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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Wendy I installed our Tekonsha P3 brake controller in the little cubby in front of the console - right out of the way and still accessible for the manual control.
Close the lid on it when not towing and forget.
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Hmm, I asked the Jeep dealer about doing this - nice deep pocket, so I thought it would be fine. I was advised too tricky with other wiring in the area. Guess it depends who you go to...and perhaps my voice wasn't deep enough? Still, it does the job, but next time I'll check my ideas with others before taking the dealer's word for what can and can't be done. haven't been entirely happy with some of the work and I still need to get them sorted (once I get to Perth): (i) switch to turn off beeping noise in front and rear sensors only works on front sensors - pain in the toosh (and head) when backing up to hitch up the van and then reversing with van attached! (ii) reversing camera on van doesn't display on console when I put car in reverse (car camera overrides the van camera) - auto-elec gave instructions for disabling car camera, but then nothing shows. Ended up stuck at a rail crossing yesterday - country location and they were loading/unloading grain. After waiting 20 min, decided I'd have to tackle reversing caravan down the road to get to a crossroads to take alternate route. Could've done with the van reversing camera... Still love my Jeep, but just a little disappointed at these slip ups. You go to a dealer and assume they have a full knowledge of what's what, but that sure doesn't seem to be the case this time round. Sigh... Wendy
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Hi Wendy,
your experience is all part of the learning curve.....if you prowl around these forums enough you will see plenty of others have had less than satisfactory experiences with dealers and various other suppliers or installers. If you have the time or inclination generally research will provide enough background that you can determine whether you are being fed BS.
Yes, it was a fiddle to get the brake controller into the cubby, but not really a difficult task for someone with a modicum of skill and common sense. I did it myself because I had the ability and wanted to avoid issues of workmanship or stupidity.
For all sorts of information about your Jeep including how to remove trim look here: http://www.wk2jeeps.com/wk2menu.htm
and for all sorts of caravan info including a major thread on towing and the current model diesel Grand Cherokee in Australia look here: http://caravanersforum.com/viewforum.php?f=2
We've already dragged our van 13000k (just back from a loop to Cooktown) and the Jeep does the job brilliantly.
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Thanks, John. Will check out those links. Hey, don't suppose you have any experience with Uconnect going haywire? 4 days ago, while using navigation and listening to radio, system cut out, then came back on almost immediately, then cut out, came on, and cut out a third time, finally coming back on and staying on. Hadn't lost the navigation settings and has worked fine since (apart from a couple of times ignoring my USB key that has music files on it, which I wanted to play). The only thing I could think of was that at the time I was passing an army facility, so perhaps they were playing with radio waves or something? Well, this morning, everything started fine, but about half hour later while driving along the Eyre Hwy towards Perth, the screen blacked out and stayed black. Stopped the car, gave it a couple minutes and started the car...system seemed to start, but got stuck at the 'navigation is activating' screen and couldn't go any further. None of the buttons on the side of the screen did anything...couldn't even open the CD player and play a CD - very boring journey. After 20 min, stopped car, gave it 5 min, started and it came on and, although same message appeared, I was able to activate the music, CD player etc...but still no navigation. Some time later, a new screen appeared advising 'navigation market not set', and music cut out. Nothing worked. Stopped car, restarted and got back to the previous setup where I can play music, but no navigation. I'm assuming the program is faulty, but as I'm a long way from any Jeep dealers, I'm wondering if there's anything I can do to get it back up and running. Any experience with this? Wendy
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Sounds like you have a loose connection. Recommend a visit to a dealer.
You might try a system reset, which means disconnecting the battery for about 10mins.
That might help.
How about a pic of the new car and van?
How is it towing?
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Hi Wendy, just picked up my new 2012 GC diesel and got the dealer to fit towbar they organized it through TJM and I ended up with a Mopar towbar also I got the Redarc electric brake unit as it could be mounted on the centre console very neat as all that you see is a small dial also getting Anderson plug fitted by TJM but from the ignition to avoid flattening battery, when car turned off power is cut to van instead of having a hotwire from the battery and having to remember to unplug when stopped. You are going to love the GC would have to be the best car so far I have owned can't wait to hook up my van and travel. HAPPY VANNING!!!
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Hey there, allypally! Towing beautifully! Still love to unhitch though and just take off for a little exploration without the van! Currently sitting in the Nullarbor Roadhouse campsite, getting sand blasted. Not happy, but way too rough to drive any further today. Just the 100km I've done today (including whale watching - absolutely magical!) has tired me out something shocking. Constantly fighting the winds to stay on the road, with branches and debris being flung across the road. The van, fully loaded, comes in at 2.8 tonne and I've about 100 litres of water since the weighbridge, but we're rocking around with this wind - absolutely horrendous. So strong, I had awful troubles trying to open the door to get out! I've taken some more recent pics since I've been on the road full-time, but for a sneak peak, check out my signature below. This was the maiden voyage so to speak. Not sure about disconnecting the battery...I'd hate to be stuck out here! Might give it a go once I'm closer to civilisation! WW.
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Thanks, Dasher. Sounds like an excellent setup for your trailer brakes. While I'll keep these ideas handy about refitting the trailer brakes, I am happy to say that there is something in the setup that triggers a cut-out of power to the trailer plug once the Jeep's ignition is turned off. That was something I was very concerned about, and the auto-elec assures me this operates so there won't be any drain on the battery. Phew... Have to say, I am really enjoying the caravanning and the people I'm meeting. Other than a couple of odd ones to spice it up a bit, everyone else has been really lovely and happy to give me a tip or two to help me along. Perhaps I'll see you out here sometime soon? WW.
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Wendy. I didn't think the roadhouse was very gopod for camping. I would have stopped a few hundred mtrs to the east of there, on a track that leads to the cliffs. Still, with the winds you have, it may be better shelter at the roadhouse. Next stop Eucla? Dont miss the drive to the old town which is a track beside the caravan park.
You wont have any issues disconnecting the battery, except a possible re entry of the radio code, if the radio has that feature. You could also try a different reset method. That is to turn on and off the ignition 4 times in quick sequence.
Just press the start button12 times, without your foot on the brake.
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

