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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Jeep Patriot - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2014 Jeep Patriot, we're going to take a look at, and also show you how to install, the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom-Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is a class III hitch, offering the two-inch by two-inch opening. Part number is 75712. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. All we're really going to see is that receiver tube opening, the rest of it's going to be hidden up behind that rear fascia, which is really nice. We don't have it sticking out all the way across there. We've got the two-inch by two-inch receiver tube opening.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Jeep Patriot - Draw-Tite

Today we're going to be reviewing and installing the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver class 2 hitch, part number 36423 for a 2014 Jeep Patriot. Now, this is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on our vehicle, so you can see you've got a reinforcement collar here around the 1 1/4 by 1 1/4-inch receiver tube. You got safety chain loops right here. Cross tube is nice and tucked up behind the fascia here, so all you're seeing is this receiver tube and the safety chain loops. It's a bolt-on, so there's no drilling or welding required. If you'd like to remount the tow hook that may have been originally equipped on the vehicle, you do have drill the tow hook, but not for the hitch. It's got a nice black powder coat that has a e-base layer underneath it to help give superior rust and corrosion protection. Right here it's got the 1/2-inch hitch pin hole, and this hitch features a 300-pound tongue weight rating and a 3,500-pound gross trailer weight rating, and you'll want to be sure to check your vehicle's owner's manual to see what your vehicle is rated for, as far as towing. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear-most part of the bumper is 6 inches.



Thule Archway Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Jeep Patriot

Female Host: Today on our 2014 Jeep Patriot, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Archway XT Trunk Mount Two Bike Rack. That part number is TH9009XT. Now we already have our bike secured down. So first, we're going to show you how we do that. So we have cradles in place here, with three straps. Two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to start by lifting and removing those.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Jeep Patriot

Today on the 2014 Jeep Patriot, we are doing a test fit of the Thule Gateway XT trunk mount 2 bike rack. That part number is TH9006XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down. First I'm going to show you how we do that. We have 2 cradles in place with 3 straps, 2 on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. We are going to start by releasing those straps, and then we can pull our bike off and set it off to the side.



Thule Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2014 Jeep Patriot we're doing a test fit of the Thule Raceway PRO Trunk Mount 2-Bike Rack. That part number is TH9001PRO. We already have our bike secured down, so we're first going to show you how we do that. You have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and then one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to release those and then we can pull our bike off and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, we can start off with a few measurements. First is going to be overall what we're adding to our vehicle; it's going to be about 18-3/4 inches. We do have the option to rotate our arms down.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2014 Jeep Patriot we're doing a test fit of the Thule Passage 2 trunk-mount bike rack. That part number is TH910XT. Now we already have our bike secured down here. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those.



Whispbar Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2016 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot we're going to test fit of the Whispbar locking ski and snowboard carriers. That part number is WB-300. We already have the front half of or carrier in place. We're going to show you our back portion because it does mount up the same way. We start by sliding on our carrier and getting the straps to hook underneath our cross bars sliding them over as far as we can. Want that to be lined up wit our front as well.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2014 Jeep Patriot

2014 Jeep Patriot we are going to show you how to install the tow ready T1 vehicle wiring harness with the 4 pull flat trailer connector. Part number is 118552. Here is what our wiring kit is going to look like when we get it. Here is the goal. We want a functioning 4 pull, this is going to give us ground for our trailer, also going to give us our running lights; blinkers and breaks. There is a protective cap that is meant to slide over the end to keep it out of the elements. Good length of wire, that's going to run into our converter box. What this box is going to do is it's going to take signal behind our driver side tail light, using the T connector, you can see our factory plugs here, and the passenger side tail light here with the green wire, brings it all into the box where it converts it into a usable signal for our trailer.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today in our 2015 jeep patriot, we've got out the Swagman Trailhead. Now this is a full length style non tilting four bike rack. As you can see it's of the hanging style. This is been designed for use in two inch hitches and it is RV approved. Part number on it is S63381. Now the Trailhead is going to use four straps to hold our bike in place.



