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RJL

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We've towed this Jeep for a few years now without any problems until this trip. We run the Falcon 2 tow bar and the braek buddy system. I followed the Jeep's owners manual, put the transfer case in Neutral, auto trans in park and switched the ignition key to the "ACC" position. We pulled into the campground yesterday after 570 miles and about 11 hours of driving to find the Jeep completely dead. I had a neighbor ask if I wanted a jump and accepted. Got it started after awhile and let it run about 30 minutes. Shut her down and checked a few times before I hit the rack and when I got up this morning. Started no problem. Figured it was operator error or just one of those things that happen on trips. I double checked everything before I left this morning, stopped after a few hours for a snack and it started right up again. Ok, fixed. Drove for another 400 miles or so, stopped for the night and it's dead. What gives? What do I check and how do I check it? I have a battery charger on her now provided by a nice fella in the campground, and I'm gonna charge it all night but need this fixed for my return trip to NJ next month.

Never had this type of problem before.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Bob

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I don’t believe you need the key on. I don’t think the column lock the wheel with the key off.
Also do you have a batt. Charge wire running from the MH to the Jeep to keep the batt charged? Most vehicle need to have one to avoid this issue!


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dodge guy wrote:

I don’t believe you need the key on. I don’t think the column lock the wheel with the key off.
Also do you have a batt. Charge wire running from the MH to the Jeep to keep the batt charged? Most vehicle need to have one to avoid this issue!


Yes, we have the charge wire. I should have been more specific.

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First thing I would check is the charge wire.


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You say you towed this jeep for a few years with no problem, maybe your battery is failing. If a cell is shorted, it will run a your battery down. Most auto parts stores will load test it for no charge.I once had a battery that that would start my coach and I could drive all day until I turned the coach off. After a while the battery would cool down and start the coach again. The charge circuit was heating the plates and causing one to seperate but only while driving.


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ScottG wrote:

First thing I would check is the charge wire.


It looks fine. Fairly new. Maybe 2 seasons now. No damage. How would I test if it's operating properly?

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chuckftboy wrote:

You say you towed this jeep for a few years with no problem, maybe your battery is failing. If a cell is shorted, it will run a your battery down. Most auto parts stores will load test it for no charge.I once had a battery that that would start my coach and I could drive all day until I turned the coach off. After a while the battery would cool down and start the coach again. The charge circuit was heating the plates and causing one to seperate but only while driving.


I was thinking that too. When we get to our place in Cape Coral I'll run over to advance auto or similar. This has me stumped though. Of course I have THREE battery chargers at home, one is even a battery re conditioner that will tell me if there's a problem cell, and that's where they are now that I need them, at home. Sheesh

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RJL wrote:

ScottG wrote:

First thing I would check is the charge wire.


It looks fine. Fairly new. Maybe 2 seasons now. No damage. How would I test if it's operating properly?


Looks dont mean anything. You need to check it while the coach is running and make sure it's delivering power to the towed.

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I have a 1999 Wrangler and I do not turn the key to the ACC.

Mine goes one click to unlock the steering wheel.

I do know that Jeep changed up things over the years.

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