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Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Braking System Installation - 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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How to Install the Roadmaster Even Brake Portable Braking System on a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Hi, I'm Shane with Today you're going to be taking a look at, I'm going to walk you through the installation, on the Roadmaster Even Brake Supplemental Braking System for your 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee.The supplemental braking system is going to mount inside the vehicle. It's going to allow the vehicle to slow and stop itself so we're not relying on the RV to stop both vehicles. It's going to be one of five main components for the flat tow setup on the Jeep Grand Cherokee.The other four are going to be your base plate, which is going to mount to the chassis of the vehicle to give you a solid connection point or a solid mounting location for your tow bar. You have your tow bar. Your tow bar is going to give you that solid connection point between your base plate and your motorhome.

Your safety cables, which are going to be a secondary safety device in case your tow bar fails. Your wiring, which is going to allow your vehicle to receive light functions from your RV so that not only you're safe but other drivers can see what you're doing, like your braking, your turning or your driving at night.This is what our Even Brake is going to look like when it is set in our vehicle and we're ready to flat tow. Unlike some of the other supplemental braking systems that may be more of a permanent mount in the vehicle, this is going to be portable. Now I use the word portable lightly or with caution because technically it's .. I like to use the word transferable because I don't want you to get the wrong idea, that with it being portable that you can just take this box out, and stick it in another car, and use it.

That is not accurate.In order to use this in another car you will need a few other components. You'll need a breakaway switch put on the other car. You'll need the wiring, whether you need the stoplight switch or the brake light relay, that's going to be . You'll have to determine that. Then you'll need your transmitter, which is going to mount inside the other vehicle.

Then, of course, if you don't have the vehicle to be setup to be flat towed already, you're going to need your tow bar, your safety cables, your base plate and your wiring.It's going to be a proportional braking system, which means it's going to match the amount of pressure you're applying in the RV. That being said, the sensitivity can be set so it can be set higher. Maybe you want braking to be applied a little bit quicker. Maybe you're rolling up to a stoplight or a stop sign, it'll apply the brake pressure then. You can set it lower, where maybe you only want the brake pressure to be applied or the brakes to be applied in an emergency situation.

