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Towing an XJ on Dolly w/ Ford Explorer?


 
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jppilot61
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:51 am    Post subject: Towing an XJ on Dolly w/ Ford Explorer? Reply with quote

I am contemplating buying/using a tow dolly (see www.stehltow.com ) to tow my 4.5" Lifted (1992 Cherokee w/auto transmission with 32" TIRES to offroad events from Virginia to Pennsylvania typically and/or to/from NC.

In the past I have driven it to/from events but am now getting a bit nervous about breaking something and getting stranded out of state after too aggressively offroading! I know a flat bed trailer is a better solution but not with my current tow vehicle (99 Ford Explorer with 5.0 L V8 auto transmission)

Can I realisticly tow it distances on a dolly?

If I understand manufacturer's recommendations right, would I BACK it onto dolly (to put rear Drive wheels on Dolly)and place transmission in PARK, or put front wheels on it with transfer case in neutral and transmission in PARK?

If backed on to dolly that would be when Steering needs to be lock/tied in place right? I assume the locking steering coluumn suffices?

THANKS IN ADVANCE!"
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know much about tow dolly's, but I'll tell you what the last tow truck driver told me about my car.

NEVER, use the transfer case while towing. If you engage it, even into neutral the wheels are all in use. If you essentially freeze the rear wheels in place, you need to freeze the front wheels or you'll tear something.

And you should always put the drive wheels on the dolly. If you put the drive wheels on the ground you'll tear up your transfer case or your transmission, and you can't use a tow dolly if you don't have a 2WD option on you rig (which all XJ's do).

The only way you can tow (I think) is to put the rear wheels on the dolly and leave the tranny in park.

Also, you should seriously consider getting a full flatbed trailer if you intend to tow often (even once a month). It's worth the investment, especially if you happen to tear up the front end on your rig, you won't be able to tow it back on a dolly.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried searching around their site to see how much the dolly weighs but couldn't find it. In any event, I'm not sure what the GCW is of the Explorer, but I'd check into it to be sure that between the dolly and the XJ you don't overload it.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see why putting the tranny and t-case in neutral wouldn't work, you're essentially free-wheeling the whole rig. That's what I would try.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall reading something about how this could be problem because of lack of lubrication of the t-case. Apparently, som t-cases (sorry, can't remember now where I read this) use a lubricating pump driven by the input axle. If the case is in neutral the pump doesn't turn, and the output bearings may seize if this goes on for long. As I recall, the recommended practice if you absolutely had to tow these vehicles for long distances, was to remove the driveshafts.
Sorry to be so vague, but for the life of me I can't remember whether this actually applied to the XJ, and if so, which t-case models.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just disconnect the driveshaft... i've towed my XJ on a dolly multiple times and never had a problem with it (4hr trip from Tennessee to Cincinnati). There is an issue with lack of lubrication if you try and flat tow and XJ because of the NP231 transfer case and i'm pretty sure it goes for the 242 case as well.
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