Originally Posted by jtseltmann
I am about to buy all the stuff needed to tow my Jeep JK. I have a quick question for all those that currently do. The aux brake and brake lights are my question. I'm going for a brake buddy or rvi brake because of portability and a Roadmaster xl / and falcon II bar. My jeep (2009) doesn't need to leave the key on for steering also.
So the question or understanding is that the Jeep's brake lights will engage when the aux brake kicks in but then also, if I update to add wiring for brake/turn bulbs, those will illuminate also? I guess the need for either magnetic stick on lights or new bulbs/wiring is for the turn signals and regular lights more than anything? Because the additional brake should trigger the jeeps brake lights too? I guess i'm just looking for confirmation that this will happen.
Any of you running a brake buddy or patriot brake or 'plug in'...do you pull fuses or anything? The only need for that is because of the key on/steering lock, right?
Just confirming from the source...my eyes are bleeding from reading posts.
Hey jtseltmann - I have an ACE 30.2 and tow my '08 JK. Done this for about 3k miles through arizona and nevada. I have a patriot braking system. I chose it because it was the easiest to install and run (my opinion based on my research). It is easy to hook up and go. Once i hookup my jeep to the RV with a tow bar (I have a Demco) and connect the lights it takes me about 3 minutes to put the brake system in car, calibrate it with a push of a button, plug in the remote monitoring system in the RV and off I go.
Here is how I did this: I purchased a Demco tow bar (Commander | Demco Products
) and the appropriate base plate for my Jeep JK (Baseplates | Demco Products
). I installed this myself and was by far the hardest part. There are some mechanical skill sets needed to install the base plate. A lot of people install the base plates themselves but I am sure any local RV place will do this. The next thing I had to do was install a wire harness. This was easy especially if you have a Jeep. Your '09 JK comes set up to install the wire harness. Harness looks like this and you can get one here (Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring for 2008 Jeep Wrangl - Curt C55124
). The harness installation was a breeze. No bulbs or diods to install. Just unscrew the taillight assembly plug in the harness, zip tie a wire under your frame to the other taillight and plug into other taillight and zip tie wire to the front of Jeep. Once I had the tow bar purchased, base plate installed, wire harness installed I got the Patriot brake system.
To install the brake system I has to put a piece of velcro on my dash to mount the brake system RV monitoring system.
My ACE 30.2 came pre-wired so that i connect the wire Harness i stalled from the Jeep to the ACE (my wire is right next to the trailer hitch). When i apply brakes or turn signals from the RV my Jeep lights up as well.
Jeep JK's are really easy to tow. Mine is a 4x4. I put car in N, disengage the transmission by putting the 4 wheel drive control in N as well. Start the engine, put car in park and turn off engine. Then I turn the ignition half way without cranking engine and away I go.
The points I like the best:
- Jeeps are made to tow and to connect tow harness
- Patriot system is a fast and easy to set up each time i want to use it. I store it in the back of my RV and it takes minutes to set up each time I want to use it.
- Patriot has a monitoring system you plug into the lighter in your RV cab. you can set the strength of the braking system from this monitoring system while you are driving. If the terrain goes from flat interstate to hills you can increase the gain which will cause the patriot to brake harder when the brakes engage.
- I did not have to modify my jeep in any way. No lights, bulbs, magnetic sticks - nothing. Just install the wire harness as described above.
- I purchased patriot second hand from a local retiree who quite traveling and was selling off his RV items after trading his RV for a house in Arizona
Hope this helps.