Thanks allypally. Will give the alternative reset method a go. I did ask the dealers when I picked up my GC, whether there was a radio code (and could they write it in the book), but they advised there isn't one.

I did toss up heading off to one of the rest stops, but with the high winds, thought it best to stick where I know there are others. Also, I'm running low on water and although Nullarbor Roadhouse is not a watered site (just powered), at least there's an amenities block to use. I've added a little water to the tanks from a 10-litre box of water, and will add another before heading off...just in case I decide to stop overnight somewhere before reaching Border Town or Eucla. Definitely planning to head off to see the old telegraph station...by the time I get there the nasty weather should have passed - tired of being sand blasted every time I step outside the van! Wendy
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Thanks Jezza, this has finally put my mind at rest as I did not want to head off on my big trip next year and realise at the last minute on the road that I should have used the WDH
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Re: Battery capabilities for caravanning

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Hi Dasher. I didn't go for QL - I thought it was really just needed for 4WDing, but having a better understanding of towing now that I've been on the road full-time, I can see how it would be useful. Still, I love my GC! Borrowed a Dodge the other day while GC was in for service - couldn't get back to my Jeep quick enough! The brake arrangement sounds interesting. I hadn't realised there were any options. I explained what I was doing to the dealer and they told me they'd organise the brake kit. When I took delivery I was disappointed at the positioning as I had to drive with seat further back than I'm used to to give enough clearance for my left knee. Auto-elec has since altered slightly to give me a little more room, and I'm now used to sitting further back (came in handy once I fitted the towing mirrors, anyway). Also, the couple of times I've used the manual slide for extra braking (eg. when pinball machine came flying off the trailer I was travelling behind!), I've found it within easy reach. Ideally though I would have preferred not to have the brake unit near my knee. Does the system you're having installed, provide a manual slide of some sort? WW.

PS. I haven't had a second battery installed as yet, but auto-elec confirmed that when fitting trailer plug he installed a switch of some sort that stops flow of power to trailer plug when ignition is off, so no concerns about draining battery from that source.
Hi Wendy, the Redarc brake unit is just a small dial mounted on the centre console to manually activate you just press on the dial, like pressing a button and depending on what setting the dial is on is the amount of brake pressure used will try and post a photo of the setup,certainly alot better setup than having a annoying brake unit knocking your knee all the time
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