When it comes to having fun, your Jeep is the MVP. Using that 4wd to spray dirt around turns or crawl over rocks is a day well spent. Even the best players need a good crew around them. Upgrade your MVP's team with a Jeep trailer hitch to bring a supporting cast of boats, ATVs or travel trailers.
Mounting and Hitching Choosing the right hitching system comes down to what you want to tow and how you want to tow it. Both your ball mounts and Jeep hitches need to be rated for the weight you want to pull. If either one is too weak, you've got the makings for a viral video of you chasing your runaway trailer. If you have a rear-mounted tire, consider a trailer hitch extender for easing hook-ups. Drop hitches keep the trailer from dragging if you've got a raised Jeep, so consider height as well as length.
Air Systems Nothing makes a load want to fishtail like inadequate or uneven tire pressure. Air compressors and accessories are a strong safety net if you're towing equipment often. You may not be near a service station all the time and the wrong air pressure needs to be corrected immediately. An air compressor in the back of your Jeep is like bringing a pit crew with you.
The Perfect Accessories 4WD.com also carries everything you need to accompany your Jeep Wrangler tow hitch. Covers protect your hitch from fouling while being a unique way to show some style. Our cargo management systems give you the straps, chains and bars to keep everything secure. Load leveling kits, mud flaps, towing chains and more round out all the equipment you need.
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Jeep owners enjoy a unique combination of power and agility, but any aftermarket gear you use must be able to handle that power. At 4WD, safety is a priority, and our experts are standing by to help you secure the Jeep towing accessories you need. Towing vs Payload Maximum payload capacity refers to the amount of weight your Jeep is able to carry, whereas maximum towing capacity refers to the amount of weight you are able to safety pull. Wrangler JK models are manufactured with up to 1,000 payload capacity and up to 1,000 towing capacity. However, aftermarket customization has a big impact on utility. Talk to one of our Jeep experts today about any modifications. Hitching Up Our Wrangler trailer hitches help you keep that desired low center of gravity, which is especially important if you’re towing with a lift. Balance also matters. This means having an equal distribution of weight on either side and a front-to back ratio of about 60:40. However, tongue weight should be between 10 and 15 percent. On the Road Once on the road, it’s a good idea to accelerate slowly, allow more room for turns and avoid sharp movements. Always consider the extra weight. When towing, weight tends to shift toward your rear suspension, which lightens your steering and makes braking less predictable. This is where the airbag comes in. It gives you more support and better control. Our Dayton Air Bag retaining frame fits all 6-diameter convoluted air bags and allows the air bag to safety separate from the mount as suspension changes during the ride. Talk to Us About Your Trip At 4WD, we’re happy when you’re safe, so give us a call to discuss your needs. We have a variety of hitch and travel solutions, including air compressor tanks, load levelers, cargo straps, electrical gear and more. As a bonus, we cover shipping on orders of $50 or more.
Recovery and Tow Straps for Jeeps
Many Jeep owners get confused when it comes to choosing between recovery straps or tow straps for Jeeps. There is a subtle, yet important difference between the two. While tow straps for Jeeps are used for towing a "free wheeling" vehicle, recovery straps are used to recover immobilized vehicles. For safety reasons, a Jeep tow strap should never be used in a recovery situation.
Tow Straps vs. Recovery Straps
Traditional tow straps are usually made from polyester and have metal hooks on the ends. If a polyester tow strap is placed under too much stress, the metal hooks can separate from the ends, or the polyester can fray or tear. These situations can be extremely dangerous, particularly if the metal hook flies off.
Recovery straps are designed to withstand the added strains of recovery situations. These straps are made of heavy-duty nylon and feature loops on the ends. The nylon material is much stronger and more flexible than polyester. This makes for a strap that is safer than a metal chain and tougher than a rope. While recovery straps are fundamentally different from tow straps, some manufacturers do produce straps that can be used for both purposes. These straps, available from Smittybilt and Pro Comp, are known as recovery tow straps.
Tow Strap Sizes
Tow straps for Jeeps come in different widths and lengths, so it’s important to choose one that accommodates your vehicle. As a general rule, each 1-inch of width allows you to pull approximately 10,000 lbs. A 2-inch wide strap, for example, will have a rating of 20,000 lbs. Always choose a stronger tow strap if you are not sure what you need. Other factors to consider when buying a tow strap are weather-resistance and ease of storage.
Caring for Your Tow Strap
To keep your tow strap from premature wear, store it away from heat, sunlight and any sharp or rough surfaces. Plan on cleaning your tow strap regularly with water.
Before using any tow strap, inspect it for tears, cuts, broken stitching, or any other signs of damage. If you are not sure how to use Jeep tow straps, make sure you do research online, watch an instructional video, or read the instructions that come with the strap.
Owning an off-road vehicle means that you will inevitably encounter situations where towing or recovering is necessary. Be prepared by choosing a reliable Jeep tow strap and using it properly.