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How do the 1/4 ton trailers tow?

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by willys59cj5, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. Aug 12, 2007
    willys59cj5

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    I am wanting to purchase either a bantam or newer model 1/4 ton military trailer and was wondering how these tow behind the ECJ5? I want to fill it with camping stuff. My jeep specs are below. Thanks in advance for your imput.
    Ryan
     
  2. Aug 12, 2007
    sparky

    sparky done Staff Member Founder

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    They were built to be towed behind a Jeep. ;)

    Seriously though, you could barely tell mine was behind the TJ.

    You won't have any problems.
     
  3. Aug 12, 2007
    Boyink

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    Here are some examples of what we've hauled with ours:
    http://www.boyink.com/splaat/bantam-trailer-comments/trailer-uses/

    I've towed it behind 2 different Jeeps, a Pontiac 6000, and our Roadmaster Wagon.

    Empty it bounces a bit - I have no shocks on it. On a long trip where we were picking up stuff then returning home I ratchet-strapped a couple of cement squares in the middle just to settle it out some.

    With all the different loads, and all the different tow vehicles I've never had any sort of issue - even with just bikes on top and the rest empty.

    They'll hold more weight than their size would indicate.

    The hardest part about using one is backing it up with the short tongue. With the Jeep shift into low-range reverse and it'll be a bit easier.
     
  4. Aug 12, 2007
    russo

    russo Hope is not a method

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    I wagged one behind an M151A2 for a number of years. We hauled more than 500 lbs. most of the time. It gave a good jerk to the jeep getting started, but other than that it was fine.

    I usually unhitched it to back it up. Never figured out the backing part. R)
     
  5. Aug 12, 2007
    MOP

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    I agree with these guys.

    I towed my Bantam 250 miles home with a Toyota Corolla the day I bought it.... like a dream......but it did bounce a bit on bumps, so I added shocks mounts and shocks.

    It pulls great behind both our CJ5 and Liberty. I would give up my CJ5 before the trailer.
     
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    MOP

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    I have grown accustomed to backing it...the 1/4-turn of play in my steering wheel kind of buffers me from over-correction ;)
     
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    Boyink

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    I learned to back up a trailer on a garden tractor w/small dump trailer. The Bantam feels about the same...;)
     
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    MOP

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    IKWYM....I've backed a 26' pontoon boat down a LONG/STEEP boat ramp a few times with the CJ5. It's the opposite problem, you can turn the CJ5 all you want and the pontoon barely changes direction.

    Backing a short little jet ski trailer with a full-size pickup also prepared me back in high school.


    Bantam's tow nicely (to prevent a total hijack)
     
  9. Aug 12, 2007
    willys59cj5

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    Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate all the insite.
     
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    I don't know about the jeep, but I tow my M416 behind my dakota all of the time. don't know it's back there. backs well and even with a pintle hook it is quiet.
     
  11. Aug 12, 2007
    Tumbleweed

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    Last year, M100 behind TJ; towed over 1000 miles pavement and 80 miles of forest service roads in a week trip. Barely knew it was there, and some of the highway was in rainstorms.
     
  12. Aug 16, 2007
    97XJ_95YJ

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    The red one that was posted on the first page is exactly what I'm looking for to tow behind my YJ. What kind of trailer is that and what do they typically go for?
     
  13. Aug 16, 2007
    Boyink

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    Not sure which one you're talking about...
     
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    MOP

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    dharmabum

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    I've had three of them, my current one is an older M100. I have used it to haul 800lbs of scrap metal to the dump, bring home a few rear ends, a 225 and most recently a SBC along with the engine hoist. This has been either behind my YJ or TJ but I have also pulled it behine my old Commando, an XJ, a FSJ and a 68CJ5. They are really very versatile and are great behind a little jeep.
     
  16. Aug 19, 2007
    Desert Runner

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    I've pulled mine from Pa to Ca 3 times without a hitch..... (pardon the pun)
    [​IMG]
     
  17. Aug 21, 2007
    jeepfreak81

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    When pulling these things What is the max amount you can load in them? I was always told they were only rated at 1/4 ton because they would float with 500lbs, but they actually could haul MUCH more.
     
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    Don X

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    I think they have 2 different ratings. One for cross country and one for highway use. 500 lbs for x-country.
     
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    $ sink

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    not sure on this, but the 1/4 ton military trailers were designed to float and the conservative 500lb rating is the maximum amount the trailer will safely float (where's that pic of the 2 guys paddling one on the water using rifle stocks for oars). they can easily carry twice that but with no brakes it may not be a good idea. $.02
     
  20. Aug 22, 2007
    Boyink

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    IIRC the general consensus on the Bantam trailer list was that they were easily capable of 1/2 ton - and like sink mentions - braking was your biggest concern.
     

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