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Roof Rack, Cargo Box and Hitch Bike Rack for 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

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Hello, I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Id like to know a good size roof box that the vehicle could fit, as well as rail options. The vehicle only has the factory side rails on the roof. Additionally, Im interested in information about 4-bike swing away hitch rack, as well as what utility trailer options are appropriate for this vehicle, to possibly tow camping gear along with bikes on a small trailer for longer trips, or heavy loads of mulch, gravel, etc. This vehicle has the factory hitch / towing installed. Thank you very much. Sincerely.

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Cargo boxes require a roof rack to mount, so we'll start with a roof rack for your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk that has flush factory roof siderails (what Jeep calls the E Group package).

For a sleek rack with a factory look you can consider Thule's black AeroBlade Edge system that is made up of parts # TH7602B-TH7602B and # THKIT3142. If you prefer silver bars just substitute part # TH7602-TH7602. All roof rack options are shown on the linked page.

I recommend Thule Force XT Sport Rooftop Cargo Box # TH6356B. This is among Thule's best values in rooftop boxes and it offers 11-cubic-foot volume.

For users of rooftop cargo solutions I always recommend the Telesteps folding step # TE97FR; this handy item is inexpensive, lightweight and makes loading and unloading cargo a lot easier by extending your reach nearly a foot. Bear in mind that the combined weight of your rooftop carrier and its contents must remain within the vehicle roof weight capacity so you'll do well to confirm this in your owner's manual.

Thule and Yakima both offer well-engineered swing-away type hitch bike racks, but I prefer the Yakima Full-Swing # Y02465 since it includes both rack and bike locks and offers easy tool-free installation. The rack has a substantial 160-lb total bike weight rating and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

For a trailer we have the Detail K2 A-Frame trailer, part # K2MMT5X7, which offers 1640-lb weight rating. This kit includes 4-pole wiring and lights. Please refer to the linked video for more details.

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to let me know via reply email.

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