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Old 12-24-2013, 06:25 PM   #43
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Well I'm pretty ticked. Falsely assumed that our 2014 Grand Cherokee could be flat-towed behind our MH. We don't have the upgraded 4x4 system so it cant be flat-towed or dolly'ed!!! Dammit!! Guess we are sticking with taxis, bikes or feet...
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We spec'd ours in July and finally closed the deal on Aug 1. It was very clear in the Jeep material that we received that you must have Active Drive II in order to flat tow. One question was whether or not the TH could be flat towed and the manual makes it clear that it can be towed. We got the Limited so I wasn't worried about the TH. I made darn good and sure the dealer understood it HAD to be towable flat. I also did that with the Ford Dealer when we bought our previous 2011 Escape Limited AWD. Thus there was no way they could later say you shouldn't tow it - especially when the manual also set out the procedures for flat towing.
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:08 PM   #44
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..... I have every option except for the winter package. MSRP on mine was 40410
I think you will find that most, if not all, items in the winter package (Cold Weather Group) are included in the Limited as standard.
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Wrong thread. Changed.
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Possible reason for cross member being eliminated for the Cherokee.

My son is an engineer and he does a lot of front end parts. Thus, he is involved with crash testing periodically. When I mentioned that the cross member had been eliminated by Demco and Road Master he asked me if I'd looked at the IIHS crash testing. He gave me a bit of an education this evening.

You can see the overlap front crash testing here.



And as Steve would say, there is one more thing. Here is the side impact test - also a good result.

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Did you notice the difference in the shape of what was crashed?
The side impact was like a flat wall to cover more area when crashed.
Wonder what it would look like if the same shape used for front end was used for the side.
Just sayin'
Other autos & trucks aren't flat like that.
Just my observations.
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Did you notice the difference in the shape of what was crashed?
The side impact was like a flat wall to cover more area when crashed.
Wonder what it would look like if the same shape used for front end was used for the side.
Just sayin'
Other autos & trucks aren't flat like that.
Just my observations.
If it is a 20% hit like the front end test, then I can't see how it can hit the centre of the side.
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Just saying that the impact in that test is spread over a much larger area than a real life bumper on a vehicle.
The results would be much different in that same impact.
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Just saying that the impact in that test is spread over a much larger area than a real life bumper on a vehicle.
The results would be much different in that same impact.
Are you saying it would be a less serious impact in the real world? Or more serious?

An additional example. Pickup trucks in 2009 didn't do all that well with the same side impact unit.

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Roadmaster has amended its web site to indicate that its Trail Hawk baseplates are ok to use with adaptive cruise control.

I hope Blue Ox finds the same. The Demco instructions look to my novice eye to be simpler/easier than those described by Roadmaster. Since we were thinking of driving to Pender NE for the BO installation, going to Demo in Iowa would be a bit closer (if Blue Ox doesn't come up with as simple an installation.).
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.....Since we were thinking of driving to Pender NE for the BO installation, going to Demo in Iowa would be a bit closer.
I would check first as, to my knowledge, Demco don't offer a fitting service, they only make and distribute the baseplates.
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I would check first as, to my knowledge, Demco don't offer a fitting service, they only make and distribute the baseplates.
May will be the earliest and by then the dust should have settled on the baseplates.
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Help. The manual does not specify if ignition swicth has to be put on ACC. to keep the steering wheel unlocked. This is a 2014 GC.


















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Help. The manual does not specify if ignition swicth has to be put on ACC. to keep the steering wheel unlocked. This is a 2014 GC.
You don't have a steering wheel lock.
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Help. The manual does not specify if ignition swicth has to be put on ACC. to keep the steering wheel unlocked. This is a 2014 GC
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You could always take the key out and try to turn the wheel. If it moves, no steering lock, if it doesn't turn, you'd have to see if turning key to ACC unlock then back to off and see if wheel remains unlocked. (mine does) If it doesn't, you'd have to leave it in ACC and make sure all electrical draws, (rear defrost, radio, fan, etc.) are off or pull a fuse.
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