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I am looking for something to tow behind my motorhome. I have found a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport automatic 2WD. Can it be towed 4 wheels down without disconnecting the driveshaft?

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2 wheel drive vehicles can be towed with all four whells on the ground for extended distances. Chrysler recommends a max speed of 30 MPH, but I know these vehicles can be towed at higher MPH. The 4x4 model Jeeps are the vehicles that are not recommended to be towed with all for wheels on the ground, but I know this too has also been done, but with drive shaft removal.

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As far as I know, yes, you can flat tow those. You have no transfer case to damage and the only problem that used to arise with towing automatic trans cars had to do with damage to the rear pump which has not been used since the early 1960's.
I'm not a big fan of flat towing anything for very long distances or at high speed though. The best way is to remove the driveshaft (it's only four bolts, but you need to get a front yoke from a junkyard to stick into the rear of the trans and secure it with a wire etc. to prevent fluid loss)

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