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Determining if 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Has 1 or 2 Speed Transfer Case for Flat Towing


if you have an 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with the N transfer switch do you have the active drive 11 or the 2 speed transfer


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Does your 4WD transfer case have a high gear and low gear setting? If so, that would indicate you have a 2 speed transfer case. If there's no indication it has a high or low speed then it's a single speed transfer case.

If you have the 4x4 with 1-speed Power Transfer Unit, then you will need to use a trailer so all 4 wheels are off the ground to protect your transmission. However, if you have the 2-speed Power Transfer Unit 4x4 then you can flat tow it.

For that you'd need to start with a base plate kit # RM-521446-5 which is a confirmed fit. I attached an install video for this as well.

In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible tow bar is the Falcon All Terain, # RM-522. This has non-binding arms which makes the setup very easy to connect/disconnect.

For lighting/safety cables, locks, and covers for the tow bar we have the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain kit part # RM-9243-1 which comes with all of that as one part number. The diode kit that comes with this allows you to splice into the taillight wiring so that your RV controls the vehicle taillights and does not require drilling into the taillight housings. This comes with a round 6-way connector that you will install on the front of your towed vehicle and enough coiled wire to go from there to the RV.

And finally, most states now require supplemental braking in the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Blue Ox Patriot # BLU37TR, that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.

Most likely you will also need a high low adapter so that the tow bar will be level when you are flat towing. I attached a link to a page that has all of the ones we carry.

I have included a couple of helpful links to our articles on flat towing for you. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual for more specific information on flat towing your vehicle.

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