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Old 07-09-2020, 10:09 PM   #1
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Newer Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Toad

Hello everyone,

Anyone have a newer Jeep Wrangler Rubicon as a toad?

If so, what is the curb weight of your Rubicon?

Have you had any issues towing the Rubicon?

I am looking into buying a Rubicon to tie with a 2020 Thor Challenger 37FH.

Thank you for your feed back.
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Old 07-09-2020, 10:11 PM   #2
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Thatís ďToadĒ... not ďToafĒ
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Old 07-09-2020, 10:29 PM   #3
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Iím sure a few people will give you their real world experience and likely with your exact configuration.

I just purchased a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited and have been setting it up for towing. It is basically the same as the Rubicon. You are looking at just under 4500lbs with the V6 and 4 doors.

Iím going to be towing it with a 2020 Magnitude SV34 and Iím not worried at all. I have been pulling about 1700lbs with a Can Am Spyder on a trailer and I canít even tell itís back there.

I just ordered the RVibrake3 portable braking unit and I installed a Roadmaster direct connect baseplate with a Nighthawk Tow Bar.
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Old 07-09-2020, 10:36 PM   #4
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Iím sure a few people will give you their real world experience and likely with your exact configuration.

I just purchased a 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited and have been setting it up for towing. It is basically the same as the Rubicon. You are looking at just under 4500lbs with the V6 and 4 doors.

Iím going to be towing it with a 2020 Magnitude SV34 and Iím not worried at all. I have been pulling about 1700lbs with a Can Am Spyder on a trailer and I canít even tell itís back there.

I just ordered the RVibrake3 portable braking unit and I installed a Roadmaster direct connect baseplate with a Nighthawk Tow Bar.


Thank you so much for the feedback.

Have you looked into Blue Ox tow bars? May I ask why you chose Nighthawk over anything else?
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Old 07-09-2020, 11:29 PM   #5
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Went across the scales with my 4dr 2008 Rubicon in tow Tuesday. Hardtop. Weighed 4620. Full tank of gas and a Ox Blue base plate and tow bar. Oversized tires is the only add ons.
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Old 07-09-2020, 11:44 PM   #6
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Went across the scales with my 4dr 2008 Rubicon in tow Tuesday. Hardtop. Weighed 4620. Full tank of gas and a Ox Blue base plate and tow bar. Oversized tires is the only add ons.


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Old 07-10-2020, 12:06 AM   #7
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Also use the RVI3 brake and it works fantastic with the jeep.
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:07 AM   #8
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Thank you so much for the feedback.

Have you looked into Blue Ox tow bars? May I ask why you chose Nighthawk over anything else?

I originally was going to go with Blue Ox but after doing some research and having a past good experience with another Roadmaster product I ended up liking their direct connect baseplate for the Wrangler from a simplicity and ease of installation perspective as well as it having no crossbar as compared to the Blue Ox baseplate.

I also like the Nighthawk tow bar having the built-in electrical and safety cables and also the LED lights for more visibility for night driving. It is a very nice and neat design.

The baseplate installation turned out to be pretty easy and I am impressed with the quality of it and the tow bar.
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:31 AM   #9
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Hello everyone,

Anyone have a newer Jeep Wrangler Rubicon as a toad?

If so, what is the curb weight of your Rubicon?

Have you had any issues towing the Rubicon?

I am looking into buying a Rubicon to tie with a 2020 Thor Challenger 37FH.

Thank you for your feed back.
Blue Ox Avail on my 2020 JLU Rubicon. Pretty easy to hook up and seems to work great. Also got the Blue Ox rock guard. A bit spendy at around $400 but then so was the Rubicon. Tows great but of course, more fuel spent towing.
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Old 07-10-2020, 01:57 AM   #10
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Also use the RVI3 brake and it works fantastic with the jeep.


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Old 07-10-2020, 02:41 AM   #11
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Blue Ox Avail on my 2020 JLU Rubicon. Pretty easy to hook up and seems to work great. Also got the Blue Ox rock guard. A bit spendy at around $400 but then so was the Rubicon. Tows great but of course, more fuel spent towing.


