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RE: new towed vehicle - Jeep Wrangler

I doubt the Blue Ox base plate will be any lower than the differential is right now. Well, no, but it's not ground clearance so much as it's the approach angle that is a concern.
Alan_Hepburn 01/27/22 01:05pm Dinghy Towing
RE: new towed vehicle - Jeep Wrangler

We went with this silver 2018 Unlimited Sport model (JK). I wanted one that was built on a ladder frame (not unibody), so that was why we didn't look for anything newer than 2018, and wanted a JK model. The newer JL and JT models still use the same ladder frame. I don't think that will EVER change so long as the Wranglers are in production. At any rate, that brings us to what I wanted to talk about here: Setting up a Jeep Wrangler for flat towing. We use the Readybrute/Readybrake on the Taurus, so will be setting up the Jeep with the Readybrake and Readystop cables. I will probably get a Cooltech wiring harness and wire in the Jeep tailights for flat towing. Any hints, suggestions on installing the wiring harness and readybrake cable, would be welcome. :) For me, the hardest part about installing the Ready Brute cables was getting up the courage to poke the holes in the firewall in a brand new vehicle. Once I got that under control it was a simple task to install the cables. Similarly with the wiring: I liked the CoolTech harness, but didn't like the price so I sourced my own wire and switch and built my own version. I put the switch in the dash rather than under the passenger seat so it's more convenient to reach from the driver's seat, but it required routing the wire up behind the dash. I think I spent less than $30 for everything for that harness. What I'm mostly struggling with right now has to do with the base plate set up in the front. I see a couple options: 1. Replace front bumper with one that allows you to bolt the Blue Ox brackets directly to the front, like the Rock Hard 4x4 Patriot or Rugged Ridge Spartan bumper. Really like this idea, but problem is, unless you spend a ton of $$ on an aluminum bumper, you are looking at a steel bumper that is very, very heavy. Don't want to make this jeep any heavier than it already is if I can avoid it. Are there any bumper options out there, that you can connect blue ox brackets to, aren't so heavy, and not so hard on the wallet? On my Gladiator I went with the Rugged Ridge Spartan bumper. It won't add too much weight up front because it's replacing the OEM bumper, not adding to it. I don't recall the actual weight of the bumper, but it wasn't much more than the OEM one - I had no problem installing it by myself. 2. Blue Ox base plate, installed right under the bumper - Really leaning this direction, but hate that it sits so low under the bumper, and vulnerable to a rock or something hitting it, as we do plan to do some off-roading now and then. On my wife's old Wrangler (2107 JKU) we used the Blue Ox base plate - it did hang down from the front and while we never had it impact the ground the thought was always there because it DOES reduce your approach angle a bit. 3. Currie Rock Jock tow bar mounting kit - This one replaces front air dam/chin under the bumper with a steel piece that has tow hooks incorporated into it, that tow bar would attach to. Like this one, too, and its definitely the least expensive, but questioning how strong it'd be, given the way it attaches. Its just bolted on top to the stock bumper, and on bottom to frame cross member. Doesn't bolt directly to frame rails like other ones do, so not sure if it'd be as solid. That, and the position of the tow hooks has me concerned it'd make the tow bar clevises rub up against bottom of the (stock) bumper. I don't have any knowledge of the Currie system, but on my wife's new 2022 Wrangler we're going with the Maximus 3 Tow loops - they hang below the bumper, but not as far as the Blue Ox base plate. She decided she didn't want to change out the bumper...
Alan_Hepburn 01/27/22 01:04pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Satellite Dish question

Remember that you will be able to receive high-def reception for Direct TV ONLY with the $2200.00 Traveler dish. The domes will NOT receive HD for Direct TV. That's not true. You can also use a manual portable home style antenna which costs a few hundred bucks for a good setup. Also, a company called RF Mogul makes a fully automatic roof mounted antenna but it costs even more! The Winegard can be had for about $1900 and it can be self installed. While the Winegard is certainly less expensive the RF Mogul I feel is a better value. One big factor is servicing: the RF Mogul is completely field-serviceable while the Winegard has to be shipped back to them for any service.
Alan_Hepburn 01/18/22 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: Air & Space Museum in DC to Close

An air museum I really enjoyed was the Military Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) Museum in Canton, Ohio - many of their planes are open so you can "try them on for size"... And the museum at Hill AFB in Utah was pretty nice also...
Alan_Hepburn 11/24/21 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Veterans Day-Got Any Pics To Share?

