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Does low range increase towing capacity?

 

I am going into the Black Rock / High Rock desert with a friend who has a Wrangler with 3,000 lb towing capacity. My LR4 is nearing 6,000 lbs with full camping load. Can the Jeep tow the Rover out to near pavement if it stays in low range and 2nd or 3rd gear? 

 

The Rover's 7,000 lb towing capacity would have no problem towing the Jeep out (under 4,000 lbs).



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Yes! but your Jeep friend is going to have to carry a welder/transfer case/halfshafts/ u-joints/ driveshafts/coolant etc. etc.

 

You should be fine in the Rover with it's fantastic traction.


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 Can the Jeep tow the Rover out to near pavement if it stays in low range and 2nd or 3rd gear? 

 

The Rover's 7,000 lb towing capacity would have no problem towing the Jeep out (under 4,000 lbs).

 

"...Jeep towing Rover... "  Hahaha   Oh So good.. Happy Monday, that's a good one!  hahahaha....

 

 

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As long as your going slow and not trying to tow over large rocks or a really gnarly trail or steep incline you should be fine.  Winch over the tough stuff and take the easy way out and i wouldn't hesitate to do it.  


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As long as your going slow and not trying to tow over large rocks or a really gnarly trail or steep incline you should be fine.  Winch over the tough stuff and take the easy way out and i wouldn't hesitate to do it.  

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Typically the tow capacity rating doesn't change much in low vs high because it's based on more than just power. Stuff like axle weight ratings, strength of tow hitch, weight carrying capacity of the hitch, and - oh yeah - brakes. ;)

Flat towing a vehicle is different from carrying weight of a trailer, though, and I wouldn't be worried about exceeding the tow rating by a fair margin for flat towing in low range.

Like Fuller said above, though, winch over big obstacles. Don't try to yank across some big rock or you could yank the tow points off either vehicle. And a kinetic strap would be beneficial for small/moderate obstacles.

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<kill joy>

 

;-)

I didn't say i wouldn't be embarrassed to do it...


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Typically the tow capacity rating doesn't change much in low vs high because it's based on more than just power. Stuff like axle weight ratings, strength of tow hitch, weight carrying capacity of the hitch, and - oh yeah - brakes. ;)

Flat towing a vehicle is different from carrying weight of a trailer, though, and I wouldn't be worried about exceeding the tow rating by a fair margin for flat towing in low range.

Like Fuller said above, though, winch over big obstacles. Don't try to yank across some big rock or you could yank the tow points off either vehicle. And a kinetic strap would be beneficial for small/moderate obstacles.

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Totally agree.  For flat towing on a trail yes I'd use low in the Jeep to make it easier on his trans but I wouldn't think twice about the towing limit as that's a very different thing than towing a rig on-trail.  

 

Now would I tow the Rover down I80 with a Jeep?  Er...not so much.


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Thanks folks. That is more or less what I suspected. The details are useful, or might be if my friend would take the risk. He sounds reluctant. I can't blame him. But I'll pass your comments on to him.



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I find peer pressure is highly effective.  I suggest pointing at him and making chicken sounds.


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You know, Jeep people can get sensitive about things like clucking sounds.


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