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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
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