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Flat Towing 1997 Jeep Wrangler Automatic


We have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler 4x4 with automatic transmission can we flat tow?


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Yes, the Jeep Wrangler (1997-2021) is the most popular flat tow vehicle among RVers. Thanks to its modest size, the Wrangler is a great option to pull behind both Class A and Class C motorhomes. The Wrangler has no speed or distance restrictions when being flat towed. Plus, both manual and automatic transmission models can be safely towed.

First with the base plates, I suggest the Roadmaster EZ5, # RM-521424-5 if you have either a U-channel bumper or a double tube bumper. If you have a tow-capable off-road bumper with 3/4-inch D-rings then you will want adapter, # RM-035 or, adapter # RM-035-1 for 1 inch D-rings.

For a tow bar, I like the Roadmaster Nighthawk All-Terrain Non-Binding Tow Bar, # RM-676. This includes the needed safety cables and features built-in LED lights that both make it easier for other motorists to see you at night and aid in nighttime hookup. You'll probably need a high/low adapter such as the # RM-076. This is to keep the tow bar level for best towing, there is a linked for these adapters below. I also recommend a protective storage cover such as # RM-055-3 for the Nighthawk to protect it from the elements.

A universal diode wiring kit # RM-152 will provide a simple installation and allow the Jeep's lights to be properly controlled by the motorhome without any interference or troublesome feedback. An install video is included for you. The Nighthawk comes with a 6-way wiring connector so it's easiest to cut the 4-way connector off of this kit and connect the wire's to the tow bar's connector. With this wiring you will use a Brake-Lite Relay Kit # RM-88400.

I recommend a one-time-install proportional braking system that, once installed, requires no further setup. The Stay-IN-Play DUO braking system # SM99251 will slow your Jeep at the same rate as the motorhome; this USA-made system comes with a 5-year warranty.

You'll use a Battery Charge Line Kit # RM-156-25 to deliver a maintenance charge to the Jeep's battery while you tow.

Please note the linked product review and installation videos below along with a helpful article on towing a Jeep.

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Michael R

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