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Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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How to Install the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller on a 2020 Jeep Gladiator


Hi, I'm Shane. And I'm Jake and we're with etrailer.com. And today we're gonna be taking a look at the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller on a 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Adding the Tow-Pro Elite to your Jeep Gladiator is gonna provide a nice factory look and give you that towing capability to be able to tow those trailers with brakes. Shane Though right off the bat, you'll see how small the Redarc control is gonna be compared to your traditional brake controllers. Your traditional brake controllers are gonna be very, very large.

An a lot of times, they can get in the way. Now, this is just going to be our control knob to where we can turn up, or turn down the gain of our braking system. I'mma go ahead and remove this panel, so you can see the rest of the Tow-Pro Elite. So here you can see, we have our control panel for our Tow-Pro Elite. It's gonna be mounted up and out of the way, out of your sight.

So you don't have to worry about knocking your knee on that old fashion brake controller. What we have here is the control unit itself. This is what's going to sense the inertia of how fast and how rough your car's riding so that it can apply the proper braking to the trailer you're towing. Now with this brake controller, my favorite part about it has gotta be the cleanliness of the install. It's going to have a very clean install.

All you're going to see is this knob. And there's also available, a little plastic collar, that'll go right into a knockout that you would knock out of your dash. With this system, you are going to get two different modes of braking. You're going to have proportional, which is going to match the brake pressure of your Jeep. And then you're gonna have user mode.

