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Re: 2014 Durango towing

Step 3 Mark screw locations
I don't want the trim marred so I cut a piece of Velcro and used the fuzzy side to attach to the mounting bracket. Using a razor blade, cut out the slots on the bracket.

(Note: if you are comfortable with a Velcro solution, use the other side of the Velcro, hold it in position, and press. Connect wiring harness and you're done. Oh... and you can put the trim piece back because you didn't need to remove it!)

Hold the bracket up to your mounting location and mark the left hole. This will be near that sensor so look in and make sure you're not going to be drilling into the sensor. I ended up a little close and had a heck of a time getting the washer on.

Once confident in the location, mark the spot for the left hole. I found that a gold marker pen worked well. Before drilling, note where the right side of the slot is going to be and make sure you have room to get a washer and nut on from the inside. It is a challenge. One more note: if you can find out how to remove that textured plastic trim piece, this job will be much easier and you won't need curved forceps of curved needle nose pliers.

Now, you're ready to make the left hole. I started with a 1/16, then went to 3/32, and finished with a 9/64. I didn't want the drill bit dancing by starting with a larger bit.

Using a #6 x 3/4 hex head cap screw, insert it through the slot in the bracket and into the hole you drilled. It will be a tight fit but that will ensure it doesn't fall out on you. No washer needed at this time. Now. move the right side of the bracket to a level position and use your gold pen to mark the right hole. Make sure you'll have room for the nut! Satisfied, make the right hole.
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Step 4 Mount bracket
Take your #6 x3/4 cap head machine screw and apply a lock washer, followed by a flat washer. Insert it in the left side of the bracket. Using a hex wrench, screw it in. It will be a snug fit but that will hold the screw in place until you get a nut on it. Once you can see the threads poke up, use curved needle nose pliers or forceps and slip a flat washer on it. Do you remember the game Operation? It's just like that! I used a wing nut here but a regular nut would work as well. You could even Loctite the threads if you want. Unless you have the fingers of a 3 year old, you'll need curved needle nose pliers to hold the nut from the top while you use the hex wrench to tighten from the bottom. The 8mm wrench may work too if you flip it upside down.

Helpful hint: Slide your drivers seat all the way back and tilt the steering wheel all the way up.

Now, do the same for the right side. Interior dash trim makes this side quite a challenge for this curved side. I lost a lot of washers and nuts but recovered them all later... they fell on the felt piece you moved to locate the factory harness to plug into.
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Re: 2014 Durango towing

Step 5 Mount controller
The Teconsha manual says to use a #8 x 3/8 screw for mounting the controller to the bracket to prevent internal damage. I ditched the stock screw because there is no way to get a screwdriver in to secure the right side. I use a #8 x 3/8 hex head cap screw, lock washer, and washer. The combined lock washer and washer is much thicker than the stock star washer alone but I forgot to get a star washer. Given the extra thickness, I'm sure I don't have as much thread going into the P3 as the stock screw but it seems secure. I could always fix it later.

Go for the right (curved area) side first. It will be easier this way because you're not torqueing the bracket yet. Put a lock washer and washer (or just a star washer) on the cap screw and put this in the top hole on the right side of the mounting bracket. Tighten with your hex wrench.

For the left side, you may need to twist the P3 a little but you have plenty of visibility and working room here. You'll use the curved slot in the mounting bracket for this side. It is skewed but that is necessary to get the P3 level. Adjust the P3 as necessary to line up the holes and put your cap screw, lock washer, and washer (or just a star washer) into the bracket's slot and P3. Do not use Loctite here! You don't want any of that dripping into the controller. Use your hex key and tighten.
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Step 6 Check for level
If everything looks level, plug in the wiring harness, and you're done!

If not level, loosen the screw on the left side of the bracket and adjust the position in the slot as necessary. If you got a good bend on the bracket and checked before you drilled holes, you should be very close. Tighten screw, plug in wiring harness, and you're done!

Note this seems to work for me, using the P3. Something similar will probably work for other brake controllers. I'm sure this is just one of many possible ways to mount it. With some clever shimming, I'm sure you could make the other P3 bracket (removable) work as well.

Safe towing!
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Great Instructions Fireman,

Very Good advice. I have been using a Durango to tow for a while and this stuff would have been helpful when I started.
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Nice work, explained well. You might be giving Vertrkr a run for his money. I guarantee I won't be attempting this, but if one must add something like this to tow safely, I'll share your excellent instructions with the other Durango driver in this household. Laughed and cringed at your mention of the game Ooeration. Took me way way....way...back.

Glad you are ready for safe snowmobile towing!
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Great Instructions Fireman,

Very Good advice. I have been using a Durango to tow for a while and this stuff would have been helpful when I started.
Many thanks Will! It took me many, many hours to come up with the plan and I didn't drill any hole until I was confident in the outcome. I can only hope that my countless hours will save others a lot of heartache... and that's why I wanted to clearly photograph and document the install.
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Nice work, explained well. You might be giving Vertrkr a run for his money. I guarantee I won't be attempting this, but if one must add something like this to tow safely, I'll share your excellent instructions with the other Durango driver in this household. Laughed and cringed at your mention of the game Ooeration. Took me way way....way...back.

Glad you are ready for safe snowmobile towing!
Thanks LJ! I can't and won't even try to hold a candle to Vertrkr!

This is one of the benefits of a forum like this... getting ideas and sharing wisdom so there is no need for somebody to reinvent the wheel.

If you got the tow package, and I think you did, your Durango is all set to tow *some* trailers. If the trailer has brakes though, the Durango will not make use of the trailer brakes without a brake controller. The trailer lights will work, even trailer brake lights, it's just the Durango will be braking for both. For many trailers, that isn't even legal because with the extra weight of the trailer pushing the Durango, the Durango won't stop in anything close to a reasonable distance without trailer brakes.

Operation is exactly what I thought of as I dropped washer after washer! I had to throw that in there.
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Fireman -

Fantastic write-up. Thanks for the pictures, and detailed explanation. I'll have to find a way to preserve this thread (sticky anyone??), since I won't need a brake controller in our Durango for a couple of years.

Or...I'll just hire you to help me mount this when I'm ready.

With this write-up, plus vertrkr's write-up of the cargo bin swap and interior lighting all we need now is running board installation
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Fireman -

Fantastic write-up. Thanks for the pictures, and detailed explanation. I'll have to find a way to preserve this thread (sticky anyone??), since I won't need a brake controller in our Durango for a couple of years.

Or...I'll just hire you to help me mount this when I'm ready.

With this write-up, plus vertrkr's write-up of the cargo bin swap and interior lighting all we need now is running board installation
Hey....I covered sill guards. Dave, why don't you tackle those running boards
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I fully plan to, but there's been a delay in getting them since they're coming together with my cargo bin. Problem is, the parts distribution center keeps sending the wrong bin, so wait I must.

After waiting 6 weeks for the truck, a few additional weeks for the accessories is no big deal. Patience is a virtue
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I fully plan to, but there's been a delay in getting them since they're coming together with my cargo bin. Problem is, the parts distribution center keeps sending the wrong bin, so wait I must.

After waiting 6 weeks for the truck, a few additional weeks for the accessories is no big deal. Patience is a virtue
Happy to be patient right along with you
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