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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

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Hope they came thru. Yes success
Thank you for posting the pictures of the switch. Would it be possible for you to post the step by step instructions for preparing the KL for towing using the new switch and harness? If the 10 amp fuse does need to be pulled, under what conditions would that apply?

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Thanks for the photos.



How much did it cost you to get the harness installed?

The TSB no. 08-022-16 , posted in iRV2, shows this job as 'reimbursable within the provisions of warranty'


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The TSB no. 08-022-16 , posted in iRV2, shows this job as 'reimbursable within the provisions of warranty'
If FCA thinks this is something that any KL owner should pay for they're out of their minds. This vehicle was designed and sold as being towable four down. Now that they have discovered a manufacturing defect that changes that dynamic, why should anyone have to pay for the parts necessary to bring the vehicle back to what it was advertised to do.

In my opinion this is a dangerous condition that should be a safety recall administered by the NHTSA. There are instances where this condition has occurred at speeds of 60 MPH. Picture what might happen if it occurred when you're in a narrow multi-lane freeway through a city, or worse yet, a narrow two lane highway where you could easily lose control of your coach and cross over into the oncoming traffic lane, or not have enough space to pull over to the side of the road quickly without getting rear-ended.

Here's a video of how violent the shaking of both the KL and the coach can be just at a slow speed.
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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

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Another snippet of information: The Jeep dealer in the city where we are staying for a while has recently told me that supplies of the flat tow kits won't be available until 6th June, by which time we will have left for home. So I called my local to home dealer to make arrangements to take us in after our return. (I sent them a copy of the TSB to apprise them of our requirement.) I learned from them yesterday that the kit part number is no longer valid as FCA has redesigned the fix.
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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

New tsb for the kit is 08-029-16..
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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

I've had this wobble problem since 2014 but only when i tow the jeep behind my 38 foot motorhome. It has always been caused when i run over a really rough part of the highway. It has occurred at speeds of 30 to 60 or so, particularly in construction zones. Supposedly fca knows about this problem and is working on a fix, but so far i have not been contacted by fca. I did furnish my dealer with an article from family motor coach magazine about this problem. I also furnished my dealer with short video of an occurence that happened in florida recently.
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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

Add me to your list. I have had this problem since 2014. I have a 2014 cherokee limited with ADII, 3.2L and use a Blue Ox Aventa towbar and with a 4" dropdown my jeep is within a 1/2 inch of level with my 38 foot motorhome.
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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

Is there a part number for this harness?
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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

I found in an FMCA post a part number for a kit. Kit part number is 68321424AA and my dealer has one on order for me.

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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

I just woke up from hibernation (in Florida for the winter and the Cherokee was at home in the garage unused except for a few weeks at Christmas). So I came out of the cave and saw my shadow. This problem REALLY concerns me. We spent a lot of money trading a 2011 Escape because of serious failure rate of transmission. Ours never failed but we were always on edge as hundreds failed. So, we switched to the Cherokee.

Now, we took delivery in NOVEMBER 2013. You mention below that it was a redesign was in 2014. DOES THAT MEAN THAT ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CHEROKEES WITH THE ORIGINAL STEERING SHOULD NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM? I hope the answer is positive.

We have towed our Cherokee on three separate occasions and have not experienced the wobble at all (total 1500 miles). In two out of three trips my son was with us towing a trailer behind his Avalanche. We swapped places often and I asked him to keep an eye on how the toad was doing and he reported (FRS radios) that everything looked great and really smooth.

I've been snowed under with home admin issues since we returned (nice to go away but a real PITA when you come back to tons of mail) but on Friday we got a letter from FCA - and it was about the towing. It is headed

CUSTOMER SATISFACTION NOTIFICATION S13
FLAT TOW OWNER ADDENDUM CARD

and here is some of what it states:

"The problem is: The Owner's Manual and User Guid on your vehicle may have incorrect information regarding flat towing vehicles with may result in vehicle shake while flat towing over rough roads.

What you should do: We ask that you insert the enclosed addendum card into the Owner's Manual and User Guide kit which is located in the glove box.

If the enclosed card is lost, visit Jeep SUVs & Crossovers | Official Jeep Site | Jeep to view or download the updated recreational towing instructions from the online 2014-2016 Jeep Cherokee Owner's Manual. You may also contact your local dealer to receive a copy of this addendum. This will be done at no charge to you."


The card that was enclosed states:
*Before towing, see your authorized dealer for the MOPAR flat tow wiring kit.
*It is recommended to charge the battery of the towed vehicle during recreational towing.
*Transmission in PARK
*Power transfer unit in NEUTRAL (N)
*Tow in forward direction


I'm hoping that the early models like mine do not have this problem and we will not be burdened by this "fix."

All input welcome.

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You are not alone. There is a growing number of RV owners that are experiencing the "Cherokee Death Wobble" while flat towing. It is not a tow bar problem as it happens with Blue Ox and Roadmaster. It is a Jeep problem caused by the redesign in 2014 of the Cherokee. You can view the problem on YouTube by searching "Jeep Shaking Violently". That Jeep was doing 25-30 mph when it was videoed. It happened to me at 70 mph. The redesign uses a motor connected to the computer to dampen the steering but the motor/computer isn't energized while towing and is only energized when the motor is running. I am in a FMCA forum of 40+ people who are having the problem and we have an email chain going. If you'd like to be added please email me. You can also find people with the same problem on iRV2.com forums as well as jeepcherokeeclub.com forum.
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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

Now news on this?

When I called Chrysler all the operative would say was that I got an insert to go in the manual. I then told her what the Canadian insert said. She had nothing to add. The Service Manager at my dealer is looking into it now. Sure taking a long time.

Now here is a question for others who tow their Cherokee. What if you had a vacation planned and you were leaving home (say, Maryland) and were going across the country visiting Yellowstone, Moab, Grand Canyon etc. You've done a lot of planning and paid several deposits. Now you find you can't use your toad until the wiring kit is installed. At this time they will not provide a fix date. What do you do?

I'd hate to see this issue drag out through the summer or they are going to be in for a huge black eye (and maybe even a class action).

We have a trip planned for the end of this month and at this time it sure appears it will have to be cancelled. Although we've had our Limited on 3 trips and it towed very well, given the wording revision to the manual it is clear that Jeep will blame us if we use it without the wiring kit if anything negative happens.

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Re: 2014 Jeep Cherokee rv tow wobble

Grandriver -

If you can't get the harness installed by the time you leave, a last ditch fix is to bungee the steering wheel centered and tow it that way. It is certainly not ideal, but it will prevent the shaking/oscillation. I'm not saying that Jeep recommends this, but....
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