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Old 06-27-2022, 09:12 AM   #1
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Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk owners - do you hitch first before setting up neutral?

According to the steps in the owners manual I'm supposed to disconnect the driveshaft BEFORE attaching the towbar to the Jeep. This is so you can shift to R and make sure the vehicle does not move. I'm not crazy about this method because (1) it increases the issue with vehicle moving unexpectedly on uneven surfaces (2) it requires you to move the motorhome to the vehicle for hookup.

I'm thinking about modifying this step and attaching the vehicle to the towbar first. There is always about 4-6 inches of slack in the towbar (we have the Roadmaster Nighthawk) that we have to drive the RV forward to get the towbar to extend fully and lock into place. So, it seems there would be enough slack to test that the Jeep is unable to move when placed in Reverse. This would prevent any worries about the Jeep accidentally rolling away and would also avoid having to reposition the motorhome to attach to the Jeep.

I'm curious how others who own Jeep Cherokee do their hookup.
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Old 06-27-2022, 10:15 AM   #2
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I connect the towbar while the wife sets the 2019 Trailhawk. Since the bars are set up short, she can feel it move or not. We the do a light check and move a couple feet to ensure tires are rolling.
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Old 06-27-2022, 05:27 PM   #3
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We hook up first and then set the jeep.
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Old 06-27-2022, 06:52 PM   #4
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Old 06-27-2022, 07:39 PM   #5
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Usually hookup 1st then set to neutral. This is best in case toad needs to move.

Although I've also set parking break then flipped transfer case to neutral then hookup. Same for unhook.
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We too set up tow bar first before putting the Cherokee transfer case into neutral, just seems much safer in case the Jeep starts to roll.
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Yep. Tow bars then neutral when we tow our 17 Cherokee Trailhawk. Never had a problem.
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I'm a loner and all myself. Hook up to rig, then Trans to neutral. Then fuse for brake and flip switch for steering. No death wobble. Set up less than 5 min.
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