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Posted: 01/04/21 08:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

firetruckin sorry for the headache you've gone through. Sadly the marketing of the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is confusing as it shares the nameplate with the Jeep Grand Cherokee but as you've found its not the same rig. The Cherokee, Compass and Grand Cherokee are all on three different platforms, thus it's confusing to figure what can and can be towed, and made worse if the owners manual is wrong.

Is getting out of the one you have an option? have having it 6 years that maybe a good choice, if you want to go that route. The dealer might be able to find something on a trade that is tow able, what about a used Wrangler, maybe 2 door?


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Grit dog wrote:

I think you’re confused about something. Those 2 vehicles don’t share the same platform.


Also, you may learn that car dealers don't know much about their cars.

I did a little online resing on your behalf and there is literally nothing about a 2014 Cherokee not being towable 4 down if it has a 2 speed transfer case.

I'm going to sound condescending by saying this, but are you sure you don't have a Compass?


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Well if it's front wheel drive you may be able to use a remco lube pump for auto trans front wheel drive cars.


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the Trailhawk trim is present on many of the different jeep platforms- if you have the compass that model is not flat towable if you have an automatic- looking at Roadmaster- they say the manual transmission is towable-
https://fitmaster.roadmasterinc.com/fitmaster-results/?years=2014&make=JEEP&model=COMPASS

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Trailhawk is a trim level of a particular model Jeep, but I am not sure which models all carry the trim level of Trailhawk.

Which "Model" is your Jeep?
Liberty, Compass, Partiot, Cherokee, Renegade, Grand Cherokee?


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firetruckin wrote:

Thanks to those that provided questions or offered positive responses. As to the point of this post coming 6 years after purchase of Jeep...We bought it brand new with intention of towing it years down the road. It wasn't until last year I began getting ready to tow. Slowly acquired parts and was finally ready to go. After getting the information that it cannot be towed it brought up two thoughts. 1) How many people out there have the same set up but didn't do the research and started towing? 2) I was hoping on the chance someone on the forums knew more details that would help me. Our Trailhawk is listed as a Cherokee. It is built on the Compass platform. Although it does have the transfer case neutral switch it is front wheel drive. That it why Jeep said there will be drivetrain damage if flat towed. Looks like we'll have to make a new plan. I have a Jeep YJ that is heavily modified for off-road use. We do on occasion trailer it to use as a driver. Not the most fun because it's not easy to climb in and out of or drive on the highway[emoticon] The Trailhawk doesn't fit on my current trailer and I want to elimnate the need for a trailer. We use to flat tow before the Wrangler before it was modified and that was SO easy.


So you are saying you have a Cherokee and it has the N position (Active Drive II)? If so it is most certainly towable 4 down! But then you say it's only front wheel drive! Can't be both! And you keep calling it a Jeep and then Trailhawk. Which actual model do you have? I, confused.
I'm a tech at a CJDR dealer. I have set a few of these up for flat towing for customers, even non TrailHawks that can be ordered with Active Drive II. Not sure who has told you they cannot be towed 4 down with Active Drive II.


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