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Receiver Clearance Too Short For Riser
lthrneck689 posted a topic in Toads-Towed Behind MotorhomeJust bought a 2011 Holiday Rambler Augusta B+, and I want to tow my '03 Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep base plate hitches are 10" higher than the RV receiver, so bought a Blue Ox 10" riser. The shank on the riser is 8 1/2 inches from centerline of the pin hole to the vertical riser. The distance from centerline pin hole on the RV receiver to the outside of the rear bumper is 9". It misses by a half inch! So, I can buy a 6" extension, which from what I've heard undermines the towing capacity, or I can have the RV tow hitch assembly removed, drill a couple of new holes closer to the bumper and reinstalled. Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks! Rick
Rewillia posted a topic in ModificationsRecent installation of a special build Hydralift for transporting our companion 1200 lb. Garia 2+2 VIA 4-passenger street legal Low Speed Vehicle (LSV). Now we can tote it along with us while still flat towing our Jeep GC when desired. Installation performed by NIRVC-Lewisville, TX, our Newmar Platinum Dealership. While at it, we also had a 4-litre auto-deploy high pressure fire suppression system from Fire Fight Products (.com) installed in the engine bay as an additional safety feature. For those interested in knowing, The Garia 2+2 VIA is a 4-passenger street legal all electric Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) manufactured in Denmark and new to the US market. The Garia LSV comes OEM equipped with all required US safety devices as prescribed by the NHTSB, DOT and fully meets all CFR 49.500 requirements. As shown, our LSV has been duly registered and issued license plates for our home state. The LSV can be legally driven on public roads where posted speed limits do not exceed 35 MPH and can also cross roads where the speed limits are greater (up to 50 MPH). It is also permissible to traverse roads where the speed limit is >35 MPH (up to 50 mph) for a distance of 1/4-mile when connecting to another street where posted speed limits are 35 MPH. The Garia has both ECO and Sport mode settings whereby in Sport, it can achieve a maximum speed of 25 mph in it's stock configuration (adjustment to the power controller will allow the LSV to reach speeds of 35 MPH if desired). To mitigate the outcome of being stopped by lessor informed Police Officers (and we' know that's going to happen on occasion), just like an automobile, we must carry with us (in the LSV), copies of our Registration, Proof of Insurance, and display a valid State Inspection, etc. We also have written documentation from the US DOT (CFR 49.500) and the National Insurance Association which details the laws governing the permissable use of LSV(s) on public roads in each of the 50 contiguous States. And while we are not "golfers", we wanted the LSV to use for our recreation when traveling the USA in our coach while we can continue to flat tow our Jeep Grand Cherokee along with us when we want to. Hope you enjoy the photos.
Arizona with a Jeep 16-17
mlaser59 posted a topic in CampgroundsLooking for recommendations on a RV park in Arizona. We would like to be close to jeeping activities. Any recommendations? Mark and Denise
Towing 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
LeRoyCook posted a topic in Toads-Towed Behind MotorhomeI purchased a 2014 Grand Cherokee to replace an older Liberty/dinghy with a manual transfer case. After having Camping World install a 2nd vehicle package on the GC I tried to prepare it to be towed IAW the User Guide (page 116). The instructions (I condense them for space) were to select "run" without starting the engine and to shift the transmission to Neutral before depressing the transfer case Neutral button. I could not move the transmission selector handle out of Park. A quick trip to a nearby Jeep dealership and having a service tech follow the instructions produced the same non-result -- which prompted a call and a one hour trip to the selling dealership. To cut to the bottom line, the instructions in the User Guide are WRONG and contain inaccurate information. (Perhaps the instructions are a carryover from the 2013 that no longer apply to the 2014.) One must start the engine and shift to Neutral before depressing the transfer case button. The message the instructions indicate will be displayed on the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), won't. When Neutral is displayed in the top, left area of the EVIC, then turn off the engine. The transmission automatically shifts to Park and frees up the steering wheel to tow the vehicle. I will attempt to contact Chrysler/Jeep to inform them of the faulty instructions. If I can't reach the right person at Jeep, I created a WORD document that provides my version of the instruction that can be clipped and taped over the instructions in the User Guide. To receive a copy, contact me at email@example.com
Problems Towing A 2015 Jeep Cherokee
wrightcamping posted a topic in Toads-Towed Behind MotorhomeWe have a 2015 Cherokee Latitude with the V6 and Active Drive II 4x4 transmission, Blue Ox tow bar and base plate and the Roadmaster Even Brake system. Problem, after towing the car from Chicago to Texas, it would not recognize the keyless entry fobs. None of the remote functions would work from the fobs. Took it to the nearest dealer, it took them a week to get the right parts. They replaced some modules, a network module and a brake module, I think. All under warranty. Just finished towing it across Texas and it is doing it again! Same problem. Question, since the vehicle computers are never really “off”, could the application of the brakes with the Even Brake system while towing cause the computes to “wake up” and then get really confused because the wheels are turning and the engine is off? Will be taking it to the nearest dealer in the morning, again!