Yakima FullTilt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot we're test fitting the Yakima FullTilt. This is a folding and tilting 4-Bike rack. It's been designed so you can use it with inch and a quarter or two inch hitches, part number on it is Y02462. The FullTilt is going to have three cradles that are going to hold each bike in place, going to have two here for the top frame two, then also an anti-sway cradle here on the back. It does a really good job of keeping everything held in place. To release them, they use what are called zip strips. I like the zip strips.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot we're test fitting the Thule Roadway. This is a hanging style tube bike rack. They've designed it for use with the inch and a quarter or with 2" hitches. The part number on it is TH912XTR. The Roadway does a great job of holding our bikes in place. We're using 2 top straps and a strap here on the rear tube.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot we're test fitting the Thule Vertex. This is a hanging style fork bike rack. They've designed it so you can use it with the inch and a quarter or 2" hitches. The part number on it is TH9029XT. Something that's pretty neat about the rack is going to be the cable lock that's incorporated right up into the mast. It will come back and connect in the slot here.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot, we're test fitting the Swagman XC2. This is a platform-style two-bike rack. It's designed for use with inch and a 1/4 or two inch hitches. The part number on it is S64650. This is a very well-reviewed, or it has a lot of good reviews on it. Very easy rack to use. Basically we're just going to have one frame hook holding our bike in position.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot we're test fitting the Swagman Trailhead. This is a 4 bike folding and tilting hanging style rack. It's designed so you can use it with the inch and a quarter or with 2" hitches. The part number on it is S63380. This rack is a really neat design. We've got dual cradle arms that are going to hold 2 cradles.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot, we've got the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 Cargo Carrier out and we're test fitting it. This cargo carrier can support up to 500-lbs and it's been designed for use in 2" hitches. The part number on it is CC-100. This carrier's going to offer a pretty large size expanded steel floor. Rocks, chunks of mud, things like that, should fall right down and through without building up on our carrier. See we've also got a raised edge that goes around the outside, it's going to be about 2-3/4" high. It's going to give us great areas here to secure our gear once we've got it loaded up, and also some license plate relocation holes, that way if we have our license plate blocked, we can move that back and stay legal. Looks like the carrier gives us about 9-1/2" worth of ground clearance there on the backside.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot, we're test fitting the MaxxTow 21 by 48 Aluminum cargo carrier. This cargo carrier will hold up to 500 pounds and it's been designed for use with 2 inch hitches. The part number is MT70422. This is a very sturdy yet light-weight cargo carrier, really easy to handle. If weight is an issue, I would definitely recommend this carrier. It's really easy to get in there, and another great thing about it, it doesn't take up a whole lot of room. In the stored configuration if you will, or if you just had this up against your wall, only looking at about 5 and 1/4 inches in total width there so it's not going to stick out from the wall very far.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot we've got out the Curt 20X60 folding cargo carrier and we're test fitting it. Now this cargo carrier will support up to 500 pounds and it's also been designed for use in 2 inch hitches, part # on it is C18151. This cargo carrier is going to give us a nice sturdy, kind of small hole opening of expanded steel there. It should give plenty of room for dirt and debris to fall down and through without letting it build up on top. Also with the smaller holes we're going to have great support on those smaller items. It's got a raised rail that's going to go all the way around the outside. It's about 5 1/2 inches high.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2015 Jeep Patriot, we've got out the Curt 20 by 60 Cargo Carrier. We're doing a test fit of it. This cargo carrier will carry 500 pounds and it's been designed for use in 2-inch hitches. The part number on it is C18150. Now the Curt carrier has kind of a medium to small size expanded steel floor so it's going to give you great support for smaller items but also allows for that dirt and debris and stuff like that to fall down and through. You have that nice raised rail, goes all the way around the outside. It's about 5 and 1/2 inches tall, gives us good front to back and side to side support for our gear when it's loaded up and also provide for some attachment points so we can get everything strapped down nicely. It looks like it's going to haul 00:00:51 for us about 13 and 3/4's of an inch worth of ground clearance.



Thule Passage Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2016 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2016 Jeep Patriot we are doing a test fit of the Thule Passage Trunk Mount two bike rack. That part number is TH910XT. We already have our bike secured. I am first going to show you how to do that and then go over some features of the rack itself. We have two cradles in place holding our bike down with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-way strap here in the back. We are going to pull down and lift up to release our straps. Then we will be able to pull our bike right strait off our rack and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, always suggest that you replace your straps so you don't lose or damage any of them. We will take a few measurements here, the first one I am want to take is overall added to our vehicle with our arms hanging out here.



