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Unread 11-17-2014, 03:39 PM   #1
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Roof Rack vs Trailer Hitch...

Hello all! I'm a new member and also the new owner of a 2012 Jeep KK Latitude. I don't even have the truck in my possession yet and I'm already reading about customization and all of the goodies i can get

As the truck gets a new bumper I'm pondering over the possibility of having the dealership install a trailer hitch for $400. See, right now I have no need for a trailer hitch besides for a bike rack and snowboard rack. But, having a Jeep with a Sky Slider roof gives me less options on the roof rack. I can go ahead and buy the Rocky Road bars for $200 and add a Thule or Yakima snowboard and bike rack but I'm wondering about the quality of the Rocky Road rack:
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Snowboard season is coming up quick and I'm weary of driving to Michigan's Upper Peninsula 10 or so times with multiple wet skis and boards in my nice new leather interior!!!

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.



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Unread 11-17-2014, 05:05 PM   #2
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Trailer hitch install is VERY easy. can be done in about 1/2 hour with two people. It bolts right in. Save yourself the money and follow the included instructions. Be sure to also get the wiring kit. Also to get to the full 3500/5000lbs towing capacity you need to get the aux engine cooler http://www.lostjeeps.com/forum/phpBB...?f=104&t=76451
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Unread 11-17-2014, 06:39 PM   #3
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i also vote hitch for three reasons,
easy access to items (bikes on roof is a pain)
better gas milages all the time and much better in use.
don't have to worry about sky slider damage (btw i have the factory rails they work fine i just can't open the roof with cross members on.

finally you don't need to do wiring for bike or snowboard rack. I had my hitch a full year before i installed wiring so i could tow when i moved. (also got my curt hitch for like $120 and self installed)
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Unread 11-17-2014, 09:34 PM   #4
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i also vote hitch for three reasons,
easy access to items (bikes on roof is a pain)
better gas milages all the time and much better in use.
don't have to worry about sky slider damage (btw i have the factory rails they work fine i just can't open the roof with cross members on.

finally you don't need to do wiring for bike or snowboard rack. I had my hitch a full year before i installed wiring so i could tow when i moved. (also got my curt hitch for like $120 and self installed)
x2.
I'd get the Mopar hitch.
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Unread 11-17-2014, 10:44 PM   #5
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Since you have a skyslider, I would just get the mopar hitch and install it myself. It's just six bolts and really easy. If/when you need the wiring, the curt 4 way flat is cheap and easy to install.
My snowboard lives in a bag inside my KK from Dec till April, never had a problem unless you've got more than three passengers
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Unread 11-18-2014, 04:08 AM   #6
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Since you have a skyslider, I would just get the mopar hitch and install it myself. It's just six bolts and really easy. If/when you need the wiring, the curt 4 way flat is cheap and easy to install.
My snowboard lives in a bag inside my KK from Dec till April, never had a problem unless you've got more than three passengers
You're right. There is tons of room for gear inside the KK.
It's nice that the back seats fold flat and most models the passenger side front seat does as well. That's how I haul my skiing gear as well.
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Unread 11-18-2014, 06:41 AM   #7
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Because of the Skyslider, I agree with the hitch.
You can always get a hitch cargo carrier for extra room if necessary when the bike rack or snowboard carrier are not in use.
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Unread 11-18-2014, 09:41 AM   #8
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I have a skyslider and use hitch for bikes and roof for boards/skis. I put boards and skis up top because I can carry more of my friends' gear.
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Unread 11-19-2014, 02:04 PM   #9
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Thanks a lot guys, i appreciate the responses. I'm going to hold on the roof rack and stick with storing inside/adding the hitch myself.
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Unread 11-19-2014, 11:06 PM   #10
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Thanks a lot guys, i appreciate the responses. I'm going to hold on the roof rack and stick with storing inside/adding the hitch myself.
Research the difference between the aftermarket hitches versus the Mopar one. The Mopar one looks better, and doesn't change your ground clearance.
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Unread 11-19-2014, 11:50 PM   #11
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You can get the mopar one for around $200 if you shop around. Most dealers will price match or at least knock down the price a little
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Unread 11-20-2014, 06:35 AM   #12
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Research the difference between the aftermarket hitches versus the Mopar one. The Mopar one looks better, and doesn't change your ground clearance.
^^^^^ This
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Unread 11-25-2014, 08:12 PM   #13
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research the difference between the aftermarket hitches versus the mopar one. The mopar one looks better, and doesn't change your ground clearance.
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