Maybe you slam on your brakes and that's when you want the system to apply the brakes in the vehicle. You have a lot of adjustability with the sensitivity on the braking.Another really nice feature I like about this brake system is it's going to have terrain sensing technology, which means if you're traveling through the mountains or something, maybe you're coming downhill and it recognizes you're applying the brakes in the RV and your foot is staying on the brakes. It is going to sense that and it's going to adjust that brake pressure to allow this vehicle to slow or stop itself as you're going down that hill. Same thing with going uphill. If it recognizes that it needs lighter braking pressure because you're going uphill and you're not using the brakes as much, it's going to sense that and only give it so much braking pressure.Now our foot claw or our claw that goes around our brake pedal. You can see it's going to have claws on it. This allows you to use this on different size brake pedals. All it does is slides up, you can see the sticker where it shows up. Now you just set it over the top of your brake pedal and then squeeze this together. It has a locking tab so that allows the claw to stay around the brake pedal and not come off.We're also going to have adjustability back here. So depending on how your seat is you're going to have a knob here that allows you to adjust this to your seats level so that it matches and you get the correct amount of pressure needed for the braking system to work correctly with your pedal. You're also going to have adjustability for your feet so if you decide you're going to put it in a different vehicle these feet can be adjusted up or down for a floor that may be un-level. That's another nice feature about this setup.Another thing that's going to set this apart from other portable or transferable systems is this one's going to have its own air compressor on it. You don't have to tie into the vacuum lines for the braking system on the car. That being said, with this having its own compressor, it is going to draw a little bit more power than the other ones. With any braking system I always recommend getting a charge line, whether it's this one or whichever one you choose, a charge line is a very inexpensive way to keep your battery charged while you're flat towing your vehicle.As I mentioned before, with transferring this to another vehicle, one of the components is going to be your breakaway switch, which is this switch right here. What this does, as you can see it's tethered to the hitch on the motorhome, and if for some reason our base plate, or our tow bar disconnects, or our car comes disconnected while we're flat towing it, it's going to pull this pin out. What it does is it applies the brakes in your Jeep Grand Cherokee to bring it to a stop so that it's not causing anymore damage or causing any harm to anybody else.With the Even Brake breaking system you're also going to get a monitor for the RV. It's going to plug directly into your 12-volt power. It runs off an antenna that connects with the setup that you have in the car. You're going to have different settings. Today we're going to have an LCD screen. You're able to set in here how you have the braking system, if you decide to adjust your braking system pressure on the vehicle. You can actually set it inside of here and save it so once you hook up that car you're ready to go. You're going to have different settings in here. It's going to tell you your battery voltage. It's got hardware, software, ICX serial number, which is the transmitter that is in the car. It's got storage for a lot of different things in here.When you set up the system in the towed vehicle or in your Jeep, once you run the test this is going to come on and it's going to say, "Test is good, system is ready." That means you're ready to tow. You're going to see the green light here. If for some reason there is an issue the red light over here is going to come on.We're also going to have a dim feature. It might be kind of hard to see because it's daylight but if you watch this screen's going to go a little bit dimmer.Another nice thing about this system is, with it being transferable or portable, when you get your other vehicle setup to allow that braking system to work in there, with this being in the RV you won't have to pick up another one of these. When you connect it and turn it on the transmitter's going to automatically going to connect to this display screen that you have in the RV.There's going to be hook and loop fastener on the back so it gives you an option to mount this. You can mount it on your dash anywhere. Again, it's portable. It just plugs into a 12-volt power so it really depends on if you want to mount it there, or mount it somewhere, or maybe you want to pull it off and put it in the glove box or something like that.Another feature with this is your breakaway switch. This has an audible alarm on it and it's also going to tell you on the screen that your vehicle has come disconnected, emergency situation. It's going to put up an audible alarm.Now what we're going to do is we're going to pull the breakaway switch and then watch our screen. It's going to tell us that our towed vehicle has broke away, our breakaway switch has pulled loose and we have our audible alarm.Now as far as the installation goes with this braking system it's a very simple installation. You don't have to have it up in the air like we have it here. You can do it in your garage on the floor with a few simple tools.First thing you need to do, it's going to be easier while your fascia's off or to take your fascia off to put in your braking system and run your wiring.You can see here how I have the breakaway switch mounted. There's a little hole back here on our base plate that allows you to do that. Now for this vehicle there's a panel that comes down, sits down here, so I added a couple nuts there to bring this down and try to keep me from having to cut that panel. It's going to be a matter of personal preference. If you want to cut it go ahead and do that. I like to not cut as much as possible, leave it as factory as possible. It's going to come with the bolt and the nut. Mount it there.Then you're going to have a wire. It's going to look like this. You're going to have one end that's going to connect to this plug like this. Then we need to route this into the driver's side compartment. For now what I'm going to do is I'm going to run it straight up, right like this. I'm just going to pull it over. Then what I need to do is I'm going to tape this off. I want to make sure this is covered so I can keep as much moisture out of there and make sure that that stays connected. I'm going to take some electrical tape and tape that together.Once I ran my wire up, there's a couple ways you can go in. You can go in through the firewall but that grommet is very hard to get to. What I did is, right on the inside of my frame rail, I went here. Went over top of my frame rail to the outside because we have dual exhaust. I can't really run it this way. Found some existing wiring right here. I actually have it in the wire loom to give it a little extra protection. Ran right behind this panel right to this brace, went around here. I actually fed it up and then over. What I'm going to do is on the inside there's foam. Right through this grommet you can actually push this all the way through to the inside so it makes it a little bit easier. We're going to go inside, we're going to take this panel off, clean out some of that foam to give us a clear path through to the inside.I'm going to pull this panel off, we're going to pull our weatherstripping out and then we're going to pull this panel off. These you just pull up like that. Weatherstripping just pull out like this. This panel just pull out, it's clipped on the backside. There's actually a couple holes. There's a small hole here that we can go through or right behind this panel there's a large opening with foam in it. I'm going to go ahead and take of . Use a trim panel tool. I'm going to take off this connector here for this wiring. It's going to be a little extra room. Pull this back so you can see all this foam. This foam actually goes all the way down to this hole.What we'll do is we'll pull off this plug. I'm going to take a large screwdriver, you can use a drill bit, and just make me a path down to that hole. You can see my screwdriver where it's coming out here. Now I'm going to take my plug, I'm going to tape it right on the end of my screwdriver and use my screwdriver to pull it up through the hole. Just like that. Get our wire pulled all the way in. You can reinsert your rubber