The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most popular SUVs on the market. The Wrangler is a wonderful vehicle that is capable of easily handling rough terrains, slick roads, and steep inclines. One of the most common questions I see is, “What is the best travel trailer for Jeep Wrangler?” Here is our list:
- Safari Condo Alto
- Happier Camper
- Sylvan Sport GO
- Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro
- Cricket Camper
What is the Towing Capacity of a Jeep Wrangler?
The towing capacity of a Jeep Wrangler varies from 2,000 lbs to 3,500 lbs depending on the Wrangler model.
The 2-door Sport has a towing capacity of 2,000 lbs and the 4-door Jeep Wrangler can tow up to 3,500 lbs.
The Jeep Wrangler 2-door Sport comes with a 3.6 L engine. It has a manual transmission and also has a 3.21 axle ratio. It has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000. On the other hand, if you go in for Wrangler Unlimited, with 4 doors and a 3.6 L engine, you can handle a towing capacity of around 3,500 lbs. Further, this vehicle comes with an optional automatic transmission and an axle ratio of 3.73.
Now that you know the maximum a Jeep can tow you need to consider several things. First off that you don’t want to tow the maximum weight. At the maximum weight, even though you’re your Jeep is rated for it, you are gonna struggle picking up highway speed on merges or going uphill. We usually try to stay within 60%-70% of towing capacity.
For example on a Jeep Unlimited, 60% to 70% of 3,500 lbs would be 2,100-2450 lbs. That means your travel trailers fully gross vehicle weight should be around that much. You must know how to calculate the gross weight of your travel trailer. This should be done by taking in to account the weight of the necessities that are stored in the trailers while it is being towed. Water should weigh around 8.35 lbs per gallon. The food, clothing, and linens that you tow also add to the weight of the trailers. All these must be taken into account so that your Jeep Wrangler is within safe limits of towing.
Get In Touch With Dealers
If you are unsure about the towing capacity of the Wrangler or the weight that the travel trailer can handle, it would be better to enlist the help of your dealer. You can come across Jeep Wrangler Service Manuals that will help you get the required information on finding out exactly the weight that your Jeep Wrangler is capable of towing.
Which Travel Trailers Are Compatible With A Jeep Wrangler
When you choose a Jeep Wrangler to tow a travel trailer, it certainly reduces the number of campers that you could choose for mating with your Wrangler. This being said, there are still many options available. You can opt for a pop-up camper or a lightweight conventional travel trailer. Let’s go over each type of travel trailer and some that are available in that particular type that a Jeep Wrangler can tow.
Most of the travel trailers feature below are more suitable to be towed with the Jeep 4-Door Limited which has the towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
What Is Pop-Up Trailer
A pop-up travel trailer is a simple towable unit that can easily be collapsed making it easy to store and also tow. They come with canvas type walls or tented ones. The sleeping areas usually slide out from the main trailer and this creates a large living space. Some trailers come with hard wall options but they are heavier and may be out of reach as far as a towing capacity of most Jeep Wranglers.
Pop-up travel trailers also come with a variety of floor plans and this gives Jeep Wrangler users better options that can make their outdoor adventure far more enjoyable. It would be ideal for Jeep Wrangler owners to stick to basics and look for only modest shelter and sleep areas. Some popup units can also offer basic cooking facilities and also restroom facilities. While all these are good amenities to have they do add to the weight of the camper which then might exceed the capabilities of Jeep.
Safari Condo Alto
The Safari Condo Alto is a unique looking travel trailer. Aircraft-inspired combines aerodynamic design with a durable and lightweight shell and interior. What makes the Safari Condo Alto very cool is the retractable roof. When the roof is open it adds about 17 inches of height to the inside making the interior a lot roomier. The Alto also comes in a fixed roof model. Inside you will find a fixed flush toilet and an interior shower depending on the model.
GVWR: 1,867 to 1,825 lbs
Sleeping Capacity: 3-4
The Happier Camper is a retro-styled all fiberglass camper that is quite suitable to be towed by a Jeep Wrangler, SUV, and even a car. Inside you’ll find a unique system that allows you to easily customize your trailer. The flooring is a lego-type floor where you can add cubes such as a bench, countertop, and a cooler icebox cube to create the interior layout you like. There are over 20 cubes available to purchase.
Dry Weight: 1,100
Sleeping Capacity: 1-5 depending on the layout
The Sylvan Sport GO is not your typical traditional camper. It looks more like a tent on steroids. However, that is not to say that it is very functional and capable of being a great little travel trailer. It is a utility vehicle, camper and gear hauler, rolled in one. The Sylvan Sport is described as a mobile adventure trailer and tent system.
It can haul all the gear that is needed for a quality outdoor adventure. It can accept almost all Thule accessories and that comes in handy when there is a need to carry all your gear.
It features 2 bed/table panels that allow you to configure the interior 6 different ways. It has 4 self-inflating mattresses that add up to a King and a half-sized bed. The awning kit gives you an additional 80′ of outdoor living area.
Unloaded weight: 840 lbs
Sleeping capacity: 2-3
Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro E12RK
The Flagstaff E12RK is a small and lightweight travel trailer that sleeps two and comes with an outside kitchen. It’s a nice looking little camper that is easily towed by a Jeep Wrangler. You’ll just need to be careful to not overload it with gear and to make sure the load is well balanced inside the camper. This applies to all travel trailers, not just this one.
Inside you’ll find a 12V TV with DVD Player, and AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth and USB, a multi-directional TV antenna, and outside speakers, a Coleman stove/grill combo, and its is prep for ground solar.
Unloaded Weight: 1,164 lbs
Cargo Carrying Capacity: 798 lbs
The TAXA Outdoors Cricket Camper is rugged and lightweight. Easily towable by a Jeep Wrangler it sleeps, two adults and two children. It has a NASA-inspired design with integrated plumbing and electrical systems. It has a pop-up roof for added ventilation. Some of the features include a V-berth bed with an under-bed storage system, 32″ x 20″ picture windows, a kitchen with a large counter and covered sink, interior LED lighting and much more.
Unloaded weight: 1,732 lbs
Sleeping capacity: 2 adults and 2 children
Renting Or Buying?
If outright purchase is a problem, you could also try to rent these travel trailers. There are many options for renting also. Renting has its advantages. You could also try and borrow a pop-up travel trailer from your friend. This will help you to find out whether what you buy or rent will be the right one. It will help you to have a better feel as to how comfortable I was towing it with my Wrangler. Therefore renting or buying is certainly a good option.
Whether you are buying or renting make sure that you have a close look at the weight of the trailer. Be sure your Wrangler can tow it comfortably. Also, get knowledge about loading and other such attributes that could impact towing.
If you happen to have a vehicle other than a Jeep, that can tow a larger travel trailer consider one of these top travel trailer brands.
The 5 campers above are just an example of the many travel trailers available that can be towed by a Jeep Wrangler. Though we focused on the towing capacity of the Limited 4-Door there is a good selection of teardrop travel trailers that can be towed by a 2-door Jeep Wrangler.
The most important thing to keep in mind when deciding which travel trailer to mate with your Jeep is to make sure you stay at about 65-70% of towing capacity. Staying in this range will in all likelihood which you some reserve power to merge safely and deal with inclines.