Gladiator Long distance heavy tow review

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    #1 Dec 27, 2019
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    This one is a great review on towing, 4000 miles near max load. Heck, no reason to duplicate words, check out my video on it please. happy new year all.

     
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    So 500lbs inside the cab, 800lbs in the bed. The trailer was 6,850lbs meaning 685lbs of tongue weight should be added to the payload. So you drove that JT weighed down nearly 2000lbs, about 500lbs over the doorjam payload of most Max Tow Sports? That's a Rubicon so you're near max towing and way over max payload. Glad to see the JT did fine. Wonder what the long-term effects are going to be
     
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    Trailer with car was over 6800? Seriously? How much does that CAR weigh?
    My car hauler is 1500 pounds. Spare and tool box add about 100 pounds. So figure 1600 for trailer.
    My car's curb weight is 3100 pounds. (some say 3200 but that's likely with auto, my little SX4 is a stick)
    1600 + 3100 = 4700 pounds for my trailer with car.
    Those uhaul trailers must be heavy - or that is a 5,000 pound car.

    If I put 680 pounds of tongue weight on mine I'd not be able to see the road - I'd be bird watching LOL
     
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    I couldnt watch the video, the auto subtitles said the weights. I wrote the post to confirm that I was not misinformed or misunderstood
     
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    Heck I drove around all day bird watching and I didn't even have to tow around a 5,000 pound pregnant roller-skate:CWL:. I was out looking for Snowy Owls with zero luck:(
     
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    68 and change is what the scale showed me. the bed and cab weight was estimated,, but I'm sure it's pretty close to stated as some of the heavier items I knew there weight.
     
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    in any case it drove and handled beautifully, which at that distance was nice
     
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    Bummer - owls are COOL - I've never seen a snowy owl other than on TV (nature shows, etc.) or in captivity. Neat birds, neat hunters.
     
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    I simple search yielded that a U-Haul car hauler weighs 2210 pounds and the curb weight of a Hyundai Ioniq is 3115 so there is some weight that is unaccounted for.
     
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    1500lb worth
     
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    exactly, except the car weight was 3220 before loading. it was bulked out with weight inside and fully loaded up. scale was 68 and change as she was loaded and towed. the point is being missed here as to my review, long distance heavy towing across country, she did great. so call it 6850, call it 5500 call it 4500, I dont care, I know what the weight showed on scale. the point was gladiator was great. the whole trip :)
     
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    #12 Dec 28, 2019
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    And you had nearly 2000lbs in payload (occupants plus stuff in the cab and bed plus tongue weight of trailer)? If so, that's almost double the payload rating of most JTR doorjams I have seen
     
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    I didn't figure that little CAR was all that heavy, not even 4,000 pounds. It's a car, not an SUV (and most things called SUV today I have to LAUGH hard)

    Wow those uhaul trailers are heavy!
    My 20' PJ all steel trailer with full 5" channel steel frame running the full length with two 60 pound ramps was only 140 pounds more than that tiny narrow short little uhaul thing.
    The tongue weight on that trailer is heavy - that car's weight is mostly ahead of the rear axle. He says there were tool chests in the floor, and the rear floor pan is sitting mid-way of the trailer axles meaning the full drivetrain is ahead of the trailer axle.
    I will bet you that there's more than 10% on the tongue.
     
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    800 pounds in the box, 700 pounds tongue weight (I'll bet that much because uhaul has the cars clean to the front, a light-assed car will be close to 3/4 of the weight ahead of the center of the axles). Let's be nice and say 400 in the cab. He said 500 with driver and tools and boxes. 1900-2000 pounds payload. At least.

    That little Rubicon was more than maxed out on payload. Isn't the basic Rubicon payload 1250 or something like that? So it's already maxed out payload-wise before the trailer was hooked up.
    Towing likely close to the 7,000 pound limit.
    Very good thing those trailers have the surge brakes! That's a heck of a lot of trailer weight back there to run no brakes.
    Wow.
     
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    I got 1300 ish
    brings me back to the point of the video, whatever Weight you want to use, it was maxed out and point being made, no issues, no problems, drove and handled like a champ. hills, long grades,mountains with snow, crazy winds.
     
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