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Re: The Towing thread

2014 GC Overland CRD, white with beige leather.

I have just returned from a 6500km trip from the Sunshine Coast, through Canberra, Eden, Gippsland, Melbourne and return. I towed our Roadstar full van which totals about 2.5 tonnes. I used Drive mode with aircon at all times, and cruise 90% of the time. Hills just don't exist anymore, I found I had to get on the brakes on some uphill winding roads. I set trip B and kept records for the whole trip, and at the end I averaged 13.3 l/100. Trip A, which I used for daily trips, varied around 12.8 to 14. I had absolutely no problems at all, and continue to be the most enthusiastic owner out there. 1000km service due now.
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2014 GC Overland CRD, white with beige leather. I have just returned from a 6500km trip from the Sunshine Coast, through Canberra, Eden, Gippsland, Melbourne and return. I towed our Roadstar full van which totals about 2.5 tonnes. I used Drive mode with aircon at all times, and cruise 90% of the time. Hills just don't exist anymore, I found I had to get on the brakes on some uphill winding roads. I set trip B and kept records for the whole trip, and at the end I averaged 13.3 l/100. Trip A, which I used for daily trips, varied around 12.8 to 14. I had absolutely no problems at all, and continue to be the most enthusiastic owner out there. 1000km service due now.
How was engine water temp on hills?
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How was engine water temp on hills?
Coming up the Moonby No1 hill near Guyra in NSW, by far the most severe hill we encountered, the water temp got near the top. However, within seconds of coming over the top of the range, it was back to normal. It didn't move much above centre range at any other time. I forgot to mention that I towed mainly in the 90-95km/h range.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:12 PM
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Hi All,
I am needing help (AGAIN) I have on order a 2014 JCG Overland, with the AWY and tow package all for Australia, I will not see this vehicle till March 2014. I need to install a brake controller and have no idea as never used one. I have been informed many times to go the Tekonsa P3. in looking at the model from the link below does anybody know if they work for Australian models with that Harness or just better to get your local Auto sparky to wire it in??
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Re: The Towing thread

Aussie models are not pre-wired Brenden. I don't know why they skip it, but it means a trip to an auto electrician if you're not comfortable to follow the information here. I think BobT and AllyPally have both photo-documented their wire tap locations.

You may have also read that having a "professional" do it doesn't mean it'll come back working right... or legally to be specific

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I am needing help (AGAIN) I have on order a 2014 JCG Overland, with the AWY and tow package all for Australia, I will not see this vehicle till March 2014. I need to install a brake controller and have no idea as never used one. I have been informed many times to go the Tekonsa P3. in looking at the model from the link below does anybody know if they work for Australian models with that Harness or just better to get your local Auto sparky to wire it in??
Brake Controller for Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 | etrailer.com

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Brenden, you have been given the right information regarding the Tekonsha P3 - it is the benchmark for electric brake controllers.
You can get one from here - Tekonsha P3 Prodigy Caravan Trailer Electric Brake Controller Bonus | eBay
this supplier by my experience is reliable and the price is right.
I would also suggest you bite the bullet and work your way through reading relevant posts in this thread….there is plenty to background you on installing a brake controller, and particularly in the 2014 model where there have been some issues with the wiring.
You should also know that the Australian JGC we get delivered out here does not have a factory installed brake controller harness. That means local installation of necessary wiring to connect the controller.

As an aside, if you have never used a controller before then perhaps a towing course would be a worthwhile exercise - you would gain heaps of priceless information and experience that will stand you in good stead when you hook up your tow.
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Aussie models are not pre-wired Brenden. I don't know why they skip it, but it means a trip to an auto electrician if you're not comfortable to follow the information here. I think BobT and AllyPally have both photo-documented their wire tap locations.

You may have also read that having a "professional" do it doesn't mean it'll come back working right... or legally to be specific

Cheers,
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Thanks, yeah I will get autosparky to get it done, as never dealt with them , cheers Steve :-)
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Brenden, you have been given the right information regarding the Tekonsha P3 - it is the benchmark for electric brake controllers.
You can get one from here - Tekonsha P3 Prodigy Caravan Trailer Electric Brake Controller Bonus | eBay
this supplier by my experience is reliable and the price is right.
I would also suggest you bite the bullet and work your way through reading relevant posts in this threadů.there is plenty to background you on installing a brake controller, and particularly in the 2014 model where there have been some issues with the wiring.
You should also know that the Australian JGC we get delivered out here does not have a factory installed brake controller harness. That means local installation of necessary wiring to connect the controller.

As an aside, if you have never used a controller before then perhaps a towing course would be a worthwhile exercise - you would gain heaps of priceless information and experience that will stand you in good stead when you hook up your tow.
John
Thanks John,
Yeah I will get a professional to instal the controller and get it all set up, I have towed many times including driving semi etc, but never used electonic brakes on a trailer, only mechanical but our new camper trailer we had bought has electonic brakes and our first trip of 10-12 thousand km over the east coast region so I will need to have it all set up before hand and only have 6-8 weeks from the vehicle getting delivered till we venture of. :-)
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Re: The Towing thread

Brenden,

The P3 is easy to setup. It should come with brackets as well as a wiring kit.
Basically, all you need to do is get a + / - feed off the battery, and run a wire to the rear of the car and connect into the brake light wire. The towbar wiring loom has a blue wire, which is what you need to tap into.
The hardest part is locating a spot for the actual controller. Most have gone for the cubby where the 12v and USB ports are. You need to find a sparky who has done one and knows how to install in that location. It means pulling a bit of the console out. Not a difficult job, but looks daunting if you have never done it.
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Yeah I will get a professional to instal the controller and get it all set up...
Yeah, good luck with that!
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I've got mine in the cubby. I did the install myself and actually managed to get it in without pulling any console out.

The p3 has been perfect for our camper trailer also. I played with the settings a bit to find the right one and have not touched it since.
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Re: The Towing thread

+1 for the towing course.
On Friday we did one with Tow-Ed at St Ives - the instructor Adam was excellent. Very patient! Took us through hooking up, reversing, parking in a logical sequence, building skills and confidence as we went. My wife even managed to drive our 7 metre caravan in a complete circle - in reverse gear.

He also sorted our brake controller - having just got the van we hadn't set it up and it was locking the wheels every time we braked!

The brake controller is a Tekonsha P3, setup in the cubby by the gear stick. Thank you to the previous posts here on on how to do that
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