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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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    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 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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    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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    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 HighwayTrout View Post
    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.
    I agree. Tow vehicles need to be min 3/4 ton w/ V8s. Not saying a Jeep wonít do it... but I think youíll kill it sooner than later. An offroad trailer like Brutes is the most Iíd be willing to tow with a Jeep, on a regular basis. It will be interesting to see how far these Gladiators get pushed to their towing limit... and how they hold up.

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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 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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    Quote Originally Posted by HighwayTrout View Post
    The lightest trailer is still heavier than the GVWR rating of the Jeep.
    The Max Tow Capacity is 7,650 which is more than the GVWR of 6,250. Iím admittedly not a towing expert so what are you saying? Should the tow load be less than the GVWR? If so, why isnít the tow capacity the same as the GVWR?

    Quote Originally Posted by TrailHunter View Post
    I agree. Tow vehicles need to be min 3/4 ton w/ V8s. Not saying a Jeep wonít do it... but I think youíll kill it sooner than later. An offroad trailer like Brutes is the most Iíd be willing to tow with a Jeep, on a regular basis. It will be interesting to see how far these Gladiators get pushed to their towing limit... and how they hold up.
    I guess thatís what a drivetrain warranty is for?

    I get what you are saying, Iím just not interested in a full size truck. Then again, maybe Iíll trade the Jeep in after a month if itís that bad.

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