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Re: The Towing thread

Thanks Elvin for info about vehicle brake lighting when emergency pushed on Redarc system. Jeep service department corrected the problem today after discussing the issue with them and ALL brake lights now come on. Didn't ask what they did, just happy it's fixed. I fitted the Mopar (Best Bars) to my vehicle a few weeks ago and found mine was approx 5mm wider than the crash bar and fitted shims each side to take up the slack. Have had no other issue with bar instillation, though I have had my sway bar shank re-drilled to en-guage more into the receiver .
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:13 AM
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Re: The Towing thread

Anyone tried mounting brake controllers etc on a dash mat?

Getting my Jeep in January and trying to sort the spec for the towing gear. In NSW need a brake battery monitor as well as the electric brake controller; also want to fit a monitor for a camera on the rear of the caravan. Plus later maybe a tyre pressure monitor for the caravan. That's 4 devices to find a home for (5 if I count the GPS - but that will be on a screen sucker).

I have read the advice of many to put the brake controller in the cubby hole, but I don't know any reliable auto electricians in Sydney that know Jeeps well so would rather not mess with the trim. Similar with using a Lockpic or similar to use the Jeep console for the caravan camera - unless done by someone with experience it runs a risk of messing up the vehicles electronics/ warranty issues.

So I wondered about mounting them all on a dash mat? (That way no holes in trim.) Just not sure how to run the wiring to them all. Given I've zero experience with this stuff I'd welcome comments.
(Would rather have a detailed spec for the work than leave it to the dealer.)

A recommendation for an auto electrician in Sydney I could trust with a Jeep would be an alternative!

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Old 11-30-2013, 05:38 PM
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Anyone tried mounting brake controllers etc on a dash mat?

Getting my Jeep in January and trying to sort the spec for the towing gear. In NSW need a brake battery monitor as well as the electric brake controller; also want to fit a monitor for a camera on the rear of the caravan. Plus later maybe a tyre pressure monitor for the caravan. That's 4 devices to find a home for (5 if I count the GPS - but that will be on a screen sucker).

I have read the advice of many to put the brake controller in the cubby hole, but I don't know any reliable auto electricians in Sydney that know Jeeps well so would rather not mess with the trim. Similar with using a Lockpic or similar to use the Jeep console for the caravan camera - unless done by someone with experience it runs a risk of messing up the vehicles electronics/ warranty issues.

So I wondered about mounting them all on a dash mat? (That way no holes in trim.) Just not sure how to run the wiring to them all. Given I've zero experience with this stuff I'd welcome comments.
(Would rather have a detailed spec for the work than leave it to the dealer.)

A recommendation for an auto electrician in Sydney I could trust with a Jeep would be an alternative!

Thanks
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:45 AM
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My dealer was unable to have their auto electrician secure my brake controller in the cubby as I was missing one bracket, I said not to worry.
My plan was to buy some EVA foam and cut out a scetion to match the cubby, thus giving it a secure hold in there.
This EVA foam section was in the spare wheel well, no doubt from the tow bar installation.



I simply stuck the left one into the side of the cubby next to the controller, and that prevents any lateral movement.



Even though it is not really needed, I put the small square section underneath the controller to reduce vertical movement.

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I've done similar to SNUKE but instead of EVA foam I have used the pouch that comes with the brake controller. I have it wedge underneath at the back and then I have used a piece of velcro tape to secure the front section of the controller against the left side wall of the cubby.

Beneath is my breakaway battery monitor for those in NSW who tow more than 2tonne.

And the door closes too.
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Re: The Towing thread

Hi,

I previously posted this in the wrong section.Not yet used to this. The holes in muffler I found an answer too when searching through these sections but the tow bar issue I am unsure about see below.

I am in the process of setting up my JGC 2012 diesel awaiting a new van in June 2014.
Whilst looking under rear end at tow bar connections etc, noticed that the 4 side bolts holding tow bar (best bar) 3 have split lock washers and one does not.
Three other that screw into the under section (two on one side and one on the other )do not have any lock washers but appear this to be normal.


