As long as you get a harness that has the relays you'll be OK. There are a couple of aftermarket ones that work well, I'll let those who have them fill in the blanks. I did my own install and didn't really think it was hard.
I'll recommend getting a hitch with a 2" receiver not for towing capacity but for far more aftermarket options available than the 1 1/2". Lots of good one out there.
I called around and got several quotes -- It sounds like a Class III w/2" receiver is the most common route and is all that the local places have in stock.
If I have an aftermarket harness installed, will it require a reflash or anything?
I picked up a Curt Class 3 for 180 bucks and installed it myself in about 45 minutes. I ordered the Jeep wiring harness as I am a little iffy when it comes to altering electrical with aftermarket stuff, I also ordered the oil cooler now just trying to find a half decent tent trailer around here.
Damn you guys have things so much better over there! Here, the stealership wants just shy of 1000 euros for a detachable tow hook installation. A Jeep parts store is selling the parts for about 750€. I feel these prices are ridiculous.
I am left wondering, could I order the parts from the U.S. or would the shipping costs kill me? I'm not really looking to tow anything, I would just like the mount point for possible spare tire holder, expedition antenna, tow/lift point etc. Since off-road performance is an issue, I take it I would have to cut into the rear bumper?
It's a Jeep Patriot thing. You wouldn't understand.
I just had a hitch & harness installed by UHaul. I was a little iffy about the aftermarket electrical but went with UHaul for price (and my neighbor, who I do trust is the manager there). The receiver, harness, ball & riser/mount, and installation came to about $320. I don't have any plans on actually towing anything right now and am planning on using it entirely for a cargo rack and bike rack; I think if I were to tow, I'd probably get the factory oil cooler installed.
I'm very impressed with the hitch and it looks aesthetically nice, as it's nearly entirely concealed behind the bumper.
Have the Hitch, the Oil Cooler and The Mopar wiring harness all installed. Not sure why the instructions for the cooler tell you to drain all the oil and coolant. I just took the oil filter off and lost about two tablespoons of oil. I did use about four liters of coolant while removing the hoses and installing the new ones. The hardest part I found was installing the wiring harness as I was laying on my back in the driveway trying to snake the cable underneath to avoid any moving parts. I pick up my pop up trailer on Wednesday, found a 10 foot that weighs 1500lbs unloaded so that gives me some freedom to store the essentials in it while towing. I will repost after a weekend trip to let you know how it worked out.
Just going over the instructions for the wiring harness, in my 2009 Compass I left the wire that can be cut intact is this correct? Step 24 b only mentions the Patriot not the Compass so I didn't cut the wire.
Your help is appreciated