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post #181 of 196 (permalink) Old 11-05-2016, 05:04 AM
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I'm gearing up for starting my junk hauling business and have been reading this forum exhaustively. It's been a huge help with finding certain parts but I think I may have too much knowledge now.

Regarding the brake controller...early posts about the 3014-P harness said that they needed to swap the black and blue wires. That was back in 2014 but I never saw any posts about not needing to do that anymore.

It looks like now in 2016 it's just straight plug and play with no black and blue swap. On amazon and etrailer it makes it seem like just plug and play and the packing even says 2014 to current jeep cherokee with OEM 7 way tow package.

Just wanted to get some feedback if they made it now so that there is no need to swap the black and blue.

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3021 for the Ram trucks was the original one in this thread that had 2 wires reversed. The 3014 is the correct one for the Cherokee and is plug and play.

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I'm gearing up for starting my junk hauling business and have been reading this forum exhaustively. It's been a huge help with finding certain parts but I think I may have too much knowledge now.

Regarding the brake controller...early posts about the 3014-P harness said that they needed to swap the black and blue wires. That was back in 2014 but I never saw any posts about not needing to do that anymore.

It looks like now in 2016 it's just straight plug and play with no black and blue swap. On amazon and etrailer it makes it seem like just plug and play and the packing even says 2014 to current jeep cherokee with OEM 7 way tow package.

Just wanted to get some feedback if they made it now so that there is no need to swap the black and blue.
Pretty sure either in this thread or another it was posted that they started to make the correct harness.
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2016 Cherokee 3014-p harness install. Anybody do this? I think the plastic cover under the dash has changed? Does not look like the 2014-15.
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I installed the whole thing today, also 2016.
The plastic cover is the same as the first pictures. I was able to half open it and plug in the adapter. The whole process took 15 minutes but it wasn't easy to access at all. Tomorrow I'm testing with the trailer.
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Hi Guys,

Yeah I know it's my first message and I didn't take the time to present me in the appropriate section. I hope you will pardon me.

I just read a bunch of topics and I would like to shared my experience with brake controller. First, I'm new owner of a used Jeep Cherokee 2014 Limited V6 with Tow package. I got it since 2 weeks now and I was looking on any advice to install a brake controler on it.

I finally bought the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 on eTrailer.com with the custom built harness.

When I was reading on any forum, I was a little bit disapointed about the location where the people install it. My first guess was, this should fit in the small storing bos on the left on the steering. I didn't find anyone that did this. Maybe I miss some? So, I take the guess and I modified the storage compartment. I used a dremel tool to cut some plastic parts and TADAM! It fit just like a charm completely in interior of the storage. I can close the storage just like if there is nothing behind. If I want to modify the tension, I just open the storage and press on the button I need. I must say that In this position, the test lever is not really easy to access, but it is feasable without any rush.

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Yeah I know it's my first message and I didn't take the time to present me in the appropriate section. I hope you will pardon me.



I just read a bunch of topics and I would like to shared my experience with brake controller. First, I'm new owner of a used Jeep Cherokee 2014 Limited V6 with Tow package. I got it since 2 weeks now and I was looking on any advice to install a brake controler on it.



I finally bought the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 on eTrailer.com with the custom built harness.



When I was reading on any forum, I was a little bit disapointed about the location where the people install it. My first guess was, this should fit in the small storing bos on the left on the steering. I didn't find anyone that did this. Maybe I miss some? So, I take the guess and I modified the storage compartment. I used a dremel tool to cut some plastic parts and TADAM! It fit just like a charm completely in interior of the storage. I can close the storage just like if there is nothing behind. If I want to modify the tension, I just open the storage and press on the button I need. I must say that In this position, the test lever is not really easy to access, but it is feasable without any rush.



Here is 2 pics to show the result.



Hope this could help someone.



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The problem with your setup, if you read the manual is it needs to remain level and not change position while in use and should, during an emergency or while traveling down hill need to manually activate the brakes on the trailer you can't. Opening the door changes the level of the brake controller and therefore the brake calibration for how much power is sent to the trailer. It has a level built in so when going uphill it applies less power and downhill applies more. It needs to be permanently mounted in a location easy to get to.


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The problem with your setup, if you read the manual is it needs to remain level and not change position while in use and should, during an emergency or while traveling down hill need to manually activate the brakes on the trailer you can't. Opening the door changes the level of the brake controller and therefore the brake calibration for how much power is sent to the trailer. It has a level built in so when going uphill it applies less power and downhill applies more. It needs to be permanently mounted in a location easy to get to.


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True. but if the calibration is done correctly before starting, there is no need to play with it during running. Moreover, you just need to stop/start the engine and the controller is reset. I test it tonight and yes, I could experiment a more braking effect if I close the tray (like if I go down the hill). But this was only during my test. The way I did is: open the tray full, adjuft the brake voltage, close the tray and restart the vehicule.

It works great and for me, it is a better option than having it near my knees.
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True. but if the calibration is done correctly before starting, there is no need to play with it during running. Moreover, you just need to stop/start the engine and the controller is reset. I test it tonight and yes, I could experiment a more braking effect if I close the tray (like if I go down the hill). But this was only during my test. The way I did is: open the tray full, adjuft the brake voltage, close the tray and restart the vehicule.



It works great and for me, it is a better option than having it near my knees.


The problem is, the little handle under the brake controller is for manual activation during either an emergency or for traveling downhill. A good use case would be during a vehicle sway event. The trailer is swaying, to fix this you would activate only the brakes on the trailer using the brake controller handle. Which would require you to open the door, while trying to drive which changes the calibration and manually activate the brakes. Not a safe situation to find yourself in. I feel with it hidden like that it's actually unsafe. You can't make useful adjustments to it or set it properly with it hidden. You can't read possible errors or anything. Hidden is not the answer. You need to be able to see and watch the brake controller.


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Also, starting and stopping the engine doesn't reset the calibration. Once hooked up the brake controller is powered the entire time even with the vehicle off. You'd have to disconnect the power cable.


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