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Demco Commander II Non-Binding Tow Bar Installation - 2019 Jeep Cherokee

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How to Install the Demco Commander II Non-Binding Tow Bar on a 2019 Jeep Cherokee


Hi there Cherokee owners, taking your 2019 Jeep Cherokee, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install Demco commander-2 tow bar. Your tow bar is one of five main components you'll need when flat towing your vehicle behind your motor home. The tow bar provides the connection between your motor home and your vehicle. But in addition to your tow bar, you're also going to need your safety cables, which is a supplemental connection in addition to your tow bar, thankfully, the commander-2 does come with the safety cables and they are pre-attached.You'll also need a base plate, which is the connection point on your vehicle, where you'll hook your tow bar up. We're using them Demcos direct connect base plate. You'll also need your diode wiring or magnetic lights, which will take the lighting signals from your motor home, transfer them to the lights at the back of the vehicle so people behind you will know your intentions when going down the road.

And lastly, you lead your supplemental braking system, which will apply the brakes in your vehicle when you apply on in your motor home.The commander-2 tow bar is going to be a more premium tow bar. It's rated for 6,000 pounds, which is going to be more than enough for our Jeep Cherokee. It comes with the sewer features. It's going to make it easier to use on your daily use with it than some of the other tow bars out there. One of my favorite aspects of this tow bar versus the other ones is how easy it is to connect because the arms stay suspended in the air.

Tow bars are relatively heavy, so it's difficult to get them connected every time you want to hook it up and disconnect it. You're holding these big, heavy things.Having the arm stay up makes it. I mean, you, you don't have to work at all. You just twist and pull. Other things that I like about it is that it is a non-binding tow bar.

The lever is located here on each of our arms is our release. So what happens is when you're flat towing, your arms will extend and they lock into place. This happens when you take off, it's a self-aligning tow bar. So that automatically happens and brings your vehicle behind you and locking it in. But when you stop to go to disconnect it, your arms are locked in.

