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I've just purchased a 2017 (new) Range Rover TD6 HSE. The dealer wants $2000 + tax to add a tow hitch. My local U-Haul store will add a hitch (CART Brand) for $350 out the door. Does anyone have any experience with the U-Haul hitch? Does the car need to be reprogrammed to recognize the hitch?ThanksGeoff
 

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UHaul is all fine and dandy but your back up sensors wont be deactivated while towing.
 

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The benefits of having the dealer, although expensive, will also update the RRS with the towing technology - especially important in the '17 as it enables the terrain response rotary knob, so you can back up sorta 'joystick' control. Also, rear camera will be active and show the path via an overlay on the screen on your projected path.I just had my '16 RRS installed at dealer, $2400 and that was the least expensive I could find in Southwest Fla.I guess it depends on how much you plan to tow - I move around, so I wanted the technology in my RRS updated to tow :)Just completed a trail hook up today, as I'm heading out on the 5th for a month on the road and a out 2,500 miles.If you trailer has LED tail lamps, that will an addition hurdle. PM me and I'll provide some detail to assist.
 

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I installed the aftermarket hitch and its not a problem at all. The holes and set up are all there in place already. Follow the guide that comes with the aftermarket hitch to cut the rear valance with a dremel. It fits beautifully and you can buy an aftermarket wiring package with it. All in about 200.00
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I bought the RRS hitch from CART (about $175) and had my local mechanic install it ($65). I don't have wiring as I only need the hitch for my bike carrier. I looked at installing it myself, but without a lift access is difficult. Well worth $65 ;-)
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I bought the RRS hitch from CART (about $175) and had my local mechanic install it ($65). I don't have wiring as I only need the hitch for my bike carrier. I looked at installing it myself, but without a lift access is difficult. Well worth $65 ;-)
Very nice. I would love to see some pics of the install.
 

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For the record, the $15 Curt C56293 wiring harness works perfectly. Its plug and play and the RRS even recognized that I had a trailer connected evidenced but the trailer icon on the dash.
 

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Great! Just ordered one.
 

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Why is there no hitch that goes under the rear removable cover?? For bike purposes only.

Remove the rear cover when you want it, and when you are done, throw the cover back on.

Wish i had access to some tools...
 

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Just installed the Curt C56293 wiring harness. Its a really easy job. Thanks ScottTX for the recommendation,
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For the record, the $15 Curt C56293 wiring harness works perfectly. Its plug and play and the RRS even recognized that I had a trailer connected evidenced but the trailer icon on the dash.
Will this defeat the rear parking sensors? I don't currently have a RR, but need to buy something in the next few days. I tow a 16' open car trailer w/race car about 5 weekends per year.
 

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Will this defeat the rear parking sensors? I don't currently have a RR, but need to buy something in the next few days. I tow a 16' open car trailer w/race car about 5 weekends per year.
sorry for super late reply. No is doesn’t auto defeat the sensors. You can easily turn them off from the infortainment system though.
 

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I put the curt trailer on but removed it due to me not like how much it protruded (needed a hitch ASAP at the time)
Since than I bought the OEM hitch bumper and installed it, honestly is was crazy easy, remove the bumper cover (rear fascia), remove the metal bumper 10 bolts and the bumper will hang off two clips, pop off the exhaust hangers, lift, hang new bumper on clips and screw in and pop the exhaust hangers back on and boom, it’s hidden behind everything, has the 7k tow, took the same time and was only 150$ more than the curt buying off eBay.
 

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Hi guys, really confused and curious about this. I have a 2015, where are you finding hitches for that cheap? I looked at Curt trailer's website and didn't see any products listed for a l405 range rover? Please help, really need to get a hitch installed on the truck! Thank you!!
 

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The benefits of having the dealer, although expensive, will also update the RRS with the towing technology - especially important in the '17 as it enables the terrain response rotary knob, so you can back up sorta 'joystick' control. Also, rear camera will be active and show the path via an overlay on the screen on your projected path.I just had my '16 RRS installed at dealer, $2400 and that was the least expensive I could find in Southwest Fla.I guess it depends on how much you plan to tow - I move around, so I wanted the technology in my RRS updated to tow :)Just completed a trail hook up today, as I'm heading out on the 5th for a month on the road and a out 2,500 miles.If you trailer has LED tail lamps, that will an addition hurdle. PM me and I'll provide some detail to assist.
Wait a minute...are you saying that:
  1. The trailer hitch in the pictures below are of the OEM hitch for the RRS? It sure doesn't look like it!
  2. If the dealer installs the OEM trailer hitch and wiring, and the RRS has the drive assist cameras and vision assist installed, then the advanced tow assist software will automatically activate? I've spoken to three shop foremen who have all told me that isn't possible.
Thanks in advance for any insight on question 2. The correct answer is really important to me right now!
 

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Wait a minute...are you saying that:
  1. The trailer hitch in the pictures below are of the OEM hitch for the RRS? It sure doesn't look like it!
  2. If the dealer installs the OEM trailer hitch and wiring, and the RRS has the drive assist cameras and vision assist installed, then the advanced tow assist software will automatically activate? I've spoken to three shop foremen who have all told me that isn't possible.
Thanks in advance for any insight on question 2. The correct answer is really important to me right now!
No, it doesn’t automatically start functioning. All pics above are curt style aftermarket bolt on kits. The kit a dealer should install requires removing the aluminum bumper, and replacing it with the hitch bumper (or the deployable hitch). I did the OEM hitch bumper swap at home (very doable but takes some effort). Than you’ll have a hitch like the one I’ve pictured. It will function like a trailer should. For the advanced tow assist and brake controlling you’d still need to have the files installed into the cars computer to get those tow functions to work properly but they aren’t exactly necessary. Never the less, I feel like that could still be done though.
Also, on a kinda unrelated note, my car is a ‘16 L494 TD6...with a full rear ‘18 swap and if your in SoCal I have a spare curt trailer with all the hardware for 50$
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Thank you very much. I just realized that when I clicked on 135iUSN's picture (where he said the dealer did it), my browser showed ALL of the photos in the thread, and that's how I got confused.

My preference would be to have the complete/correct OEM install as you described...but if the Advanced Tow Assist files can't be installed (or no one with experience can verify install) then I'd purchase the RRS that already has it.
 
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