Thule Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Jeep Patriot

Today on our 2016 Jeep Patriot, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Sprint T-Track Roof Mounted Bike Rack. That part number is TH569. Now we already have our bike loaded up. The first thing we're going to show you is how we secure that down. Here at our back wheel cradle, we have a ratcheting strap with a bushing on there to protect your tire. We're just going to push on that grey button there and pull that strap through. Up at the front we have a skewer 00:00:33, it's a little different than most skewers you're going to see on your bike racks.





Jeep Patriot Questions

  • Yes, the replacement cargo box mounting hardware kit you ordered, part # SR05493, is the correct kit for the Explorer Series cargo box. My contact at SportRack confirmed this also. The key to whether these will fit your Jeep Patriot crossbars is the crossbar width. The u-bolts included in this kit are 4-inches wide. As long as your crossbars are not wider than 4-inches you should have no issue fitting the hardware to them. It may be necessary, as you noted, to drill new...
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  • If your 2012 Jeep Patriot has side-to-side crossbars that 3-1/4 inches wide or less, the Rola Roof Cargo Carrier # 59504 is a good fit. This cargo carrier is 52 inches long and the Rola Cargo Basket Extension # 59505 will add an additional 18-3/4 inches to that. I recommend purchasing the basket first to ensure a proper fit, then purchase the extension later if needed. Your side-to-side crossbars will need to be spaced out by 26-1/4 inches, 30 inches, 33-3/4 inches or 37-1/2...
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  • According to the owners manual for the 2014 Jeep Patriot in the recreational towing section, you can only flat tow the vehicle if it has a manual transmission. If it is an automatic it cannot be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. It can be towed on a tow dolly, such as # RM-2000-1, with the front axle on the dolly. This only works for front wheel drive models and would work with manual or automatics. And of course, the third option is to tow the vehicle on a trailer...
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  • The SportRack Mounting Hardware, part # SR05493, is designed for SportRack Aero Cargo Carriers. The U-bolts are designed for crossbars up to 4 inches in diameter, so the distance between the U-bolts is 4 inches. I have included a picture that shows the measurements. I do not carry the Karrite brand of cargo boxes, so you would have to determine if the mounting hardware would fit your roof top cargo carrier. You will need to measure on your Karrite Voyager to be able to...
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  • I spoke with my contact at TrailerMate and they confirmed the Tow Bar Wiring Kit, part # TM781124 is a fit for your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. this eliminates a lot of labor when wiring your Jeep for flat towing. This custom fit system plugs into the existing wiring harness located behind the vehicle tail light assemblies. Then just hook up to your RV with the included 4-way connector. This system does require that your RV has a 4-way flat trailer connector. If you have a 7-pole...
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  • You can still use your 1-1/4 inch bike rack with a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. The first thing I would check is to see if there is an adapter sleeve or alternate shank that is designed specifically for your bike rack in order to use it in a 2 inch hitch. This would be the most ideal way to adapt the bike rack to fit the new hitch. If a specific adapter is not available, you can use a reducer sleeve to convert the 2 inch hitch to a 1-1/4 inch for times when you want to use...
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  • When I enter your 2011 Jeep Patriot into our fit guide, I show that all of the available hitches (see link to the options) require fascia trimming. The 2011 models have a 2 inch vertical fascia that will interfere with hitch installation. Trimming is not as difficult as you might think, and you may have the tools you need already. You can use a utility knife to score the trim lines and aviator shears to make the 2 inch long cut on each side. Then, it is just a matter of bending...
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  • Both the Tow Ready Trailer Wiring Harness, # 118552, and the CURT T-Connector, # C56162, will install in the same locations on the 2009 Jeep Patriot. Both require a direct connection to the vehicle battery. This is to provide most of the power to the trailer lights and protect the vehicles sensitive wiring. The other connection points are located behind each of the tail lights. The connectors on the harnesses plug in line with the wiring on the vehicle. The Tow Ready harnesses...
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  • The RockyMounts Aero Bar Roof Rack # RKY3052 and # RKY3002 is confirmed to fit your roof rack and will fit well on your vehicle's raised side rails. The aerodynamic shaped bars will provide a quieter ride by producing less wind noise and drag. These crossbars feature an upper channel that allows you to mount rooftop accessories either inside of the channel or around the crossbar. These crossbar feet can be locked to secure the rack to your vehicle by using the Lock Cores for...
