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Old 08-05-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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First trip with my Toad

Just wanted to share for the Jeep folks. I just took my first long trip pulling my 2012 Wrangler. All was good. I have a Blue Ox hitch and baseplate. I installed the wire and socket kit for independent lighting system. I have a Brake Buddy. All I installed myself on a weekend. It was pretty easy for the most part. I ran the wiring for the lights under the vehicle from front to rear which took a little time. The trip went well. I pull the Jeep with my class C and could hardly tell it was there, except when going through the mountains on I-64 from Richmond, VA to I-81. The brake buddy worked like a champ. I had to get from MD to NM in three days (700 miles a day). After the first day of driving, I unplugged the Brake Buddy and started the Jeep just to charge the battery only because. The morning before I pulled out, I would bleed the pressure off of the Brake Buddy, plug it in to rebuild the pressure, and then run the test to bleed pressure off of the Jeep Power Assist Vacuum. I would drive about twelve hours each day without having to worry about the Jeep battery going low. Even though the Brake Buddy is plugged into the 12v acc plug, it would not draw hardly any current. The only time it draws current is when the Brake Buddy activates, which was rarely. All was easy, took little effort, and never had to worry about my battery going dead. Not sure what all this discussion about adding battery chargers to keep a trickle on the battery is all about since little to no draw is created.

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Old 08-05-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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A lot of the people who have to run a charge wire to the toad , have to leave the key on to unlock the steering column like I do. With the key on and a brake system active 3 to 4 hrs would drain the battery.
Then with the key on you get the speedo active too, and the miles roll up.
No one solution for every toad.
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2000 Caravan toad, Remco & Blue Ox.
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