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Old 08-26-2014, 01:27 AM
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

I think ill be towing under 3500 for sure. 2 quads+trailer im sure that doesnt equal to over 3500. I think going aftermarket would be the way to go. Im still having a hard time understanding even if i go oem i wont get the full capacity of 7400 lbs to tow... why is thay? Cause of the gears, engine/tranny cooler. Somr input would help.

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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

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I think ill be towing under 3500 for sure. 2 quads+trailer im sure that doesnt equal to over 3500. I think going aftermarket would be the way to go. Im still having a hard time understanding even if i go oem i wont get the full capacity of 7400 lbs to tow... why is thay? Cause of the gears, engine/tranny cooler. Somr input would help.

Looking at Jeep's site the trailer tow IV group includes: 180 amp alternator, wire harness, receiver hitch, delete rear tow hook, full size spare, heavy duty engine cooling and rear load leveling suspension.

Don't know what amperage the base alternator is, looked at a few stickers and don't see it designated, so that may need to be upgraded depending. The main limiter looks to be the cooling and springs.


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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

Yup, my factory towing package didn't get the HD stuff, guess they figures a 5,000 lb rated V6 didn't need it. Just can say on a hot Florida day nothing heats up any more when towing than not and the hitch drops about an inch with a 460 lb tongue weght.

Have considered adding the HD radiator (bolts in) and Air Lifts for the back but why ? Also the 160A alternator is pleanty to even charge the trailer battery and run the fridge through the Bargman.
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Is the stock/base alternator 160A or less?
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Is the stock/base alternator 160A or less?
I think it says on jeep.com its standard 180.
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

I plan on installing the Curt version. I only haul my bikes, cargo hauler and my snowblower in the winter. Plus its only $124 shipped on ebay. I also discovered the other day that i have the trailer harness behind by back bumper ready to go. I plan on having the dealer activate it for me so its ready to go when i need it (and yes i bought the adapter for a 4way/7way outlet). Its really not that bad looking at all and it doesnt take away from the flow of the rear bumper like the stock version does. All it needs is the "Jeep" black hitch cover to finish it off.

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Yea i like the curt too.
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

If I may ask, what did you end up doing for a solution? I was in the same boat. I factory tow package was an option I was looking for , but it really narrowed my search. I was looking specifically for a 2011 70th anniversary edition in the Bronze Star Pearlcoat. When one popped up without tow package I started exploring.

In the end, I bought a Jeep GC that was CPO and they included the hitch and installation in the deal. I bought it a week and a half ago and it goes in this Friday for installation. Dealer said they need 4 hours, I am hoping it goes much quicker.

I'd post pics, but I am a new member and haven't completely figured the forum out, but know that I don't have photo posting privileges.
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This should help:
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I plan on installing the Curt version. I only haul my bikes, cargo hauler and my snowblower in the winter. Plus its only $124 shipped on ebay. I also discovered the other day that i have the trailer harness behind by back bumper ready to go. I plan on having the dealer activate it for me so its ready to go when i need it (and yes i bought the adapter for a 4way/7way outlet). Its really not that bad looking at all and it doesnt take away from the flow of the rear bumper like the stock version does. All it needs is the "Jeep" black hitch cover to finish it off.

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I bought the Curt off Amazon for $116 shipped. I bought the round tube version as opposed to the square tube. Installation time was literally about 7 minutes.
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Re: Trailer Hitch Installation

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I plan on installing the Curt version. I only haul my bikes, cargo hauler and my snowblower in the winter. Plus its only $124 shipped on ebay. I also discovered the other day that i have the trailer harness behind by back bumper ready to go. I plan on having the dealer activate it for me so its ready to go when i need it (and yes i bought the adapter for a 4way/7way outlet). Its really not that bad looking at all and it doesnt take away from the flow of the rear bumper like the stock version does. All it needs is the "Jeep" black hitch cover to finish it off.

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Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch 13065 for Jeep Grand Cherokee | eBay
Hi,

this looks extremely interesting. I was wondering what needs to be done with wiring? I believe the wk2 JGC should have some of the wiring done already, is it true?
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this looks extremely interesting. I was wondering what needs to be done with wiring? I believe the wk2 JGC should have some of the wiring done already, is it true?
thanks in advance
My Jeep already has the stock wiring harness in place. I just need to get the sales code added in by the dealer to activate it and im all set

I bought an adapter harness from etrailer.com that plugs directly into the stock connector which yields a flat 4-pin connector on the opposite end.
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