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Old 03-26-2019, 12:03 PM   #1
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Iím helping a friend set up his Fleetwood (Flair, I think) to flat tow a 13 JKUR. Heís going to use a Brake Buddy for a braking system. Since he doesnít have to unhook his battery in his Jeep,heís going to use his 12v receptacle in his console,which is ďhotĒ all the time, to power the unit. Since I havenít used this type of braking system before, I have no idea how much drain it will put on his battery. He plans on towing 7 or 8 hours a day and stopping ever now and then and starting the Jeep to charge the battery. For those of you that have this system, does this work for you? Will he have to start the Jeep every so often? Should he run a charge line from the motorhome to his Jeep or will his Jeep battery hold up without doing so?
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I’m helping a friend set up his Fleetwood (Flair, I think) to flat tow a 13 JKUR. He’s going to use a Brake Buddy for a braking system. Since he doesn’t have to unhook his battery in his Jeep,he’s going to use his 12v receptacle in his console,which is “hot” all the time, to power the unit. Since I haven’t used this type of braking system before, I have no idea how much drain it will put on his battery. He plans on towing 7 or 8 hours a day and stopping ever now and then and starting the Jeep to charge the battery. For those of you that have this system, does this work for you? Will he have to start the Jeep every so often? Should he run a charge line from the motorhome to his Jeep or will his Jeep battery hold up without doing so?
exgman ... I am sure not an expert on the subject, but I do use a BrakeBuddy unit and have towed my Jeep for 3 to 4 days straight without starting it and have never had a low voltage issue yet. Just a FYI.

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FLSteve is right if the battery is in good condition.
I use a BlueOx Patriot which is essentially the same type of Braking unit. It will work without a charge line but I have one so I don't get any surprises. I hate dead batteries.
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Thank you both. That’s the answer I was hoping for.
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We towed an 06 JL for 10 years with a BB Classic & then a BB Vantage Select. We normally towed 4-5 hours at a time, with no starting in between, with no dead battery issues. Of course the battery was always in top condition because we change them at the 4-5 year mark regardless.

How old is the battery in your buddy's Jeep? If it's original, it's past it's useful life.

A Jeep's OEM battery is much beefier than the OEM that came with our 14 CRV. Had to upgrade that one because we had a dead battery the 1st 4hr tow we did. Yes, I could've installed a charge line, but chose not to.

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My Roadmaster box called for a 15 Amp fuse. I don't know what Jeep uses in the console, but you might want to check.
Might need to use the cigarette lighter, if it has one.
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Lori, this Jeep is his baby. I’d be surprised if he still had the original battery in it but I will check with him.
Rgvtexan, the console power plug is fused, but I don’t know how many amp it is. We will check that also.
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Lori, this Jeep is his baby. Iíd be surprised if he still had the original battery in it but I will check with him.
Rgvtexan, the console power plug is fused, but I donít know how many amp it is. We will check that also.
I run my crv and fill brake buddy while running through gears.charge lasts long time unless in heavy Traffic.
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I pull a 2010 Ford Ranger and use a Brake Buddy. Original battery still starts it no problem after 2 days between starts.
Make sure there are no air leaks causing the compressor to kick in any more than needed. Also, I have the sensitivity set fairly high. The brakes only apply under harder braking, so it uses less air.
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