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Old 06-27-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Tow Hitch '13 JKU Sahara

Hi All,

Any preferences for tow hitches for a 2013 JKU Sahara. I'll be moving to TN from NY and need to pull a trailer with all my stuff, king size bed (if possible somehow), maybe a couch, dresser, bins, etc. I saw a link a while back to one on Quadratec but can't seem to find it now.

Guessing I'd need a class III? And I've heard I'd want hidden instead of the bar ones for lining up with the trailer. Any tips, hints, tricks?

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Old 06-27-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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I picked mine up at a local 4 wheel parts store for about 60 bucks. Its a class III. Don't forget wiring harness also for trailer lights. Don't know anything bout a hidden type so can't help u there.

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If you only plan on using it a few times, go with whatever is cheapest that will fit (as long as it's a class III hitch. You might even find one on Craigslist, as most of the aftermarket bumpers seem to have a built in hitch or won't work with a factory hitch. Amazon has some pretty good deals too, and you could definitely get it pretty quickly, especially if you have the prime account (free 2 day shipping).

I personally went with a Reese Towpower hitch, as I'm using it all the time and want to know there is an established and well respected company I can go to for problems. Yes, I paid more for it and probably could have got similar through a discount store or some other website, but I am comfortable knowing that Reese has been in the towing business for many years and will stand behind anything with their name on it. Just my two cents.

Good luck in your move.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:38 PM   #4
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I installed this one from Quadratec on my '13 JKU Sahara.
Quadratec Premium 2" Receiver Hitch with Wiring Kit & Jeep® Logo Plug for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Quick and easy to install and the wiring harness was a breeze.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #5
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I found this one at Lowes:

Shop Reese Class III Multi-Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver at Lowes.com

Any thoughts? I'd like it to be one that lasts. Not sure what use I'll have for it in the future.

HokieJK, with the one you linked, what else would I need to buy with it? I suppose I have the same question for the one I've linked..

Thanks for the responses guys, big help!!
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Forget "class" on JK's....it is a bit misleading. Go to Amazon or Q-tec and simly order one....make sure the nuts are welded on. Some will say Class II, some Class III, but they are all the same. At the most, a 4-door can legally tow 3500 pounds, while a 2 door with same hitch can legally tow up to 2000 pounds. On pre-2012 2-doors, it might be limited to a 1000 pounds depending on gearing and tranny. Ever heard of a Class III, 2" hitch limited to a 1000 pounds?
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Forget "class" on JK's....it is a bit misleading. Go to Amazon or Q-tec and simly order one....make sure the nuts are welded on. Some will say Class II, some Class III, but they are all the same. At the most, a 4-door can legally tow 3500 pounds, while a 2 door with same hitch can legally tow up to 2000 pounds. On pre-2012 2-doors, it might be limited to a 1000 pounds depending on gearing and tranny. Ever heard of a Class III, 2" hitch limited to a 1000 pounds?
I had to laugh about a class III limited to 1000 lbs. Here is what you need to know, kinda.

Class I - 1.25" hole, tongue weight 100-200lbs, 1,000-2,000lbs
Class II - 1.25" or 2" hole, tw= 250-350, 2,500-3,500 lbs towing
Class III - 2" hole, tw=350-500, 3,500-5000 lbs towing
Class IV - 2" hole, tw= 500+, 7,500 - 10,000 lbs towing

As you can see, either a Class II or III will work. If you get a II, get it with a 2" hole.
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Here are the exact parts #'s that I have from a quick search on Amazon. You can probably find them cheaper elsewhere.

Reese Towpower 44557 on Amazon

I think I picked up my hitch from a local store for about $99. The connector is basically plug and play into your rear tail light assembly, so pretty much any will do. Here is what I have, and I did buy this right from Amazon.

Rugged Ridge 17275.01 on Amazon

Like I said before, if you're not towing frequently, you can probably go cheaper and probably never have a problem. I've always used Reese and have not regretted spending an extra $25 to $50 up front to ensure I'm covered in the future.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:36 PM   #10
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I found this one at Lowes:

Shop Reese Class III Multi-Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver at Lowes.com

Any thoughts? I'd like it to be one that lasts. Not sure what use I'll have for it in the future.

HokieJK, with the one you linked, what else would I need to buy with it? I suppose I have the same question for the one I've linked..

Thanks for the responses guys, big help!!
Nothing else was needed. This one had the receiver, bolts, wiring harness, receiver cover, and instructions. One of the things I like about Quadratec is that you can easily view the instructions before you buy. Some other websites have those, some don't.

This one utilizes existing holes in the stock bumper, so I'm assuming that if you change to an aftermarker rear bumper this one wouldn't work.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input, everyone!

Ended up going with this guy: Rugged Ridge 11580.51 - Rugged Ridge Receiver Hitch with Wiring Harness for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this, but is it totally out of the question to ratchet strap a king size mattress to the top of my jeep with a hard top on? Thinking that is going to be the most difficult item I'll need to take down to TN with me.
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do you all have to remove the muffler rubber hangers to get the trailer hitch on? If so what did you use to remove them?
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do you all have to remove the muffler rubber hangers to get the trailer hitch on? If so what did you use to remove them?
You shouldn't need to. It might take a little push and shove, but you can get the bolts started between muffler and hear shield.

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