What do I need to tow my Jeep?

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GM, I am looking for advice on towing my jeep behind my truck. My Jeep unfortunately came with the barricade tube bumpers. What equipment would I need to hitch the Jeep to my truck. I also assume I would need some electrical for brakes lights and such. Thanks.
 

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Enjoy!
 

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This is my setup. Roadmaster towbar with adaptors to connect to the D-ring eyelets, Stay-in-Plug auxiliary braking system, diode connected tail lights, 6-pin connector for lights, braking system and power to the Jeep. I‘ve got about 10k Miles on this setup now.

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You can get mount brackets that bolt to the Jeep's frame to mount the tow bar. Adjustable tow bars are super convenient, but cost more. Look at your local CL for used units for sale. I found a Falcon 2 setup specific for a TJ on CL for $350. Also snagged a Brake Buddy for $300.
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I have since ditched the frame mounted brackets for adapters for my d-ring mounts on my bumper. With your tube bumper, that probably isn't an option.


Hopkins makes a plug-n-play setup for your brake lights.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009SIO9Q6/?tag=wranglerorg-20
 

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Why isn't anyone asking what kind of truck, why tow the TJ along with how often and how far will it be towed?

Yes that is multiple questions in one.

A trailer may be the most needed depending on the answers.
 

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To bad your not near Seattle, I have this setup. I moved to a newer solution and need to sell the old one
 

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Why isn't anyone asking what kind of truck, why tow the TJ along with how often and how far will it be towed?

Yes that is multiple questions in one.

A trailer may be the most needed depending on the answers.
Yeah, a trailer is always an option to consider. I think the biggest concern for folks is the space required to store it. But, if you can swing it you have more room for other toys (coolers, bikes, etc..) plus you have a trailer to carry other stuff should the need arise. I have a 16' car hauler, fits the TJ perfectly and has plenty of room for extras when we go on trips.
 

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I just picked up a Stay-In-Play DUO SMI Tow Vehicle Braking System. Getting that installed is my quarentine project. Then I'll tow it, with the jet ski, to my brother's place in the summer.
 

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There are two things you'll probably want to get that are not included with the Stay-in-Play Duo kit. First, there needs to be a relay added to the Jeep's brake light circuit. As I recall it is to prevent the Jeep from disabling the turn signals when braking. Second, you probably should add a power connection between the tow vehicle and the Jeep. The auxiliary braking system uses power and will eventually drain the battery on the Jeep. There are cheap kits available from Roadmaster to do both of these things. The brake relay kit is RM-88400 and the charge line kit is RM-156-25.

I should add that the brake relay might not be needed if you are not going to wire up your tail lights and use removable lights instead. But it is going to get messy because you'll need to wire the tow vehicle's turn and brake light lines to the Stay-in-Play controller and also to the removable lights. IMHO it is a whole lot better if you wire up your tail lights. It is very simple with the plug-N-play kit noted before (Hopkins Towing Systems 56202) that has the connectors, diodes and wires all assembled as a package.
 
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There are 3 things to consider. The tow bar, the braking system, and the lights.

I use the ReadyBrute Elite tow bar. You will also probably want to use a baseplate to connect the tow bar to your jeep. I have an aftermarket bumper on my jeep so I used brackets that bolt to the face of the bumper.

The ReadyBrute tow bar activates the jeep brakes via cables and a surge braking component. It is simple and it works. They also have a cable for emergency braking in the event of a breakaway. I believe the cables come with a new tow bar.

For brake lights, turn signals, and running lights, I use lights with a magnetic base that connect wireless to a transmitter that plugs into the trailer plug at the rear of my motorhome.