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Quick Flight – New To Us 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Ok, well we finally decided to get a new tow car. Yup, we let go of the 2008 Saturn Outlook we have owned from day one of getting on the road. In fact, it was bought just for that, to be our tow car when we started all this back in 2008.  Nothing was wrong with it, but we thought it was time for a change after 7 years. It only had 42,000 miles on it when we sold it. (Well on the odometer at least.)

So we purchased a fully loaded 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with 21K miles. (It is not so limited with it having every option that any of the line can have.)

Our "new to us" 2014 Jeep

Our “new to us” 2014 Jeep













So what did we do when we got it? Well first and foremost we got it setup for towing with the help of my fellow Tiffin coach owner, Michael Kidd of You see, it was his Jeep! Yup. Small world. We wanted one, he had one, and he already had the Blue-Ox tow plate and the electrical for the lights. (He purchased a Tesla and an enclosed trailer.)  So we installed an Air Force One Braking system by SMI Brake. We already had the coach side installed as we had the same system in the Saturn and is the system we highly recommend. So of course we would have it in the Jeep. (It is one of only two systems that I am aware of that are an actual true proportional braking system that will reduce the stopping distance needed. Unlike other systems some of which could actually add stopping distance needed.)

Installing Air Force One

Installing Air Force One



Air Force One Install

Air Force One Install












So what did we have to do after that? Well take it off road of course! After all, “It’s a Jeep”. So we drove it into the Tonto National Forest recreation area and went off road. We found a nice place to park and then did a quick flight around the general area of course flying around the Jeep.

Other than that, we have not been up to to much lately. Just getting ready for Quartzsite.

19 thoughts on “Quick Flight – New To Us 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  1. David and Kathy

    Congratulations on your purchase. Personally I think the Jeep Grand Cherokee is very cool. We have a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, long name, with the trail package, TP. If you don’t have the TP be careful, some parts underneath are exposed to off-roading challenges.

    Love the EeZ Tire Pressure Monitoring System that u were promoting. It gives me peace of mind going down the road all 12 tires. Some of the best money I’ve spent.
    Another cool option from the manufacturer for $10 they will set all of your monitors up for you, perfect!

    Hope to see you guys in Quartzsite. When you get there wright a little blog about where you’re at and add your GPS coordinates.

    David and Kathy
    (FB) Nomadic RVers

  2. The Roaming Ross's

    Congratulations! Happy trails with your new to you jeep.
    Thanks for the fly over. Helps us see how blessed we are where there is greenery 😊

  3. Bob Galley

    David & Brenda,

    Thank you for your investment in the RV community. I highly value your posts, insights and recommendations, including your fly-overs. I especially enjoyed the audio track on this one: who is the group/artist?

  4. Bill

    And here I was excited to have purchased a 2008 Saturn Vue XE last week all hooked up for towing as my first tug behind my Winnebago Vectra! I guess in a few years maybe move up to a Jeep.

    1. David.B Post author

      Don’t feel bad, not that you did, they are great towing cars. After all, it took us 7 years to move away from the Outlook. We really liked it and it was easy to tow.

  5. Roy

    Sweet ride, congrats. If Jeep see’s this video maybe they will call for more videos from you.
    I can’t believe it’s been that many years. As always Happy Trails

  6. Ted & Kathleen

    As is normally the case, another informative blog. I love it when I get another big boy toy… I may consider upgrading my Honda CR-V after a few years. I like it as a toad, but would like a good off-road toad at some point.

    Ted & Kathleen

  7. Michael Carter

    Hey David and Brenda, been following you guys for awhile. We just went full Time at the end of August. We have followed your advise on the EZ TPMS and the Spotless wash system. We actually bought 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk in August to tow behind our Thor Tuscany 45 AT. We had a Subaru Outback that we towed on a trailer from Feb to July when we were practicing for going full time. My wife Rebecca loved her Outback but dealing with the trailer turned out to be a pain in the hu-hu.

    We love the Trailhawk and Jeep is a great tow vehicle in general.
    Keep the great blogs coming.


  8. Tom & Kathryn Compton

    David & Brenda,

    We owned a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and really enjoyed it. We traded it in for a 2011 Lexus Hybrid SUV. Wish we would have kept the JGCL . . . . . awesome vehicle. You will enjoy it . . . . very well built.

    Tom & Kathryn
    2014 Itasca Reyo 25′

  9. Rhonda

    As an armchair traveler who rarely leaves Tennessee I always love to see your vids…the visuals are wondrous and your music is always fun to listen to. Thanks for sharing…Rhonda

  10. Ken Wiseman

    We’ve towed a Jeep GC with Air Force One for several years and love it. After using other braking systems and vehicles without the one push transfer case, this is a great to tow. It is interesting that the tires wear at about the same rate regardless of towing or driving.

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