It’s fair to say that most Jeep Wrangler JK owners didn’t purchase their Jeeps for its towing capabilities. However, this doesn’t mean that the Wrangler platform is a lost cause for hauling toys and small trailers. We found our ’15 Wrangler Unlimited does just fine, so long as you’re hauling in the 3,500-pound or less range. Over the years, we’ve accumulated an assortment of receiver-mounted accessories (bike racks, cargo bins, motorcycle haulers, and so on) that allow us to get more gear and toys to our final destination.
We’ve often wished there was a way we could use a few of these at once to haul our stuff around. Thankfully, we were not the only one looking for an easy solution to this problem. For owners of the ’07-current Wrangler JK, Quadratec has created a clever solution for hauling more than just one receiver-mounted accessory at a time. It’s called the VersaHitch. Bolting to the Wrangler’s chassis via the stock hitch mounting holes, the VersaHitch comes with a 2-inch Class II center-mounted receiver, with 1 1/2-inch receiver openings placed on each side.
This setup retains the stock towing capacities, but allows you to take advantage of the 1 1/2-inch receivers to mount other items. Of course, Quadratec has some VersaHitch specific racks and such, but we’ve found our older 1 1/2-inch accessory racks work just fine as well. Given our JK has a small lift on 35s, we were using a drop hitch when towing. This actually helped to free up room for the other accessory mounts.
There’s absolutely no assembly needed for the Vera Hitch. The Class II steel receiver comes with a black powdercoat and all the necessary mounting hardware.
The brilliant thing about the ’07-current JK chassis is that the holes are already drilled into the frame for the hitch. Simply start the bolts in by hand then tighten them down to 80 ft-lb of torque.
Quadratec offers the VersaHitch with the JK trailer wiring harness for an additional cost if your JK doesn’t have it. This will be for a four-pin electrical adapter plug only. The Class II hitch retains the Wrangler Unlimited 300-pound tongue weight limit and 3,500-pound tow rating.
Our ’15 JK is still running the factory rear bumper, which didn’t require any modification to install the hitch. We are no longer running our spare tire in the factory location, but the VersaHitch bike rack is designed to accommodate the tire. The two separate mounting points allow for a stock or larger aftermarket spare tire.
To gain access to the cargo area, you simply pull the two quick-release pins that allow the bike rack to pivot downward. The pad you see on the passenger side of the bike rack is to keep the door from becoming scratched when it is opened.
The bike rack has a spot for four bikes and secures the bikes via rubber latch straps. A wheel strap and brake straps are included. Other than being a little tall on our JK, we found the rack very easy to use. Make certain that all the hardware and setscrews are tight so the rack will remain rattle free.
Our only real gripe about the VersaHitch is that it’s a little heavier and wider than a stock receiver. We don’t think this will be an issue off-road, but it’s still something to consider. One thing you will find very helpful is the large opening for attaching your trailer’s safety chains.