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Is anyone towing the Elite II with the new Jeep Wrangler 3.0 EcoDiesel engine


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I'm going to order a new 2022 Jeep Wrangler and looking at the new EcoDiesel 3.0 and just wondering if anyone out there has one, or giving it some thought on purchasing one. I'm not going to replace it for my 2019 Ram 1500, but would be buying it as a TOY and if it could handle the Elite II might use it on shorter camping outings where some Jeep off roading could come into play. The diesel engine cranks out a lot of torque and has decent HP, is it too small for a tow vehicle for the Elite II, or not and what do you think about it. 

trainman

Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.

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That new engine has a towing capacity of 3500 pounds. It would not even tow the Elite.

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Steve, Tali and the dogs: Reacher, Lucy and Rocky plus our beloved Storm and Maggie (both waiting at the Rainbow Bridge) 2008 Legacy Elite I - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0026 2014 Legacy Elite II - Outlaw Oliver, HULL NUMBER: 0050 2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4 

 

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In my limited opinion, that is not near enough engine, transmission, or final drive for pulling an Oliver.  There is a huge difference between a Diesel engine built for fuel economy, and one built for heavy towing and rugged use.  Buyers many times believe that simply because it is a diesel, that it is capable of heavy loads.  There are light duty Diesel engines designed and built for economy....and this is one of them.

Also, consider what is between the end of the crankshaft and the tires on the ground.  Drivetrain and suspension are just as critical.

 

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I see in the Jeep Wrangler the towing capacity is only 3500 lbs,, but in the Jeep Gladiator it is 6000 lbs. The diesel engine puts out 260hp and 442 foot lbs. of torque, hardly on the low side for a diesel engine. I think this setup would have very little problem handling an Elite II. Maybe some of the road test on YouTube might give a little thought to this 3.0 EcoDiesel.  

 

trainman

Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.

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It would be the height of folly to pull even a lightly loaded LE2 with a TV rated for just “up to 3500 pounds”. Legally speaking. Is there any reason not to buy the Gladiator?

John Davies

Spokane WA

"Mouse":  2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/

Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.

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John, people don't buy Jeeps to pull trailers of any size larger them say the smaller utility size trailers, or like a Casita, Popup, or something in that size group.   No, I'm not going to buy a Jeep to pull the Elite II, but Yes I'm going to buy another Jeep Wrangler for my TOY. 

trainman

Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.

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