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david1601

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We have a 34' Tiffin Gas. Looking at buying a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk to tow flat and have been assured in can be flat towed. Any thoughts or experience with this?

Also got an estimate for installing baseplate with charge wire and Invisabrake with brake light switch. I am just trying to pick anyone's brain about this setup and making sure I am not missing something. I already had a Demco towbar package I found used.

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If I were you, I would check the operators manual for that particular car and that should tell you about being towed. The owners manual should be your Bible.

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Flute Man wrote:

If I were you, I would check the operators manual for that particular car and that should tell you about being towed. The owners manual should be your Bible.

Jerry Parr


truer words were never spoken. (or written)
the owners manual is the only meaningful source of this information. it matters not what various suppliers say, TL towing guides, etc.
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I just bought a Grand Cherokee, I was looking at newer ones but ended up getting a 2015 with low miles and in great condition. The reason I got the older one was due to the all electric power steering in the new ones. 2015 was the last year they made the power steering hydraulic. I'm not an alarmist, but there have been some reports of wobble when towing.

Apparently, the problem with the all electric power steering is that when the Jeep is being towed, the power is off to the steering, and it provides no dampening when an oscillation starts and it can quickly get out of hand. From what I read, the only way to stop the wobble is to come to a full stop. The hydraulic system does provide dampening, thus the oscillation doesn't progress.

Here's a video of a 2014 Cherokee with all electric showing the problem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwgUAJaeECI

Granted, the reports are few, and under specific conditions (low speed, rough roads, when making turns), but I figured I'd be happy with an older one just the same and avoid the potential problem all together.

On a related note, Jeep admitted to this problem a few years earlier with the Cherokee, and issued a fix (at the consumer's expense). If I remember correctly, it consisted of an extra wiring harness or something, that required the vehicle to be powered on when towing - it activated the power steering to dampen the oscillations. As of a few months ago when I was looking, Jeep had not acknowledged the problem with the Grand Cherokee, and the fix for the Cherokee was not usable on the Grand Cherokee.


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We tow a 2016 Cherokee Trailhawk with no problems. We had to have a Mopar wiring harness installed at our expense ($800 in Canada). The other thing you have to be sure of is that your vehicle has Active Drive II. I don't know a lot about this, but we came close to buying a different model and by chance discovered it was Active Drive I and apparently it cannot be towed. Check carefully in the owner's manual - DO NOT trust the sales person - they are only trying to make a sale and often do not know anything about towing.

It cost us $3000 to set up our Jeep for towing. If we hadn't invested this money in it, we would have got rid of it. We do not particularly enjoy this vehicle but are stuck with it for now.

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Check out the YouTube channel for RVLove. They tow a Trailhawk and have for some time.


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We tow a 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and have not had any problems.

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We tow 3 Jeeps. A 2012 Wrangler, 2015 GC, and 2016 Trailhawk Cherokee. BY FAR, the nicest to tow is the Cherokee. Weight is great, tracks well behind the coach, and is super nice to have a mixture of a little Jeep for off-road or a grocery hauler to get supplies. Why on earth do you need a charge line? And why not the Blue Ox baseplate? It/they are hidden (2 pieces) and very good performance and super easy to install.

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dubdub07 wrote:

We tow 3 Jeeps. A 2012 Wrangler, 2015 GC, and 2016 Trailhawk Cherokee. BY FAR, the nicest to tow is the Cherokee. Weight is great, tracks well behind the coach, and is super nice to have a mixture of a little Jeep for off-road or a grocery hauler to get supplies. Why on earth do you need a charge line? And why not the Blue Ox baseplate? It/they are hidden (2 pieces) and very good performance and super easy to install.

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I wanted the charge line to keep the toad battery charged at all times even if I drive at night or do not unhook for a few days. We plan to go with a Demco baseplate because that is the tow bar I already have.

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We have purchased the Cherokee and I plan to get with the guy installing the baseplate and wiring in a couple of days. He is well known throughout the county for being the best and most knowledgeable about making these installations. With so many options and opinions it is difficult to know exactly what to do. But, I am always open to different opinions.

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