Can the Jeep Gladiator be Flat Towed?

The freedom, flexibility, and off-road capabilities are what appeal to many Jeep owners, which is why they’re such popular travel companions. These off-the-beaten-trail adventures are also how Jeep has become one of the most commonly flat-towed vehicles you’ll see on U.S. highways and byways. With its recent return we’re asked a lot, “Can the new Jeep Gladiator be flat towed?” The answer is yes!


A common misconception about flat towing is that it will increase your vehicle’s odometer, but that is not the case for the Gladiator. Since the speedometer on all Jeep Gladiators is electric, then no miles will be added to the total when the engine is off. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep track of towed miles, however, as flat towing can still put some stress on your vehicle in the long run. Never dolly tow — or otherwise allow it to be towed with only two wheels traveling — your Jeep Gladiator. This type of towing interferes with the four-wheel drive system and can cause some major damage.


Arguably the best and most reliable production truck for off roading, the Gladiator is powered by a 3.6L V6 24V VVT engine, and comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. An 8-speed automatic 850RE transmission is optional. There are four different trim levels of the Gladiator. The Sport, Sport S, Overland, and the Rubicon. Rubicon models get up to 11.1-inches of ground clearance between the underside of the truck and the terrain so you can drive over obstacles without underbody damage, and the Gladiator features a high air intake and special water sealing to help get you through creeks, streams and depths of up to 30-inches. Higher levels of articulation help keep all four tires on the ground to help ensure they remain stable, and thanks to precision steering and optimized wheelbases, Gladiator can swiftly veer around narrow gaps and maneuver around rocks, logs or tight spots. The Gladiator also has a towing capacity of up to 7,650 lbs.


If you want an off-road truck that is easy to take with you on your adventures contact us for a test drive today!