User mode is going to be for those times where you may go off-road and you're going to need more braking on the trailer side, then you are on your vehicle. Say you're going down a hill, you don't want your trailer to be pushing your vehicle down the hill. That's when user mode comes in handy, as it's going to brake at a faster rate and harder on your trailer than it would on your vehicle. Go ahead and show you how to switch between the two modes. So here we have it in the proportional mode. This is gonna be for your everyday driving. So you can see, we have it set on four. Five is normally a pretty good recommendation when you're hauling a load; you do want to sense which way you may need to go with your knob. When you are hauling your load, if you feel like your load is still pushing it down the road, you're gonna need to bump it up a little bit. But if you feel like the trailer is dragging behind you, you wanna loosen it up a little bit. But with proportional mode, however hard you push the brake, it's going to, you can see our light is getting brighter and brighter red, as we push on our brake Now to put it in user mode, first, you'll want to put your vehicle in park. Turn it all the way back to zero, push on the brake and then click the button twice. You'll see our little led light there turned green. That means you're in user mode. User mode, like we said, whatever you turn it up to, as soon as you hit the brakes, it's going to apply that brake pressure every time. No matter how hard you push on the brakes, it will apply that pressure. I'm barely pushing on the brake pedal and it's giving us that seven signal back to our trailer. Now you may be wondering with the older style brake controllers, your manual override is gonna be on the bottom or on the top. And it's going to be a trigger that you pull in those cases of emergencies, when you may have to stop the trailer a little bit faster than what your proportional braking is going to allow you. Redarc's got you covered. So that same clicking feature that you'll use, you'll simply just push on it, and it's going to apply the brakes without you having to use the brakes on the inside to rely on sending it, sending that signal back to your trailer. All in all, what it's gonna come down to is whether or not you like the clean look of your Redarc or if you don't mind the bulkiness of the traditional style. Now, for me, I like having those two different modes and I like the small size of this knob and the fact that the entire control box is mounted up under the dash, out of my sight. I've had these brake controllers before, And let me tell you, they are annoying when you're getting in and out of your vehicle. You can see here how close it is to my leg. This is where my leg would be, where I'm driving. And this is where the brake controller would mount. So unless you have a substantial amount of leg room here in our Jeep, we're not going to have a lot to begin with, so that's why we decided to go with the Redarc, 'cause it's not gonna take up hardly any room at all. Now that we've gone over what the Tow-Pro can do, let's go ahead and pull our Gladiator in the garage, and Shane's gonna show us how he got it installed. Shane To start our installation, we need to figure out where we're gonna mount our switch. A good place for the new 2020 Gladiator, I found is right here: you can see how the, it kind of contours. We're gonna make sure we're on the flat surface. We're gonna come down just a little bit, and we're gonna drill a hole here. If you go down too far on the underside of the dash, is all of your piping for all of your vents, so where we're gonna put it, is gonna be just below this bend and just to the inside here. So right about up in this corner. That way when our plugs in, we have our wiring on the back, we're gonna have enough room it's gonna come out right on top of the pipe. So sit just about like this and we'll be able to see the dial on the front of the switch. Let's go ahead and remove this panel. And then we'll start drilling our holes. To remove this panel, simply pull back like this, both sides and then we'll set it aside. Just so you can see a little bit better, exactly what we're talking about, we went ahead and removed this center panel, and again it just pulls straight out. It just has plastic clips on it. So if you look right down here, you'll see this plastic pipe. What we're gonna do is we want to stay above it. So we're gonna to be going, this is where my contour is. We're gonna to be going just below it. That way our plug and our wire will come out straight over the top of that pipe. In your directions, it's gonna give you measurements on how to drill your holes and where to drill them. This little ring is actually gonna be put on after you drill your holes. So what I'm gonna do is since this is exact to the holes that are on the switch, I'm actually gonna use this to mark my holes where they need to be drilled. I took a piece of electrical tape, I'm gonna do, gotta put it on this side. I'm gonna tape it right in this spot, and I'm gonna mark it with a marker. Our small holes going to be a 3.5 millimeter hole, Our larger one's gonna be a 10 millimeter hole. Like that. I'm gonna go ahead and remove the ring, We are gonna to use that, once we get our holes drilled and get our switch put in place. Now I have it started, go ahead and finish drilling it back. So it's kind of hard, it would've been hard to see, once you get your holes drilled, and you get your switch put in place you're going to put on this plastic ring. You're going to line up that little small hole there with the led light on the switch. And then you're gonna have a collared nut. It's gonna slide on, and it's gonna screw onto the switch and that's what's gonna hold it to the dash. We have enough room here that I can reach back there and I can put my plug, add my wire, connect my wire to the switch. I will suggest if you're not gonna put it in this location, you're gonna put it somewhere else, put the wire on first before you install your switch on the dash. We're gonna have two different ins on our plug. It really doesn't matter which one you use. It's all gonna depend on how you mount your switch and where you mount your control unit. Think I'm gonna put this end in to the back of my switch. So I decided to switch it and actually use the straight end for the back of the switch itself. Next we need to mount our control unit. You want to make sure when you mount this you mount it somewhere solid, where it's not gonna move. So, tech tip, don't zip tie it to any factory wiring where it's gonna bounce around like this, 'cause it's gonna mess up the calibration. What I'm gonna do, is I'm actually gonna mount it on this brace, right behind this panel. Mount it with two self-tapping screws, that do not come with the kit, mount them just like that on that bracket. Before I do that, I'm gonna go ahead and plug my adapter plugin to the end of my controller. In order to get this installed on the 2020, Your kit, is actually gonna come with this plug, which would be hardwired into your factory wiring, if you didn't have a factory tow package. However we have a factory tow package, so what you're gonna need, is you're gonna need this part here. This is gonna plug directly into the back of our Redarc Tow-Pro. This allows us to plug into here from our Tow-Pro, directly into the factory tow package wiring, located underneath the dash. And we're just gonna match up the plugs, just like that. Go ahead and put this one on as well. I'm gonna take my plug, I'm gonna feed it through like this, take it back, slide under the dash. Take this one, plug it into back there, get all my extra wiring back there which I can zip tie it up, after my install is done. Take our self-tappers, and put in place. Now the reason I put it here is because, if for some reason, we need to switch out any wire or anything like that, we can pull this panel off and it's easily accessible. With having it here, we are gonna have to modify the backside of this panel. You notice these two tabs, the only thing these tabs do is slide up in there to nothing. So what we're gonna do is I'm actually gonna cut these off so that it doesn't cause any damage to my wiring. Doesn't push in the plug, it doesn't cause any damage to the controller itself. Now I'll go ahead and put our panel back in place. And we need to put our knob onto our switch. And take this ring right here, you're gonna spin it all the way to the left, counter-clockwise. You're gonna take the zero and you're gonna line it up with the led light and the top. Push it into place, just like that. You wanna make sure, that you're able to push that. You can see the movement and you can hear it clicking. You're gonna make sure when you install this you have that movement. That's your manual override. So this is gonna be our factory plug. You notice where this angle is on my kick panel. You go straight up from it. That's where your plug is. And it's zip tied to this factory wiring. We'll take their plug, gonna take the end from our brake control, match them together. When you put it on the correct way, it snaps right into place. Now we'll push our manual override or push our button and we should see our blue light, light up. We're working; we're ready to clean up our wires. We're gonna zip tie them up underneath our dash and hook up to our trailer. Well guys, thanks for watching. That's going to do it for our look at and installation on the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller on our 2020 Jeep Gladiator..


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