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How To Flat-Tow a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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I’m looking to flat tow a 2014 Trailhawk w/ Active Drive 2 with my 2018 Thor Vegas 24.1. What is the complete list of equipment you recommend? I’ve also read the the Trailhawk needs a power steering wiring harness, would you know. If that is true? Thanks!

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In order to flat-tow a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with all four wheels on the ground behind a motorhome you are going to need a tow bar, base plate kit, safety cables, tail light wiring harness, supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter. There may also be a few other smaller components that are needed depending on options the vehicle is equipped with.

For a tow bar, I recommend the Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Tow Bar part # RM-676. The Nighthawk is one of the best tow bars we offer. It has a non-binding and self-aligning design which makes for an extremely easy hookup. It also comes with safety cables and a wiring extension. This towbar is then compatible with the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-521446-5. The Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit is a custom fit for your Cherokee and will provide you with removable arms which makes for a clean look while not in tow (see photo).

Then for a tail light wiring harness I recommend the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles part # HM56208. This kit plugs into a pre wired connector on your Cherokee which minimizes splicing. In order to then make the harness compatible with the wiring extension on the Nighthawk tow bar you will need to cut off the 4-way and wire the 6-way connector which comes with the tow bar. The other end of the umbilical cord is a 7-way that plugs into your motorhome. This setup will then allow you to use the Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles part # RM-156-25. Please note that an additional wiring harness is needed from the dealer, the Mopar Flat-Tow Wiring Kit part 68321424AB which corrects an issue with the power steering pump while in tow.

For a supplemental braking system, I recommend the SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System part # SM99251. I like this system because it is a one time setup and everything will be hidden once installed. In order for this system to operate properly in your vehicle you will also need to use the Roadmaster Stop Light Switch Kit part # RM-751471. Another possible item you may want to consider is the Roadmaster Tow Bar Cover part # RM-055-3 as this will protect your Nighthawk while not in use.

Finally, you may or may not need to use a high-low adapter. In order to determine if there is a need to use one you will want to measure from the ground to the center of the base plate kit on the vehicle and compare that distance to the measurement from the ground to the center of the trailer hitch on the motorhome. If this distance is not within 3" of one another then you will want to use a high-low adapter which I have attached a list of for you in addition to several other review videos on the above products.

To summarize, I recommend using the following parts:

Roadmaster Nighthawk All Terrain Tow Bar part # RM-676
Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit part # RM-521446-5
Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles part # HM56208
Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles part # RM-156-25
Mopar Flat-Tow Wiring Kit part 68321424AB (Dealer)
SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System part # SM99251
Roadmaster Stop Light Switch Kit part # RM-751471
Roadmaster Tow Bar Cover part # RM-055-3

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