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Unread 09-14-2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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Towing Hitch

so when we bought our Jeep it didn't come with a towing hitch and now that I'm buying a 4 wheeler and don't have a truck to load it in, we're buying a trailer but I sorta need a hitch to do so... what is the best one you guys would recommend, I may buy one of eBay just cuz that's the cheapest route, but I want a good feedback from the guys who live Jeep! TIA

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Unread 09-14-2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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There's 2 types of hitches you can get. One drops the hitch right below the bumper. The second one is more a a cleaner look and requires cutting of the bumper. Both attach the same way using 4 bolts. Install is super easy once you get the bumper off.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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If you have a 3.7 then I'd get a class III hitch.

If you have any of the V8s you'll want a class IV hitch.
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Unread 09-15-2013, 08:39 AM   #4
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You are also going to have get the factory wiring harness and install it. You will have to bring it to the dealer to have the computer flashed to make the lights work.
I would use a class 4 hitch because it allows you to use a heavier duty drawbar.
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Unread 09-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #5
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You are also going to have get the factory wiring harness and install it. You will have to bring it to the dealer to have the computer flashed to make the lights work.
I would use a class 4 hitch because it allows you to use a heavier duty drawbar.
The '06 WK we had had the tow package minus the hitch

tow/haul mode; trans cooler - no hitch. I added the hitch and was good to go.
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The '06 WK we had had the tow package minus the hitch

tow/haul mode; trans cooler - no hitch. I added the hitch and was good to go.
Was the wiring harness installed from the factory and just tucked up out of the way or something?
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Unread 09-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #7
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I have a CURT class III hitch that I'm selling. If you're interested, PM me.
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Unread 09-15-2013, 11:57 AM   #8
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Was the wiring harness installed from the factory and just tucked up out of the way or something?
Yes - it was tucked up under the bumper same spot the 4flat is on the rigs with factory 7blade plugs. When the hitch was intalled they just pig tailed onto that to run to the actuall hitch.
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so I have a few friends that know how to do this but the wiring harness from the package wont work and sync up to my brakes...? this is so damn confusing I was going to just buy an eBay class 3 and the wiring harness that comes with it!
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Unread 09-15-2013, 10:51 PM   #10
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I'm so confused here guys i'm making this harder than it has to be I know but ya!
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Unread 09-16-2013, 05:48 AM   #11
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As far as the wiring it depends if you have the tow prep package; as noted above look to see if you have the wiring first. If not I would only use an OE Chrysler harness. I did that with my 98 ZJ and it has always worked. Cheap aftermarket wiring + Chrysler electronics = problems.
What kind of trailer brakes does the trailer have? If they are electric drums you need the harness and a brake controller in the Jeep to control the brakes. If it had hydraulic surge brakes then you still need the harness for the lights but no controller.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 09:15 AM   #12
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I found the cheapest way was to go to the junk yard for the class IV hitch then let Jeep screw with the lights. You can put on a brake controller yourself if you follow the controller instructions to the letter. Especially since you can't get the lights to work any other way. I'd try a trailer place for a quality controller. No junk Walmart stuff.

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Unread 09-17-2013, 11:32 AM   #13
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I found the cheapest way was to go to the junk yard for the class IV hitch then let Jeep screw with the lights. You can put on a brake controller yourself if you follow the controller instructions to the letter. Especially since you can't get the lights to work any other way. I'd try a trailer place for a quality controller. No junk Walmart stuff.

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Unread 09-18-2013, 08:23 PM   #14
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guess I'm not sure what I'm looking for I'm jeep challenged... Lol anyways I found a little box under the left hand facing under
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Unread 09-22-2013, 08:07 PM   #15
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Hey guys I'm looking to add a tow package to my bare bones 3.7 laredo.

When everything is said and done how much can I expect to pay including dealership fees for wiring etc? Not sure if it is worth doing thats why I ask, might just try to borrow my friends truck from time to time if it will be too pricey.
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