Sorry so late to reply - I thought I would get email notifications if anyone else replied to my thread, but apparently not! haha
, this was the email my service manager at the Jeep dealership sent me - Is he totally off-base? I'm super confused now. Do I have to have an oil cooler or is having a leveling hitch good enough if I decide to tow over 1000 pounds? How do I tell if my Pat already has the oil cooler? I thought they were one in the same...
"It took me a little while to be sure that we had all of the correct information for your vehicle. Your vehicle is limited to 1000 lbs towing capacity, unless your trailer has a LEVELING hitch. Trailers that have a leveling hitch can be up to 2000 lbs. We will have to install a vehicle hitch AND a trailer wiring harness to do the job. Your vehicle is already equipped with a transmission cooler."
I wish I had the expertise to install everything myself, but I'm just not handy enough in the car maintenance department (at this point in time) to do stuff like this myself. And although my German Shepherd is extremely intelligent, she's no help whatsoever (I blame it on lack of opposable thumbs). ;-)
Also, I think the trailer size will be okay. I'll be using it primarily for weekend camping trips as a place to haul a couple of ice chests, my tent, etc. Maybe once in a while to haul some stuff to the landfill or pick up some landscaping stuff. Considering I can't tow too much weight (especially if I have to have an oil cooler in addition to a transmission cooler to tow over 1000 lbs), and this trailer is only 300 lbs, I think it will suit my needs. I can't imagine I would be towing much else with it, but thank you for the words of advice!! I will check out etrailer as I've seen other people mention that on here as well.
- On the invoice Sacramento Mobile Hitch sent me, he's charging $125 for the Curt class 3 receiver, and $180 for the installation (2 hours @ $90/hr). All the electrical components (t-connector, bracket mount, and wiring bracket) come to $63. This includes a 5 year warranty on the hitch and one year on the electrical.
Like you mention, I'm okay paying for his expertise, overhead, etc. Being a small business owner myself, I know that is a cost that is necessary to run a business and to provide services to others. Sounds like the labor might be a bit high, but he is coming to my house to install, so I'm sure there's a bit of a premium there for the convenience.
Thank you again to everyone for the advice - this website has been so helpful in getting questions answered and solutions figured out!!