Don't have any photos to share, but my grandfather was Canadian Army in WWI, my father was RCAF in WWII, I was US Army (82nd Airborne!) during Vietnam, my youngest son is currently in the US Navy, and his daughter is currently in the USAF - that makes 5 generations of service for our family...
Alan_Hepburn 11/12/21 12:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Plug and play wiring harness for Jeep

You could use the Mopar 82216358AA wire harness made by the manufacturer. You could, but at $450-500? There are much cheaper options. CoolTech $175 delivered. I liked the CoolTech solution, but didn't like their price so I built my own for about $50 total. If you're handy and comfortable working with wiring it's a simple job...
Alan_Hepburn 10/28/21 01:02pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Question about 12V charging on Jeep JL while flat towing

Don’t know how I was wrong? I’m never wrong! :h I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken... :B
Alan_Hepburn 09/12/21 04:46pm Dinghy Towing
RE: RV state sticker map opinions

Please stop discussing the DOD tunnel to Hawaii. It is classified! Can we at least mention the AWESOME travel plazas that they built every 200 miles along the tunnel? Great food and awesome views!
Alan_Hepburn 08/18/21 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: RV state sticker map opinions

Stick Hawaii on there just to blow people's minds if you want. We put Hawaii on our map and when people ask about it I just say that when I was in the Army we got to use the DOD Tunnel to drive there...
Alan_Hepburn 08/15/21 12:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet burping

A mound in the tank causes problems, but not THAT problem. It doesn't block the air from escaping the tank on flushing. I'll have to disagree with that - I've experienced it personally on 2 different RVs. Our current RV has a black tank that is fairly shallow right under the toilet opening, and then deepens out; like a "step" feature. When we're sitting for a length of time when we flush everything hits the shallow part of the tank and can build up there with no movement to push it to the deeper part of the tank. When we're moving every day the pile gets moved by the movement of the RV on the road. We know when there's a big pile because the toilet burps when we flush. Using a hose to force that pile into the deeper part of the tank works every time.
Alan_Hepburn 08/12/21 11:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Jeep Wrangler ReadyBrake Elite II Setup

Y-Guy - I ran the wires through the passenger front door about where the window frame causes the door angle to change. It looks like the gasket is a bit thicker at that point and it works well. Never had an issue with wires getting crushed or broken.
Alan_Hepburn 08/04/21 10:45am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep Wrangler ReadyBrake Elite II Setup

When I used the magnetic lights on our Wrangler I ran the wire into the interior, through the passenger-side front door, then out through the rear tailgate. So the only wire exposed to wind buffeting was along the side of the hood. You could also run the wire under the hood if you want to take the trouble of lifting the hood. The weatherstripping on the front door and the rear tailgate glass is pliable enough to allow the wire to pass through without damage.
Alan_Hepburn 08/03/21 10:24am Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep Wrangler ReadyBrake Elite II Setup

We've got almost the identical setup on our 2020 Gladiator, except I went with the Standard Clearance ends on the Spartan bumper, and we've got the Elite instead of the Elite II. For the lights I looked at the CoolTech wiring harness but didn't like their price tag so I made my own for about 1/3 the cost. It's basically a switch that is installed in the Jeep's harness that switches the lights from being powered from the Jeep or the RV - simple design but requires cutting into the OEM harness.
Alan_Hepburn 08/01/21 01:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 2 way radio in RV????

