When considering a hitch for a Jeep Wrangler it’s important to understand you might not always be looking to tow something. In fact there are many reasons to consider a hitch.
One particular reason would be for added storage. You might be looking through the options available and find you can pick up a 2-inch receiver or 1.25-inch. The larger 2-inch receiver handles more stress of the two, and you may wonder why even bother with the smaller receiver.
Well, the smaller receiver is perfect for smaller accessories such as a bike rack. The larger hitches are more money, and if you’re investing in an already expensive rack system it’ll make a lot more sense to pick up the smaller receiver. Not to mention, most rack systems are meant to work with the smaller receiver out of the box.
Added storage can be heavy and it may be sketchy to hang it up on a smaller hitch. Heavy cargo may find itself in a cargo basket that mounts to a receiver hitch. This upgrade is perfect for road trips with friends as the luggage can be held outside allowing everyone to ride along comfortably.
It’s not the end of the world if you’re looking for a bike rack either. If the model you want only works with a smaller receiver and you already bought the larger one, adapters are available. Remember with an adapter the hitch’s capacities are reduced some so don’t get carried away.
One should also consider tongue weight, or just how much weight you should safely load into the receiver say when inserting a motorcycle carrier into your Jeep Wrangler’s receiver. The rule of thumb is 10% of GWT (Gross Trailer Weight), but no more that 15% of GTW. This means a YJ should only consider carrying 200 lbs. of weight on the tongue, such as a smaller dirt bike, but no more than 300 lbs. We’d stick with the 10% side just to be safe.
Let’s say you’ve been shopping already and came across some front mounted receiver hitches. You may be wondering what exactly these are for. Well, the answer is simple; they are for pulling the Jeep around. Let’s say you’re going to your buddie’s ranch with your RV and you want to bring the Jeep along for some weekend wheeling. You simply hook up the Jeep to the RV and pull it along with you.
It may seem like a big goofy chunk of metal on the front of your Jeep when you’re not pulling it around and you might be conflicted by even pulling it off when you must put it right back on when you leave. Not to worry. You can put that bad boy to use on the trail. Winches are a must when you’re out in the woods and you could get pretty bummed out without them.
A bumper you can fix a winch to can be a hefty investment. The perfect solution to these problems is a receiver type winch mount. That’s right, when you’re not hauling that Jeep around you can slide a winch into that receiver for your weekend of fun.