Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-17-2020, 06:35 PM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 37
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 Dinghy

Does anyone have experience with the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (2017-2019) as a dinghy tow vehicle? If so, pros and cons? Your thoughts and experience? According to the owners manual, it can be flat towed.
Airlifter is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-17-2020, 07:38 PM   #2
Senior Member
nvs4602's Avatar
Forest River Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 705
We bought a 2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Elite with the V6. It is our first toad, I chose it because of the easy setup for towing 4 down and no 65mph tow speed limit to worry about. We have now towed it a little over 3000 miles, behind our class C. So we have now towed it farther than we have actually driven it. I haven't had any problems or a noticeable loss in mpg. I do use the tow haul button when pulling it. I had a NAS Ready brake installed along with a roadmaster all-terrain tow bar and roadmaster base plate. They also installed the diode wire harness for the brake lights. The wife really enjoys driving the jeep and hardly drives her car now.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20200703_182337(1).jpg
Views:	15
Size:	345.7 KB
ID:	305097  
nvs4602 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2020, 08:04 PM   #3
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 45
We have a 2017 Trailhawk. 20,000 miles towed behind a 2018 Thor Palazzo. No problems. I did get the dealer installed power steering harness installed. Suspossed to eliminate any steering wobble. This is not required with 2019 and 2020 models. We use Blue Ox.
John & Liz Koby
Palazzo 2018 33.2
Kobyja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2020, 08:16 PM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3
2019 Jeep Trailhawk

We have been towing a 2019 Jeep Trailhawk behind our 2017 Miramar gas motorhome for over 1 year now. No cons, all has been good. Towing with the Roadmaster nighthawk tow bar. Connection / disconnect is easy / simple. Probably have 4,000 tow miles and 17,000 drive miles on the toad. The 2019 Trailhawk does not have the death wobble issue, to my knowledge.
Gary & Jan - Fulltime since July 2019
2015 Newmar Dutch Star 4369
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
garywvogt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2020, 08:23 PM   #5
Senior Member
wjohnson913's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Full time in the coach
Posts: 409
Dragged our 2019 all over the country with zero issues. We got the trailhawk elite and itís been a great car. Iím not even a Jeep guy but they do tow great. We went with the Cherokee over the Wrangler because we put a lot of miles on day trips and wanted a bit more comfort for long trips.
2018 Phaeton 40IH
Bill & Jeanine
Roughing it Smoothly!
wjohnson913 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2020, 08:31 PM   #6
Senior Member
momdoc's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Where we park it!
Posts: 11,206
Just bought a new 2020 Trail Hawk and we have been towing it4 down with no problems for the last 4 months.
2018 Tiffin Allegro RED 37PA
2020 JEEP Trailhawk
momdoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2020, 05:45 AM   #7
Senior Member
Isaac-1's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: SW Louisiana
Posts: 6,087
Just a few notes here the 2014-2017 Cherokee needs a flat tow wiring harness to be installed to prevent death wobble, dealers charge about $500 for installing this kit as it does take a couple of hours worth of labor to install (center console must be disassembled). I think the 2018 redesign did away with needing the special wiring harness which allows the electronic power steering to be powered when in toad mode. (we have a 2017 Cherokee).

Now a bit about flat towable Cherokees, to flat tow a modern generation Cherokee it needs to have the Active Drive II transmission option. All Cherokee Trailhawks have Active Drive II, however it is optional on other trim levels (Active Drive I is not flat towable),We have a 2017 Cherokee Overland edition with Active Drive II which we intend to set up for TOAD duty (I have bought all the parts, just not installed them yet), while shopping for ours I even ran across a 2015 Cherokee Latitude with Active Drive II so they are out there even in the more base trims, just very rare.
2002 Safari Trek 2830 on P32 Chassis with 8.1L w/ 400 watts solar
2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland TOAD with Even Brake,
Demco Commander tow bar and Blue Ox base plate
Isaac-1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2020, 06:14 AM   #8
Senior Member
jmck1737's Avatar
American Coach Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Virginia
Posts: 174
Issac is correct on the tow harness. We have a 2017 Cherokee trailhawk we set up for flat towing last year replacing a Chevy Equinox.

We had the flat tow harness installed at the dealer. If I remember correctly is was around $150 for the part and around $250 to install. They did it in a couple hours. I let them do it as the console must be disassembled and the fuse and battery area also removed.

I put the Blue Ox Tow plate on and also did the wiring with a roadmaster diode kit. That worked fairly well. E trailer has all the parts and a video showing step by step the install. You must cut one section but nothing too crazy.

To set up to tow there is one fuse that you install and activate the tow harness with a switch in the console. The active drive 2 is placed in neutral. Takes about 5 minutes or less for total hook up with the blue ox Aladdin tow bar.

We pulled it about 3k miles this summer with no issues. We do try and stay below 65 mph and usually pull less than 350 miles per day.