19 was traditionally the east-west highway channel. 17 was the north-south channel. 3 is the dump truck and similar vocational truck channel. 6 is the skip-shooter channel. Most big-trucks don’t even use CB anymore. Dump trucks use it mostly for talking to the loader and scale house when they’re at a yard. So, with people switching to GMRS is there a "traditional" channel for anything yet?
Alan_Hepburn 07/11/21 03:06pm Tech Issues
RE: US101 Northern California

We went through on Thursday - left the campground (Chinook RV Resort) shortly after 9am and got in line. There were 15 vehicles ahead of us in line, waiting for the road to open at noon. I must say they were prompt: it was exactly 12:00:00 when we started moving! We got through the one-way section and then saw the line waiting to go south: almost 5 miles long! According to the handout we got at the RV Park the road is closed on Monday through Thursday from 8am to noon, and from 3pm to 7pm. All other times it is open to one-way traffic - controlled.
Alan_Hepburn 07/10/21 12:09pm Roads and Routes
US101 Northern California

Anybody traveling from Northern California to Oregon in the next several days - be aware that CALTRANS is doing major work south of Crescent City: WILL BE CLOSED INTERMITTENLTY FROM 12.4 MI SOUTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT VISTA POINT/ TO 1.9 MI SOUTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT HUMBOLDT RD/ (DEL NORTE CO) FROM 0900 HRS TO 1100 HRS, FROM 1200 HRS TO 1400 HRS & FROM 1500 HRS TO 1700 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY - DUE TO A ROCKSLIDE - TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED THRU FROM 1100 HRS TO 1200 HRS & FROM 1400 TO 1500 HRS - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT TO DELAYS OF UP TO 2 HOURS 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FROM 2.6 MI NORTH OF KLAMATH /AT PEINE RD/ TO 2.9 MI NORTH OF KLAMATH /AT OLD HUNTER CREEK RD/ (DEL NORTE CO) 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAY A WEEK THRU 0700 HRS ON 10/31/22 - DUE TO BRIDGE WORK 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FROM 12.4 MI SOUTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT VISTA POINT/ TO 1.9 MI SOUTH OF CRESCENT CITY /AT HUMBOLDT RD/ (DEL NORTE CO) FROM 1700 HRS EACH AFTERNOON TO 0900 HRS EACH MORNING & FROM 1100 HRS TO 1200 HRS & FROM 1400 HRS TO 1500 HRS - DUE TO A ROCKSLIDE - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT TO DELAYS OF UP TO 2 HOURS 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 3.7 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 197 /AT ROWDY CREEK RD/ TO 4 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 197 /AT BECKSTEAD AVE/ (DEL NORTE CO) 24 HRS A DAY THRU 2359 HRS ON 12/31/21 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
Alan_Hepburn 07/05/21 11:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Check in/out timing...

I would have simply answered "And that affects you how?" Or, instead of taking an adversarial stance, how about just saying something like "Yeah, we got here faster than we thought - the front desk said it was okay to check in early."
Alan_Hepburn 06/25/21 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: towing a Smart Car

Prior to 2008 the smart 4two was the model 450, and was available only as a grey-market vehicle. It could not be towed 4-down due to the design of the transmission. In 2008 it finally became available as the model 451, with a completely redesigned transmission and the 2008 and newer cars are, indeed, towable.
Alan_Hepburn 06/23/21 05:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Long Range Two Way Radio

All, Thanks very much for the feedback! ktmrfs, after my research, I'm like the GRMS together with MURS. What make/model do you have? I'm considering a Tera TR-505. I just picked up a Midland MXT275 GMRS package from Amazon - haven't had a chance to install or test it yet, but it gets good reviews on the various off-road forums I've checked.
Alan_Hepburn 06/21/21 03:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Towing or packing a Smart Car on the back of a Class A

It's only been mentioned once here, but be aware that the smart cars from 2008 forward are 4" longer than the maximum allowable width of vehicles. The older, grey-market smarts were shorter and that's why some people got away with loading them cross-ways on the back of their tow vehicles.
Alan_Hepburn 06/18/21 10:52am Dinghy Towing
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