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Unread 06-08-2006, 06:09 PM   #1
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Towing Package Aftermarket?

I am about to purchase a Commander with all the options I've been looking for - right color, the whole bit - only problem is no towing package. Does anyone know whether this is something that can be added as an aftermarket accessory? Or is the towing hitch integrated into the frame - thus, you either can have at purchase or not at all. Thanks in advance for any information you can give me.

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Unread 06-08-2006, 07:51 PM   #2
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You can physically have parts put on that'll let you "tow", but it won't be the same unless you change a whole lot. The hitch is obvious, next would be the wiring harness. Also, the 'tow package' includes a tranny cooler and different gears.
Our's (which had the class IV towing package) also has a 'tow' button on the center dash panel that basically locks out overdrive. You can add some of or all of these to tow, but the price will be a lot more than the factory option.
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Unread 06-09-2006, 06:40 PM   #3
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I found out that it could be added for $499 plus tax - that is the 7 way wiring and Class IV towing hitch. Are you saying though, that the gear ratios would not be set up right to tow? Would it not be wise then to try and tow a 4000lb boat with the 4.7L V8 if the towing package was installed aftermarket?

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Unread 06-09-2006, 08:16 PM   #4
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I don't think that you would have any problems, just may not tow as well as ones that are geared different.
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Unread 06-11-2006, 08:38 AM   #5
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The towing package doesn't change the axle gearing - there is only one gear for the 4.7L and it's a 3.73. Most of the structure for the hitch is already there, so one small bolt-on part to fit the 2" hitch insert will complete that. I believe that transmission coolers are standard also. Make sure it has the mechanical engine fan.

If it's at a dealer try to work the tow package into the deal. Good luck.

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Unread 06-11-2006, 03:01 PM   #6
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Yup, they are pretty much standard these days. Mine has everything but the hitch and harness. Dealer said that they could put the "MOPAR" hitch and harness on for $250.
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Unread 06-19-2006, 11:55 PM   #7
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Re: mopar hitch p#s

All the parts are avail for the XK (commander) through Mopar for a OEM style hitch. You'll need the following parts.

1. hitch assm p# 82208228 $89.00 1.25" rated at 3500 lbs or
P# 82209219 $109.00 2.0" rated at 7200 lbs (highly reccomend the 2")
2. install bezel p#82209527 msrp $65.00
3. tow wiring p#82209766 msrp $79.00 (includes both 7 and 4 prong wiring)

After installing the hitch your tow rating will vary depending on your drivetrain options. A 3.7 v6 won't out tow a HEMI of course.

Check out this link: http://www-5.jeep.com/vehsuite/VehicleCompare.jsp
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Unread 06-20-2006, 12:06 AM   #8
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can you provide the website where you received those price quotes?
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Unread 06-20-2006, 12:35 AM   #9
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MOPAR website

sure its MOPAR.COM link: http://www.mopar.com/m_acc_cat.jsp?c...=1150785315844
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Unread 06-20-2006, 09:49 PM   #10
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mine was missing too and dealer quoted me 255 to add the class IV hitch.
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Unread 06-21-2006, 10:35 AM   #11
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As pointed out in this thread, the TOW button on the dash ONLY locks out the 5th gear. You can do the same thing with the "selecto" gear shift (or whatever it's called.)

What I don't like about the TOW switch is that everytime I stop (and turn off the ignition) while on a towing operation. it's necessary to reengage the TOW switch again on startup. For some reason, it always defaults to off when the ignition is switched off. Pain in the *** when towing my boat.

I DON'T understand why it doesn't operate the same as the backup aid. You turn that off and it stays off until you turn it back on.

FYI, the manual also recommends limiting operation with high tow loads and in mountains to 3rd gear as the highest gear. So, in many cases, the TOW switch might as well not be there.

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Unread 07-12-2006, 10:54 AM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mca1977jpsnet
All the parts are avail for the XK (commander) through Mopar for a OEM style hitch. You'll need the following parts.

1. hitch assm p# 82208228 $89.00 1.25" rated at 3500 lbs or
P# 82209219 $109.00 2.0" rated at 7200 lbs (highly reccomend the 2")
2. install bezel p#82209527 msrp $65.00
3. tow wiring p#82209766 msrp $79.00 (includes both 7 and 4 prong wiring)

After installing the hitch your tow rating will vary depending on your drivetrain options. A 3.7 v6 won't out tow a HEMI of course.

Check out this link: http://www-5.jeep.com/vehsuite/VehicleCompare.jsp
The 82209219 part (2") said only 2,000 lbs without weight distributing equipment. Isn't that supposed to be 5,000 lbs? tongue weight seems low as well.

Do you have to have the bezel? They kind of make it sound like it is just to make it look like a factory install.
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