How to Install a Hitch on a Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011-2020)


Adding a trailer hitch to a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee requires only a few tools, a U-Haul part number 78159 trailer hitch, and a short amount of time to complete the installation. Follow these basic steps to begin hauling all kinds of hitch-mounted accessories for your Jeep Grand Cherokee today.

Tools needed:

  • 21 mm socket
  • 21 mm swivel socket
  • Safety glasses
  • Torque wrench
  • Impact drill

Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011-2020) hitch installation steps

1. Remove the spare tire

Make sure you remove the spare tire form your vehicle before you begin the installation process.

2. Remove bolts

To take off the four bolts that, we are going to take our impact drill and a 21 mm swivel socket. When you put it into place, you will notice that the trunk is a little slanted, so using the swivel socket will give us a little room to take that out.

3. Raise hitch into position

Our next step is to raise our hitch into position. We are going to line up the two holes on the side of the hitch with the two holes we exposed by removing the bolts from the frame.

We recommend you use an extra pair of hands so you don’t cause any damage to yourself, the vehicle, or even the hitch if you accidentally drop it.

4. Secure the hitch to the frame

Now that we have our holes lined up, we are going to go ahead and use our existing hardware and insert it into the driver's side of the hitch to secure the frame.

Repeat the same process on the passenger side.

5. Tighten and torque hitch

With our bolts loosely into place, we went ahead and removed our hitch jack. Now, using our 21 mm swivel socket we are going to tighten it up and then torque it according to the manufacturer's specifications.

6. Torque down the hitch

Then, we will go ahead and use our torque wrench and our 21 mm socket to torque the hitch down.

Jeep Grand Cherokee hitch measurements

  • 2-inch receiver
  • 3 inches from the pinhole to the end of the bumper
  • 14 3/4" from the top of the receiver to the ground

You should now have your trailer hitch installed on your Jeep Grand Cherokee.

How much does it cost to add a hitch for a Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011-2020)?

The price range of a hitch for a Jeep Grand Cherokee ranges from $120 to $200 U-Haul carries several different classes of hitches and offers different sizes to accommodate both 1¼ to 2-inch receivers. U-Haul offers both installation services at local U-Haul service centers and will ship your hitch to your home.

How much does it cost to have a hitch installed on a Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011-2020)?

Installation costs are normally under $100 but you should check with your local U-Haul Moving Center® as prices can differ based on location, the hitch model you are installing, and your vehicle. All U-Haul Moving Centers can install a hitch to your vehicle and with over 1,500 U-Haul centers throughout the country, you can have your hitch installed and be back on the road in no time.

All trailer hitches sold and installed at a U-Haul Moving Center® come with the option of a lifetime warranty plan guaranteed to replace your hitch with no limitation for any damage, including collision, corrosion, accidental overload, jackknifing, and vehicle theft.

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How long does it take to install a hitch on a Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011-2020)?

Installation takes anywhere from 1 to 2 ½ hours depending on the hitch being installed and your vehicle. We recommend making an online appointment from our website to accommodate your busy schedule. In addition, U-Haul service centers offer an extensive line of towing accessories (Ball mount, Hitch ball, Pin, and Clip, Wiring) to help you safely tow your boat, camper, or trailer

Do you need a wiring kit for Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011-2020)

If you are planning to tow a trailer or camper with brake lights, running lights, and turn signal, you will want a wiring kit to power the lights on your trailer. The most common lighting harness comes in a 4 pin and 7 pin connector. The 4- way connector has basic lighting functions (running lights, brake lights, turn signal) while the 7-way connector adds a 12-volt circuit, circuit for electric trailer brakes, and reverse lights. U-Haul offers both 4-way and 7-way connectors. Find out which option is best for your Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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