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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 05-07-2017, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Tow hooks not meant for off-road recovery?

When I picked up my 17 TH the sales guy explaining how to use all the features of the car specifically called out the tow hooks, saying that they weren't meant to be used for recovery. He said the tow hooks are intended to allow you to tow obstacles (large, fallen trees, for example) out of your way when off-road.

This struck me as odd. I couldn't find much in the owner's manual about the tow hooks themselves, just instructions on the safety precautions around using the recovery strap, not using a damaged strap, etc. Yet I've seen plenty of YouTube videos of people using their tow hooks for recovery. The only downside I think I saw was that the tow hooks are covered in something like plastidip, and so you might damage the red cover over the metal hooks, but other than that it seems fine.

That said, the sales guy was also a little off on a few other minor details. Is he wrong on this one too? I asked, "So, if I go off-road and get stuck, what should I use for recovery, then?" and he didn't really have much of an answer, so I'm assuming he just got some bad information from an overly cautious co-worker.
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He doesn't know what he's talking about. Carry on

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Ditto. Not sure how I would have done a self rescue after a broken CV joint without using the hooks.

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He might have got confused if someone told him the hooks couldn't be used for towing the vehicle behind another vehicle.
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This is good advice here and that sales person needs to go back to selling minivans.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the tow hooks are rated for something like 6000-8000lbs. They can tow people out of recovery situations. The tow hooks are definitely not for show.

If that were the case, I would not have been able to tow the person out of a ditch during a snow storm late last year using the rear tow hook.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the tow hooks are rated for something like 6000-8000lbs. They can tow people out of recovery situations. The tow hooks are definitely not for show.

If that were the case, I would not have been able to tow the person out of a ditch during a snow storm late last year using the rear tow hook.
According to @Len1304, the tow hooks have no official weight capacity rating, and FCA has declined to comment when directly asked (probably because no such rating exists, and they're trying to limit possible exposure to lawsuits).

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According to @Len1304, the tow hooks have no official weight capacity rating, and FCA has declined to comment when directly asked (probably because no such rating exists, and they're trying to limit possible exposure to lawsuits).
Well, only one way to find out then. Grab two tanks with chains connecting to either ends of the Trailhawk, and a force gauge on one end, and see how far those tow hooks can take it.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the tow hooks are rated for something like 6000-8000lbs. They can tow people out of recovery situations. The tow hooks are definitely not for show.

If that were the case, I would not have been able to tow the person out of a ditch during a snow storm late last year using the rear tow hook.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the tow hooks are rated for something like 6000-8000lbs. They can tow people out of recovery situations. The tow hooks are definitely not for show.

If that were the case, I would not have been able to tow the person out of a ditch during a snow storm late last year using the rear tow hook.

Most other jeep tow hooks are rated for 1.5x the weigh of the vehicle or 5500lba, which ever comes first. They are meant to recover the vehicle itself and not other vehicles.

However, as it's been mentioned there are no official numbers that have been published and last I checked the 2014-2016 manuals never even mention the hooks even once. Last I spoke with FCA they declined to inform me what the official limits are for whatever reason.

The tow hooks aren't available in all markets either. In the EU and the U.K. The KL doesn't have front tow hooks for pedestrian safety.


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