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Trailer Brake Controller Installation Question

Hi all,

I'm considering purchasing the Cherokee for towing a camper. I would need to install a trailer brake controller. On the Grand Cherokee, I know there is a small port (not the OBDII port) under the dash (driver's side footwell) where a trailer brake controller would plug into to avoid having to cut wires.

Can anyone confirm that this port exists on the Cherokee? Has anyone installed a TBC on their Cherokee yet?

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Old 12-11-2013, 10:10 AM
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Re: Trailer Brake Controller Installation Question

I have not found one yet. I need a brake controller for my small camper trailer. Mainly for off-road use and I have been looking. Owners manual is less than useless and I can not find any sites that have instructions for installing one yet.
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Re: Trailer Brake Controller Installation Question

The fact that they went to the trouble of including a 7 pin connector would lead me to believe they would include the TBC connector as well, just like the Grand Cherokee. Have you spoken to the dealer/service/corporate? That would be my next approach.
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Re: Trailer Brake Controller Installation Question

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The fact that they went to the trouble of including a 7 pin connector would lead me to believe they would include the TBC connector as well, just like the Grand Cherokee. Have you spoken to the dealer/service/corporate? That would be my next approach.

Not yet. I did dig around under the dash a bit and did not see an open connector anywhere.
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Re: Trailer Brake Controller Installation Question

look in your glove box for a bag with a connecter and dir.
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look in your glove box for a bag with a connecter and dir.
Just went and looked. No pigtail or directions. I looked in the spare tire location and every other knook I could think of as well.
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Just went and looked. No pigtail or directions. I looked in the spare tire location and every other knook I could think of as well.
did your jeep come with the TRAILER TOW PACKAGE it would be listed on your window sticker.
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did your jeep come with the TRAILER TOW PACKAGE it would be listed on your window sticker.
Yes it does. It was a custom order.

This is a Cherokee and not a Grand. it may be different even though it has the 7 way plug.
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Yes it does. It was a custom order.

This is a Cherokee and not a Grand. it may be different even though it has the 7 way plug.
Yes cherokee, jeep.com says 4500 lb. GW tr/limit. Here in Pa. any trailer over 3000 lb. GW has to have tr/brakes.
So i agree with you and Matticus, 7 way = TBC

Maybe the pigtail bag was overlooked on the line.
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Re: Trailer Brake Controller Installation Question

Let me know if it takes the same connector as the GC. I have the Prodigy connector that has the plugs on both ends so no splicing. On the GC it plugged under the dash to the left of the steering wheel.
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Now that I know what to look for, I will crawl back under the dash and see if I can find anything.
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Re: Trailer Brake Controller Installation Question

Any new developments?
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