Best 2018 Jeep Cherokee Flat Tow Setup Options - Braking System

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Best 2018 Jeep Cherokee Flat Tow Setup Options - Braking System


Hi, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be going over the best flat tow set up for your Jeep Cherokee. For those of you that don't know what flat towing a vehicle is, it's going to be basically how we have it set up here. It allows you to bring your vehicle with you whenever you're going to camping or whatever destination you're going to. You're not going to have to worry about taking your RV, tearing it down, taking it to the store or wherever. You can get where you want, set your RV up, and you can leave it sit.

You have your vehicle with you to go out and go to the store, pick up things, or go traveling around the city, if you need to.With any flat tow set up, it's going to require five main components. With this vehicle there is one extra component that I am always going to recommend. Let's go over all those components now.Our base plate is going to be a Roadmaster direct connect base plate. It's going to mount to the inaudible 00:00:48 of the vehicle, and it's going to give us a solid attachment point for our tow bar. Our tow bar is going to be the Falcon All-Terrain, non-binding tow bar.

You'll notice it has channels here that allows for our safety cables to stay up off the ground. Our safety cables, they're going to be Roadmaster 64-inch, 8,000 pound towing capacity safety cables. They're going to be a secondary safety device in case our tow bar fails.Our braking system. Our braking system is going to be the Stay-IN-Play DUO, Demco Stay-IN-Play DUO. It's going to mount inside the vehicle, and it allows the vehicle to not only slow but stop itself, so we're not relying on the RV to slow and stop both.

Wiring. This is going to be Roadmaster's diode wiring kid. Our wiring kit is going to be Roadmaster's diode wiring kit. As you can see here, what the wiring kit does, it attaches to our factory wiring behind our tail lights using diodes that not only protect our factory wiring on our vehicle from back feed, but it also protects the RV's wiring. You can see what it does, is it allows our Jeep Cherokee to receive the light functions from our motor home when we're flat towing it, so that we're safe while we're going down the road.

Not only we're safe, but other drivers can see what we're doing whether that's braking, turning or stopping.Then our sixth component is going to be our battery charge line. The battery charge line is also by Roadmaster. What it does it allows you to charge the battery from the RV while it's being flat towed. The reason, and it's not recommended, but the reason, or it's not required. The reason I recommend it is because our braking system requires the battery in order for it to work, or requires hook up to the battery. You don't want to get eight hours down the road, and your battery be dead, have to jump start it.For any flat tow set up there's a couple things you're going to need to know. One, the base plate on the car is going to sit 19 inches off the ground. What you're going to do is because there's so many different RVs out there, and there's so many different heights, you need to go out, and you need to measure the center of your hitch receiver on your RV. Since our base plate on the Cherokee is 19 inches, you want to make sure that the number or the measurement on your hitch is within three inches. If it's within three inches, you're good. If it's over three inches, you're going to need a hi-lo adapter. The hi-lot adapters can be found here at etrailer.com. You'll notice here that this is actually a two-inch drop because our hitch on our RV sits a little bit higher. We want our tow bar to sit as flat as possible.Again, I'm Shane with etrailer.com. I hope this video has helped you in deciding on the best flat tow set up for your Jeep Cherokee.


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