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Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee


I have a 2020 Jayco Redhawk SE 22a that I am interested in using to flat tow a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. I am interested to know if you see an issue with using the RV to tow this vehicle? The Chevy 4500 chassis has GCWR of 20,000 lbs., GVWR of 14,200 with a dry weight of 10,200 lbs. leaving me 4,000lbs of CCC. There is a 5,000 lbs. hitch installed. The Grand Cherokee specifications state a weight of 4,685 to 4,875 lbs. I understand that the jeep is near the maximum tow rating, but I was interested in your opinion considering I see Jayco RVs being used in your videos showing how to set up the flat tow configuration. It looks like the RVs used in the videos were the Ford chassis that has the 7,500lbs towing capacity.


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As long as you have more towing capacity than the vehicle you plan to tow you are safe. It sounds like you'd have the capacity needed so you'd be totally fine to do so. We have the parts you'd need to flat to your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the base plate # RM-521440-5.

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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