I towed my 2020 Rubicon 500 miles and when I stopped and went to disconnect the tow bar I could smell burning rubber. I only have 4000 miles on the jeep, and I lifted the hood to see if there was anything burning and it was all good. When I started the jeep the smell was strong through the vents for a few minutes. I smelled the burned rubber for about 30 minutes and it diminished after we drove the jeep around. After the return home, another 500 miles, it had the burning smell again.
I just think it is the tire scuffing because the rubicon tires are so agressive. Coming into the neghborhood the tires get a lot of turns just before pulling in. Can anyone tell me if that is normal. I am a newby to the Toad world. I also tow a Grand Cherokee which doesn't have that tire smell. Much smaller and less aggressive tread.
Parking brake was off, transfer case was in neutral, and transmission in Park. it rolls very easy and the XG32 hardly notices that it is back there.
When I was investigating flat towing, there was a statement on one site that said one should tow for 200 miles at most then stop to let the transmission of the toad cool down.
I noticed the smell like plastic or rubber burning with my new Jeep Cherokee after towing. People tell me it is just a "Jeep thing". Road gasses and exhaust accumulate under the Jeep and burn off once you start driving it again. Do not know why Jeeps are more susceptible. I understand the cabin intake air brings it in. I did have a much smaller version of the smell with a Focus I used to tow. It apparently is not a problem.
I have a 2018 rubicon and it does not have a locked steering wheel. I have aggressive tires on it as well. I have never noticed a smell. What about the auxiliary brake system? I use the patriot with no problems
I have had similar experience. 2014 Rubu had strong rubber smell after we drove 250 miles, quick unhook and drive around. I took it to the dealer, nothing. And has happened a few times since. On many other trip, I notice a strong rubber smell around the rear tires of my motorhome. Maybe that it it?