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Old 09-08-2014, 11:06 PM
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I replaced my old RedArc brake controller and fitted the new RedArc tow pro brake controller to my Jeep last week and towed with it over the weekend and I was impressed with its performance.

I mounted it in the same spot the dealer fitted the old unit so I had to blank the top hole as the new unit only has a single knob with the LED light built in to the knob.

Have attached some pics of the control box and switch position.
It's about time RedArc went proportional. They are playing catchup to Tekonsha.

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Old 09-08-2014, 11:34 PM
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Re: The Towing thread

The Redarc's off-road mode seems interesting, but I'm not sure how manageable it'd be in practice. Whether it'd be better in very difficult terrain than a very gentle profile on the P3 would take some pretty thorough testing in gnarly conditions to ascertain IMO.

I doubt that the Grand will haul my caravan anywhere near challenging enough to exploit the limits of the P3's operation. I think it's great that Redarc have come up with something unique though... the P3's form factor and brackets are simply retarded.

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Old 09-09-2014, 08:13 AM
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Re: The Towing thread

How on earth can you reach that location for the Redarc without having to take your eyes off the road and lean forward and down to reach it?
The whole idea of one of these is to be able to mount it close to hand and be able to activate it in an emergency without having to go fumbling for it.

I would have had the dealer remove it and place it in a more convenient spot, and then demanded a new kick panel. That is sheer laziness in that instal.
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Re: The Towing thread

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I replaced my old RedArc brake controller and fitted the new RedArc tow pro brake controller to my Jeep last week and towed with it over the weekend and I was impressed with its performance.

I mounted it in the same spot the dealer fitted the old unit so I had to blank the top hole as the new unit only has a single knob with the LED light built in to the knob.

Have attached some pics of the control box and switch position.
Hi xdra10
I have the same older style RedArc and was thinking of doing exactly what you have done thank you for the post.
Was the change over easy, is it just changing the wires colour for colour ?
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:40 PM
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Re: The Towing thread

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Hi xdra10
I have the same older style RedArc and was thinking of doing exactly what you have done thank you for the post.
Was the change over easy, is it just changing the wires colour for colour ?
Yes,
Change over was colour for colour. Just make sure you mount the unit securely so it dose not move around.
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How on earth can you reach that location for the Redarc without having to take your eyes off the road and lean forward and down to reach it?
The whole idea of one of these is to be able to mount it close to hand and be able to activate it in an emergency without having to go fumbling for it.

I would have had the dealer remove it and place it in a more convenient spot, and then demanded a new kick panel. That is sheer laziness in that instal.
You have a point but it's not something I want to worry about too much. In an emergency I want both hands on the wheel and fully focused on controlling the car. The brake controller and trailer are going to do whatever they do and hopefully, if all was setup right, it won't upset the car too much.
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Re: The Towing thread

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You have a point but it's not something I want to worry about too much. In an emergency I want both hands on the wheel and fully focused on controlling the car. The brake controller and trailer are going to do whatever they do and hopefully, if all was setup right, it won't upset the car too much.
That is how I see it too.
I have been towing with electric brake controllers for 20+ years and I have never gone for the overide button in an emergency situation. I have used it to control a slight trailer sway but 99.9% of the time if set correct it just works great.
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I am towing a '11 Jayco Eagle 256 RKS. The dry weight is 6000lbs tongue weight is 700lbs. I use a WDH and sway control bars. The jeep tows great. There is always enough power and brakes. The air suspension is great. I have been getting 9-12 MPG.

Big cross winds can get interesting (25-35MPH) but slowing down to 55 MPH resolves that.

The toughest part was getting the trailer level. After that it was smooth sailing.

The bandwidth the Jeep has is wonderful. From going on Mosquito Pass to cruising down the interstate pulling a 6000lbs TT. There aren't many vehicles that can do both. A true sport utility vehicle

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I am towing a '11 Jayco Eagle 256 RKS. The dry weight is 6000lbs tongue weight is 700lbs. I use a WDH and sway control bars. The jeep tows great. There is always enough power and brakes. The air suspension is great. I have been getting 9-12 MPG.

Big cross winds can get interesting (25-35MPH) but slowing down to 55 MPH resolves that.

The toughest part was getting the trailer level. After that it was smooth sailing.

The bandwidth the Jeep has is wonderful. From going on Mosquito Pass to cruising down the interstate pulling a 6000lbs TT. There aren't many vehicles that can do both. A true sport utility vehicle
This is the Aussie Towing thread, but we don't mind tourists dropping by. Your Jayco Eagle is a bit bigger than the Aussie Jayco Eagle.
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This is the Aussie Towing thread, but we don't mind tourists dropping by. Your Jayco Eagle is a bit bigger than the Aussie Jayco Eagle.
Now I need to go back and read the posts with a Crocodile Dundee accent. :P

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Re: The Towing thread

There have been a few comments elsewhere about unusual overheating while towing with dealers unable to determine the cause. This could be related to the vehicle configuration. I recall reading some time back of overheating caused by the then fashion of fitting large mudflaps across the full with of the back. This created a bow wave of air under the car which disrupted the engine cooling airflow.
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There have been a few comments elsewhere about unusual overheating while towing with dealers unable to determine the cause. This could be related to the vehicle configuration. I recall reading some time back of overheating caused by the then fashion of fitting large mudflaps across the full with of the back. This created a bow wave of air under the car which disrupted the engine cooling airflow.
When I was towing with my previous car if I sat what I thought was far enough away from another car or truck the temp would be about 5deg hotter for a car about 8deg for a truck. The closer I got the hotter the car would run I would need to be at least 50mtrs away for the car to return to normal.

Will be trying this again at Xmas on the Hume to see if the Jeep is any different.
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