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440brew 02-19-2012 02:54 PM

Tow with a Jeep?
Anyone know the weight of a 89 prostar 190. I read somewhere they are 2200 lbs! does this include the trailer?

Also anyone tow their prostar with a 3.8 liter v6 jeep?

Spork 02-19-2012 03:18 PM

2200 lbs is the boat only and dry off fuel, the trailer is probably another 1000 lbs. don't know which jeep you have but a wrangler has only 1000 lbs tow capacity and cherokees are around 3500 lbs your pushing the limits imo.

jhall0711 02-19-2012 03:46 PM

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Older Cherokee's with 4.0L rated to 5K.... Obviously you didnt specify year and model... Must be newer as you say it is 3.8L... I have seen some people tow with Wranglers, but the wheel base makes it a very bad idea IMHO... Meanwhile, my Cherokee actually does rather well with my 89 PS and I used to tow a much heavier Supra with it.

440brew 02-19-2012 04:56 PM

yes, I was looking at a newer jeep that is four door so long wheel base than the standard wrangler.

they are a 3.6 rated a 285 hp.

Spork 02-19-2012 05:24 PM


Originally Posted by 440brew (Post 817261)
yes, I was looking at a newer jeep that is four door so long wheel base than the standard wrangler.

they are a 3.6 rated a 285 hp.

2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited allows you to conquer any terrain, but it also has a healthy 3,500-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped. I still think you'll be at the upper limits of safety...

mikeg205 02-19-2012 05:31 PM

Friend tows a '97 205 with a 2011 wrangler... but he only goes about a mile... it was really creepy when the first time when the boat pulled the wrangler 6 inches down the boat ramp... IT was like OMG we are going to have one of those stupid you tube scenario's. Needless to say, we still do it, albeit gingerly, 4 wheel drive and no motoring up to the boat buddy.

Me personally, 2002 E150 conversion van - 2 wheel drive, never have a problem - always keep a bag of sand in case of algae on the ramp.

My '95 is 3300+ lbs on the trailer... with surge brakes and my van with HD towing package, I still feel it. I am rated at 11K for both Vehicle and tow... and I am just under... Drive like a granny, take no chances.

Going over capacity is not cheap and is illegal. If you choose to go under rated please sell MC and get a brand x boat.

Gravy 02-19-2012 07:15 PM

any Grand Cherokee model will tow it fine.

sleeporbutter 02-19-2012 09:18 PM

Ask this guy his opinion,
The video has real potential for disaster, but all's well that ends well I guess...

Sullivan 02-19-2012 09:25 PM

No problem! That new Wrangler four door will do great.

oldairboater 02-19-2012 10:44 PM

It isn't the towing that I have the problem with. It is the stopping. I have had jeeps pushed around by the boats when things go south. I would not tow my boat with my jeep. I use a F250 for my towing needs and if I need to routinely tow something bigger than what I have. I will get a bigger truck. Yes, you can get away with it since most trailers have brakes and the towing capacity is high enough. Lose brakes on the trailer or encounter bad road conditions and things can get interesting. Who knows you may never have a problem.

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