grommet just like that.Now if you're worried about your wire getting smashed here, the door doesn't actually touch anywhere in this area. I'll show you here that the wire doesn't even get close to where the door touches there so we don't have to worry about it.Next we're going to be installing our stoplight switch. For this vehicle we can't use the brake light relay that comes in the kit with the braking system because we can't tie into the factory wiring for the brake light switch. That's why we're installing this. When installing this you're going to get a green and red wire. We're going to attach them to the two black wires on the stoplight switch before we install the switch on the brake pedal arm because it's up underneath the dash and it might be a little hard to get to.We're going to strip back our wires. We're going to add a blue butt connector onto each one, that comes in the kit. It doesn't matter which wire, you can put it on either one. Make sure your wires are on. We're going to install this onto the bracket. Your bracket, for this vehicle, is going to look like this. This is going to connect to the bracket on the brake pedal arm. This is where we're going to attach our stoplight switch. You notice how the bracket's angled, this is going to go down where the plunger's going in towards the inside here. We're going to have another nut like this and then the nut is going to go on top. This is going to allow us to adjust that plunger so that it works correctly. We'll just loosely install it now. Then we're going to take the nut, bolt and lock washer that comes in the kit and attach this bracket up onto the brake pedal arm.This is how our stoplight switch is mounted onto our brake pedal arm. You can see the bracket that we mounted the switch to. It's going to come up, there's going to be a bracket coming off of the brake pedal arm. It's going to have two holes in it. We're going to use the back hole. The nut and bolt attaches the bracket. You want to make sure when you adjust your plunger, you can see how it's depressed right now, when the brake pedal is pushed that plunger will come out and that's what is going to cause the light to come on for the monitor. Now we can tighten these down, make sure those are tight once we have it set. What we don't want to do is we don't want that plunger pushing on our pedal so that our lights are on all the time. We want to make sure we have a little bit of play in there or that our brake pedal arm is coming all the way back out.The next, we need to determine where we're going to put our transmitter, which is this. I'm actually going to put it right here on the back of this panel. Here we got plenty of room and we won't come in with our emergency brake pedal.Now we'll mount our transmitter. The screws that come in the kit have a flat head on them. They're a little bit hard to get in this panel. I'm going to exchange them out for small self tappers. Once you have it attached to your panel go ahead and attach your breakaway switch wire. It's going to plug in just like that. We're going to take our green wire, we're going to put a spade terminal on it and it's connect right to that terminal right there. I'm going to leave myself some extra so I have plenty of room to tuck my wire up. Make sure you're using the right spade terminal. The red one is not big enough to fit on there. You're going to get a green one with your stoplight switch, use that one. There. Attach that onto that terminal. Put my panel back in place. Tuck my other wires back in behind the panel. Gives me plenty of room to get it up and out of the way where it's hidden.Now I'm going to ground my white wire. We need to find a metal surface. I'm actually going to ground it right here on this bracket. It'll make my wire easy to hide behind this kick panel. Once we determine our length we can cut it off, strip it back, add our ring terminal. Then we'll use another self tapper. I'm going to go ahead and start it first.Once we get our hole I'm going to take my two red wires, I'm going to cut them all at the same length. I'm going to strip back each one. We're going to tie them together. These are going to be our power wires. You can run them to a fuse you just got to make sure that the fuse is hot all the time. We are actually . I'm going to run it to the battery which is under the passenger seat. We'll to tie the two together. We're going to put on a butt connector. I'm going to take some 10 gauge wire, connect it on this side and we're going to route it underneath the dash over to the passenger side. If you don't have any 10 gauge wire you can find it here at using part number 10-1-1. What I did is I left myself enough to get it over here. It'll hide up underneath the dash. I'll take my power wire, I'm going to run it underneath and across.This little cardboard panel here in the bottom, I never did mention how to take it down. There are just two fasteners right here. If you take a screwdriver or trim panel tool it'll pop down. I ran my wires across and then I just put that back in place. If you pull down the edge of this carpet right here, it's all open to the other side, so I ran that power wire straight across.This panel right here, what I did, I just popped off and you can see where my wire is. I got it run underneath of it right back to right here underneath the seat bracket. Once you get the panel off, take your black wire or your power wire, put on a butt connector. Then you're going to put on your fuse holder. You want to make sure it's in between the wire and where it's connecting to the battery. 10 millimeter socket, remove the nut right here. Make sure the fuse is not in the holder. Once you have it connected insert your fuse. We can tuck all of our wiring back down in here and reinstall our panel.Once you get your wire ran across, come back over, you can reinstall your weatherstripping and then your sill panel. Now we can install our braking system, make sure it's working correctly with the power.Now we're going to set our braking system in place. We're going to take the plate that's going to hook to the brake pedal, you'll notice it's got a sticker on it that says, "Up." We're going to slide that up like this and over top of the brake pedal. Make sure the bottom is on. Push all the way up. You're going to take this plate and fold it over like that. Then it has a pin that goes in place. That's going to keep it from coming off of the brake pedal.You're going to have two cords. You're going to have a blue cord, this gets hooked into your transmitter. Then you have a 12-volt plug. You're going to plug that into the 12-volt outlet. We'll adjust our bracket, there's a little knob back here. We want it to sit on the front face of our seat. Push our seat forward. Once you've got this adjusted, where you've moved your seat up against it, you want to make sure that the backend is not tilting up, you just want to put pressure on it.We're going to put the vehicle in tow mode. We'll let the air pressure build up. We're going to push test. We're going to make sure that it's not lifting, it's not pushing down under and this is not wobbling around when it releases. It's showing that the test was good and it's recirculating air, filling up the canister.Now when you get to wherever your destination is, and you're ready to take this out, you want to make sure that you read this here. First thing we're going to do, we're going to take it out of tow mode. We're going to disconnect the power. We're going to push the air release, which is this button right here. Move the seat back, and disconnect the pedal, unplug it and you can pull it out. You're going to have a cord holder right here on the side that'll wrap both cords up. Take it out and you can store it in your RV or wherever you choose to put it.Once you've tested out the system, you know everything's working correctly, you can go ahead and reinstall your fascia, if you decided to take it off. You're ready to go.Again, I'm Shane with I hope this video's helped you, whether you're still deciding or installing the Roadmaster Even Brake System on your 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Mike R.


The 2019 Jeep in your video looks like it has an automatic transmission. If so, I was told by my dealer that you not flat tow an automatic Jeep.

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Chris R.


According to the owner's manual for the 19 Grand Cherokee, the 4WD automatic model with the 4-LO Range can be flat towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. You should of course also verify this info in your copy of the manual as well before proceeding.

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