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Old 12-24-2013, 11:00 AM
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I was thinking if the frame is strong enough for the tow hooks, cross member may not be necessary.
Hoping......may be a very simple and clean install
Could it be that the the tow-hooked Trailhawk has a cross member installed for added strength, and the other trim levels do not? The Cherokee is not a truck frame design.

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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

I just took a look, there is a cross member on my TH behind the front grill that connects the two tow hooks
that should make the tow bar attach super easy
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

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I just took a look at the Roadmaster instructions for the 2014 Trailhawk - and ...................NO CROSS MEMBER.

Is that making me feel good - YES. Of course, they went in where the tow hooks are - but on the Limited???

http://www.roadmasterinc.com/pdfinst/521446-4.pdf


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Roadmaster eliminated the tow hooks and has a very complicated install.....I'll wait to see what blue ox comes up with.....
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:25 AM
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

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Roadmaster eliminated the tow hooks and has a very complicated install.....I'll wait to see what blue ox comes up with.....
After my post I then looked down the page at the steps. Yes, you are right on, really messy. YUK. Going to be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the loaded Limited instructions.

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Old 12-24-2013, 11:28 AM
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I just took a look, there is a cross member on my TH behind the front grill that connects the two tow hooks
that should make the tow bar attach super easy
OK, so the question now is does this factory cross member exist on the Limited and Latitude? Or is it just factory installed on tow-hooked Trailhawks? IIRC, AD II is required for flat towing, and that's not available on the Sport, but is an option on the Limited and Latitude. {Corrections and further information welcome!!!}

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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

yeah, if you have all those driving sensors in the bumper it may get a bit trickier, we'll see......
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

the cross member on my TH is like a metal front bumper behind the plastic one, I would think it would be easy to identify on the other trims, just bring a flashlight an look around
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

Here are some comments I just posted on an RV forum where the same discussion has been ongoing:

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Possible reason for cross member being eliminated for the Cherokee.

My son is an engineer and he does a lot of front end parts. Thus, he is involved with crash testing periodically. When I mentioned that the cross member had been eliminated by Demco and Road Master he asked me if I'd looked at the IIHS crash testing. He gave me a bit of an education this evening.

You can see the overlap front crash testing here.




Note how well the Cherokee stood up. When I showed him the Demco and Roadmaster instructions and he got a look at the front end parts in the photos, he said that it might well be that Jeep built a very strong front end in order to get a good rating in the IIHS tests - and so much so that it eliminated the need for the cross member.

Also interesting to note the overall rating of the IIHS for the Cherokee- top safety pick in its class. Very nice to see that rating.

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And as Steve would say, there is one more thing. Here is the side impact test - also a good result.




Needless to say, I've made a point of showing my wife the really safe car I picked for her.
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

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the cross member on my TH is like a metal front bumper behind the plastic one, I would think it would be easy to identify on the other trims, just bring a flashlight an look around
My son observed that in Demco and Roadmaster installation photos and had the same conclusion as you gator.
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV. Roadmaster ok with adaptive cruise.

Roadmaster now says their tow bar will work with adaptive cruise control
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Re: Flat towing behind an RV. Roadmaster ok with adaptive cruise.

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Roadmaster now says their tow bar will work with adaptive cruise control
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That is good news. Now, I'm hoping Blue Ox will find the same thing.

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Re: Flat towing behind an RV

Have to hold back on the joy. They are still only commenting on Trail Hawk and we've got a Limited.

I'm hoping the front ends on all of them are identical.
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