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    Gladiator Tow Thread

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    Jeep Marketing is working its magic on me! My wife and I are about 8 years out from retiring. Since we will be retiring early at age 57/58 we will not have jobs of any kind in order to pull funds from our retirement accounts, penalty free.

    Our plan is to purchase a rig, I hope similar to what is pictured above. The Truck would be a Sport S:

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    Options related to towing, safety and cargo management:
    - Max Tow Package

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    - 3.6 Pentastar
    - Auto Transmission
    - Blind Spot Sensors
    - Tonneau Cover
    - Bed Liner
    - Trail Rail System
    - Aux Switches
    - 7Ē Radio (for backup camera)

    I hope the Max Tow Package includes this:

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    The Airstream will be a 27í at 7,600 GVWR:

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    Or the sightly smaller 25í at 7,300 GVWR:

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    Or we could go even a bit smaller with a 23í at 6,300 GVWR:

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    At the end of the day, we will get the Gladiator, because we both love exploring and want the ability to remove the top and doors while doing so. Iím really not interested in a different tow vehicle, so we will size the trailer to the truck getting the largest possible while still having some sort of confidence or safety margin.

    That brings me to the reason for creating this thread. I hope to hear about your Gladiator towing experiences to help me make the best possible decisions. Please include the following information with your comments:

    - Gladiator Details (ie Max Tow Package, etc. )
    - Tow Weight
    - Tongue Weight
    - If Load Distribution Bars were used
    - If Sway Bars were used
    - If Brake Controller was used
    - Ascents/Descents and Grade
    - Additional Gladiator Upgrades you Have or Recommend.

    Thank you in advance for your insight!

    Chris
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    Sport S for $50k?! No way. The Rubicon Iíve priced is $54.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    Sport S for $50k?! No way. The Rubicon Iíve priced is $54.


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    Meaning thatís expensive? It has more options that I didnít list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sipafz View Post
    Meaning thatís expensive? It has more options that I didnít list.
    Yes. Super expensive. Donít they start at like $36? I would be buying a Rubicon for sure if I was spending that kind of money.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    Yes. Super expensive. Donít they start at like $36? I would be buying a Rubicon for sure if I was spending that kind of money.


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    The Towing capacity for the Rubicon is less than the Sport S with the Max Tow Package by 650lbs. Max Tow is not an option with the Rubicon.

    I hear what youíre saying and I would like nothing more than to get the Rubicon model and I would, but my reality is I need to balance the truck capability with maximum trailer size so I can get a close as possible to having the best of both worlds.

    Saying all that, the future may hold aftermarket options to increase tow capacity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sipafz View Post
    Meaning thatís expensive? It has more options that I didnít list.
    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    Yes. Super expensive. Donít they start at like $36? I would be buying a Rubicon for sure if I was spending that kind of money.


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    I'd have to look at ours again but I think we were at 39,900 (3% under invoice) not including tax. Sport S with max tow, cold weather group, and aux switches. I don't think we added anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    I'd have to look at ours again but I think we were at 39,900 (3% under invoice) not including tax. Sport S with max tow, cold weather group, and aux switches. I don't think we added anything else.
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    Gladiator Sport $33,545
    ďSĒ Option $3,200
    Side Steps $650
    Freedom Top $1,195
    Tonneau Cover $495
    Spray in Bedliner $495
    Sirius XM $295 (packaged)
    Alpine Speakers $1,295
    Slush Mats $165
    7Ē Radio $995
    Max Tow $995
    Convenience Group $395 (packaged)
    Cold Weather Group $995
    Active Safety Group $995
    Aux Switches $295
    Trail Rail System $895
    Automatic Transmission $2,000

    Total = 50,145 or so

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    Sounds awesome and fun to plan for the future like this. I can't speak for towing with a Gladiator or at least, not as of yet but when it comes to towing in general, I always find that it's nice to have a rig that is capable of towing considerably MORE than what you'd be pulling. But, that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Sounds awesome and fun to plan for the future like this. I can't speak for towing with a Gladiator or at least, not as of yet but when it comes to towing in general, I always find that it's nice to have a rig that is capable of towing considerably MORE than what you'd be pulling. But, that's just me.
    I hope we can get some combination of this to work. Shooting for the best of both worlds. The smaller trailer might be the way to go.

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    The lightest trailer is still heavier than the GVWR rating of the Jeep.

    Honestly I think a Jeep is too small and underpowered for trailer life. But I understand the draw. I also would love one for all the same reasons you said.
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