Also each muffler has a small hole in each about 4mm diameter. Not sure if this is for release of condensation or what?

I would ne interested in replies from others with similar that could elaborate on their JGC tow bar bolts.

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Old 12-02-2013, 02:03 AM
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Hi,

I previously posted this in the wrong section.Not yet used to this. The holes in muffler I found an answer too when searching through these sections but the tow bar issue I am unsure about see below.

I am in the process of setting up my JGC 2012 diesel awaiting a new van in June 2014.
Whilst looking under rear end at tow bar connections etc, noticed that the 4 side bolts holding tow bar (best bar) 3 have split lock washers and one does not.
Three other that screw into the under section (two on one side and one on the other )do not have any lock washers but appear this to be normal.


Also each muffler has a small hole in each about 4mm diameter. Not sure if this is for release of condensation or what?

I would ne interested in replies from others with similar that could elaborate on their JGC tow bar bolts.

Thanks
Wayne
There are three bolts each side, two horizontal and one vertical. The left side has an additional bolt but this did not come with the kit. It was one of the original recovery hook mounting bolts. As I recall, all of the bolts in the kit came with a normal washer, a spring washer and a nut. I installed them with the bolt and washer visible and the nut and spring washer on the inside, not visible. To answer your question, they should all have spring washers and yes it is normal for dealer fitted items to have at least one washer or even a bolt missing

Each of my mufflers also has the hole. One would think that condensation wouldn't be a problem for a stainless steel muffler. My guess is that it is to drain the muffler should it fill during a water crossing.
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Thanks Max - been in touch with Glen and he's happy to fit in the cubby as shown above - that seems the neatest fit.

Just left with Camera problem.
The Jeep has a reversing camera. Is this connected via conventional wires or the canbus??
If normal wires would it not be possible to tap into them and then switch between the Jeep camera and the caravan camera?? I guess because no-one has reported this it's not possible?

Advice appreciated.

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Thanks Max - been in touch with Glen and he's happy to fit in the cubby as shown above - that seems the neatest fit.

Just left with Camera problem.
The Jeep has a reversing camera. Is this connected via conventional wires or the canbus??
If normal wires would it not be possible to tap into them and then switch between the Jeep camera and the caravan camera?? I guess because no-one has reported this it's not possible?

Advice appreciated.

cheers
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My Dealer advice is the Jeep camera for Laredo has harness from camera to a plug under steering wheel panels. The cable runs above doors under trim. So any splicing of an alternative camera would require soldered joints at rear inside tailgate, not ideal but it's hard to imagine making it any worse.

Probably feasible to refit new camera and harness but not sure what connectors are needed. Anyone found the harness connectors under dash?
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My Dealer advice is the Jeep camera for Laredo has harness from camera to a plug under steering wheel panels. The cable runs above doors under trim. So any splicing of an alternative camera would require soldered joints at rear inside tailgate, not ideal but it's hard to imagine making it any worse.

Probably feasible to refit new camera and harness but not sure what connectors are needed. Anyone found the harness connectors under dash?
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The camera they have been fitting is not the genuine part and they also told me the car is not wired for it so they install wiring back to the screen.

However, the Americans think that the wiring is all there and all you need to do is plug the camera harness into the connector in the back somewhere. I am waiting for one of them who is supposed to be trying it to see if it really works.

See Rear View Camera in Laredo? for more info.
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Re: The Towing thread

To BobT,

Thanks for the information on my tow bar bolts etc.I will now fit a split washer to the one thats missing.

As I am setting up for a van in june /July 2014 the information that is provided is fantastic.
Thank you again for the assistance

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Hi all

I will be getting my new van at end of Feb 2014 and talking to auto electrician re reverse camera. He said that he would not connect to in dash screen on new Jeep and Toyota which suites me but need to place 7inch monitor some where without damage to leather dash. He also told me how to check if reverse sensors turn off. I turned motor on put in reverse brake on walk behind and beep is activated then open the 7 flat pin cover and it still beeped so this is not the new loom. I will now be talking to service to install the correct wiring. Am I correct in thinking that sensors should turn off.

Thanks for any thoughts and help on this.

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