And if your terrain isn't perfect, there's a little bit of angle difference between your vehicle and your motor home. It's very difficult to get these arms off because they're in a bind. Pressing in on the release lever here breaks the lock. So it's not locked in the out position anymore, which gives you a little bit of slack to move it in and out and twist it so you can get it disconnected.You can see that here on this side, when I press the lever, it allows me to twist it and take it out very easily. And you can also further see that, how it was locked in there. Now it's released. Another thing that I like about this tow bar is that it provides a universal cable management system. And that's just this rod that you see here with the clip on the end. But in most cases, you're using coily cables between your vehicle and your motor home, whether it be your breakaway switch or your wiring for your lights and those coily cables, while the coils do keep it under some tension that helps keep it up off road. When you're going over bumps and stuff, those cables can flex and potentially scrape the pavement. Well over time, that's eventually going to cause wear on those. So having a cable management system not only makes it look nicer, but it's going to extend the life of your components by keeping them up off the road.And another great feature that this tow bar has that none of the other tow bars have, is that it has a built-in drop or rise. It comes in the drop position because more often than not, your motor home's receiver is going to sit higher than your base plate attachment point is. And you want your tow bar to be as level as possible when flat towing. A good rule of thumb is three inches. And from the ground to the center of the attachment point on your base plate, as long as those are within three inches plus or minus of one another, then you're fine. You don't need a high low, if there's a greater difference between those then you'll need the appropriate high or low adapter to get it level. But this has one built in it's an inch and a half. You can see here that it drops it down.Now, if you wanted a rise, you would need to remove the bolts to here to flip the assembly over on it. But in addition to the one and a half inch drop the head here also pivots three inches to get some additional adjustment. With the combination of the adjustable head and the one and a half inch drop here or rise. In most cases, you're able to use that and not have to purchase an additional high, low adapter by all the other tow bars out there require, cause they have no adjustment for that. And high-low adapters are pretty pricey components in some cases, depending on how far you need to drop or rise. So having that built in is not only going to save you money, but it's a convenient feature, especially if you have more than one vehicle or you switch motor homes, you buy a new one, this one, you can re-adjust it for that one.Instead of having to just buy another fixed high-low adapter for it. When you're done using your tow bar, you can leave it attached to the back of your motor home as it has a storage position, the arms can be placed either side driver or passenger, or you can put one on the other. If you're using a storage bag, I recommend you put both on one side, it'll fit in the bag better. We have the storage bags available here @etrailer.com. But if not, then I recommend putting one on each side, because it's just a little bit easier to get it in the storage fishing that way because you can see the pins better that lock it in.The pin is located on the top of the arm here. We will lock into the red tabs here to do that. You'll want to first lift up on the arm, that'll drop the pin down so it'll clear. Then you can tuck it off to one side, whichever one you want, and then you push the arm back down and the pin locks in place and it holds it in this position. We're going to do the same thing with our other arm here.And then you can take your safety cables and wrap those up, connect them to one another, in order to keep everything up off the road. When you're ready to use your tow bar, we'll start by placing it into the receiver on our motor home. You'll notice here that we have two holes, you can use either of these holes for your hitch pin. We're going to be using the one closest to the end so that way it sticks out a little further. That'll just give us a little more clearance between the motor home and our vehicle. You'll also notice here that there is a drop or rise on your tow bar. They come in the drop position. So that makes this the top here. So you want to make sure you've got it positioned the correct way.We'll now line up the hole with the hole in our hitch. We'll slide, the included pin through, the hole and then use the clip to lock it in place. Now your tow bar is going to come with these ends on it. This is what you'll actually have on your tow bar but depending on the base plate you use, you may need to swap those out. We are using a Demco base plate. The Demco base plate that we're using has ends that are specifically made for it, and these come with the base plate.So we attach these to the ends of our tow bar here. So don't worry when you pull your tow bar out of the box and you see this attached to it, your base plate is going to come with them. If you get the Demco direct connect base plate for your Jeep Cherokee. If you have a Road master and blue ox base plate, we have adapters available for those as well, so you can get your Demco tow bar attached to those base plates. Now to get our tow bar connected to our Jeeps, direct connect base plate, we'll take the arms, remove the pins from them, then take the arm and extend it out, sliding it in place. You'll start with the pinholes opposite of one another to get it to slide in and then twist it until your holes line up. You can then secure it with that pin that we had just removed.We're going to do the same thing on the other side. We can then hook up our included safety cables. You want to keep in mind that the motor home side, you want to cross your cables to make a cradle like this. So the arm for the driver's side, we're actually going to be hooking onto the passenger side on our hitch and vice versa for our other cable. And then we'll take our hooks and put them in the loops next to our attachment point on our basically. Gone ahead and hooked up the rest of our cables. One of the things that you'll notice here on our Demco tow bar is that there's a ride here. And what this is for, is for taking your cables and keeping them up off the road. You can pull the pin, and then you can bring your cables over and slide the coily den over.It can also do the same with your breakaway switch, and then secure them on there with the pin. This keeps your cables up off the road, which helps extend the life of the cables. So none of the coating is getting any damaged from road debris that might be coming up and hitting it. We have one more adjustment to make before we're ready to take our vehicle out on the road. You'll notice here that the head has a couple of bolts in it. And these bolts here, they come loose. You'll need to tighten these down. But the reason they come loose is because this head here has a pivot to assist the high-low adapter. You can get an additional three inches of movement out of this head to help you get the proper level. Our vehicle and set up here is fairly level to begin with.So we don't need any additional high loads, this is going to work great. And one of the easiest ways to get this set up in parallel is to hook it up like we did here. Then take your motor home, hop in it, pull forward a little bit until the tow bar locks in and that's going to pull this head assembly straight in line with the vehicle. And then while you've got that tension on it from pulling forward, come back and tighten these down and torque them to spec. It's going to go ahead and pull that forward and then we get those tightened down now.Before we pull our Jeep forward with our motor home to adjust the head there, we want to make sure to put our Jeep into tow mode so we don't cause any damage to it when we're pulling forward. Now we've pulled forward, we recheck it and it has pulled itself level so we can go back and tighten these down. Now, if you don't have enough room where you're at to pull it forward and do this, you could just manually adjust this pivot angle yourself but it's just easier, if you have the motor home do it for you. Once you tighten them down, torque them to the specifications found in your instructions. We're using a 19 millimeter socket to tighten and torque those. And that completes our installation of Demco commander-2 tow bar on our 2019 Jeep Cherokee.


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