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Trailer Hitch and Towing Equipment Recommendation for 2012 Dodge Journey


Hello, I am looking at purchasing a tow hitch and wiring harness for my wifes 2012 Dodge Journey V6. I need it to tow a trailerprobably enclosed about 12 to 14 feet long that would hold a ride on lawn mower and a few other yard tools. Could you please give me some direction as which one would suit me best


Expert Reply:

I'd be glad to help you with that.

Actually, the etrailer brand Class III hitch you'd already looked at, part # e98845 would be a high quality but reasonably priced choice. You'll also need a few other items to complete your towing system.

You'll need a trailer wiring harness, a ball mount, a trailer ball and possibly a brake controller and install kit if the trailer in question is equipped with electric brakes.

For the wiring harness, use # 118567 for vehicles with incandescent taillights or # 118536 for Journey models equipped with LED taillights. For a ball mount, use # D-28 along with the # PC3 hitch pin. For a 2 inch trailer ball, use part # 63845.

Finally, if the trailer has electric brakes, you will need a brake controller to actuate them. If you're wanting a standard type brake controller, you can't go wrong with the Tekonsha Primus, part # TK90160. You'll also need the # ETBC7 install kit. The install kit includes the adapter to convert the 4 pole to a 7-way, plus all the wiring connectors, wire and circuit breakers needed to complete the install.

For a simpler installation that would use your smart phone as the control unit in the vehicle cab, I'd recommend the Curt Echo, part # C51180. You'll also need the simpler version of the install kit, part # ETBC7L.

I've linked to install videos and some support articles that you might find helpful.

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