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Old 10-23-2014, 11:34 PM   #1
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I have a 2014 Jeep 4D Rubicon towed by a MH with air brakes. My supplemental will be an M&G. After reading the Jeep manual on 4-down towing, I was DISAPPOINTED to read that I have to disconnect the negative battery lead each time.

That means I'll lose all my settings on whatever electronic gear requires power with ignition off. This is a major bummer. I'd heard the new Jeeps do not require electrical disconnect. I must have been misinformed.

Will you confirm the need to fully disconnect the battery in transit; or, if you don't do it, what consequences have you experienced?

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Old 10-24-2014, 04:52 AM   #2
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No, you just need to pull a fuse or two, alas, I do not know which ones.
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Hello, I believe you will hear from others that Jeep needs to update the manual! there is no need to disconnect the battery, mine is a 2011 and the manual said the same as yours, I have towed it since 2011 with no issues and don't disconnect the battery, I also have a M&G braking system on mine. The reason years ago for this was you had to leave the key in and on so the steering wheel could turn during towing, now you don't, pull the key out, and the wheel can turn. I have the battery disconnect that I got with my braking system laying on my workbench if you need one though..........never used it.
No need to pull fuses, turn the key off and remove it.
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Eagles,

I have a 2013 Rubicon. I...
hitch it up
hook it up
drop the transfer case in neutral
Install Brake Buddy
pull the key and go.

I have never disconnected the battery.

Works like a charm!
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2015 Willys Wheeler here. Just towed it for the first time other than a short test run about 1200 miles. Battery connected, transfer case in N, auto trans in P, key off and in pocket. No problems. We have a Ready Brake/Ready Stop.

We lock the doors by pressing the button on the door instead of alarming it. Works great except I found that if you just unlock it using the key in the door the alarm goes off anyway I also found that the manual, online or paper is not up to date or something. See this thread on shifting back into gear after towing Shifting a Wrangler back into gear The instructions in manual did not work.
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I have a 2014 Jeep 4D Rubicon .... that I have to disconnect the negative battery lead each time.
There are a number of threads about this and, as others have noted, it does vary. It seems to vary by model year (and even mid-year). I think it generally boils down to whether or not you have a steering wheel lock. If so, you must turn the key to unlock it which will cause the battery to drain so disconnecting the battery (or pulling fuses) is necessary. My 2010 JK does NOT have a steering wheel lock - I simply pull they key (leaving battery connected) when I tow - no problems.
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JD is right, it depends on whether or not the key must be in the unlocked position for the steering wheel/front tires to turn. I'll bet my pension it does not.

That manual needs to be updated. The change was made mid-year 2008. I installed a blade switch on the negative battery terminal on our '07 - for our '12 it's pull the keys, lock the doors and away we go.
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Thanks, everyone. That's a big Whew! And Yea! from here.

Now, same question, different Jeep. My son just bought a 2006 Jeep TJ Rubicon, aka "LJ". It's an automatic, too, (and a very sweet ride. Very rare find, had only 56,000 miles.)

What does he need to do to tow IT 4 down?

Thanks in advance.

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All automatic Jeeps after about 2008 that have a transfer case that can be shifted to neutral and have the steering wheel lock function removed at the factory are used as described by vtwinwilly above.
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Thanks, everyone. That's a big Whew! And Yea! from here.

Now, same question, different Jeep. My son just bought a 2006 Jeep TJ Rubicon, aka "LJ". It's an automatic, too, (and a very sweet ride. Very rare find, had only 56,000 miles.)

What does he need to do to tow IT 4 down?

Thanks in advance.

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I'm not sure but I can say that our last toad, a '94 Geo Tracker 5 speed manual, had a lock steering column and we had to turn the key on to tow it. On a short trip it was no problem but if we went for more than four hours or so we disconnected the negative battery lead just in case. I would just try to turn the wheels with the key out first. If you can not turn them then the key will need to be on and either disconnect the battery or find out what dash lights are on and pull fuses. Some people install small switches to just turn off the dash lights.

Hopefully someone here has a similar Jeep and can say for sure.
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I have a 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sierra, towed it many times behind our motor home never gave disconnecting the battery a second thought,....not even a first one!
Not sure what an M&G is. With air brakes on the MH, I use a Roadmaster Brakemaster that I installed myself. Only way to go IMHO.
Little light comes on in my dash to tell me when the brakes are on in the Jeep, truly proportional braking. Here's a link.
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Eagles, I am new to motor homing but I have a 2014 Jeep Wrangler with auto trans. I put transfer case in neutral, auto trans in park, take key out, lock doors and down the road we go. Works for us.
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I have towed my 12 JK about 12,000 miles and use the Blue Ox Patriot breaking system that works off the battery of the Jeep. I installed the Toad Charger I know that you can run a 12v lead from MH but the Toad Charger seams to be well made and I have had no problems with it and it was easy to install.
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