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  • The Draw-Tite trailer hitch, # 75712, fits all styles of the 2012 Jeep Patriot including Latitude models. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video that shows a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # EBMK4. It comes with a ball mount, an interchangeable ball set, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, use # 118552. I have included some links explaining...
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  • For your 2016 Jeep Patriot manual transmission you will first need to start with a base plate kit. For that you would want the Roadmaster kit part # 521441-1 as it has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. Base plate kits are pretty easy for mechanics to install. Any qualified mechanic in your area with a good reputation would have no problem installing this. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking...
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  • According to the instructions which I have linked for you, you will need to trim the rear fascia on the 2014 Jeep Patriot in order to install Curt trailer hitch # C13081. The trimming that is needed at the very bottom center of the rear fascia is approximately 2-9/16 inches tall by 2-5/8 inches wide. I have also included a picture showing the trim area. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # EBMK4. It comes with a ball mount, interchangeable...
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  • The overall diameter of a 215/70R16 size tire is just under 28-inches (27.8 to be exact). For a tire of this size I suggest one of the black spare tire covers that are shown on the link provided for you. Classic Accessories # 052963753479 is a vinyl cover with an elastic back hem. Rampage # RA772901 is a fabric cover of material similar to a Jeep top that has an adjustment cord for a snug fit. Either of these will be a better fit for your 16-inch wheels than the item you referenced,...
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  • The way the exhaust hangs on vehicles allows for it to move a little and so it will not be in the same position on any 2 vehicles of the same year, make, and model. Sometimes contact can occur like you are experiencing. There are some things that you can try at home to correct the issue. And if those do not work for you then a muffler shop should be able to correct the problem. I have included a link to our FAQ article to the right that covers the various methods you can employ...
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  • The size of the cruiser bike top frame tube is going to necessitate an adapter bar. But going with a rack that has a single arm and rotating cradles, such as # SR2704, is a great idea for childrens' bikes. The alternative is to replace the Class II trailer hitch with a Class III trailer hitch, such as # 87606, and use a platform style bike rack such as # PS63138. This rack holds the bikes at the frames so even with an alternative frame it will still fit the rack. The adjustable...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and a stabilizing/support strap, like part # 18050, is required for the Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13081, in order to alleviate the leveraging affect that a non-trailer load places on the hitch. He likes to use the example of carrying a gallon of milk. Think of the strain that would be put on your arm if it is extended opposed to if you carry the milk close to your body. This is what also happens with a hitch when a bike rack or cargo...
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  • I have provided a link to the installation instructions for Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13548, for your Jeep Patriot. Replacement hardware is available. You will need part # RHK. Once on the product page, just type in the Hitch Item Number in the box on the right. Then use the pull down menu below that to select the manufacturer. Then just click the Add to Cart button and you will be done.
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  • When using the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier, # S512, on your 2011 Jeep Patriot with factory raised side rails and no cross bars, you can use the Thule locking roof rack # TH45050. I have linked a video showing installation of this roof rack for you.
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  • Rear fascia trimming is required according to the instructions, see link, for trailer hitch # 75712 for the 2013 Jeep Patriot. Not trimming the required area and flexing the fascia could result in deforming the fascia. I have not heard of anyone trying this so I cannot say if it would work or not. All of the hitches available for your vehicle do require fascia trimming for installation. If you decide to go ahead with the hitch and need to complete your towing set up you can...
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  • With the 24x60 Railed Cargo Carrier, # 63153, installed in the trailer hitch, you will not be able to install anything else in the hitch and nothing can be installed in the tubing in the cargo carrier. What you could do is use the Curt Dual 2 Inch Receiver Tube Adapter, # D-192. However, the bikes will be hanging above the cargo carrier, limiting the amount of space on the carrier. Also this adapter/extension has a tongue weight rating of 350 pounds. This means that the cargo...
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