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Unread 04-14-2014, 11:16 AM   #1
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2014 WK2 Towing questions and hitch install

Ive got a Laredo E, Im installing the Mopar class 4 hitch this weekend. Im wondering is the 7 pin connector would control trailer equipped with brakes through the vehicle somehow or is a brake controller required? Ive got the towing group just didnt get the hitch.

I read somewhere that after the hitch is insalled that the computer needs to be flashed to activate the wiring? -Not sure if thats BS or not.

Im preparing to tow my LJ with the Wk2 if I can aquire a trailer and just want to make sure the vehicle is prepared for that.

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Unread 04-14-2014, 11:35 AM   #2
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You need a brake controller, if your trailer brakes need one. The OEM wiring harness does not include one. Many trailers these days have surge brakes that don't need a controller. If you don't already have a trailer, look for one that doesn't need it.
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Unread 04-14-2014, 12:27 PM   #3
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Hope you are not pulling any major distances.
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Unread 04-14-2014, 12:32 PM   #4
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Hope you are not pulling any major distances.
What's the issue? Total weight? OP didn't say which engine he has, but he could have a max tow weight of over 7000lb, couldn't he? My Overland is 7200 - would have been 7400 if it wasn't a 4x4.
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What's the issue? Total weight? OP didn't say which engine he has, but he could have a max tow weight of over 7000lb, couldn't he? My Overland is 7200 - would have been 7400 if it wasn't a 4x4.
All Laredo's have the v6. He doesn't have the tow package so he has a 5000LB tow rating. A LJ+Trailer is going to exceed that 5000LB.

It's certainly not an impossible feat, it just doesn't sound like much fun.
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Unread 04-14-2014, 12:37 PM   #6
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All Laredo's have the v6. He doesn't have the tow package so he has a 5000LB tow rating. A LJ+Trailer is going to exceed that 5000LB.

It's certainly not an impossible feat, it just doesn't sound like much fun.
Ah, didn't realize the Laredo's couldn't have an upgraded engine. I guess that starts with the Limited.
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I have the tow package, the hitch was optional even though it came with the tow group. And I have a 6200lb capacity the jeep should be fine
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Unread 04-14-2014, 01:39 PM   #8
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You will certainly need a trailer, if you get one, with its own brakes. You got the towing package with no hitch? Seems strange. Whoever is installing the hitch should insure that the connector is set up correctly and will control your trailer brakes. You will be at max or over with pulling the 4 door. Better check.
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Unread 04-14-2014, 01:45 PM   #9
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I've got a 2dr unlimited. I weigh around 3400lbs
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I have the tow package, the hitch was optional even though it came with the tow group. And I have a 6200lb capacity the jeep should be fine
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Unread 04-14-2014, 02:32 PM   #11
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All the tow package has is an upgraded cooling system, heavy duty alternator, and hitch. I guess because I have the off road adventure group, I got the cooling system upgrade and alternator, and skid plates, however I didn't get the hitch. So I purchased the Mopar receiver
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All the tow package has is an upgraded cooling system, heavy duty alternator, and hitch. I guess because I have the off road adventure group, I got the cooling system upgrade and alternator, and skid plates, however I didn't get the hitch. So I purchased the Mopar receiver
rear suspension is different as well
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Unread 04-14-2014, 02:49 PM   #13
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rear suspension is different as well
Yes it has different shocks as well, I don't have those....
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So then you don't actually have the tow package
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So then you don't actually have the tow package
Lol, sure technically after I install the hitch and connector I won't have the load leveling shocks so I won't have the "complete" package.
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