The Cherokee is a great around town vehicle with the added benefit of serous off road capability if you like to explore remote areas. We would rate it superior to our previous Equinox.
2006 American Coach Eagle 42R
2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Toad
jmck1737 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2020, 08:18 AM   #9
Senior Member
Gormleys's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: CO
Posts: 833
We just changed our toad to a 2020 Cherokee Trailhawk and absolutely love it. It flat tows very easily. As noted, the 2018s and earlier require a special wiring harness to keep the "death wobble" from occurring and you have to have the Active Drive II transmission (standard in Trailhawks). You also have to use a ball point pen and follow a detailed procedure to disable the transmission for towing. But overall, it is great toad and a fun vehicle to drive, especially here in the mountains (when there aren't any fires)!
Colorado '15 Winnebago Forza 34T w/MKZ hybrid toad '20 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk toad
Gormleys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2020, 08:30 PM   #10
Senior Member
Domo's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Posts: 1,073
We have a 2017 Cherokee Trailhawk. Love the beast. We had to have the the flat two wiring change installed (by the dealer, at their cost, since we asked specifically if it was needed for flat towing and they said, "No" which was later proved wrong - so they paid).

Full time with the jeep since 2017 until now - about 20,000 miles no issues.

We have it set up so that when power is applied (via diode) from the motorhome (ignition On power from MH) a 12 VDC relay powers the power steering under the hood - this eliminating the need to insert/pull the silly fuse that the tow-mod wiring requires to keep the power steering active to prevent death wobble when towing. Meanwhile, we simply use the procedure when connecting and disconnection the jeep.

We also make sure the rear wheels turn freely before we drive more than 10 feet! That's just in case we missed one of the flat tow steps and the wheels might still be locked or brakes on.

Easy to connect and disconnect - reliable and pretty rugged. We carry our kayaks and three bikes on the jeep. Kayaks on top and bikes on a hitch mount carrier.
2008 Phaeton 36QSH, Safe-t-Plus, Quadra Bigfoot
2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk w/ flat tow wiring mod.
Blue ox, BrakeMaster + BrakeAway, diode lights and charge.
Domo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2020, 06:16 PM   #11
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 323
Originally Posted by Domo View Post
We have a 2017 Cherokee Trailhawk....

We also make sure the rear wheels turn freely before we drive more than 10 feet! That's just in case we missed one of the flat tow steps and the wheels might still be locked or brakes on.
Have you ever had an instance where it wasn't set up correctly? Making the first trip with our "new" 2017 Cherokee Overland next week. I'm a little anxious coming from towing a TJ Wrangler which was dead simple to tow - txfr case in "N", shifter in 2nd and park brake off. No electric voodoo and flashing lights! I could tell at a glance if it was set up correctly.

I'm sure it will work fine, but still....
Atlanta GA
2000 Itasca Horizon/300 Cat & 2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland
Papa Foxtrot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2020, 05:53 AM   #12
Senior Member
Winnebago Owners Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1,100
After hooking up our 2019 Cherokee Lattitude plus, I always have DW pull the mh forward a few feet while I make sure all four wheels are turning and the tow bar arms are locked. We have never had a time when either were an issue.... until last trip. Yep when setting the car up for towing I inadvertently had the drivers door open and sure enough the parking brake set itself and the rear wheels were locked.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS check before towing along with your light check. We have also caught the light cord not being plugged in correctly a few times. Check, check, check!
2014 Itasca Sunova 33C, 2019 Jeep Cherokee Lattitude Plus toad, Demco tow bar, SMI braking system. 20 yr USAF ret.
georgelesley is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2020, 06:27 AM   #13
Senior Member
Isaac-1's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: SW Louisiana
Posts: 6,087
Yes, that automatically applied parking brake is a real pain sometimes, and there is no way to fully defeat it. (ie it always applies if you put in gear with the door open)
2002 Safari Trek 2830 on P32 Chassis with 8.1L w/ 400 watts solar
2017 Jeep Cherokee Overland TOAD with Even Brake,
Demco Commander tow bar and Blue Ox base plate
Isaac-1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2020, 06:48 AM   #14
Senior Member
Steve-W's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: SW PA
Posts: 131
No issues towing Our 19 Trailhawk. I installed the BlueOx baseplate, Roadmaster Invisibrake , and a diode wiring setup for the lights. I also installed a charge line, brake light relay (necessary so that brake lights do not override the turn signals), and brake pedal activation indicator in the MH.

You can turn off the auto parking brake in the cars setup menu, I highly recommend doing this to prevent inadvertent activation of the parking brake. Simple process to put into neutral to tow. The manual procedure has many extra steps which can be avoided on e you fully understand the process. Highly recommend as a toad.

We also do a light check and roll check including bar lock up when starting out. Well worth the minute of time for the peace of mind.
2021 Newmar Bay Star 3401
Toad - 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
2017.5 Forester 3051 -7/14/2020
Steve-W is offline   Reply With Quote

cherokee, jeep

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Jeep Cherokee Overland 4 x 4 Active II :: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland Tpguess iRV2 Owners Registry 0 07-05-2018 12:50 PM
2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk dinghy towing mbaril Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 7 05-24-2017 07:25 AM
2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Advice hscole Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 5 05-10-2016 07:29 AM
Grand Cherokee vs Cherokee Trailhawk wcfortner Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 13 11-03-2014 03:20 PM
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Roadmaster baseplate jcc1983 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 3 12-13-2013 07:35 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.