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Hi All. I just had my Tekonsha P3 installed into the media cubby today and an Anderson plug fitted to the rear of the car. Very happy as I pick up my camper on Saturday. Great deal and very good work completed by Adventure Auto Electronics. I'll post photos later.

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I have full access to all media functions and can close the door. We had a bracket made for the anderson plug so there is no issues with just attaching it to the body.
Fantastic, thanks Butts_Oz. I was just at my Jeep dealer on Thursday & the service manager said the P3 could not be fitted at all to the MY14. He said that they installed the P3 for previous models in the cubby but couldn't now due to the media plugs. He said the only option for a brake controller was the dial line? I can't wait to have a chat to him again THANKS
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I have requested the 12 pin, and have it in writing on my contract.
I still have to research all this electrical stuff. I just ordered the 12 pin because I guess it must be twice as good as a 6 pin..
The cost of a plug is only a few dollars, so I wouldn't stress about it.
The 12 pin is of benefit if you are towing a caravan or camper trailer, and need the additional power leads to the caravan. Many peoiple still use the 7 pin and add a Anderson Plug also.
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I have requested the 12 pin, and have it in writing on my contract.
I still have to research all this electrical stuff. I just ordered the 12 pin because I guess it must be twice as good as a 6 pin..
I like your logic. However, if you are going for the 12 pin with a view to charging batteries and running a fridge, it might struggle although I believe many use it successfully and consider it neater than having two plugs. The power pins on the 12 pin plug are rated at 35A. The commonly used small Anderson plug is rated at 50A. Allypally and I have 175A Anderson plugs in view of the Jeep's 220A alternator.
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Here is how I fitted my plugs. I had a bar welded to the left side, to match the one on the right. I also cut out a bigger opening .

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Re: The Towing thread

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Hi All. I just had my Tekonsha P3 installed into the media cubby today and an Anderson plug fitted to the rear of the car. Very happy as I pick up my camper on Saturday. Great deal and very good work completed by Adventure Auto Electronics. I'll post photos later.

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I have full access to all media functions and can close the door. We had a bracket made for the anderson plug so there is no issues with just attaching it to the body.
Make sure that your Anderson plug is providing power to auxillary batteries under normal operation. Mine wasn't and it took 2 attempts by auto electrician to fix.
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Make sure that your Anderson plug is providing power to auxillary batteries under normal operation. Mine wasn't and it took 2 attempts by auto electrician to fix.
We did do an amp meter test of the plug before I left the workshop and got a full reading. I have n't noticed any issues but will check when we are on the road for our first trip to the Sunshine Coast 14/15 September.
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Hi all. As part of the receiver group for my camper trailer, we have the Hitchmaster D035 installed. Very good system for what we hope to achieve with our adventures. On placing the trailer to the vehicle tow bar, we had a problem where the rubber bumper of the D035 was hard rubbing against the recess of the tow bar and couldn't secure the dust cap. The immediate solution was to turn the bar 180 degrees and place the pin from the top side and mount the whole system upside down. In fact given we have an off road camper with a slightly higher tow height, this provided an immediate benefit to levelling the vehicle to the trailer. I suppose I ask the question, does anyone feel that the strength of the tow bar is compromised by operating this upside down. The total weight I can travel with is 2000 kg which is still well under the maximum weight. Thought anyone.
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Re: The Towing thread

I think the towbar would have it's greatest strength when being parallel to the drawbar. So the more level you have it, the better.
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Butts,

I have seen the discussion (upside down hitches) in a couple of forums). I had to turn my HR hitch over to level the Crossover with my Prado. I was concerned about the strength, so rang Hayman-Reese. They told me the hitches are rated the same in either position.

I have an Ozhitch on the Crossover, so hopefully won't have any problems hooking up with my (pending) GC as it's a fairly flat hitch and only needs to be raised 1/2 the height of a regular towball to hook up.
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Re: The Towing thread

Put your hand in the cubby above the media plugs - there's a huge cavern in there.
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Hi all. As part of the receiver group for my camper trailer, we have the Hitchmaster D035 installed. Very good system for what we hope to achieve with our adventures. On placing the trailer to the vehicle tow bar, we had a problem where the rubber bumper of the D035 was hard rubbing against the recess of the tow bar and couldn't secure the dust cap. The immediate solution was to turn the bar 180 degrees and place the pin from the top side and mount the whole system upside down. In fact given we have an off road camper with a slightly higher tow height, this provided an immediate benefit to levelling the vehicle to the trailer. I suppose I ask the question, does anyone feel that the strength of the tow bar is compromised by operating this upside down. The total weight I can travel with is 2000 kg which is still well under the maximum weight. Thought anyone.
I have a KK off-road camper trailer with a treg hitch. Unless your tug is a truck, an inverted tongue is normal to be able to tow near level. It also improves the departure angle.
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Re: The Towing thread

Hi Towies,

Can anyone who has had a Mopar towbar installed to their MY14 Grand Cherokee advise that the rear parking sensors are disabled when you plug in a trailer?

I'm getting conflicting reports.

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