I am looking at a 2008 Jeep Wrangler as a new toad. I looked in the owners manual and it says that the negative cable must be removed from the battery before towing. My main question is if that is the case, how do I power a supplemental brake system. I am currently pulling a 2002 CR-V with the SMI system and I know it needs power to operate. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I have never owned a jeep so I am in the dark on this one.
I toe a 08 wrangler. First we use a US Gear, Unified tow system that gets its power from the coach. Second, I do not disconnect the battery.
Since we generally never run more than a day or two without unhooking for something, I have never had a battery problem.
Jeep quit using a steering wheel lock mid year 2008. If yours does not have a steering wheel lock just turn off the key, take it out and forget about it. If you have a lock it requires the key be left on to unlock the wheel and it will drain your battery. My 2007 had a lock so I dropped the ignition out and removed the lock as my battery would be dead after a few hours of towing with the key left on in the accessory position.
Jn, I have never had a battery drain problem, but I am very interested in how you removed the locking mechanism and may do mine. I have an 08 and my sterring does lock. I put the key in the first position, but would love to not have to bother with it.
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I just pull the IOD fuse, I don't disconnect the battery (although I did install a quick disconnect on the negative terminal in case I need to). Can't answer the question about how to get power to a supplemental braking system because I use a Readybrake which doesn't need any power. Not sure if the cigarette lighters would still be hot with the IOD fuse pulled?
Looks like I am the proud owner of a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X, four door. This is my first vehicle that has a transfer case. Looking at the owners manual, the directions for flat towing seem pretty straight forward.
I currently have a 2002 Honda CR-V that has been a great toad, just needed (wanted) a jeep. The CR-V has the SMI braking system that has performed flawlessly, so I am leaning towards getting one of those for the jeep. However, I will need to figure out the power issue if indeed the negative cable has to be removed. I will look at removing the fuse as mentioned above, as well as a braking system that does not require 12 volt.
Thanks for all the input and any further suggestions will be welcomed and appreciated.
Gotta get the base plates and wiring done so I can tow it and get down the road.