How to Choose (and Install) a Jeep Trailer Hitch

Jeep models don’t come standard with trailer hitches, despite their reputation as off-road titans.
Written by Maxine Boyko
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Jeeps don’t come standard with trailer hitches, but you can buy an optional trailer-tow package if you’re buying new or add an aftermarket one later on.
Beep beep, here comes a Jeep — the kings of off-road vehicles, known for rugged style and dependability, also boast pretty impressive towing capacity. 
It’s important to know your Jeep’s hauling capabilities and corresponding hitch class so you can gear up and enjoy your time out on the road without worrying about losing a trailer or causing unnecessary damage to your vehicle. If this seems intimidating, you may be able to take advantage of a Jeep tow package; otherwise, we’re here to help you roll up your sleeves and install one yourself!
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Which Jeeps come with a trailer hitch? 

You may be surprised to learn that no Jeeps come with standard trailer hitches. Fortunately, installing an aftermarket trailer hitch is fairly easy. 
If you’re buying a new Jeep, an additional Trailer-Tow Package outfits your Jeep with a factory-issued trailer hitch.
No two Jeeps are the same when it comes to their towing capabilities, which means your pricing will also vary based on what your towing needs are and the recommended hardware and accessories. The table below indicates the towing capacity and available hitch options with Jeep trailer-tow packages.
Maximum towing capacity
Trailer-tow package receiver hitch specs
2022 Compass (Trailhawk only)
2,000 pounds
Class III
2022 Wrangler
3,500 pounds
Class II
Be sure to consider your Jeep’s model and year, as towing specs differ by year. While previous Grand Cherokee models have offered a trailer-tow package with a hitch, the 2022 model year does not. If buying new, ask the dealer what your hitch options are. If you’re buying or own a used Jeep, you can install an aftermarket hitch.

Can you put a hitch on an electric Jeep? 

Thankfully, all three 2022 Wrangler 4xe models (Sahara, Rubicon, and High Altitude) offer the Trailer-Tow and Heavy-Duty Electrical Group package for $995, which includes a Class II receiver hitch. The Grand Cherokee 4xe, however, does not offer a trailer hitch package.
The Wrangler 4xe and Grand Cherokee 4xe have 3,500-pound and 6,000-pound towing capacities, respectively, so as long as you follow your PHEV Jeep’s towing guidelines, you’re golden. 

How to pick a Jeep trailer hitch

You may already own your Jeep and want to install a hitch yourself. You’ll first need to choose the right type for your car and towing needs. Your Jeep should already come with heavy-duty front and rear tow hooks, so you’re off to a great start. Here are a few hitch types to consider:
  • Receiver hitch: The most common hitch type. A Jeep trailer package includes a receiver hitch mounted into the frame.
  • Front-mount hitch: If you want to haul loads at the front of your Jeep rather than the back, you can add a hitch on the front of your vehicle’s frame.
  • Bumper hitch: A bumper hitch isn’t as sturdy and reliable as a hitch mounted to your Jeep’s frame, so you’ll have to pay attention to how much it can carry. That said, being adjustable makes it a convenient and versatile choice.

Genuine Jeep trailer hitches vs. aftermarket hitches for Jeep

Whether you’re buying a new Jeep or are a long-time owner, you should consider whether you want to install a genuine Jeep trailer hitch or an aftermarket hitch
OEM Mopar tow hitch
costs more than an aftermarket hitch, but it’s a guaranteed fit, and it can be installed at a dealership. Plus, if you opt for a Jeep trailer-tow package, you’ll benefit from many more features than the hitch alone. 
On the other hand, you could save hundreds of dollars by buying an aftermarket hitch from
or U-Haul and installing it yourself.  

Intro to trailer classes

Regardless of where your trailer hitch comes from, you’ll need the right trailer class. Trailers are rated by weight-hauling ability, falling into five classes:
  • Class I: up to 2,000 lbs
  • Class II: 2,000 to 3,500 lbs
  • Class III: 3,500 to 8,000 lbs 
  • Class IV: 5,000 to 12,000 lbs 
  • Class V: 10,000 to 25,000 lbs 
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The best Jeep Cherokee trailer hitch

Originally marketed as a variant of the Jeep Wagoneer, the Cherokee has distilled much of its power into crossover form. To fully experience its 4,500-pound towing capability, you’ll need a Class III trailer hitch. Keep in mind that the Trailhawk requires a special trail hitch from the other Cherokee models, so double-check you’re getting the right parts.

The best Jeep Grand Cherokee trailer hitch

The Grand Cherokee can haul up to 7,200 pounds when properly equipped with a towing package but still hauls an impressive 6,200 pounds without. To avoid maxing out your towing capacity, you’ll want to make sure your trailer hitch is at least a Class III. For extra wiggle room, you can opt for Class IV

The best Jeep Wrangler trailer hitch

The Wrangler is a super-capable vehicle, but it does have a relatively low towing capacity compared to its siblings. The two-door Wrangler has a 2,000-pound towing capacity, and the four-door will afford an additional 1,500 pounds for a total 3,500-pound maximum towing capacity
Whether you’re hauling a utility trailer or a smaller A-frame camper, we recommend a Class II trailer hitch. 

The best Jeep Gladiator trailer hitch

The Gladiator is the largest and most powerful Jeep model, with a whopping 7,650-pound towing capacity. It’ll need a Class IV trailer hitch. 
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How to install a trailer hitch on a Jeep 

If you have the time and energy, you can install a hitch on your own. But if you want to ensure it’s done correctly and you’re willing to shell out a little extra money, head to your local Jeep dealer or U-Haul location to have it installed by a professional. 
A professional hitch installation starts at $100 to $250 for labor, plus the cost of the trailer hitch equipment. On average, you can expect to pay between $300 and $600, depending on model, parts, and location. 
Should you choose to install your trailer hitch on your own, here are the tools you’ll need to gather to get the job done: 
  • Safety glasses, work gloves, a solid light source/work light
  • A socket set, plus a swivel socket
  • A ratchet and ratchet extension
  • A torque wrench
Refer to your specific Jeep receiver hitch’s instructions to ensure smooth, proper, and safe installation. Here are some additional handy tips
  • Park the vehicle on jack stands so that you can access and work on the rear of the vehicle where you’re attaching the hitch.
  • Remember that towing parts and hardware can be cumbersome. Get a helper if needed!
  • Torque all bolts to the instructions’ specifications. 

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U-Haul’s installation services cost between $100 and $250, plus the cost of parts, which typically range between $100 and $350.
It depends on the year and model, but many Jeep tow packages include a receiver hitch and wiring harness in addition to upgraded features such as improved engine cooling, alternator, radiator, a spare tire, and a maintenance-free battery.
Usually yes, but with some reservations. The Cherokee has a lighter towing capacity compared to some of the other behemoths in the Jeep line-up. 
You should be able to pull a pop-up trailer, hybrid trailer, Teardrop trailer, and Airstream without problems, but be sure you give yourself plenty of wiggle room to stay under the 4,500-pound towing capacity.
Installing a Jeep trailer hitch can take anywhere from one hour to 2.5 hours to install, depending on the Jeep model, the installer’s mechanical aptitude, and the type of hitch. 
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