Four Wheeling with FMCAers?
glidercoach posted a topic in Let's Meet UpWe have a Jeep we've been enjoying by ourselves, but might want to try some group offroading experiences. I met someone last fall who mentioned a group of FMCA folks who got together for 4x4ing. Does anyone know if there is a formal group like this, or is it one-off opportunities?
We are looking to buy a toad. We have had our gas class A for almost a year and rented cars last year, it worked, but was very troublesome. Because our tow capacity isn't that of a pusher I am concerned that our car or choice (we are looking at Wranglers) would be too much for what we can do. So, I guess I have 2 questions, the first has anybody flat towed a wrangler or wrangler unlimited behind a v10 class A? The second, any leads on where to look to buy a jeep already set up to tow?
Want a 2012: Malibu, Subaru or Jeep?
woodcarver posted a topic in Toads-Towed Behind MotorhomeWe recently purchased a 2000 Bounder Diesel 39z and are looking to buy a car coming off lease to be our toad. The three vehicles we are considering (all 2012 year) are Jeep, Chevy Malibu, or Subaru. We'd like good MPG when driving around town, which isn't a feature of the Jeep from what I can tell but that might be offset by better ease of towing. We'd like to hear from folks who have towed any of these vehicles four-down. Have you had any problems with setting it up to tow, the towing procedures when traveling, or any transmission or battery issues? What kind of mileage do you get when driving it? Is there anything you love or hate about it that it might help us to know before we decide? If you could describe your towing procedure, that would be very helpful. We would like to avoid buying a car that will require a complicated procedure before or during towing, and from what I have read in the forums so far, the owners manual doesn't always accurately explain how it's done! Thanks!!
I have found a really nice 1991 Jeep Wrangler Renegade that I would like to have to flat tow behind my motorhome. The towing guides don't go that far back. The vehicle has automatic transmission and is of course 4x4. Anyone know if it is towable four down? Also where would I be able to get towing plates for a vehicle this old? Any help would be appreciated. Old toys for old boys, right?
I recently acquired a well kept 1992 Jeep Comanche (Cherokee) pick-up truck. It is a 2 wheel rear drive with a standard "stick-shift" transmission powered by a 4.0L, 6 cylinder engine. I am trying to obtain a definitive answer (rather than an opinion) answer as to whether it is "flat" or "four wheels down". I would like to tow it behind my class A motorhome without a dolly, trailer, driveline disconnect, etc. I would use a commercial base plate and tow bar, etc. I continue to get wildly divergent opinions from all of the "experts". Invariably they are inserting their personal preferences as to using a trailer, a dolly, driveline disconnect, etc. I am also getting different opinions (not facts) from participants in the various Jeep Forums on the internet. My local Jeep dealer won't commit one way or the other. The folks at Remco say they don't have any negative reports with the 5 speed stick, but can't say for sure. The 1999 FMCA "Toad" document indicates the equivalent Cherokee in 1999 was flat towable, but doesn't indicate if that was for a standard or automatic transmission, or if for a 2WD or a 4WD. If anyone has actually flat towed a 1984-2001 Jeep Cherokee with a 2 wheel drive standard transmission, please offer any suggestions you might have. Thank you!