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Tow package after purchase

So i erred and opted out of the towing package when i built my '14 laredo.
Now i want it - and not a generic run-of-the mill uhaul type, but as if it looked straight off the line (incorporated into the rear bumper).
My jeep dealer / parts have not been any help.
Can someone steer me in the right direction?



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Re: Tow package after purchase

At least for the hitch which can be retrofitted. It's 100% doable, 98% easy, and 100% dealer parts so someone is pulling your leg. It's also been so well coved that searching it is best to learn how and why.

Copy and paste or search on your own because the website won't let me add a link, it just locks up on me. Good luck, it's easy stuff here.
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:32 AM
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Re: Tow package after purchase

Here's a pretty solid price for a complete Mopar tow hitch kit. All you would need to do is have the dealer flash your tow harness for it to work. I would double check under your back bumper for the tow harness first. It would be attached to the driver side rear bumper.

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Old 06-11-2015, 11:11 AM
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Re: Tow package after purchase

I went aftermarket. Decided to do that cause if i had gone OEM, it still would not get all the whistles in the tow package: load leveling shocks, heavy duty engine cooling and full size spare. I got a draw tite and couldn't be happier with it. Also got a Polak 7 and 4 connector that looks OEM.

My only dilemma now is the flash. Went to my purchase dealer and they quoted me $125 for the flash. Supposedly cause they have to go in there and make sure everything is legit. Price seems a bit steep but will check with other dealers. Anyone get a flash for cheaper than $125?
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Re: Tow package after purchase

The OEM hitch is a nice way to go aesthetically and is available as noted already in this thread. Please understand, however, that your towing limit will be lower without the factory installed tow option, even when you use the OEM hitch receiver. The factory tow option includes a lot of other things...the list varies with engine choice, etc.
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Re: Tow package after purchase

I added the OEM hitch after the fact. It wasn't that bad of an install, took me about two hours. I got lucky that my dealership did the coding for me for free but we bought three cars in the past two years from them. I would have been mad if I paid 125 for it. It took them less then 5 minutes to do the reflash. I almost feel like he just drove around the building, it took that little time. Definitely not something that should cost that much money to reflash.
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Re: Tow package after purchase

I added the aftermarket hitch to my 14 Limited. It wasnt smooth sailing.

I was moving (from FL to TX) and wanted to tow a 16 foot Uhaul trailer. So I had one of the local dealerships install the tow hitch. They ordered all the parts, installed it, etc. It looked 100% factory and I was pleased. I think it cost around $400-$600 (cant remember specifics). They said everything was working fine and installation was flawless. So I went on my way.

Moving day comes and I go to pick up my Uhaul trailer bright and early at 7am. The Uhaul guys set everything up, attaching it to my Jeep, and plug it in. Except none of the electrical is working. They checked all the fuses and everything is seated properly. They cant figure it out. They even switch trailers with no luck. Somehow I got them to let me drive off their lot with a trailer that didnt have the brake lights/turn signals hooked up since I had movers arriving in less than 2 hours.

I go home and pack up all my shit into the Uhaul (still no electrical at this point). Once packed, I drive to a difference dealership than the one that installed it. I explain whats going on and they take a look at it. They cant figure out what the problem is. Sat there for an hour and half with no luck. At this point I am way behind schedule so I left and started my journey. I stopped at Target and picked up battery powered bicycle lights and adhesive to secure them to the back of the trailer. Figure I can atleast make it look like it has running lights.

Driving down I10 near Tallahassee, FL in the pitch black with no trailer lights. Guess what? I got pulled over. I explained to the officer that the trailer was a rental and I had no idea what the problem was. He didnt write me a ticket but advised me I needed to get off the highway until I can solve the problem. So now I have to spend the night in Tallahassee which was not planned.

The next morning I go to the Tallahassee Jeep dealership at 6 or 7am begging for help. They cant figure it out either. Not a clue. Finally one of their senior guys walks up and says "Let me try something". He leaves for 20 minutes and comes back with a big ol smirk on his face. We have power!

The original Jeep dealership that installed the hitch never did the flash update alerting Jeep of the install. I guess since my vehicle was originally sold without the hitch just installing it wont activate the power. They have to send confirmation to jeep that it has been installed (or something like that). They fixed the problem and I was on my way. Needless to say I learned a lesson that day. Always make sure the electrical is working BEFORE you leave the dealership.



