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Old 07-19-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Question Towing JK behind an MH

We have a 2007 JK Wrangler (4WD, manual) we want to tow behind our MH. Two questions I need help with:
1. Local dealer says I can use a direct battery connect kit and disconnect the negative battery cable as per owners manual. Is that necessary or is it a sound precaution to avoid running down the battery?
2. For the manual transmission, it is not clear whether you need to tow it in gear or neutral once you have disengaged the transfer case and put that in neutral. Advice?

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Old 07-19-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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We towed an '07 Wrangler for 5 years, up until some idiot young woman rammed me from behind doing 45 - 50. I was stopped at a red light.

The '07 requires the key to be in the ignition and in the ACC position to unlock the steering wheel. I had a "dummy" key made that would unlock the steering but as it did not have the "chip", it would not allow the Jeep to run for more than a couple of seconds. The good news is, a dummy key can be made for about $5.

The battery will go dead in one full day of travel if you don't do something to prevent it. Many have run a charge line from the motorhome to the toad battery. I put a blade switch on the negative battery post and would open it as part of my travel prep. I also had a brake system, at the time, that needed 12v power so I rewired one of the dash power receptacles to be powered from the motorhome. You'll probably have to do one or the other.

We now use SMI's Air Force One brake system. Our RV dealer ran a charge line through our tow harness but I'm not sure that was necessary with our current set up. We no longer need to have a key in the ignition as they've eliminated the steering lock (since about mid '08) and our brake system is activated by air pressure from the motorhome.

I put the transmission in 5th gear for towing.

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Old 07-20-2013, 06:11 AM   #3
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Good input

Thanks for the tips. Good information.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:00 PM   #4
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I tow a 12 sport and I installed the Toad Charger to the Jeep to keep the battery charging while towing I use the Blue Ox Patriot breaking system it has worked well for me.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:28 AM   #5
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We tow a four door, 07' Wrangler manual trans Rubicon. I didn't like having to leave the key on so I had our local auto repair shop disable the locking steering column capability. Well worth what it cost. No worries about batteries, no worries about leaving key in the ignition set on ACC, etc. Just something less to remember to do. The advice I've always heard was put the transfer case in neutral and the gear shift in a gear. I put mine in any forward gear. We have the M&G air brake system so no electrical to hook up at all. Just the coach pig tail for the tail/brake lights. Hook up is real quick and easy.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:17 AM   #6
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Question 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Battery Charger

Originally Posted by Mody n Domy View Post
I tow a 12 sport and I installed the Toad Charger to the Jeep to keep the battery charging while towing I use the Blue Ox Patriot breaking system it has worked well for me.
Mody n Domy, I have a 2013 Wrangler Sport and have been reading a lot about battery disconnect for Jeeps. Would u plz describe ur Toad Charger and how it is connected? Also, I will be using the Blue Ox Patriot braking system so I would appreciate any info u have on that. Thank u so much if u could reply. Jim in NH.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:01 PM   #7
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jollybolly, If you go to lsl Products they have complete instructions on how the Toad Charger works. I have been using it for over a year with no problems. With it installed I don't have to worry about the battery discharging while the breaking system is working. The Toad Charger is connectrd to the Motor Home house batteries. I use one plug to hook the Jeep to the Motor Home for the lights and the charging system. This spring we went 1800 miles in 5 days and never unhooked the Jeep I never once worried about the battery discharging in the Jeep. I also use the Cool Tech wiring harness for the lights and installed the Currie Enterprise Rock Jock base plate for the tow bar. I have over 5,000 miles with this set up and it works great.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:28 PM   #8
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If you leave the key on ACC position and pull up the IOD fuse under the hood, the battery will not go dead in a day. The brake lights get power from the RV as do the running lights at night.
Transfer case in neutral. Auto in Park or manual in 6th gear

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