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Old 02-18-2010, 11:36 AM
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Default Flat towing with 1500 question - yes I did a search.

I did a search of the forum looking for an answer, but didn't find it. So here it goes.

I have a 08 Ram 1500 QC (short bed) 4x4 w/4.7 gasser, 3.92 gearing, 20" wheel package, 4 wheel disc brakes.
I have an 00 jeep cherokee that I would like to flat tow behind my Ram (jeep is approx. 3k-4k pounds). Since I am flat towing it, I know the truck can pull it, but do I need to add weight over the rear axle to help "steer" the towed jeep?
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here is an article about towing jeeps
http://www.best-jeep-guide.com/towing-a-jeep.html
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here is an article about towing jeeps
http://www.best-jeep-guide.com/towing-a-jeep.html
Thanks, but my questions aren't with what needs to be done to the jeep (I got that covered).
My questions concern the truck towing them. Like is there enough weight over the rear axle to help prevent the "towed vehicle" from pushing it in turns? This will only be about a 3 hour round trip, and it will mostly be flat ground.

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hello and welcome, try asking the dealer some dealers can help with that
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You'll be fine. I have never had a problem towing a vehicle with a pickup...
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You want about 15% of the weight on the trailer to rest on the hitch, and the rest to be carried by the axles of the trailer, assuming it's a tandem axle trailer.
You just don't want to have the weight so far forward that it lifts the front wheels of the truck, or so far to the back that it lifts the back wheels. No it probably won't literally lift them off the ground, but could take away enough traction that you have problems where trying to turn at speed when the front of the truck is light, or brake at speed when the back is light (if the trailer doesn't have brakes).
Hope that helps a little.
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ltdan , he mentioned that he was going to flat tow his jeep, that is where the towed vehicles tires are on the road, not on a dolly or trailer

many people don't know what a flat tow is, so i thought that i would clear that up
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Oh ha, guess I should brush up on my reading skillz.
I've only ever flat towed a vehicle once, so I can't help you too much there.
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Just match the hitch ball and trailer hitch socket height and you should be good. If you want to add weight, do it before you match the ball and socket height.

Oh, and don't practice your race driving techniques such as trying to clip an apex while towing.
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i wouldn't just start haulin the damn thing and have fun doin it.
how far u takin it?
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