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Re: The Towing thread

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A little off subject here, but just getting ready to head out on vacation with my CRD towing my 19' airstream for the first time. Should I tow in sport mode or regular? how about those trans and oil temps what should I expect?
Normal mode is fine.
Let it do its own thing as it senses the load /speed and selects the appropriate without fuss.

Just don't tow in ECO mode. I read that somewhere in this thread many many pages ago.

I've only towed my 'smallish' van (1800kg fully loaded) for about 1200km so far and was quite impressed with the auto.


I've been told that the trans temps do rise rapidly on hills but then also cool very rapidly after.

Towing on a pretty hot day in the border ranges NSW/QLD twisty and hilly i think I only saw trans temps in the mid 90's . Max engine oil temp at the time was 113 C.

Moonbi Hill (north of Tamworth) beckons when going on the Easter trip in a couple of weeks so we'll see how it goes there.
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having the same discussion topic of trans temps while towing over here too
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Re: The Towing thread

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Yeah mine is there too... for the time being. I just find I kick it every once in a while. It has suited me while getting the new caravan set up operationally though.

I'll probably swap it out for a TowPro shortly...
I thought that kicking it would be problem too but I haven't kicked it yet. I have it located exactly mid way between my knees and far enough under to avoid the air bag. The readout is hidden by the steering wheel spoke so good for night driving but I have only to move my head slightly to read it. I have to reach down to get at the manual control. It's a bit awkward but should I ever be in a situation to need it, I'll probably be in such a flap that I won't think to use it.
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Re: The Towing thread

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Well if you're a betting man Jose, I'll put my money on the possibility that you've forgotten the plug located behind the left hand corner of the bumper as you were refitting it...

... or did you do the wiring mod to disable ParkSense when a trailer plug is connected?

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ohh.. it could be that. ill give it a shot tonight. If your correct the rear fog lights technically wouldnt work yes?

I didnt do the wiring mod.
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Re: The Towing thread

Good fault analysis Jose... that's probably the case, as there's only one plug.

Now the bad news is that you might have to take the back bumper off to get it. Maybe if you can find someone with long, slim arms and a high pain threshold you might be able to reach both halves and connect them working from behind the rear left wheel.

It's a fair way up though mate, and the gap isn't very wide. I wish you special powers for the attempt.

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Good fault analysis Jose... that's probably the case, as there's only one plug.

Now the bad news is that you might have to take the back bumper off to get it. Maybe if you can find someone with long, slim arms and a high pain threshold you might be able to reach both halves and connect them working from behind the rear left wheel.

It's a fair way up though mate, and the gap isn't very wide. I wish you special powers for the attempt.

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Normal mode is fine.
Let it do its own thing as it senses the load /speed and selects the appropriate without fuss.

Just don't tow in ECO mode. I read that somewhere in this thread many many pages ago.
Why do you say not in ECO Steve? During my last towing trip I had ECO off but of course when you stop for a break and restart it doesn't remember you had ECO off so I'm driving for a while before I notice it's on again, but there wasn't any noticeable difference.
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Why do you say not in ECO Steve? During my last towing trip I had ECO off but of course when you stop for a break and restart it doesn't remember you had ECO off so I'm driving for a while before I notice it's on again, but there wasn't any noticeable difference.
Not directly relevant, but the TCM flash I'm having applied next week to hopefully fix the issue with not holding gears down steep hills, is also supposed to "remember" the ECO setting across ignition cycles.
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Re: The Towing thread

I want to put a reversing/ rear view camera on my soon-to-be-acquired camper trailer. There seems to be a lot of opinions as the the best field of view angle of the camera. From 90 degrees for rear vision, to 120 or 180 degrees for reversing. As far as I'm concerned, the camera on the Jeep would be suitable for both. Does anyone know what it's field of view is?
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If you want the cam to be used as a rearview mirror whilst driving, I would try to get something around 70-90Deg.
If to be used for reversing, get something around 120Deg
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Why do you say not in ECO Steve? During my last towing trip I had ECO off but of course when you stop for a break and restart it doesn't remember you had ECO off so I'm driving for a while before I notice it's on again, but there wasn't any noticeable difference.

ECO is geared to economy rather than pulling a load.
It supposedly changes the shift points, changes to higher cog earlier and delays kickdown in the name of saving fuel.

The Towing thread #973 in this thread.

This post mentions some reports of transmission overheating when towing in ECO however this was with the earlier 5speed in most cases,
The MY14 with the 8speed has a transmission cooler now.
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ECO is geared to economy rather than pulling a load.
It supposedly changes the shift points, changes to higher cog earlier and delays kickdown in the name of saving fuel.

The Towing thread #973 in this thread.

This post mentions some reports of transmission overheating when towing in ECO however this was with the earlier 5speed in most cases,
The MY14 with the 8speed has a transmission cooler now.
On a point of pedantry, there is a transmission oil cooler on my 5-speeder but that may be because I ordered it with the off-road pack.
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Re: The Towing thread

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Good fault analysis Jose... that's probably the case, as there's only one plug.

Now the bad news is that you might have to take the back bumper off to get it. Maybe if you can find someone with long, slim arms and a high pain threshold you might be able to reach both halves and connect them working from behind the rear left wheel.

It's a fair way up though mate, and the gap isn't very wide. I wish you special powers for the attempt.

Cheers,
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All done steve! I just need a trailer to try all the wiring that ive done. The park sense problem turns out to be 2 of the rear sensors that i removed bcause i thought i needed to remove it. Works fine now!!
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