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Does the 06 commander limited come with tow hitches. I see the painted cover on the back bumper, is there a tow hitch behind there? I'm looking to purchase a 06 4.7 v8 with 118k miles, excellent shape.
 

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They do come with hitches and you'll need one installed. Id go with the oem mopar if i were you. The after market i installed is quite a few inches lower than factory and always rusts quickly.
 

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If the cover is there then it does not have a tow hitch and I would assume that is does not have the tow package but is probably pre drilled for a hitch. I have had the oem hitch on my 06 from day one and there is no rust, it is also wired for a 9 or 7 pin connection You can can go to the Chrysler site and enter your vin to see what options it originally came with. Big Blue my have this site book marked on his site.
 

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Does the 06 commander limited come with tow hitches. I see the painted cover on the back bumper, is there a tow hitch behind there? I'm looking to purchase a 06 4.7 v8 with 118k miles, excellent shape.
Some have hitches, some don't. Just depends on how it was equipped. You should see the hitch if it has one.
 

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Commanders could come with a Tow Hitch as an option, if you had that option you would see the tow hitch.

What looks like a cover on the rear bumper is just a shape molded into the rear bumper, if you buy the mopar tow hitch kit, you'll understand why they molded it in, cause you just cut that portion of the bumper out to expose the mopar tow hitch. The kit comes with a flat black bezel that you attach to the cut out portion of the bumper to make it look really nice.

Ok, if you open your owner's manual (O.M.) you'll find there are several towing figures for you vehicle. Depending on engine and if you have the factory tow package or NOT. The factory tow package is more than just the hitch, it has special springs and shocks in the rear suspension to handle the tongue weight, etc... So, unless you're going to spend a lot of money to install everything that came in the factory tow package, you need to go with the TOW figures for none factory tow package.

Yes, get the Mopar TOW Hitch, its reasonably priced and easiest to install and has that bezel that will make the cut out of the rear bumper look like it came from the factory. Installing the TOW Hitch will require removing the rear bumper Fascia, you just can't get the hardware installed with it on, despite it looking like there might be enough room to do it with the bumper on. There are plastic rivets that attach the rear fascia at a few points, you'll need new ones of these to install, many auto stores have them, but kinda hard to find, you'd want to make sure you get them before starting the job.

You'll need a light kit, NO, don't get the Mopar Light Kit, its actually harder to install than most aftermarket T-connectors, and the Mopar Kit won't work until you bring it back to the Dealer and pay them to use the WiTech Machine to reconfigure modules to make it work. The aftermarket wiring kits are cheaper, easier to install and don't require an additional expensive visit to the Dealer service department to get it too work, and they work just the same.
 

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Commanders could come with a Tow Hitch as an option, if you had that option you would see the tow hitch.
If it had the factory tow package, this is what your rear bumper should look like;


If it doesn't look like that, you don't have the factory towing package which isn't the end of the world.

My 2008 didn't come with the towing package and I would up doing what Mongo said and changed out my rear springs to the slightly heavier Hemi-rated rear coil springs and upgraded my shocks all the way around - Bilstein 4600's in the front and 5100's in the rear - but you can see the difference between an after market hitch install in one from the factory if you look at this picture;



You can go the Chrysler/Fiat website URL below to get the factory build sheet; You can also order an owner's manuals from this same website if your vehicle didn't come with a factory owner's manual.

Dodge - Contact Us

To get the factory build sheet for the Commander you are looking at, you only need the VIN number.

Go to the URL above and go to the "Your Vehicle" block and click on "Equipment Listing"

Under "Equipment Listing" enter your VIN number in the box that says "VIN" and hit "Search".

The factory build sheet will list all of the factory options & optional preferred equipment packages that your vehicle had installed from the factory when it was built and you won't have any guess work about what options your Commander does or doesn't have.
 

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Thanks Blue,
The first 2 photos in his post show exactly what I was talking about. The 2nd photo shows the rear bumper fascia that has the molded panel, its on all Commanders without the tow package, notice on the 1st photo of a commander with the tow package, that molded panel in the fascia is cut out and a black plastic bezel is attached to the bumper framing the Tow Hitch.

Now if you get the Mopar Accessories Tow Hitch, it will come with an easy to bolt on tow hitch, black plastic bezel with mounting hardware and instruction that have a pattern to cut out the bumper to fit the bezel. So the Mopar Accessory Tow Hitch when installed with look just like the Factory Tow Package Hitch. The aftermarket hitch Blue has on his Commander, drops down below the bumper, sure you don't have spend time cutting the bumper up, but the lower tow hitch is not the best for towing, the height of the factory tow hitch is much better (provided your Commander is at Stock Ride Height).

