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Old 09-19-2014, 08:53 PM   #127
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You did a nice job of hiding the license plate number on the 'after' photo, but forgot to do it on the 'before' photo
Yeah, after driving around for a couple of weeks I finally got stopped and was required to display a real plate.
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:32 AM   #128
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I don't think I personally would go through the expense of setting up a leased vehicle for towing, but it wouldn't be a big problem to reverse the process on a Cherokee. While the fascia does have to be removed in order to mount the base plate, the only part that really gets visually modified is the plastic mesh section where the tabs, light and supplemental connections come through. It would be relatively easy to replace that piece a the end of the lease.
He really acted like he knew what he was talking about with the low hanging baseplate, but I seriously doubted it really existed, and if it did, I wouldn't want it for the reasons stated by Bflinn181 and it would be just plain ugly. If I did the cutout of the mesh area, is it replaceable without buying a whole new front fascia ($1900 per the salesman)?
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Old 09-20-2014, 10:30 AM   #129
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.....If I did the cutout of the mesh area, is it replaceable without buying a whole new front fascia ($1900 per the salesman)?
Yes I believe so. Here's a schematic of the front fascia. I would suggest checking with a dealer to find out how much just the mesh piece would cost. For the most part each of the grille pieces are just held in place with clips.
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He really acted like he knew what he was talking about with the low hanging baseplate, but I seriously doubted it really existed, and if it did, I wouldn't want it for the reasons stated by Bflinn181 and it would be just plain ugly. If I did the cutout of the mesh area, is it replaceable without buying a whole new front fascia ($1900 per the salesman)?
If you are really intent on doing this on a leased car, while the fascia is off to install the base plate, you could remove the plastic mesh. Cut a piece of metal mesh with cut outs and paint it black. When the baseplate is removed, replace the piece of plastic grill.
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Power Even Brake

I'm in the process of getting my 2014 Cherokee Latitude setup for towing and have reviewed this thread for issues. I do not find information on using an Even Brake (or similar system) which requires the 12V accessory plug for power. It appears that the ignition needs to stay in the ACC position to power the 12V accessory plug. Can someone experienced in towing the 2014 Cherokee tell me if there are issues with this situation? I do use a fused connection from the MH chassis bats to the toad vehicle bat but is that adequate?
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I'm in the process of getting my 2014 Cherokee Latitude setup for towing and have reviewed this thread for issues. I do not find information on using an Even Brake (or similar system) which requires the 12V accessory plug for power. It appears that the ignition needs to stay in the ACC position to power the 12V accessory plug. Can someone experienced in towing the 2014 Cherokee tell me if there are issues with this situation? I do use a fused connection from the MH chassis bats to the toad vehicle bat but is that adequate?
You should have an always hot 12V plug in your center console. Just leave the ignition in the OFF position.
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I don't know about the Cherokee, but the Grand Cherokee has a 12V outlet below the radio that's only on when the ignition is on. It has another one in the compartment between the front seats that's always on. If yours has that one, you don't need to leave the key in ACC.

If it was me, and I was running a 12V line from the RV, I'd run that through the firewall and put a female plug receptacle on it. Then just use that instead of the car power. Downside to that would be that you would loose the brake if the cable came loose. Or leave it connected to the battery like you have now, and run your own always on like through the firewall and hide the plug somewhere. I would really try to avoid having to leave the key in the car.

Edit: Bob types faster than I do....
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I found in my Subaru that all the power outlets are switched by the ignition. I wanted at least one full time power, so it took little effort to run one 12 v (+) from the fuse box to the outlet I made full time. I put an in line fuse holder in the wire and now I have an outlet that I can use with the ignition off.
I guess auto makers are afraid we'll leave some heavy draw item plugged in, but I'm smarter than that and think it actually should be an owner's choice as to whether the power outlet should be powered or not by ignition.
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I don't know about the Cherokee, but the Grand Cherokee has a 12V outlet below the radio that's only on when the ignition is on. It has another one in the compartment between the front seats that's always on. If yours has that one, you don't need to leave the key in ACC.

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That is what my (wife's) Cherokee Limited has.
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Thanks BobGed! I didn't realize that a 12V plug stayed hot. That'll work.
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Thanks BobGed! I didn't realize that a 12V plug stayed hot. That'll work.
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Judging from the number of posts here, it looks like the new Jeep Cherokee is selling very well.
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Judging from the number of posts here, it looks like the new Jeep Cherokee is selling very well.
And will probably be selling even better now that the new (2015) Honda CR-V's are no longer towable four down.
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...no memory seats either!
The 2015 Trail-Hawk has the option for the "Ventilated/Memory Seat Group" option that gives you the seat-mirror-radio memory option along with ventilated premium leather seats and heated mirrors.

They also have a package group named the "SafetyTec Group" which has a park assist warning system.

We are excited about these options!
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