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Old 01-21-2012, 10:48 AM   #1
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Jeep wired to be towed, and I want to remove it...

.... I know nothing about wiring. My Jeep has a receptacle mounted to the lower bumper intended to receive tow lights of a motorhome. I want to remove it because it's in my way and looks goofy. The wiring continues to the firewall then disappears, to the rear lights, perhaps, or to an under-dash terminal?

Anyway, I want to remove the receptacle, but don't want to have to trace all the wiring to their termination. Can I simply cut and cap the wires attached to the receptacle? Any potential problems in doing this?

Thanks in advance. I'll have to entertain questions on this matter later, as I will be away from the Web for a while.

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Old 01-21-2012, 12:34 PM   #3
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If it's to the rear lights only then yopu can remove the light and disconnect the wire. There may be a quick disconnect or a T connection like when you hook up a hitch. All you have to do is remove all4 screws for the lights and pull them away. If the connector is there simply remove it and that's it!
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If it was done right, there are 3 diodes someplace in the system to protect the Jeeps wiring from the towing vehicle. The best way is to get some shrink tubing (you will just need 3 short pieces). Take the plug apart and disconnect the wires. They should be fastened under some screws. Slip a piece of shrink tubing over the exposed ends of the wires with about 1/4" to 1/2" extra tubing beyond the end of the wires. apply some heat to shrink the tubing. (You can use black tape too). Then tape around the ends of the wires and attach them back up out of the way. Zip tie them.

That way, you have not destroyed a good mod if you ever do need to tow it. You can just bare the wires, or splice into them, and hook up to the tow vehicle.
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You can just bare the wires, or splice into them, and hook up to the tow vehicle.
Thanks to all for your help!!!

Your suggestion is a good one, ballistx, I'll do just what you suggest. It makes a lot of sense to keep the mod in case I should ever need it. I bought the Jeep from my father; he was towing it behind his motorhome for a short time before he sold it to me. I don't plan on towing it, but you never know?!?!?!
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