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Old 03-16-2015, 08:54 PM
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Hi Everyone on the Towing Thread.

Currently have mopar Best bar on my 2012 Overland. Appears to have hairline cracks along bottom. My caravan is 2.9 tonne fully loaded complete (weigh bridge cert) and has been towed quite easily behind Jeep with WDH.
It will be viewed tomorrow at dealership in Brisbane.
Have travelled approximately 68 K.
Has anyone had similar issue or viewed similar.
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Nasty! Any chance of a pic? Haven't noticed on mine. A good way to check hairline fractures is to rub metho over it. As it evaporates the hairline becomes more evident. Hopefully it's just the paint that has cracked.

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Re: The Towing thread

Hi Bob,
I will have some photos of the lines in the towbar and attach soon - I have edited and added to my original posting now that i have been this morning to Jeep. They have indicated that it may be score lines in the metal where they cut them out of the packaging.
I will keep a close eye on it as i am still not 100% certain that it is only scored.

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Re: The Towing thread

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The document which accompanies the towbar isn't bad from a mechanical perspective, though there is an obvious error regarding the position of the fish plates. If you don't pick it up, maybe you need a hand.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/39m5kg3q7d...0MY13.pdf?dl=0

I have done a reasonably detailed wiring "how to".

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if anyone could answer this would be good. how the heck do i install the fish plates on the tow hook side?
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Re: The Towing thread

- With the towbar member slid in to place, insert the bolts (with flat washers) into the rail opening and install into the aligned mounting holes.

- Working from the centre of the vehicle, apply the fish plates over the exposed bolt, against the rail. If you intend retaining the tow hook, the fish plate can not be used as is.

- Install a split washer, then the nut and spin up finger tight.

- Once all bolts are in place and run up to finger tight, commence torquing.

So in cross-section it's: bolt, flat washer, towbar, chassis, fish plate, washer, nut. This would have been what was meant in the guide anyway... however there is plenty of study to suggest it's best to discard the cheap, easily distorted split washers for an alternative.

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Re: The Towing thread

what if i intend to keep the tow hook? do i still need to use the fish plates or i could disregard the fish plate on that side and double up on the other side?
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Re: The Towing thread

If the tow hook is under all the nut/washer combinations, nothing is required Lance.

I wouldn't double up on the other side.

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Re: The Towing thread

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If the tow hook is under all the nut/washer combinations, nothing is required Lance.

I wouldn't double up on the other side.

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thanks very much steve!! ive followed all your guides including on the wiring, hopefully its all the same!
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ive followed all your guides including on the wiring...
Uh oh... you're screwed.





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Re: The Towing thread

What about the brake controller?

I have a P3 and thought the best place to put it would be out of the way in the little cubby hole with the media slots.

SNUKE showed some pictures fitted, so I thought yeah OK. That'll do.

The wiring wasn't all that bad, could drill the cubbby's corner for the wire with it in situ and run the wires thru OK.

Mounting the controller itself proved to be a bit more tricky. After fiddling around wit the brackets for an hour or so, I don't think it would be possible to do WITHOUT REMOVING the cubby.

At Christmas i just wedged it in there with a couple of foam blocks but wanted to do it properly.


Anyway......


Now it's screwed securely to the upper section of the cubby firmly on its original supplied bracket. The door closes nicely without touching it.


Was pretty easy, I actually did it in the ad breaks when watching the Melbourne F1 GP. - if anything pulling the dash apart was more interesting than watching the race.



PS: I also pulled out the Uconnect to have a look around it.
There appears to be plenty of room back there for media center / streaming / wireless devices.

Hmm .... might have to email the guys at Customtronix.
We still get a discount on that stuff.
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Re: The Towing thread

Caravan Dynamics:

Thought this a very informative read, not sure if it's been posted before and apologies if so.

https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?...00&app=WordPdf
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Re: The Towing thread

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What about the brake controller?

I have a P3 and thought the best place to put it would be out of the way in the little cubby hole with the media slots.

Was pretty easy, I actually did it in the ad breaks when watching the Melbourne F1 GP. - if anything pulling the dash apart was more interesting than watching the race.
That's why I went for the Redarc over the P3. Nowhere suitable to mount it. All I see is a tiny knob near the gear selector.

As for the GP, the ads were far more interesting. I consider myself a petrol head but I turned over to watch the football instead.
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Re: The Towing thread

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What about the brake controller?



I have a P3 and thought the best place to put it would be out of the way in the little cubby hole with the media slots.



SNUKE showed some pictures fitted, so I thought yeah OK. That'll do.



The wiring wasn't all that bad, could drill the cubbby's corner for the wire with it in situ and run the wires thru OK.



Mounting the controller itself proved to be a bit more tricky. After fiddling around wit the brackets for an hour or so, I don't think it would be possible to do WITHOUT REMOVING the cubby.



At Christmas i just wedged it in there with a couple of foam blocks but wanted to do it properly.





Anyway......





Now it's screwed securely to the upper section of the cubby firmly on its original supplied bracket. The door closes nicely without touching it.





Was pretty easy, I actually did it in the ad breaks when watching the Melbourne F1 GP. - if anything pulling the dash apart was more interesting than watching the race.







PS: I also pulled out the Uconnect to have a look around it.

There appears to be plenty of room back there for media center / streaming / wireless devices.



Hmm .... might have to email the guys at Customtronix.

We still get a discount on that stuff.

I had my P3 fitted in the same place without the removal of the dash center section or cubby hole



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