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Old 05-01-2014, 11:09 AM
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Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk

The baseplate is part of the equipment needed to tow a car behind another motorized vehicle. Typically used to tow a car with all four wheels on the ground behind a motor home.

The baseplate is typically bolted to a front frame member on the car. It provides an attachment point for the "tow bar" which is attached to a tow receiver on the towing vehicle.
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Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk

Excellent! Thank you - was wondering what that thing was.
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Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk

The baseplates allow the owner to connect a tow bar to the Cherokee so it can be towed behind a motorhome. The Cherokee with AD II and it Neutral transfer case setting is, IMO, perfect for that purpose. If it isn't, I'm going to be very embarrassed with dear wife.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:02 PM
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ldsoles1066 - Going through the pics in detail now. Had to pause and come back to thank you for such a great job. Loving your album. I'm sure there will be plenty of viewers going forward. As I'm sure you know, it's not just saving the bucks but the satisfaction of DIY and knowing it's done right! Please keep us posted on your electrical work too.

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Well I finally got the electrical work done also except for pulling a 12v accessory wire and the breakaway switch wire through the firewall, but I left a string in place to pull it through when I get the 10 Gauge wire that I ordered. Had to pull the front clip back off to mount the trailer connector bracket and breakaway mount.

Ran the trailer wire through the firewall, under door sills on driver side, through driver side wall of cargo area down to a space under a basket in driver side back of cargo area where connected to diodes.

At left and right tail lights, I cut left turn, right turn and tail lights and connected wires to ends of cut wires and ran to space where diodes will be. Put all back together and tested that it all works. Some pictures below. For all of the pictures of my work go to my albums and look through them. There is a lot of pictures. Here is the link. Jeep Garage - Jeep Forum - ldsoles1066's Album: Installation of Blue Ox Base Plates

This was hard work for me. It took a day and half, tired but glad it worked. I am not used to running wiring in vehicles.
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Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk

Thanks for all the info! I like the way you mounted the trailer connector and breakaway switch. Excellent photos and captions. Iím sure it wasn't easy pulling the trailer wire through the cabin. Too bad there isn't a raceway so electrical cable could be fish taped from front to back.

The guy that did my CR-V cable-tied the trailer wire under the chassis and thread it through a hole he drilled in the cargo area. Now that you've done this work, would you consider this method if you were to do it again? On the breakaway switch in the cabin, something he did that has worked well was to drill a hole in the back of a small compartment (with door) in the cabin near the driverís left knee. He pulled the breakaway switch wire through the hole and that is where the wire is stored when not in use. I noticed the Cherokee has a similar compartment at the driverís left knee.
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Yeah, if I had known it was going to be that much trouble then I might would have gone under the chasis, would have wanted some wire covering to protect wire, it turned good though I think
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..... it turned good though I think
No doubt. Don't know how it could be done better. Did you take any pictures while threading the trailer wire through the driver's side cabin? Folks installing aftermarket trailer hitches are confronted with same task.

The last time I was looking at your album I didn't see the pictures of the safety cables. Noticed them this time. Those suckers are big.
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No I did not take any pictures of fishing the wires. I tucked it under the door sills of front and rear door. On the driver side of rear cargo area I had to pop the side panel out a little at front and back so I could feed a coat hanger through side wall to pull wire through.
Yes the safety cables are big and create a problem with lower facia if not get at right spot and all. Not really sure why they are needed cause if baseplates come loose then you will have major damage anyway.
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ldsoles1066 - Have you towed it yet?
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Re: Blue Ox Baseplate for Trailhawk

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At left and right tail lights, I cut left turn, right turn and tail lights and connected wires to ends of cut wires and ran to space where diodes will be. Put all back together and tested that it all works. Some pictures below. For all of the pictures of my work go to my albums and look through them. There is a lot of pictures. Here is the link. Jeep Garage - Jeep Forum - ldsoles1066's Album: Installation of Blue Ox Base Plates
I've been following your very descriptive post with great interest. I'm in the process of fitting our new Cherokee Limited with toad gear (albeit Demco baseplate) I ran in the 4-wire harness from front to back yesterday. The difficult parts were fishing the wire from the rear door over the wheel well to the rear cavity and getting them through the rubber boot at the firewall.

I'm now ready to follow your idea of connecting the diodes in the same area under the basket. In order to save me time in identifying the wires into the tail lamps, did you by any chance record the color codes for these wires? If so, I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know what these codes are.

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In order to save me time in identifying the wires into the tail lamps, did you by any chance record the color codes for these wires? If so, I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know what these codes are.
Yes, I did. Left Turn/Brake was Green/White. Left Tail was Yellow/White.
Right Turn/Brake was Yellow/White. Right Tail was Gray/White

The colors did not make sense to me but that is what I probed and it worked out.
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ldsoles1066 - Have you towed it yet?
No, I have not towed it yet. Maybe I will give it a short test run this weekend just to see how it does.
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