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Unread 05-11-2008, 06:57 PM   #1
Hinterlander
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Patriot Factory Tow Harness Install

I installed a Draw-Tite 2" receiver hitch on my '08 Patriot today without any problem. I bought the '08 Patriot with the factory tow prep package figuring it would be a ten minute job to install the wiring harness, like the old days. I pulled the monster harness out of it's bag and found three relays, a multitude of connectors and a very cryptic instruction sheet. It doesn't look like any of it is very difficult with the exception of mounting the relays.

Has anyone here done this install? The instruction sheet does not clearly show where the relays are mounted. Will I need to pull the hitch back off to route the harness? Any help would be appreciated.

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Unread 05-12-2008, 07:24 AM   #2
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For those that have done the install, common practice is to install the harness before installing the hitch, so it may be beneficial to remove the hitch due to lack of space. Don't worry, it's still not a huge job - I installed my harness and hitch in about 75 minutes in the dark. There's a great pictorial here.
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Unread 05-12-2008, 01:30 PM   #3
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Thanks TJinWV for passing those photos along. Also, having deepwell and standard 15/16th sockets, plus a good 15/16" combo wrench makes the hitch install much easier. I would have installed the wiring first, but I needed to move a log splitter over the weekend and didn't need the lights. Oh well, 10 minute job to pull the hitch.
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