TL;DR: Make sure you test your hitch electrics after the install. A flash update might be missing to make your electrical works.
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Re: Tow package after purchase

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I added the OEM hitch after the fact. It wasn't that bad of an install, took me about two hours. I got lucky that my dealership did the coding for me for free but we bought three cars in the past two years from them. I would have been mad if I paid 125 for it. It took them less then 5 minutes to do the reflash. I almost feel like he just drove around the building, it took that little time. Definitely not something that should cost that much money to reflash.
Wow, u were lucky i guess. Wish i can get it done for free.

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I added the aftermarket hitch to my 14 Limited. It wasnt smooth sailing.

I was moving (from FL to TX) and wanted to tow a 16 foot Uhaul trailer. So I had one of the local dealerships install the tow hitch. They ordered all the parts, installed it, etc. It looked 100% factory and I was pleased. I think it cost around $400-$600 (cant remember specifics). They said everything was working fine and installation was flawless. So I went on my way.

Moving day comes and I go to pick up my Uhaul trailer bright and early at 7am. The Uhaul guys set everything up, attaching it to my Jeep, and plug it in. Except none of the electrical is working. They checked all the fuses and everything is seated properly. They cant figure it out. They even switch trailers with no luck. Somehow I got them to let me drive off their lot with a trailer that didnt have the brake lights/turn signals hooked up since I had movers arriving in less than 2 hours.

I go home and pack up all my shit into the Uhaul (still no electrical at this point). Once packed, I drive to a difference dealership than the one that installed it. I explain whats going on and they take a look at it. They cant figure out what the problem is. Sat there for an hour and half with no luck. At this point I am way behind schedule so I left and started my journey. I stopped at Target and picked up battery powered bicycle lights and adhesive to secure them to the back of the trailer. Figure I can atleast make it look like it has running lights.

Driving down I10 near Tallahassee, FL in the pitch black with no trailer lights. Guess what? I got pulled over. I explained to the officer that the trailer was a rental and I had no idea what the problem was. He didnt write me a ticket but advised me I needed to get off the highway until I can solve the problem. So now I have to spend the night in Tallahassee which was not planned.

The next morning I go to the Tallahassee Jeep dealership at 6 or 7am begging for help. They cant figure it out either. Not a clue. Finally one of their senior guys walks up and says "Let me try something". He leaves for 20 minutes and comes back with a big ol smirk on his face. We have power!

The original Jeep dealership that installed the hitch never did the flash update alerting Jeep of the install. I guess since my vehicle was originally sold without the hitch just installing it wont activate the power. They have to send confirmation to jeep that it has been installed (or something like that). They fixed the problem and I was on my way. Needless to say I learned a lesson that day. Always make sure the electrical is working BEFORE you leave the dealership.



TL;DR: Make sure you test your hitch electrics after the install. A flash update might be missing to make your electrical works.
Crazy story, thats my fear of towing and the electricals dont work. That was a nice cop too, with my luck im sure i would be ticketed.

Question: So did they charge u anything for the flash or was the flash in the price u mentioned ($400-600)?

I will definitely try another dealer and get a quote when i have time.
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Re: Tow package after purchase

Seems to me that a dealer service department that just installed the OEM hitch receiver AND the pigtail for the electrical connections should have checked that the electrical was functional before releasing the vehicle...that's just sloppy work.

There usually is a charge for flashing the code that turns on the tow wiring (which IS installed at the factory back to just in front of the rear bumper on all the JGCs as part of the normal harness) but regardless, it should have been done as part of the dealer installing the hardware. Oy!
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Re: Tow package after purchase

I didnt get charged a dime for the flash. The installing dealership definitely screwed up and I made sure to let them know it. Ultimately I should have checked the electrical myself before driving off the lot. You live and you learn.

I definitely lucked out with that cop. First State Trooper who was an actual human and not a robot. Initially her told me to pull off into a rest stop and sleep in my car till the morning. I told him all my possessions were in this trailer and I didnt feel comfortable sleeping at a rest stop (not a nice one either. the ones that are off the highway with only a bathroom and some vending machines).

This is exactly how the conversation went:

Me: "Officer, I dont feel comfortable sleeping in my car at one of these rest stops overnight"

Officer: "Do you have a gun in the vehicle?"

Me: "Yes..."

Officer: "I'd sleep with it right here (pats his chest)"

Needless to say I took the risk and drove 25 more minutes till I could get off the highway and to a real hotel in Tallahassee
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Re: Tow package after purchase

I got the OEM hitch and installed it myself in about 2hrs. The flash was about $50 for me. Had it done a few weeks ago when I had it in for a recall and oil change. $125 for a flash is ridiculous. call around to other dealers.
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Re: Tow package after purchase

Does the dealer need to perform the flash if I ordered the Jeep with the Trailer Tow Group? I just bought my Jeep and didn't know about the "flash" when I drove it off the lot.
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