Originally Posted by nick13bat
My point exactly the max towing capacity of the patriot is 2000lbs which means you only can put a class one hitch on it you cannot put a class three hitch on it. Well you could but that would be a waste
No, it isn't a waste at all. I actually installed a Class III hitch for a couple reasons.
( Oh, and incidentally, the Patriot has a 3000lbs max towing capacity over seas. Same vehicle other than the available diesel engine. The Patriot can handle a bit more than the 2000lbs body wise. The weak area is the drivetrain. )
1 - I wanted a 2" receiver opening vs the 1.25" on the MOPAR one and other Class I/II hitches.
2 - It increases your tongue weight from a pathetic 100-150lbs to 350lbs.
I tow a duck hunting boat that is somewhere in the 1500-1700lbs range. I definitely would not attempt to tow over 2000lbs with my 2011( 2.4L CVT w/ OC ). However, I much prefer the heavier Class III hitch with it's increased tongue weight and 2" receiver opening.
I am actually really, REALLY glad I went with an aftermarket Class III on my Patriot vs the MOPAR Class I hitch. I had an axle failure on my duck boat trailer this past fall and thank god I had a heavier hitch on there. If I had that Class I MOPAR hitch I really feel damage to the vehicle would have resulted when the axle snapped and the trailer crashed to the road as I was driving.
If you don't tow much a Class I or II hitch is fine but if you tow a lot or will push the max capacity of the Patriot to me a Class III is a no brainer. You also have more accessory options with a 2" receiver opening as well which appeals to may folks.
My 2011 w/ Reese Class III:
My Patriot with my Duck rig( and NEW trailer ):
Glad I had a Class III when this happened: