Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Toads and Motorhome Related Towing
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-14-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
BPoland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 864
2015 Jeep Cherokee Limited Ready for Toad Duty!

I completed the last piece of transforming the Cherokee into a Toad-Ready vehicle. I, like others, had saved the mounting of the breakaway switch to be the last job. A word or warning, for those that like to do this type of work themselves, Doing it on a brand new vehicle will test your resolve. The only good place to mount the breakaway was in the front grill. This required cutting out a section of the grill out, for the switch to slide into. if somebody had wanted to bet me 5 years ago, that I would be sitting in the driveway, taking a dremel to the grill of my 3 month old car, I probably would have bet the farm . I even did a test pull Sunday afternoon. It felt allot like it did when I was pulling my old popup with the Suburban. A couple of clunks when the the tow bar arms locked in, and away we go .

Thank you to all that have voiced opinions along the way. It has been an interesting few months!
__________________

__________________
Bill & Denise
2014 Bay Star 3103 - 5 Star Tune, CHF
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 Limited
BPoland is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-15-2015, 12:48 AM   #2
Retired USAF


 
Thor Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
RV Trip Wizard
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 48
The Cherokee Limited is what we have decided will be our Toad next year when we get our RV.
__________________

__________________
BillJump is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015, 07:57 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Ray,IN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 13,688
We tow DW's 97 Jeep GC limited now. She is shopping for a new Jeep, which she will drive now, keeping the 97 for a towed and my car to run errands. Just gotta make sure she buys the correct model transmission, as only the most expensive one has a neutral setting for the transfer case.
__________________
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA 1SG, retired;PPA,Good Sam Life member,FMCA."We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution. "Abraham Lincoln"
Ray,IN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2015, 08:08 PM   #4
Member
 
David T.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Sparks, NV
Posts: 54
Me Too...

