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Old 07-25-2013, 07:19 PM
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Had an Anderson plug fitted by the dealer.

Discovered that there was no charge coming when connected to the caravan. It then took 2 attempts by the auto electrician to get the right equipment.
They used the 12 volt plug to at as a switch.

It took them about 5 hours to solve the issue.
I suggest that if you have an Anderson plug fitted that you check it's operation
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:39 PM
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Had an Anderson plug fitted by the dealer.

Discovered that there was no charge coming when connected to the caravan. It then took 2 attempts by the auto electrician to get the right equipment.
They used the 12 volt plug to at as a switch.

It took them about 5 hours to solve the issue.
I suggest that if you have an Anderson plug fitted that you check it's operation
Didn't they take the feed directly from the battery to the anderson plug via a fuse?
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:01 PM
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Didn't they take the feed directly from the battery to the anderson plug via a fuse?
No. The charging needs to only occur.
When the ignition is on. Also the different battery types require or prefer different voltage rates.
This system means that the regulator can see the caravan batteries and will continue to charge until they are fully charged.
This is a laymans interpretation of the experts statements.
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I would have thought they would have used an isolator, and run the cable from your battery. That way, if the battery gets to a level, which will not start your car, the power will shut off
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I would have thought they would have used an isolator, and run the cable from your battery. That way, if the battery gets to a level, which will not start your car, the power will shut off
I am no expert. All I know is that it is connected direct to battery but using accessory fuse to switch on the power.
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I am no expert. All I know is that it is connected direct to battery but using accessory fuse to switch on the power.
So all that should do is make sure that is powered off with the key, to stop battery drain. I assume that they are using a relay.
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Re: The Towing thread

Can't see the point of having wired that way myself.
I would have thought that whilst travelling you would have the fridge on 12v and getting its power either from the van battery or directly from the Anderson plug.
Either way, if you stop on the side of the road for a break for lunch, shopping etc, the fridge will continue to run on 12v until such time and the cars battery voltage drops to a point where the VSR cuts power to the AP to leave enough to start the car and recharge again once on the move.

I had an occasion before where we ran really low on battery power as we were in the Kimberley's for 11 days. The car only topped it up slightly. I then had to plug the van back into the car (had a dual battery setup) to run lights etc.
Didn't need the have the car switched on for this to occur. This way you will (if needed).
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:58 PM
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Can't see the point of having wired that way myself.
I would have thought that whilst travelling you would have the fridge on 12v and getting its power either from the van battery or directly from the Anderson plug.
Either way, if you stop on the side of the road for a break for lunch, shopping etc, the fridge will continue to run on 12v until such time and the cars battery voltage drops to a point where the VSR cuts power to the AP to leave enough to start the car and recharge again once on the move.

I had an occasion before where we ran really low on battery power as we were in the Kimberley's for 11 days. The car only topped it up slightly. I then had to plug the van back into the car (had a dual battery setup) to run lights etc.
Didn't need the have the car switched on for this to occur. This way you will (if needed).
It depends on your requirements.
We have a 12 volt fridge with 2 batteries in caravan and 2 90 watt solar panels.
The car charge is auxiliary to all this. No need to put power into caravan when stopped.
The voltage regulator in the car does not allow the voltage to exceed around 13v and therefore the 1st 2 switches they tried did not activate the Anderson plug. The final one had 3 separate settings depending on which type of batteries you have in your van.
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Re: The Towing thread

Agreed, my DC-DC converter in the van is not even going to kick in unless the alternator is on anyway. I often use that socket for other things, like plunging in my compressor which I want without the ignition on.

Another option would be to include the relay but connect the coil's positive to the common of a (hidden?) dual-throw switch, Connect one of the other switch contacts to the ignition/cig-lighter and the other straight to the battery. That way you could switch it either way. The only drawback is that when it is in the "always on" mode, the relay is drawing some current(about 100mA) and that could flatten your battery in some months. Leaving the switch in the ignition mode when not in use would solve this.
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As long as the setup suits your purposes, then all should be fine. In any event, if you later find that it is not what you require, it should be easy to modify. At least, the hard work of cabling has been done.
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Re: The Towing thread

hi guys,
recently ordered the '14 GC limited with genuine Mopar Towbar fitted at dealer.
Does anyone have a photo of this towbar fitted to the GC?
Also, does it come with a hitch plug like this: Jeep Hitch Receiver Plug - 1 1/4 Inch and 2 Inch Jeep Hitch Cover Plug - Item # 82208453AB and # 82208457

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The towbar looks exactly the same as a Hayman Recce. However, there are some differences regarding the fitting to the chassis. The hitch does come with the cover, however, although it appears the same as the jeep one you show, it says Best Bars instead of Jeep. Be careful if ordering towbar parts from the US, as their towbars are different, and that is why the cars are shipped without them and installed here using a brand, Best Bar, from New Zealand.
If you search through the Towbars in Australia thread, in particular posts 84 - 96 you will see photos.

The 2104 bar is the same as the 2011-13 bars. The bar should be fitted with a 7 pin flat plug as well.
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