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Old 02-13-2019, 01:46 PM   #1
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Jeep Battery Discharges when being towed

We tow a Jeep Sahara with a Class A Meridian. The Jeep battery is always discharged when we arrive after a day of traveling. How should it be hooked up? Maybe we are doing it incorrectly.
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:58 PM   #2
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What year is it? If its old enough to have locking steering, that has to have the key on, you will have to either disconnect the battery, or install a disconnect switch.
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:03 PM   #3
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Not a lot of information here, but if you have to put your Jeep ignition in the accessory position to tow, then yes, your battery will drain. You have two options- either install a battery disconnect switch or install a towed vehicle battery charger. Lots of posts on this forum on the subject- try the search function.

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My jeep is old enough to have locking steering but i removed the switch assembly and ground off the locking pin to convert it to non locking. Easy to do probably 1 hour at most. Now can tow with key off and tail lights driven from MH thru diodes so no load on battery.
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Old 02-17-2019, 04:04 PM   #5
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I have used a solar battery maintainer. I just plug it into my cig lighter and put the solar panel on the dash. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012ZHGGXU...ding=UTF8&th=1

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Old 02-17-2019, 09:59 PM   #6
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I tow my 2007 jk with the key in acc everywhere we go and never had a problem. I think it's because of the Optima gel cell battery.
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