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Complete Towing Set Up For 2016 Jeep Cherokee to Tow Trailer

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Hello, Im purchasing a 2022 Rockwood Freedom 1940 LTD pop up tent trailer and looking to get a recommendation for ALLL the necessary towing parts needed to successfully and safely tow it with my 2016 Jeep Cherokee Sport Altitude. From my understanding the trailer has electric brakes so I will need the following: Wiring recommendation Hitch Recommendation Brake Controller Recommendation Ball Mount Recommendation Specs: Trailer Length 14 ft 5 in Ext Width 7 ft Ext Height 5 ft 4 in Hitch Weight 195 lbs Dry Weight 1608 lbs Cargo Weight 683 lbs Im a first time trailer hauler, at least in the civilian world, take it easy on me lol! Thank you!

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Congrats on your trailer purchase and we can definitely get your 2016 Jeep Cherokee set up for towing it. Since you need everything it's going to seem like a lot of parts, but I promise it isn't as complicated as it may seem initially. First, let me go ahead and start with the basics for your '16 Cherokee, the hitch and wiring harness:

- Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75998

- T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118605

- Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7

For the hitch, I really like the Draw-Tite not only because I trust their quality the most, but also because it provides the best bumper clearance for your ball mount, and its chain hangers hang down the side of the receiver as opposed to right next to it. Which may not seem like much, but since the receiver is so close to the bumper this could save you from scraping your hands when connecting your chains.

Then you'll need the T-One 4-way to activate your trailer's lighting functions, and the 4-way will then plug into the 7-way adapter that comes with the # ETBC7, which also has the rest of the wiring and hardware needed to compete the wiring set up for a brake controller. Speaking of the brake controller, there is one that I really like, and here is what you'll need for that, along with the ball mount:

- Tekonsha BRAKE-EVN Trailer Brake Controller # TK63VR
- Brake Controller Harness # 20127

- MaxxTow Adjustable-Height Ball Mount # MT70068
- 2-5/16" Hitch Ball # C40005 or 2" Hitch Ball # 40038 or 1-7/8" Hitch Ball # C40002

The reason I like the BRAKE-EVN is it simply does the job of providing the braking needed for your trailer without any added fluff.

Then for the ball mount, its adjustable height is going to cover the bases needed to connect to your coupler, and you just need to choose the correct hitch ball based on the size of the coupler. It is very likely not 2-51/6" but I wanted to be thorough to make sure you got what you needed. And with those parts you'll have a complete towing set up for your '16 Cherokee!

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