UPS has been bringing parts daily, hope to get them all by Friday. Will be installing on wifes 2 week old Cherokee Limited this weekend. Bill, were you able to set the disconnect switch far enough back to not be too visible. I have watched a lot of videos so I believe I'm ready to tackle this project. Using a Demco wiring harness and Dominator tow bar with Air Force One brake. Wish me luck.
__________________
David T. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2015, 05:51 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
BPoland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 864
Quote:
Originally Posted by David T. View Post
UPS has been bringing parts daily, hope to get them all by Friday. Will be installing on wifes 2 week old Cherokee Limited this weekend. Bill, were you able to set the disconnect switch far enough back to not be too visible. I have watched a lot of videos so I believe I'm ready to tackle this project. Using a Demco wiring harness and Dominator tow bar with Air Force One brake. Wish me luck.
My Cherokee Limited has the V6, so it doesn't have the active shutters. My limited does have the front license plate bracket. I have seen some without it. The shop that installed the baseplate, attached the 6-way round to the bottom (flush) of the license plate bracket. I am in the process of painting that Black, so that it blends in better. As for the disconnect switch, I mounted it in the upper left corner of the main opening. I have included a picture of the Cherokee with the baseplate and 6-way plug installed. I used MS paint to indicate where the breakaway switch was installed. If you haven't already, remove the top plastic cover that is held on by push pins. Since mine has the V6 and no active shutters, there is PLENTY of room for the switch. I marked the location i wanted on the grill, and then used a Dremel to cut the grill out. I then used a sanding disc to remove the top edge of the grill up to the "chromed" area. This gave me a flat area to mount the switch to. The only scary part, was cutting the grill, as I have tried to make this process reversable if possible. That was the point of no return. Also, if your switch has a "U" bracket that holds it in place, make sure you account for enough space forom the corner so that you have room the leg of the bracket to mount. All told, it was a 45 minute job. Also, you have a double firewall. there is a gromet right behind the brake pedal arm. there are actually two gromets. One inside and one outside. The outside one popped out, and I haven't found it yet.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0522.jpg
Views:	154
Size:	289.3 KB
ID:	91582  
__________________
Bill & Denise
2014 Bay Star 3103 - 5 Star Tune, CHF
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 Limited
BPoland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2015, 09:40 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
rream's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 660
I love mine I now have towed it about 60 times for a total of 9,907 miles
__________________
2012 Winnebago Journey 36M Cummins 360
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, Air Force One
290 Campgrounds, 1386 nights camping since 2009 and 67 K Winnebago miles
rream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2015, 06:31 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Ray,IN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 13,688
What's up with having to cut a hole in the grill for the breakaway switch? Mine is mounted under the front license plate holder, outside the lower radiator shield.
__________________
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA 1SG, retired;PPA,Good Sam Life member,FMCA."We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution. "Abraham Lincoln"
Ray,IN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 01:13 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
BobGed's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Carson City, NV
Posts: 1,942
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ray,IN View Post
What's up with having to cut a hole in the grill for the breakaway switch? Mine is mounted under the front license plate holder, outside the lower radiator shield.
Are you possibly referring to a Grand Cherokee? I had to cut the plastic grille below the license plate on my Cherokee for my lights, AF1 and break away connections.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Cherokee connections.jpg
Views:	97
Size:	154.6 KB
ID:	91660  
__________________
Bob, Sherron & Kinsey (Goldendoodle)
2017 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited
BobGed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 05:14 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
BPoland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 864
I didn't feel that the license plate bracket was a strong enough to withstand the amount of force that would be required to pull the pin. The 6-way round socket is mounted there, and it just feels flimsy to me. In my opinion, the breakaway switch must work. Any doubt is unacceptable in this case. In the worst case, if I decide to sell the Cherokee, I can just replace the plastic grill section. That would of course require removing the front fascia again, but it's aleady been off once. I have painted everthing black, so it blends in better. I will try to get a picture once the sun comes up.
__________________
Bill & Denise
2014 Bay Star 3103 - 5 Star Tune, CHF
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 Limited
BPoland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 06:35 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
BPoland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 864
Here is a picture of the finished front end. Please excuse the liquid sunshine we are having today. Also, In the unlikly event of a breakaway, the heavy duty coiled umbilical cable, will likely rip the license plate bracket off ( the cord is locked in to both recepticles) before the breakaway is activated. If that happens and the breakaway is attached to the same bracket, we have a problem. I would like mine set up such that, if the tow bar fails, before the saftey cables are at their full length, I want the breakaway activated. Hopefully, that way, the cherokee will stay with me. If the whole front end of the Cherokee comes off, similar to what happened to an Equinox recently, All bets are off.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Cherokee-2.jpg
Views:	109
Size:	502.2 KB
ID:	91666  
__________________
Bill & Denise
2014 Bay Star 3103 - 5 Star Tune, CHF
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 Limited
BPoland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2015, 11:16 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
BobGed's Avatar
 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Carson City, NV
Posts: 1,942
Quote:
Originally Posted by BPoland View Post
Here is a picture of the finished front end. Please excuse the liquid sunshine we are having today. Also, In the unlikly event of a breakaway, the heavy duty coiled umbilical cable, will likely rip the license plate bracket off ( the cord is locked in to both recepticles) before the breakaway is activated. If that happens and the breakaway is attached to the same bracket, we have a problem. I would like mine set up such that, if the tow bar fails, before the saftey cables are at their full length, I want the breakaway activated. Hopefully, that way, the cherokee will stay with me. If the whole front end of the Cherokee comes off, similar to what happened to an Equinox recently, All bets are off.
You should have a hole in the back of your breakaway switch. If so, you can connect a length of stainless steel wire cable in that hole and attach the other end directly to the frame of the Jeep.

Something like this but cut from a bulk roll to your desired length:
EarthCo Shade Sails 4 ft. Stainless Steel Cable Kit-017 - The Home Depot
__________________
Bob, Sherron & Kinsey (Goldendoodle)
2017 Tiffin Phaeton 40QBH
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited
BobGed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2015, 06:19 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Ray,IN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 13,688
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobGed View Post
Are you possibly referring to a Grand Cherokee? I had to cut the plastic grille below the license plate on my Cherokee for my lights, AF1 and break away connections.
I see the difference in your picture. Our Grand Cherokee Limited has openings there but no grill in the way of mounting the break-away switch or air connection for the air chamber that activates the Jeep brakes. You had very limited choices.
__________________

__________________
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA 1SG, retired;PPA,Good Sam Life member,FMCA."We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the Courts - not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution. "Abraham Lincoln"
Ray,IN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
toad



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Light hookups on 2015 Grand Jeep Cherokee dblcruzin Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 10 05-28-2015 09:56 AM
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Blue OX Baseplate relgel Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 1 01-16-2015 08:14 PM
No WDH or Anti-sway bars for 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee dog lover Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 7 08-13-2014 12:21 AM
New 2015 Ford Super Duty - available now!!! tuffr2 Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 35 06-07-2014 07:14 AM
Jeep Grand Cherokee and supplemental brake system Butte64 Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 5 06-12-2013 10:07 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.