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Old 07-12-2020, 06:35 PM   #12
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Sorry...
Thatís ďToadĒ... not ďToafĒ
That's perfectly okay...
We "understoof" what you meant!
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Thatís ďToadĒ... not ďToafĒ
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Old 07-16-2020, 01:38 AM   #14
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We tow our 2019 JLU Rubicon behind our 2018 Miramar 37.1, which Iím almost certain has virtually the same specs as the OPís Challenger.

JLU is outfitted with a LOD signature bumper, LOD frame-tie points for the cables, and LOD Blue Ox tow adapters attached to Blue Ox Ascent two bar. For lights, I installed the OEM wiring kit. For brakes, we use an original Blue Ox Patriot a friend had. I may replace it with an RV iBrake 3 at some point, but itís working well right now. The height of the tow bar is naturally almost perfect so I donít need a drop/rise adapter for the hitch.

Short version is: no problems towing at all, maybe a 0.5mpg drop in fuel economy vs no toad. I barely know itís back there when in motion, and it only provides a small noticeable drag when accelerating.

I donít know about the exact weight as I havenít weighed the Jeep with or without the MH. We tow with it virtually empty, but do have the dual top option so it changes when I swap tops, but Iíd estimate itís in the 4200lb ballpark.

We had a friend with a lifted JKU Sport which had some problems with the steering wheel jacking over fully one way or another when underway, but Iíve never had any issues with my virtually stock JLU. So, I attribute their problem to a poorly done lift job or other alignment issue.
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Old 07-16-2020, 02:31 AM   #15
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We tow our 2019 JLU Rubicon behind our 2018 Miramar 37.1, which Iím almost certain has virtually the same specs as the OPís Challenger.

JLU is outfitted with a LOD signature bumper, LOD frame-tie points for the cables, and LOD Blue Ox tow adapters attached to Blue Ox Ascent two bar. For lights, I installed the OEM wiring kit. For brakes, we use an original Blue Ox Patriot a friend had. I may replace it with an RV iBrake 3 at some point, but itís working well right now. The height of the tow bar is naturally almost perfect so I donít need a drop/rise adapter for the hitch.

Short version is: no problems towing at all, maybe a 0.5mpg drop in fuel economy vs no toad. I barely know itís back there when in motion, and it only provides a small noticeable drag when accelerating.

I donít know about the exact weight as I havenít weighed the Jeep with or without the MH. We tow with it virtually empty, but do have the dual top option so it changes when I swap tops, but Iíd estimate itís in the 4200lb ballpark.

We had a friend with a lifted JKU Sport which had some problems with the steering wheel jacking over fully one way or another when underway, but Iíve never had any issues with my virtually stock JLU. So, I attribute their problem to a poorly done lift job or other alignment issue.


Yes. Miramar has similar specs to the Challenger. Thank you so much for that information. It was very helpful.
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Old 07-16-2020, 06:36 AM   #16
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I'm new to it, but I tow a 2012 JKUR with my 2018 Thor 24FE. The Jeep is heavy, I have front and rear steel bumpers, 3.5" lift on 35s, steel corners sliders and pillars, but run no top. Not sure what the weight is overall.

I use a harbor freight tow bar with magnetic tow lights, no brake.

So far its tows easily. I havent compared the gas mileage yet. I was towing a Starcraft 11RT popup with the Jeep and the mileage sucked so I'm pretty sure I'm better off now.
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Old 07-16-2020, 02:58 PM   #17
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I'm new to it, but I tow a 2012 JKUR with my 2018 Thor 24FE. The Jeep is heavy, I have front and rear steel bumpers, 3.5" lift on 35s, steel corners sliders and pillars, but run no top. Not sure what the weight is overall.

I use a harbor freight tow bar with magnetic tow lights, no brake.

So far its tows easily. I havent compared the gas mileage yet. I was towing a Starcraft 11RT popup with the Jeep and the mileage sucked so I'm pretty sure I'm better off now.


Thank you.
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Went across the scales with my 4dr 2008 Rubicon in tow Tuesday. Hardtop. Weighed 4620. Full tank of gas and a Ox Blue base plate and tow bar. Oversized tires is the only add ons.


So a blue ox with 6300 towing bar will work?
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