_explorer.pdf

    here is the stats on the truck.


    I don't know a lot about different style hitches, but this pdf does say I should have a weight-distributed hitch.
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    yeah, if u got their tow package, your hitch will b fine, and ur teams coming should b fine too. A weight distributing hitch simply slides into the receiver tube and has 2 extra bars that chain to the tongue off the trailer to help fight over excessive tongue weight.

    I would also consider a good brake controller as braking becomes an issue when u got a load

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    I may be getting an Explorer or something similar once the Jeep is paid off. Possibly an F150.

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    I tow my jeep all the time. Although flat towing is the easiest way, I trailer mine. My 4 door weighs about 6000lbs and my trailer weighs another 1800. My f150 Eco boost tows it with no problem on a standard hitch. Not sure if you are planing on using a trailer or flat towing, I can't get your links to work on my phone. I see no problem flat towing it but I would think a weight distribution hitch would help with trailer ing it.

    I will tell you that being stuck 250 miles from home with a broken jeep that you cannot flat tow home sucks, that's why I prefer to trailer it
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    you can go to any RV center or U-Haul and they will help you select a proper tow bar, you don't need to change your bumper, kits come with all necessary hardware.

    read your owners manual on how to prep the Jeep for proper towing so no damage occurs to the drivetrain, depending on manual or automatic there is a very specific set of steps you need to follow.

    Also seen some put a windshield protector on the Jeep to stop rock chip damage.

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    Doplar, are you going to flat tow the Jeep or trailer it?

    For flat towing the tow bar you linked will work, you will need a brake controller on the Explorer and an electric brake device on the Jeep, and tow lights.

    For trailer towing you will need the weight distribution hitch, a brake controller in the Ford, and a trailer with electric brakes. Or surge brakes but to me electric work better and won't give you fits while backing up.

    Check out Camping World for the brake device for the Jeep, they have all kinds.
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    I use a sterling when towing mine like in this link http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...r-6-wire/31327

    I wouldn't say that you HAVE to get this good of a bar, but just like any other type of parts...you get what you pay for. If you are not in a hurry, I would go onto RV forums and look at their for sale sections for a bar like sterling, blue ox or roadmaster. All great bars and will serve you well.

    Other than that, a brake assist system will definitely help and in some states REQUIRED when towing a vehicle. Just check the local laws for towing wherever your going.

    Lastly you WILL need a set of brake lights to tow. You can either go to uhaul or camping world and pay for them to hard wire a plug that makes your factory lights work when towing(expensive) or do what I did and buy a set of cheapo $10-$20 magnetic lights from amazon and just place a thin towel between it and the body of the jeep to prevent scratching.
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