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Old 11-25-2013, 06:15 AM
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You keeping touring rock bands in there?
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You keeping touring rock bands in there?
That's where he goes when the wife kicks him out lol.

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You don't need the trailer connected. I only want to know if all the Jeep lights work.
I have a Redarc remote controller towing a 2.7t van with my MY14 CRD JGC. Brake Lights do not come on when the button is pushed.
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I have a Redarc remote controller towing a 2.7t van with my MY14 CRD JGC. Brake Lights do not come on when the button is pushed.
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I have a Redarc brakecontroller fitted and all my brake lights(3) come on as they should.
Take it back and insist they do it right as the law requires at there expense.

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Old 11-25-2013, 05:58 PM
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I have a Redarc brakecontroller fitted and all my brake lights(3) come on as they should.
Take it back and insist they do it right as the law requires at there expense.

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Hello Elvin

How did they get all 3 lights to work.
My dealer says it can not be done. But they are still looking in to it.
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How did they get all 3 lights to work.
My dealer says it can not be done. But they are still looking in to it.
I dont know exactly .The dealer John Hughes had the car for two weeks (Supplied a loan Jeep)to rectify this and replace the Mopar towbar for a proper towbar as well as a magnitude of other small things.
My guess however is they took the short cut in wiring up to the stop light wire on one side of the Jeep instead of the tried and proven method of wiring to the cold wire on the brake switch which entails more panel removal.

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PS Just remembered my next door neighbour has a Jeep and got his wired by a local auto sparkie and all of his lights work when the stop button is pushed as well.
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SNIP/// and replace the Mopar towbar for a proper towbar ///SNIP
Hi Elvin. What was the reason for wanting the Mopar bar changed out? Just wondering...

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Re: The Towing thread

Hi allypally,

Fantastic looking van. Great to know how everything operates when on a trip. I have followed with interest the setting up of your and others JGC prior to van pickup.
All good learnings as I have a van on order for delivery in June 14 and my 2013 JGC will need brake controller and set up.
Do you have a UHF radio fitted to your JGC

I have been a long time viewer but have refrained from discussions until ordered our van.
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Hi Elvin. What was the reason for wanting the Mopar bar changed out? Just wondering...

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I will try and answer this in under 1000 words.

I had to wait for my towbar like many others mainly because the wiring harness was,nt available but that is another story of deceit on its own.

I had the Mopar towbar installed and when i arrived home i climbed under the Jeep and as is my nature looked at the towbar.
I grabbed a ringspanner and checked the bolt tensions .
The correct tensions on these bolts are 165 nm. Mine were so loose they wouldn,t register on my tension wrench.On the Jeep diagram there are eight bolts that are threaded into the chassis.Mine had different bolts installed and had nuts on the inside of the chassis which just turned when you tried to tension them.To tighten the bolts one has to remove rear bumper.Not a nice job.
The other problem is the width of the towbar is less than the crossmember that is removed to fit the towbar.This means that if suitable shims are not in place overtensioning of the towbar will result in a cracked chassis.So i was told and i believe that as well.Hence loose towbar bolts.Check yours i and see if i,m wrong.
Maybe owning transport business ,9 years running repair shops and 30 years boatbuilding has made me a fussy bugger but the next part i couldn,t handle.
If you look at the mopar receiver you will find it to be off centre angled to the right.
While this not only looks ugly there is also a problem with that.
If you were to get a straight edge and put it in the receiver tightly holding it to one side you will find that the 5mm at the hitch (where it angles to the right) becomes quite considerable after a few metres and a lot by the time i get to my rear trailer wheels some 5 mtrs away.
This would have the effect when the wdh is conected of the trailer wanting to be to the right and the WDH trying to straighten the trailer with its tension thus creating wear and tear.
This just isn,t my own observations and common sense but Hayman Reeses as well as i had a long discussion with them with my concerns.
I took the Jeep back to get the towbar swapped over for one that wasn,t faulty and received a phone call saying that the other tow bars in stock were worse than mine so i demanded and got a Parkside towbar that is simular or same as Hayman Reese.
The other advantage with the new towbar is the WDH fits all the way into the receiver thus less overhang and less sway of course.
With the Mopar towbar the receiver is very short and i was told in no uncertain terms that the shank of the WDH is engineered to go the full 304mm
into the receiver and that shortening it would void all warranties.
The reason i think the Mopar receiver is angled to one side is in the welding process where the robot would maybe weld one side first with the heat pulling it to one side in the process.
I could add as much again in my adventures with the towbar but i hate typing.

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Hi allypally,

Fantastic looking van. Great to know how everything operates when on a trip. I have followed with interest the setting up of your and others JGC prior to van pickup.
All good learnings as I have a van on order for delivery in June 14 and my 2013 JGC will need brake controller and set up.
Do you have a UHF radio fitted to your JGC

I have been a long time viewer but have refrained from discussions until ordered our van.
Regards
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Thanks. I just use handheld UHF at the moment.
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