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Summit diesel trailer hitch confusion

My '14 Summit Eco has a smooth rear bumper, no gaps, no holes, no recovery hook. There is a center panel that I assumed gets removed/swapped if you add a receiver to the truck. But weird thing is, my truck had the plug-in pigtail for a trailer brake controller in the glovebox.

Hmm.

So, I crawled underneath while dinner was cooking, to look for where a tow hook would mount (I'd really like to have a recovery point on this truck, capable as it is). Lo and behold...I have a receiver under there, WITH the wiring for the trailer plugs! Explains the lack of tow hook...

The "user guide" has a chart with tow weight ratings (7200/720 for a diesel 4x4; page 130). That page also says "vehicles without factory-installed tow packages are limited to 3500/350".

My window sticker has zero mention of factory tow. Or trailer sway control. But damned if the stuff isn't there.

Every other WK2 I saw on the lot (now that's every NON-Summit) had a readily visible receiver, and a line on the window sticker talking about factory tow. But all the Summits I saw on the lot....had the smooth bumper I have.

Now, the center section is apparently designed to pop off - there is a plastic twist-release button at each bottom corner. I popped them loose, but something up top was catching and I didn't want to mess anything up (and dinner was ready). Any Summit owners have input on how to get this thing off?

Does this mean I have the 7200 rating, even though there is zero mention of it in my paperwork anywhere?

Interesting side note - jeep.com's build and price page shows powertrain options, block heater option, rear DVD option, and CD changer option for the Summit. Only those options. However, under "standard equipment" and "what's included"...it shows the tow package.

I'm corn-fuzed....
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:20 PM
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Re: Summit diesel trailer hitch confusion

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My '14 Summit Eco has a smooth rear bumper, no gaps, no holes, no recovery hook. There is a center panel that I assumed gets removed/swapped if you add a receiver to the truck. But weird thing is, my truck had the plug-in pigtail for a trailer brake controller in the glovebox.

Hmm.

So, I crawled underneath while dinner was cooking, to look for where a tow hook would mount (I'd really like to have a recovery point on this truck, capable as it is). Lo and behold...I have a receiver under there, WITH the wiring for the trailer plugs! Explains the lack of tow hook...

The "user guide" has a chart with tow weight ratings (7200/720 for a diesel 4x4; page 130). That page also says "vehicles without factory-installed tow packages are limited to 3500/350".

My window sticker has zero mention of factory tow. Or trailer sway control. But damned if the stuff isn't there.

Every other WK2 I saw on the lot (now that's every NON-Summit) had a readily visible receiver, and a line on the window sticker talking about factory tow. But all the Summits I saw on the lot....had the smooth bumper I have.

Now, the center section is apparently designed to pop off - there is a plastic twist-release button at each bottom corner. I popped them loose, but something up top was catching and I didn't want to mess anything up (and dinner was ready). Any Summit owners have input on how to get this thing off?

Does this mean I have the 7200 rating, even though there is zero mention of it in my paperwork anywhere?

Interesting side note - jeep.com's build and price page shows powertrain options, block heater option, rear DVD option, and CD changer option for the Summit. Only those options. However, under "standard equipment" and "what's included"...it shows the tow package.

I'm corn-fuzed....
Hey hows it going so the hitch cover was a little hard to figure out at first for me too. So what you do is un fasten the two clips and then pull hard at a 45 degree angle. Don't pull straight down and don't bend it up. Just a hard pull at a 45 degree angle it will pop out. First time takes the most force and loosens up a little after that. Yep if you got the summit you have the tow package with hitch built in and the 7200 lbs rating.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:41 PM
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Re: Summit diesel trailer hitch confusion

Yep, 45 degree angle did it, thanks!

Pretty slick. Glad I have something back there (and LOVE that it's totally hidden!). I work for an RV dealer so I'm always dragging something somewhere. I still have my '01 Ram 2500 Cummins for towing heavy, but it's nice to know this is there in case I get stuck and have to tow - like if I need to dolly my XJ or my YJ somewhere.

I do plan on telling work "NOPE, no tow pack on the Grand...gonna have to go home and get my Ram"
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Re: Summit diesel trailer hitch confusion

I really like the Summit especially the hidden hitch. If my SO could have warmed to the interior cover I would have bought one vs the Overland.
I think the smooth cover looks excellent wish it was an Overland option...
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Re: Summit diesel trailer hitch confusion

The main aesthetic thing I liked about the Summit and the Limited, versus the Overland...dark carpet. I have a 92 XJ with tan interior and tan carpet...carpet looks like crap, no matter what I do, no matter how careful I am.
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Re: Summit diesel trailer hitch confusion

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The main aesthetic thing I liked about the Summit and the Limited, versus the Overland...dark carpet. I have a 92 XJ with tan interior and tan carpet...carpet looks like crap, no matter what I do, no matter how careful I am.
hehe I took one look at the brown in the summit and thought "Thats gonna hide some dirt...". I actually do like the brown though, its nice to have something different from the usual sea of black.
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Re: Summit diesel trailer hitch confusion

I love the brown and wanted to order it on my BMW I bought in 2007 but my SO told me it looked like sh_t literally. I loved the brown in the Summit but again the comments from the SO. We don't get the beige dirty at all because I detail the vehicles often and no kids in the vehicles helps too.
Still I think the brown is very classy...
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Dont get me wrong, I like beige and/or light tan interiors and I've had em a few times but they're tough to live with around here in a get stuff done vehicle.
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