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We are setting up a 2002 Tracker 2dr, 4wd as our toad. This is a first so I am learning.

Purchased:
Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bars.
Roadmaster Even Brake system.
Roadmaster XL base plates are enroute

Now the difficult part....wiring. Decided to use the LED bulb and Socket kit so there is no problem with interaction between MH and Toad electrical. Currently the Trackers lights - all of them, headlights, dash lights, tail lights and running lights on whenever the key is turned on and emergency brake is off. The light switch has no control. So decided to just buy pass the Tracker electrical system.

Currently working to fix the trackers electrics (any ideas) but don't want to worry about that reoccurring.

So, those who have towed a Tracker...any comments, suggestions, recommendations, advice?

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Add a disconnect switch. A knife switch is cheap. They usually moint to the,positive terminal on the battery and the pos cable moints to the lug on the switch. Move vehicle into position, open hood, open switch, close hood, hook up and go.


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Should be no issue when using the separate bulb and sockets. There should be no direct connection to the Tracker's electrical.
I used the diodes in tailights as instruction from Roadmaster shwed. Have not had any issues.
I am guessing the your Tracker is an automatic!
Trackers have automatic headlights. I would guess again that your headlight issue is in the multi-function switch on steering column. You may have more issues if not fixed correctly.


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Your key should be turned to the first position, not full ignition. No lights should come on. You'll have to put it in that position to unlock the steering.


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We tow a 1999 Tracker with the automatic headlights. First switch position unlocks steering, nothing more that I can see. We put a set of Warn locking hubs on her to unlock the front axles which saves a little wear and tear and gives us slightly better mileage. Works pretty well. Used the Roadmaster wiring kit and it works well with no problems so far. Sterling towbar is easy to connect and disconnect. We haven't installed brakes yet but have her wired with a charge line to do so this spring.

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I have a Tracker too. I use magnetic lights and just plop them on top of the toad. Done.

The key in the first position unlocks the column and enables ACC power...no lights.

I have an RViBrake II system for it and a cheap Roadmaster A frame tow bar. Works just fine.


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Thanks for the inputs. I like your approach Dakzuki, but we have a two door Tracker and the roof is not metal so I don't think I can use the magnetic lights.

Sounds like the towing part will be pretty easy. Just put transfer switch in neutral, the standard transmission in 2nd and take off.

I think the hardest part will be the wiring for the tail lights.

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I know the manual to put the transmission in 2nd. I would put it in fourth. The reason to put in a gear is to keep the transmission output shaft from turning. The problem is if the transfer case lever gets bumped, using a higher gear will prevent the engine from blowing up. Do not use an overdrive gear such as fifth.
It is very easy to install the diodes behind the taillights. I ran the four conductor under the rig to the right turn taillight, then interconnected the taillights following the Roadmaster instructions.

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From the 2001 Tracker manual:

Follow these steps:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Shift your automatic transmission into PARK (P), or
your manual transmission to SECOND (2).
3. With the ignition key in the ON position, move the
transfer case to NEUTRAL and make sure the 4WD
light on the instrument panel cluster is off. See
“Four-Wheel Drive” in the Index.
4. Turn the ignition key to ACC to unlock the
steering wheel.
5. Release the parking brake.
NOTICE:
If you tow your four-wheel-drive vehicle from
the front, make sure to move the transfer case
into NEUTRAL or your vehicle could be badly
damaged and the damage would not be covered
by your warranty.
Stop towing every 200 miles (300 km) and start the
engine. Leave the transfer case shift lever in
NEUTRAL. Shift your automatic transmission to
DRIVE (D); leave a manual transmission in
SECOND (2) with the clutch engaged. Run the engine at
medium speed for one minute to circulate oil in the
transfer case. Turn the ignition key to ACC. Now, you
can continue towing your vehicle.
NOTICE:
The front wheels transmit shocks during towing.
The steering column may not be strong enough to
withstand the shocks. Always unlock the steering
wheel before towing.
NOTICE:
Make sure that the towing speed does not
exceed 50 mph (80 km/h), or your vehicle could
be badly damaged.

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