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post #1 of 11 Old 03-20-2009, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Where do you recomend I get my trailer Hitch

I'm looking for a trailer hitch for a 2000 Jeep Wranger. Any recommendations for websites to check out? I'll just be pulling a little 4X8 trailer and I want a 2" receiver. class II or III.

I'd be interested in a used one also.


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post #2 of 11 Old 03-20-2009, 05:50 PM
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Class II is for hitch mounted bicycle racks. Class III is for towing trailers and off-road recovery.

Try www.e-trailer.com and www.jcwhitney.com

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Class II is also not 2" square. Class 3+ are 2" square. As for where to get one, if you aren't convinced on something brand new I would check your local junk yards, I got my hitch for $20. It had to be cleaned up but for the price it was well worth it.
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also check the yellowpages under trailers... support your local businesses...

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Ordered one from JCWhitney, It arrived yesterday and I hope to put it on this weekend. Would have like to bought it locally but everyone was WAY too high. Cheapest one I found local was $200. Local wrecking yards didn't have one either.

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post #6 of 11 Old 12-03-2010, 09:16 PM
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got one for an 88 at Advance Auto Parts. shipped to the the store in 2 days and took about an hour to install. I think I paid $125. Universal wiring kit was about $10.-$15. and took an hour or two and a manual with wiring diagrams. Already had drawbar and ball but they would run about $35 I guess. Nothing was real hard, just read directions.
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Class II is for hitch mounted bicycle racks. Class III is for towing trailers and off-road recovery.

Try www.e-trailer.com and www.jcwhitney.com
I realize this thread is old (it just got bumped back up) but my class II is rated for 3500 pounds. That is plenty enough for a TJ, being that the tow rating is only 2,000 pounds.

However, it is only a 1.25" receiver. You can still use a 2" ball though.

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For future reference a new bumper with a hitch receiver built in would be a much better purchase.

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For future reference a new bumper with a hitch receiver built in would be a much better purchase.
Check to be sure a bumper is Tow-Rated. Some bumpers have a 2" Receiver built yet they DO NOT reccomend towing. It is there for recovery and bike/cargo racks only. This is probably an insurance issue for the bumper company but it may also be an issue for the Jeep owner.
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Check to be sure a bumper is Tow-Rated. Some bumpers have a 2" Receiver built yet they DO NOT reccomend towing. It is there for recovery and bike/cargo racks only. This is probably an insurance issue for the bumper company but it may also be an issue for the Jeep owner.
It is 100% for insurance reasons. It is very expensive for them to get it tow rated, and if somebody did tow with it and something happened they don't want to be respoinsible.

But think about it. What is more stressful, towing a <2,000 pound load (TJ tow rating) down the street or yanking repeatedly on a >4,000 pound vehicle that won't budge. If I couldn't trust it to tow, there is no way I would trust it for the smallest recovery.

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It is 100% for insurance reasons. It is very expensive for them to get it tow rated, and if somebody did tow with it and something happened they don't want to be respoinsible.

But think about it. What is more stressful, towing a <2,000 pound load (TJ tow rating) down the street or yanking repeatedly on a >4,000 pound vehicle that won't budge. If I couldn't trust it to tow, there is no way I would trust it for the smallest recovery.

I understand what you are saying and it is probably capable of pulling a trailer. My point was; will the Jeep owners auto insurance cover any mishap while towing with a mount not rated for towing? Hopefully, there will never be a need to find out.
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