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    Knows a Thing or Two RockinAZJK's Avatar
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    Anyone towing with a 1/2 ton?

    I have an 01 dodge 1500 with the 5.9 that I'm considering using to tow my 08jku on short road trips (1-3hrs). I've flat towed some 2drs short distances and it did just fine power wise, actually needed more weight on the back end (broke my rear tires loose a couple times). Now I'm looking to put my 4dr on a lightweight trailer and looking for some experience or input.

    Yes, I already am planning on weight dist hitch w/ sway bars, trailer brake controller and bigger trans cooler if I decide to go for it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinAZJK View Post
    I have an 01 dodge 1500 with the 5.9 that I'm considering using to tow my 08jku on short road trips (1-3hrs). I've flat towed some 2drs short distances and it did just fine power wise, actually needed more weight on the back end (broke my rear tires loose a couple times). Now I'm looking to put my 4dr on a lightweight trailer and looking for some experience or input.

    Yes, I already am planning on weight dist hitch w/ sway bars, trailer brake controller and bigger trans cooler if I decide to go for it.


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    With the hitch set up and trailer brakes, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a try. I'm sure opinions will differ, but I'm pretty sure it will move it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by notnalc68 View Post
    With the hitch set up and trailer brakes, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a try. I'm sure opinions will differ, but I'm pretty sure it will move it.


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    Oh I know it will move it. I guess my main concern is for how long and what people's problems have been.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinAZJK View Post
    Oh I know it will move it. I guess my main concern is for how long and what people's problems have been.


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    I have a friend that tows her jeep with a 1/2ton dodge, into the sierras about 4 hours drive. Her only complaint that I've heard is some struggle on the long up hill pulls.


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    Quote Originally Posted by black pearl View Post
    I have a friend that tows her jeep with a 1/2ton dodge, into the sierras about 4 hours drive. Her only complaint that I've heard is some struggle on the long up hill pulls.


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    The hills I already know are going to be the worst part. I live in Flagstaff and frequent Phoenix and there are a couple long, steep hills that I'm concerned about


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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinAZJK View Post
    The hills I already know are going to be the worst part. I live in Flagstaff and frequent Phoenix and there are a couple long, steep hills that I'm concerned about


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    I've done some stupid heavy steel loads on a fifth wheel trailer with my 65 1/2 ton chevy. It didn't always like it but always pulled through my friends joke a say I think I own a semi, the way I load trailers. I've since upgraded to 1 ton running gear, so now I think I'm unstoppable 🤣🤣


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    Quote Originally Posted by RockinAZJK View Post
    The hills I already know are going to be the worst part. I live in Flagstaff and frequent Phoenix and there are a couple long, steep hills that I'm concerned about


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    IDK how your pickup is set up. Years ago, I had to install a transmission cooler on a half ton my dad had. He pulled a small fifth wheel with it, for about ten years, finally buying a Chevy 2500.


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    lol I've considered throwing tons and a trans from the same year 2500 then realized if I put that much $ into it I might as well buy a 3/4 ton


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    Quote Originally Posted by notnalc68 View Post
    IDK how your pickup is set up. Years ago, I had to install a transmission cooler on a half ton my dad had. He pulled a small fifth wheel with it, for about ten years, finally buying a Chevy 2500.


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    I have one but I plan to install a larger one and possibly a temp gauge...


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    I think you will be good to go with a trans cooler. I hauled my old 18ft camp trailer to the oregon coast and eastern oregon hunting with my 72 jeep truck with no problems.

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