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    Brad- thank you so much for the offer, I've already ordered one. Great offer, you're awesome.

    Thanks for your 2 cents, everyone! I asked for advice, not puppies and kittens.

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    We're at about the same place in 1st, and I have no idea how it will translate yet. If I do regear I'm going 456, but that's another thread. I share some of your concerns, but the check is written. it's within specs and I'm not going over 50 mph. and carefully at that. Time will tell!


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    You should be fine. As always with travel check over your stuff. And that goes both way trailer or not.

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    gm4x4lover previously posted:
    "90% of this post is wrong and please don't listen to it. I am not going to pick it apart piece by piece but I do agree with the thought of 3.73's aren't geared low enough. It's not a safety issue so that's something you will learn through trial and error. Beyond that enjoy your camper and don't let your camper scare the cap out of you. Towing is simple and easy. It's not something that needs to be over thought."

    So pick it apart. I deal with DOT every day....if this is so wrong pick it apart.
    this is all saftey and legal issue for towing.
    With the things the DOT has changed in the last 2 years that 90% of the people out there dont know.
    sure go ahead pick it apart.
    show me what you think you know.

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    I would look to upgrade your brakes in the Jeep if they have not been done already. Leave a little extra room because the trailer brakes do not stop it, in fact all they do is a little assist to prevent back end from passing you under heavy braking. Some people try to apply too much pressure through brake controller which locks wheels in heavy braking and ruins trailer brakes that aren't designed for as much use as a vehicle pad. As was mentioned previously load the weight into the front otherwise under braking it will attempt to lift rear of vehicle. Typically vehicles using a WDH have an increased tow capacity (hitch rating anyway). For my Cherokee hitch it is increased by 1000 lbs to 6K. Again that is hitch rating, I would not tow 6K in my Cherokee over a pass. Get mirror extensions, you want to be able to see around the trailer and not be a hazard on the road. Have fun getting to know your trailer, might be a little skittish at first but within a few trips you'll feel like a pro. I think you will find this trailer a little big for your truck but it will depend on your driving style. I can possibly help you with installing the brake controller and correct plug if you need. Uhaul has a few you tube videos for trailer safety.
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    Thanks Cliff! I'm looking at an EBC kit in another window now. I have an A/C question- the cooling fins on the A/C were hail damaged, they are all flattened but still there and Chris says it all works. Is there a good fix? I can post a pic later, but basically the shroud is gone and the radiator looking thing got nailed.

    There is a question in the LJ community about towing- the LJ is longer and heavier than an XJ, but with a lower tow rating. I'm not an engineer, can't answer it myself, but here are some stats from this page http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/wh...uch-xj-381986/ :

    Now let's compare the towing variables of my 2004 LJ to a 2002 XJ:


    • Engine - both have 4.0L (tie)
    • Transmission - both have 4-speed automatic (tie)
    • Wheelbase - LJ is 2" longer (advantage LJ)
    • Curb weight - LJ is 366 lbs. heavier (advantage LJ)
    • Limited slip - LJ yes, XJ no (advantage LJ)
    • Brakes - LJ has 4-wheel disc, does the XJ?? (advantage LJ??)
    • Towing capacity - LJ is 3,500 lbs. XJ is 5,000 lbs. WTF???

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    Is the towing specs listed by jeep exactly the same for the TJ as it is the lj?

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    Paul previously posted:
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    Now let's compare the towing variables of my 2004 LJ to a 2002 XJ:


    • Engine - both have 4.0L (tie)
    • Transmission - both have 4-speed automatic (tie)
    • Wheelbase - LJ is 2" longer (advantage LJ)
    • Curb weight - LJ is 366 lbs. heavier (advantage LJ)
    • Limited slip - LJ yes, XJ no (advantage LJ)
    • Brakes - LJ has 4-wheel disc, does the XJ?? (advantage LJ??)
    • Towing capacity - LJ is 3,500 lbs. XJ is 5,000 lbs. WTF???
    "

    There was no 2002 XJ. Last year for the XJ Cherokee was 2001. Could they be talking about a different model or a non US version?

    Only other difference I can think of is that the XJ has a leaf spring rear end vs. links & coils on the LJ.

    The is no way I would have ever put 5k behind my old XJ. The stock brakes sucked bad enough with just 33" tires.

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    Paul previously posted:
    "I have an A/C question- the cooling fins on the A/C were hail damaged, they are all flattened but still there and Chris says it all works. Is there a good fix?"

    Happened on mine and i just spent an hour on the roof with a radiator comb and did the best I could...Worked fine after that...I found a used plastic cover for it at an RV junk yard up in Commerce City
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    Fin comb....and a ton of time.
    a good cover for when its stored is a great idea.

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    gm4x4lover previously posted:
    "Is the towing specs listed by jeep exactly the same for the TJ as it is the lj?"

    no, TJ 2000 lbs, LJ 3500, I'd guess purely based on wheelbase.

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    got a fin comb coming from amazon, along with 3 roof vents- two are shot, hail damage, and as it turns out I can put a vent right into the A/C hole; I'm going to remove the A/C, I doubt I'd ever use it anyway, and keep it in my garage for the next owner, or whatever.



    but this is the real big deal that I'm facing, the back of the floor is rotted out in an area just under 40" x 60". I considered putting a patch over it, but whether I keep this for 5 years or sell it next week I'd like to do the right job. The steel frame is solid, it's just OSB and 2x4s. I've done this job twice on boats, once the bad is cut out it's not too tough at all. This guy has a good write up:

    http://www.corgifan.com/trailerrepair/

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    what about that goofy plastic a/c storage cover ?? has anybody used that while traveling NOT just in storage ? my camper a/c is in the rear i use a storage cover (plastic blanket) but i'm always over cautious worrying about the a/c never done anything yet knock on wood ... as for that gearing i believe somebody posted 4.10-4.56 that is great gearing .. IMO i tend to go deeper just to take the strain off the drive line . 2 examples then i'll get off my soap box, 2000 GMC k1500 suburban 33x12.50x16 automatic tranny 4.56 gears yes we tow and drive the hell out of it 240000 miles all original drive line - 70 MPH 1900RPM still gets 18-20 on road. 1988 GMC 2500 suburban 39x16x16 4.88 gears 5spd manual yep it tows too (my daily driver) plus we tow camper on trails gets 13 70MPH 2500RPM whether running,off,loaded,empty same same BEST OF LUCK HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAILS..

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