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Does 2019 Jeep Cherokee Require Special Harness When Flat Towing for Steering Wobble

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your expert says I need to add a flat tow harness. The attached Star Line Publications says I dont. Which is correct? An added question. Do I flat tow my Cherokee with the ignition in off, aux, or run? I am assuming run. Live Long and Prosper,

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Mopar did make an update for the newer Jeep Cherokees like your 2019 model so now the harness for the steering wobble issue isn't required thankfully. For full instructions on how to flat tow your vehicle you should always consult the owners manual or with a Jeep dealer but from what I found online it looks like it's a pretty extensive procedure that involves turning the ignition to run to complete a few processes and then eventually back to OFF when you are finally ready to tow. I'd recommend going over it on page 388 of your owners manual.

The Roadmaster base plate kit part # RM-521451-5 that you referenced is the correct base plate kit to use and would be what I recommend based on how easy it is to connect/disconnect. 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 Terrain, # 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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