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Old 06-13-2008, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hi!
Got my 2002 Wrangler hooked up to tow via a Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain and XL bracket. I'm using the BrakeBuddy Vantage Select for my auxiliary breaking (love the wireless diagnostics!). So far, no complaints at all. It all seems to work great!

A question arises from reviewing the posts on the 2007 and newer Wranglers where folks are pulling some fuse when towing... The question is, I've seen no mention in the manual or noted anything on line where it is suggested to pull a fuse on the 1997-2006 Wranglers. Is there no need to? With the key in the first detent and with a BrakeBuddy plugged in, what kind of battery life might I expect on the Wrangler without charging? Could I do an 8 hour tow?

Getting ready for my first trip next week and am anxious to know!
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Hi!
Got my 2002 Wrangler hooked up to tow via a Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain and XL bracket. I'm using the BrakeBuddy Vantage Select for my auxiliary breaking (love the wireless diagnostics!). So far, no complaints at all. It all seems to work great!

A question arises from reviewing the posts on the 2007 and newer Wranglers where folks are pulling some fuse when towing... The question is, I've seen no mention in the manual or noted anything on line where it is suggested to pull a fuse on the 1997-2006 Wranglers. Is there no need to? With the key in the first detent and with a BrakeBuddy plugged in, what kind of battery life might I expect on the Wrangler without charging? Could I do an 8 hour tow?

Getting ready for my first trip next week and am anxious to know!
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Old 06-14-2008, 01:04 AM   #3
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Mike, I doubt that you will be able to go 8 hours on a cranking battery. Remember that every time you use the brakes good you are draining some power out of the Jeep battery. You will want to at least stop at half way and start the Jeep to recharge the battery. Cranking batteries do not make good deep cycle batteries and you can kill it by doing so. Here is a few links on batteries to give you good info:
http://www.usbattery.com/care.htm
http://www.dcbattery.com/faq.html#1
http://www.windsun.com/Batteries/Bat...ery%20Charging
http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/sources.htm
http://www.batteryfaq.org
Another and better alternative would be to add a charge line off the motorhome to the Jeep. Good luck and stay safe.
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I have done a few long tows(600 miles) with my wrangler toad and never ran out of juice,but did bring the battery low. Last year for Christmas I got one of those 12 volt jumper/power station.I plug the brake into that now.You dont have to worry about draining jeep battery and you have emergency charge if needed.
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We have gone four or five days without pulling any fuses and using a brake buddy (1500+- mi) and never had a problem starting the toad.
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On my 2006 TJ Wrangler, it is not necessary to move the key to the first detent. It is merely necessary to have the key inserted in the ignition to keep the steering wheel from locking. I use the Brakemaster diode system to wire my running lights. I put a toggle switch in the circuit that runs from the stop switch to the Jeep's brake lights. This removes all drain from the Jeep battery.

I use the Brakemaster Braking system that uses an air cylinder plumbed into the RV air brakes with a breakaway cylinder.

Had to do a panic stop on the last trip and everything worked fine. Had to change my shorts, though!!<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Megsfolks:
Hi!
Got my 2002 Wrangler hooked up to tow via a Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain and XL bracket. I'm using the BrakeBuddy Vantage Select for my auxiliary breaking (love the wireless diagnostics!). So far, no complaints at all. It all seems to work great!

A question arises from reviewing the posts on the 2007 and newer Wranglers where folks are pulling some fuse when towing... The question is, I've seen no mention in the manual or noted anything on line where it is suggested to pull a fuse on the 1997-2006 Wranglers. Is there no need to? With the key in the first detent and with a BrakeBuddy plugged in, what kind of battery life might I expect on the Wrangler without charging? Could I do an 8 hour tow?

Getting ready for my first trip next week and am anxious to know! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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When you're powering only the Brake Buddy and its sending unit off the TJ battery, you will have no discharge problems under normal circumstances. Remember, once the Brake Buddy is up to pressure the only time it draws any more than minimum power is when the brakes have to cycle. I've towed our TJ for three days straight (LA to Dallas) without unhooking or running the Jeep engine and had no problem at all.
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