Originally Posted by cheapjeep
Well, that might work except that the wife still insists on riding in the coach. That leaves no one in the Jeep to make my lunch and fetch my coffee as we tool down the road. Non starter!
Back on the original topic: I revisited the 2005, yes a WK, mentioned in my original post yesterday and though the owner's manual says flatbed or trailer for towing, it looked like that was intended for tow truck operators who are hooking up to tow a disabled vehicle. That makes sense, since it may not be possible or practical to put the Jeep's transfer case into neutral if it is disabled. There's no way to know in advance what the nature of the problem is. So to cover all the bases the owner's manual just says "no".
I visited WJJeeps.com as Hacksaw suggested and found a new-to-me term there - "Recreational Towing". It implies that if means exist to put the transfer case in "NEUTRAL" it can be flat towed. There was no corresponding section on the WKJeeps.com website relating to "Recreational Towing" that I could find.
In summary: Can one say with respect to WJ and WK series Grand Cherokees that if it has a transfer case that can be put in "NEUTRAL" it can be towed with all four wheels down on the pavement? And that depending on model, "NEUTRAL" can be achieved either by placing the shift lever in the "N" position or depressing the little neutral button with a ballpoint pen or equivalent?
It's a given that in the above scenarios other steps are required like putting the transmission in Park, releasing the hand brake, etc. before actual towing can happen.
Can it also be said that the engine does not have to be periodically started and run to keep the transmission lubricated when the vehicle is being towed? Forget about charging the battery as may be needed in some cases. I will make provisions to keep the battery charged.
Thanks again for all of the information.