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« on: April 04, 2011, 02:46:58 pm »

Sometime this year I plan on buying a vehicle to tow behind my pc.  I've noticed a lot of references to Jeep Liberty as toads in this forum.  I know there are a lot of variables and personal preferences, but I would be interested in hearing why so many have chosen the Jeep. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2011, 04:13:05 pm »

We got the Jeep Liberty because in the 4 wheel drive version, it is simple to go from driving to towing it, you have to put the transfer case into the "N" position (about 5 steps to do this). You do not have to pull any fuses. No limit on how far you can tow or how fast. It is lighter than the larger Jeeps, about 3400 lbs. You can go off roading or to the shopping mall. The rear doors make it easy to take another couple along with you and still have plenty of room for all the shopping goodies the DWs like to buy. A buddy of mine has the Jeep wrangler, another fine toad, but getting in and out of the back is a real pain for the women. He has to carry a small step to set outside for them and they have to back out onto this step. Not the best setup.

And most important is that "It is a Jeep thing."  ThumbsUp
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011, 05:29:56 pm »

What Tom Says!

That and my wife thinks her 2006 Jeep Liberty is "The Cutest Thing".

It does seem to make a good everyday use vehicle, not just for vacationing/towing.  My wife would agree that Jeep could have done better with interior design for bigger storgae compartments like in the center console for example.  Maybe the make-over in introduced in 2008 is better, but we would not know.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2011, 01:22:54 pm »

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I agree withTom.  Ours is a 2005 liberty with a diesel engine that I bought new in 05.  I originally bought it because I wanted the diesel engine. I get about 30 miles to the gallon.  It was just pure luck on my part that I could tow it. It is about 400 lbs heavier than the gas jobs.  I tell you that towing it is a dream.  I dont even know it is back there.  I also have not put anti sway or trac bars on yet. I can put the back seats down and have plenty of room to carry stuff.  I can use the back hitch to tow  or cary bikes.  The four wheel drive is the real thing and not that silly awd system that most auto manufacturers tout which comes in handy in NE PA for snow or driving on muddy fields.  Most every mechanic can service a Jeep, even in the back woods country. Can't say that for Honda's or some other foreign cars.  I will say that my wife just purchased a mini cooper convertible and I partially considered transferring the tow system to that, but as I yet I have not.  Last but not least, It is a Jeep thing.

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2011, 09:53:52 pm »

Thanks for your comments.  Jeep is one of the vehicles I'm considering, and your info helps.  My wife keeps pushing for the Jeep, too.  No pressure there...
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2011, 09:30:30 pm »

Found a good deal on a 2005 Jeep Wrangler that I couldn't refuse.  Now have to get tow bar, base plate, wiring and brake.  Any recommendations for the tow bar?  I've noticed several good comments for the Blue Ox.  Hopefully, I'll be able to do the installation myself.
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 07:33:50 am »

I use a Blue Ox tow bar that I got in 2004. My friend likes the Roadmaster bar. Both of us have been happy with our bars, but I will say his is a lot lighter to carry and put in the reciver than mine. Just make sure you get one that can handle 5000 lbs.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 04:17:42 pm »

I have used a Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar for 3 years and it has performed flawlessly.  Also, Blue Ox stands behind their product.  The Aladdin tow bars are going to be rated at 7,500lbs on those that ship after 1/1/11.

Another thing to consider is if you want to store the tow bar on the back of your PC or on the front of your jeep when not in use.

All the major bands should perform well.

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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 06:18:47 pm »

We have a Roadmaster Falcon-II tow bar.  It folds and stores easy as seen here.  It also folds more compact, collapsing the triangle, then folded horizontally, though I've never did that as I never had a need to do so.  I also like it's ease of hooking to the tow because the tow bar expands and contracts to help in aligning it to the tow vehicle.  Once latched, I roll or dirve the tow backwards to lock the bar in the extended position, then do all the cables and wire harness at that point.

Tow bar shown collapsed, folded & latched vertically.


Shown hooked up to my previous tow vehicle with bar fully extended, ready to leave.
My new tow Jeep Liberty looks exactly the same except my wire cable today is thicker and coily with more wires for the braking system I use, a Unified by US Gear.


I know nothing about the Blue Ox.  Maybe it has the same types of features.
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 06:20:57 pm »

Geeeez Ron, that tow bar almost looks as bad as a ladder? rolling on the floor rolling on the floor rolling on the floor rolling on the floor
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2011, 06:23:33 pm »

Geeeez Ron, that tow bar almost looks as bad as a ladder? rolling on the floor rolling on the floor rolling on the floor rolling on the floor
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2011, 10:53:47 pm »

Lmichael:

As usual I have to be different then everyone. I looked at blue ox and roadmaster.  Too expensive, so I purchased the Demco system. It is almost the same as Ron's system with less weight.  Mine does not have that big cross bar across the front of the car.  When it is removed you only two covers on the front of the Jeep that look like fog light covers. Provided you have the right tools and a Saturday, you can install it yourself and save even more money.  Check it out here. http://www.towdemco.com/victoryseriestowbars/towbars/commander.html  It weighs 41 lbs and my 12 yr old son hooks it up most of the time for me.  It can handle 6000 lbs towing.  I think I recall paying about $450.00.

Enjoy the Jeep!!!
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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2011, 11:29:32 pm »

The Demco looks like a nice product.   ThumbsUp
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2011, 03:06:26 pm »

Thanks for the comments.  I'll look up the demco tow bar and base plate.
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2011, 09:41:16 pm »

Found a good price on the Demco products, so ordered today.  Thanks again for the comments and info.  Next step--wiring.
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