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Posted: 01/01/21 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We purchased a new Jeep Trailhawk in 2014. We found this Jeep had the transfer case neutral button which would allow flat towing behind our motorhome. The salesman and the owners manual confirmed that this Jeep could flat tow. A couple of years ago I purchased the base plates and related tow equipment to install myself. I later found out I would need to take it to the dealer to have a flat tow wiring harness installed. After dropping it off the dealer called and said this vehicle can not be flat towed. It has to be all four off the ground to two.[emoticon] I called the Jeep customer service 800 number to check for sure and they said based on my VIN the Trailhawk doesn't have the right power train. So frustrated to find this out. I see so many Trailhawks being towed.

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Sorry to hear your news. Towing capability has always been a slipery slope going back many years. I was concerned about our 14 JGC towing due to Jeeps Death Wobble which seems to be related to Electronic Power Steering. Fortunately our's has hydraulic steering which provides adequate damping. It has an electric motor to run the pump but is otherwise hydraulic.

EPS is a great option that allows different steering based upon road conditions. Jeep's Cherokee solution is a switch that allows the EPS to run while being towed and likely a charge line to the battery would be a "requirement".

Point being when the mfg promotes invalid information plus whatever a dealer says it can become a owner problem.


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If you have that little button on the console or wherever, I would follow the instructions in the manual just to verify. I would also do some internet research to verify what you were told by customer service. They have been known to give bum info

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Not being able to rely on the manufacturer’s owner manual is unconscionable.


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You could also go the route of a driveshaft disconnect. Now that you're so far into everything for flat towing would be cheaper than getting something else to flat tow and set everything up again.


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Do you have active drive 2 in the Jeep? I’d question wether the dealer was right or not, what does your 4 wheel drive button in the center console look like? I’d get the build sheet from your vin and look it up. Pm me I might be able to help, I have a 2019 trail hawk

https://www.edmunds.com/jeep/cherokee/2014/long-term-road-test/2014-jeep-cherokee-can-you-tow-it-behind-a-motorhome.html


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travisc wrote:

Do you have active drive 2 in the Jeep? ...
OP I agree, dig into what you are being told. Maybe it's the death wobble issue and they don't have the wiring harness anymore???

There is a LOT of information on towing and Jeep issues. Here is just one thread. https://www.irv2.com/forums/f85/jeep-trailhawk-questions-518579.html

I read a lot until finally satisfing myself that my 14 JGC Overland had the right drive train and no death wobble because it has hydraulic steering. I think that the most critical issue is the type of drive train but folks on the above know a lot more than me...

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Lwiddis wrote:

Not being able to rely on the manufacturer’s owner manual is unconscionable.


Provided the correct owner's manual is in the matching vehicle. We bought a late model used truck to tow. Fortunately we had done our research on the vehicle and knew it could be towed. It didn't have an owner's manual in it. It wasn't even a year old. When we went to pick it up, it had one in it. When I asked, they told me they took the one out of the other similar truck on the lot.

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Typically in the past if a Jeep or other brand has a neutral position in the transfer case it could be towed. Has that changed recently?

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Is this a Cherokee or Grand Cherokee? Or a Compass/Renegade?

The Cherokee needs to have Active Drive II for it to be flat towable. And being a Trail Hawk it does indeed have it and the N position in the T-case for it to be flat towable.

A Grand a Cherokee needs to have Quadra Trac/Quadra Drive II (these will have the N button on the shifter dial) to be able to be flat towed.

If you have the Compass or Renegade with the Trail Hawk pkg then those cannot be flat towed or put on a dolly, they need to go on a trailer.


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