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post #1 of 5 Old 11-28-2018, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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2011 JGC - can towing be added?

Looking at a used JGC Laredo that doesn't have the towing package installed...can a hitch be added after the fact? What normally comes included in the towing package? Is the wiring harness there (just no hitch)?

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post #2 of 5 Old 11-28-2018, 03:47 PM
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Looking at a used JGC Laredo that doesn't have the towing package installed...can a hitch be added after the fact? What normally comes included in the towing package? Is the wiring harness there (just no hitch)?

Thanks.
So technically no.

Here's the thing.

You can add a hitch and wiring. And you can tow with it up to the legal tow rating of a WK2 without the towing package (which is normally around 2k#).

The tow package, depending on year/model/engine usually includes something else like a rear self-leveling suspension, and sometimes other things like heavier duty brakes or higher output charging system etc.

Vehicles that come with that package have an increased rated capacity of 5000# or 6500# (iirc, for the V6, other motors might be more).

But, and here's the trick, there's no legal way to add the components and claim you've got the higher rating. Meaning if you tow more than the rating (probably 2k#) and have an accident you could be in trouble.

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So technically no.

Here's the thing.

You can add a hitch and wiring. And you can tow with it up to the legal tow rating of a WK2 without the towing package (which is normally around 2k#).

The tow package, depending on year/model/engine usually includes something else like a rear self-leveling suspension, and sometimes other things like heavier duty brakes or higher output charging system etc.

Vehicles that come with that package have an increased rated capacity of 5000# or 6500# (iirc, for the V6, other motors might be more).

But, and here's the trick, there's no legal way to add the components and claim you've got the higher rating. Meaning if you tow more than the rating (probably 2k#) and have an accident you could be in trouble.
Thanks...didn't really think about the issue if there was ever an accident. Guess I'll keep looking (fortunately there are a large number of WK2's out there now).
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All 2011 WK2's have a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. The 4.7 L with the tow package from the factory can tow 7200 lbs.

TRAILER TOWING(a)
ENGINE AXLE RATIO MAXIMUM TRAILER WEIGHT (B) LBS. (KG)
2WD
3.6-liter V-6 3.06 5000 (2269)
5.7-liter V-8 3.47 7400 (3400)

4WD
3.6-liter V-6 3.06 5000 (2269)
5.7-liter V-8 3.47 7400 (3400)
(a) All models can tow trailers up to 5,000 pounds with the addition of a trailer hitch. For towing heavier trailers up to the Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings shown in the Trailer Towing chart, the vehicle must be equipped with the Trailer Tow Group Class IV for the 5.7-liter engines for North America.
(b) Maximum Trailer Weight = GCWR - Curb Wt. with hitch - 300 lbs. (allowance for driver and passenger) and must be decreased by the weight of optional equipment, cargo and additional passengers. Maximum trailer weights shown are rounded to the nearest 50 lbs. Tongue weight should be 10-15% of loaded trailer weight but may not cause vehicle to exceed GVWR or GAWR.
Load equalizing hitch recommended for trailers over 2,000 pounds.
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All 2011 WK2's have a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. The 4.7 L with the tow package from the factory can tow 7200 lbs.

TRAILER TOWING(a)
ENGINE AXLE RATIO MAXIMUM TRAILER WEIGHT (B) LBS. (KG)
2WD
3.6-liter V-6 3.06 5000 (2269)
5.7-liter V-8 3.47 7400 (3400)

4WD
3.6-liter V-6 3.06 5000 (2269)
5.7-liter V-8 3.47 7400 (3400)
(a) All models can tow trailers up to 5,000 pounds with the addition of a trailer hitch. For towing heavier trailers up to the Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings shown in the Trailer Towing chart, the vehicle must be equipped with the Trailer Tow Group Class IV for the 5.7-liter engines for North America.
(b) Maximum Trailer Weight = GCWR - Curb Wt. with hitch - 300 lbs. (allowance for driver and passenger) and must be decreased by the weight of optional equipment, cargo and additional passengers. Maximum trailer weights shown are rounded to the nearest 50 lbs. Tongue weight should be 10-15% of loaded trailer weight but may not cause vehicle to exceed GVWR or GAWR.
Load equalizing hitch recommended for trailers over 2,000 pounds.
I didn't realize the WK2 was originally like that (I.e. normal lol). So when did they change it to what I described and how it is today? Was it 12' or later?

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