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Unread 06-08-2014, 08:30 AM   #1
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Tow Package Question

Can the tow package be a dealer installed option? I noticed when looking at 14' limited models many don't have the tow package. I'm skeptical the dealer installed option wouldn't include all the features of the factory installed option.

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Unread 06-08-2014, 08:43 AM   #2
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The tow hitch can be dealer installed and is the most often install with dealers calling them "tow packages." However, it is not the entire package and you will be missing the load leveling shocks, upgraded alternator and transmission cooler.

The entire package can be ordered and installed by the dealer, but it is WAY more expensive then getting the package from the factory and there seems to be a national shortage of the MOPAR load leveling suspension.

There are disagreements on weight class. My dealer says they are good for 6,200 lbs but Chrysler says just the hitch is only good for 5,000 lbs.
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Unread 06-08-2014, 09:23 AM   #3
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The 2014 V6 is rated at 6,200lbs and the V8 is rated at 7,200lbs on the jeep website. Not sure where you're getting 5,000
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The 2014 V6 is rated at 6,200lbs and the V8 is rated at 7,200lbs on the jeep website. Not sure where you're getting 5,000
They (Jeep) used to differentiate between models that came from the factory with the tow group and those with the add on hitch accessory. I think they just spec the tow package today and don't seem to mention the add on. WK2s with the add on hitch used to be rated at 5000 lbs regardless. So there is some confusion. If you plan to tow a lot, get the factory installed tow group. The V6 will have a larger capacity V8 radiator installed, you will have all the wiring installed as well as activated..
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Unread 06-08-2014, 04:57 PM   #5
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The 2014 V6 is rated at 6,200lbs and the V8 is rated at 7,200lbs on the jeep website. Not sure where you're getting 5,000
That's for factory installed tow packages. Aftermarket install, including with the OEM parts, generally has had a lower limit historically.
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Usually when you go over 5,000 lbs., you need to have a weight distribution hitch and bars. The receiver on the Jeep is only rated for 5,000 lbs. without them.
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Usually when you go over 5,000 lbs., you need to have a weight distribution hitch and bars. The receiver on the Jeep is only rated for 5,000 lbs. without them.
You also get upgraded brakes with the tow package
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Unread 06-08-2014, 09:25 PM   #8
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To the OPs question, yes it seems finding a 14 with the tow package is a bit hard to do. For what it's worth I installed the Mopar hitch after the fact, cut into the bumper just like the tow package would be. But therefore I don't have load leveling shocks.

Pulling the 4-5k pound boat/trailer around this spring/early summer there is no perceptible trans temp change. 2 degrees F at most vs non towing. (I have v8). Brakes are fine (trailer has disc brakes anyway). Tongue weight on my trailer is around 200-250 lbs. Rear suspension drops about an inch. I might install load leveling shocks in a couple years.

The world won't end if you don't have the factory tow at least in the 4,000-5,000 pound range.
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What do the load-leveling shocks do for the overall ride? Is it a stiffer ride? And can they be added later? Expensive?
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They do exactly what they say, as you increase the load on the rear end instead of sagging through a hydro-pneumatic system that pumps more fluid into the shocks they maintain the same level.

Yes they can be added after the fact, but currently only the MOPAR shocks as Jeep has a unique mounting clamp. I've checked with my local after-market guy and currently no one makes load leveling shocks for the '14 WK2s.

Yes they are more expensive about $250 per shock, if you can find them.
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The 2014 V6 is rated at 6,200lbs and the V8 is rated at 7,200lbs on the jeep website. Not sure where you're getting 5,000
I called Chrysler as they state 6,200 labs when appropriately equipped. According to Chrysler appropriately equipped means "tow package from the factory." Dealer tow add-ons are limited to 5,000 lbs.
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Unread 06-09-2014, 05:14 AM   #12
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You also get upgraded brakes with the tow package
Not according to Chrysler. This is the group;

" 7 and 4 Pin Wiring Harness
Class IV Receiver Hitch
Delete Rear Tow Hook
Full Size Spare Tire
Steel Spare Wheel
Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
Normal Duty Suspension
Rear Load Leveling Suspension
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Ken, it depends upon the trim level...some trim includes the beefier brakes already.
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Unread 06-09-2014, 07:10 AM   #14
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Not according to Chrysler. This is the group;

" 7 and 4 Pin Wiring Harness
Class IV Receiver Hitch
Delete Rear Tow Hook
Full Size Spare Tire
Steel Spare Wheel
Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
Normal Duty Suspension
Rear Load Leveling Suspension
I stand corrected. On my window sticker it says:
Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Heavy Duty Brakes
Anti-Lock brakes are equipped with electronic sensors that prevent wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking or slippery conditions.
This upgrade is actually part of the Hemi engine selection. I thought it was under the tow package which would make sense.
Thanks for the catch.
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Unread 06-14-2014, 12:53 AM   #15
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Anyone know if the VIN code will tell me if I have the tow package with rear load leveling? I have the hitch and 7 pin, but I don't believe I have the leveling suspension. I have a 3500 dully for real towing, I was just curious if my oil burner GC had it
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