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Posted: 04/12/20 08:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are replacing our dinghy and are considering a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus with the required 2-speed power unit. I am researching all aspects of towing it behind the MH. I have confirmed bracket is available, and tow wiring. I have read the Cherokee owner's manual on line, instructions how to place it into neutral, can't use the Auto Parking Brake feature when in Park, and then turn OFF ignition. So if OFF there is no need to charge the battery while towing, right ??

My question: does this car have a steering wheel lock that I must address as well ?? Our current tow car is a Liberty, we have to turn the key one notch to the unlock position. Perhaps this wheel lock is no longer a security feature.

Taking advantage of the stay in place COVID down time to make this dinghy swap and install equipment. Any feedback is appreciated...

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Posted: 04/12/20 09:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I believe the steering wheel lock is still required. I am not sure about some of the vehicles with the keyless start functions.
My rigs release when key is inserted into ignition, but manual says to turn on click.


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Can you turn the steering wheel at all when you turn the key off? As far as charge battery kinda depends on what aux brake system you plan to use, and how far you’ll tow in a day. If the braking system needs power to run, and you plan to tow for a long time each day then you should put in a charge line.

And just for comparison, my ‘15 Wrangler does not have a steering wheel lock. You kinda want the front wheels to track with the mh.


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Best thing to do is get your hands on a real owners manual and read what it says about "recreational towing". It will give you step by step instructions on what to do to two 4 down including the steering lock situation. Don't know for sure but that Jeep might be push button start and you do have to follow directions.

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Posted: 04/12/20 10:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get the real manual off the internet if it’s anything like my wrangler. The manual that comes with the cars are not necessarily totally accurate. When I complained Jeep customer service told me the “real” manual is on line.


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wildtoad wrote:

Can you turn the steering wheel at all when you turn the key off? As far as charge battery kinda depends on what aux brake system you plan to use, and how far you’ll tow in a day. If the braking system needs power to run, and you plan to tow for a long time each day then you should put in a charge line.

And just for comparison, my ‘15 Wrangler does not have a steering wheel lock. You kinda want the front wheels to track with the mh.


Ditto, on everything said. Good points.
I use a Patriot II brake system, and it draws 12V DC power from an always hot 12V outlet in the car. So, I have a "towed battery charging" wire/circuit in my umbilical, with a 5A fuse in it to the + post on the JKU battery, to offset the braking system draw. The 2016 Wrangler also does not have locking steering, key out.


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Posted: 04/28/20 08:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

navigator2346 wrote:

Best thing to do is get your hands on a real owners manual and read what it says about "recreational towing". It will give you step by step instructions on what to do to two 4 down including the steering lock situation. Don't know for sure but that Jeep might be push button start and you do have to follow directions.


As suggested above I have reviewed the actual vehicle owners manual. Therein it says "Must use the proper Mopar wiring kit to power the steering system during recreational towing may damage the vehicle's steering system"

Does anyone have any knowledge of this. I bought my wiring kit from eTrailer and it was just the standard diode kit. What's the basis for powering the steering system?

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Being a Jeep (all Mopar brands) tech. There is no steering wheel lock for the Cherokee. Or any Jeep model for that matter. In fact the steering wheel lock is pretty much being phased out from a lot of manuf.


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dodge guy wrote:

Being a Jeep (all Mopar brands) tech. There is no steering wheel lock for the Cherokee. Or any Jeep model for that matter. In fact the steering wheel lock is pretty much being phased out from a lot of manuf.


Does the Jeep have "electric" steering? Or conventional power steering?

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All but the wrangler have electric PS.
IIRC the Cherokee now has a special procedure for flat towing due to a shimmy/death wobble issue some had, I do however believe it was mostly due to the angle of the tow bar. Some were setup with a big upward angle which removed weight from the front wheels while under way. However I can’t comment on that as I have not towed one or looked into it further.

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