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Old 07-27-2020, 04:09 PM   #1
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Gladiator Towing Questions

For those towing a Gladiator, the manual says to disconnect the battery. Any idea why? And, for those not using the brute, how do you power your electric brake pusher?
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My Gladiator manual DOES NOT say to disconnect the battery. No where in the four down recerational towing section does it say to disconnect the battery. (Pages 373 - 375) The batteries in my Gladiator were too weak to allow my Patriot brake system to work. I had to run a 12 volt line from the motorhome to a separate plug for the brake unit to work. I've since change to the M&G brake system which is less of a hassle to hookup.
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My Gladiator manual DOES NOT say to disconnect the battery. No where in the four down recerational towing section does it say to disconnect the battery. (Pages 373 - 375) The batteries in my Gladiator were too weak to allow my Patriot brake system to work. I had to run a 12 volt line from the motorhome to a separate plug for the brake unit to work. I've since change to the M&G brake system which is less of a hassle to hookup.
It's funny, because it isn't in the step-by-step procedure, but it IS in the table that describes the three different forms of towing. I messaged over to the Jeep Wave people and they too were perplexed. They sent the note on to engineering to find out why there is a contradiction in the manual and to explain what could happen if they say you should disconnect it and don't. I'll share the information if I hear back.

I did take a look at the M&G. It looks like a sharp system, but with how I am planning to use the JT, I want to be able to fully remove any braking parts used for flat towing before I go off road. There are some areas I wheel in that any interference in the brake system could lead to a very, VERY bad day.

If I were purely light wheeling/touring/overlanding, I'd put that M&G in place in a heartbeat!

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The Gladiator has to have the 2.0 M&G brake system which doesn't attach to the brake cylinder. It use the an air cylinder and a cable that attaches to the brake pedal. I don't do rock climbing but do off road a good bit. I haven't had any issue with it interfering with the use of the brakes so far.
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