Again, the wiring kit is separate from the Tow Hitch Kit, so...
Mopar Accessory Tow Hitch = Good (Same price or only a few dollars more than most aftermarket hitches, easy to install, better looking install, better height).
Mopar Accessory Tow Wiring Kit = Bad (Expensive, Harder to Install and requires paying the dealer to configure electronic modules before it will even work).

Get a good aftermarket tow wiring kit.
 

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The aftermarket hitch Blue has on his Commander, drops down below the bumper, sure you don't have spend time cutting the bumper up, but the lower tow hitch is not the best for towing, the height of the factory tow hitch is much better (provided your Commander is at Stock Ride Height).
I beg to differ on the tow hitch height - I have the stock from the factory tow package and stock ride height - and the height of the ball is way too high with most ball hitch draw bars. The biggest drop draw bar I could find was 5 inches and I wish it was 7 inches, Yes they also sell the adjustable type but they are real expensive. I have towed several different trailers and all could use a lower ball position. To me the lower one like Blue shows would be great, but not as good looking. Blue - what size (rise or lower) draw bar do you use?
Normal trailer hitch height is 17 inches, my stock XK with a 5 inch drop comes in at 21 inches. Sitting high like this can cause lifting of the rear wheels when stopping - not good.
 

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I beg to differ on the tow hitch height - I have the stock from the factory tow package and stock ride height - and the height of the ball is way too high with most ball hitch draw bars. The biggest drop draw bar I could find was 5 inches and I wish it was 7 inches, Yes they also sell the adjustable type but they are real expensive. I have towed several different trailers and all could use a lower ball position. To me the lower one like Blue shows would be great, but not as good looking. Blue - what size (rise or lower) draw bar do you use?
Normal trailer hitch height is 17 inches, my stock XK with a 5 inch drop comes in at 21 inches. Sitting high like this can cause lifting of the rear wheels when stopping - not good.
I don't have a lot of TOW experience, so I yield to your experience that the OEM tow bar is higher than ideal.

I did a car tow dolly and U-Haul 10' trailer, it was a while ago and I don't remember hitch height being a problem, perhaps the tongue of the U-hual wasn't level, I can't remember.

Perhaps the neater appearance of the hitch being inside the bumper is what is biasing me to say its better than those that stick out under the bumper.

Yes, having the tongue of the trailer at the right height is much better for a lot of reasons, I wouldn't dismiss it, and it easy to do when you tow the lower loads like I have done.
 

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I can chime in on the OEM height. It's definitely high, but at a stock ride height it's not too bad. It sits at about 22", so you'll need the correct drop hitch for your trailer.

My boat has a trailer height of 19". Most UHaul trailers are 18". At stock height, you could get away with a 3" drop hitch. Even with a 2" lift I still tow light loads with my 3" drop with no problems.

Another thing to consider is the squat on these Jeeps. They tend to squat around 2" when loaded.

That being said, the amount of drop needed is highly dependent on the trailer.
 

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The trailer will want to be pulled as level as possible measure the tongue height and the hitch height and buy an insert that has the correct drop or lift.


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Hmmm, I seem to remember getting some advice on the best drop for the hitch to buy? Perhaps it was in the instructions with Mopar Accessories TOW Hitch when I installed it? Seem to remember going and purchasing a hitch specifically knowing the drop height I wanted as well?

And my drop hitch is lower, not massively lower, 2-1/2" perhaps? Its been years since I've towed anything, I just remember no problems towing those things. So perhaps the tongues weren't level, but the load was light enough or CG low enough it never created any problems for me even at higher highway speeds.

Another advantage of the hitch, other accessories you can use. I have a bike rack that goes into the hitch. Carrying my mountain bike to trails is easy, just slip the rack into the hitch. Other racks that secure with straps takes much longer to get cinched down and you're always worried those straps will break, slip, come loose and drop your bike on the highway. This rack is solid steel held on the vehicle by solid steel.
 

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I tow a small 5 x 8 enclosed utility trailer with all of my camping gear which is probably 800 - 900 lbs at the most, fully loaded - which isn't very much.

Between my lift and the lower ball position of the after market hitch, my trailer is just about perfectly level - which is where it should be, so you have enough tongue weight - but not too much tongue weight either.
 
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