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Old 08-23-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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New Hummingbird owner here...

My wife and I are the proud owners of a 2017 Hummingbird RB as of last weekend. We have owned a 96 Eagle 10 popup for 20 years, and after getting tired of the set up/take down routine, we bought something a little easier to camp with. Kids are grown now so we don't need the room.

We're taking it out this weekend for a dry camp about three hours from our home in Tempe, AZ as it's maiden voyage. I've never owned a trailer with a bathroom in it, so the whole grey water/black water thing is new to me. I do have a couple of questions:

1) should I charge the battery overnight the night before I use it? I used to do this with my pop up because the trickle charge from the tow vehicle didn't work, and i don't want to be without power when I dry camp.

2) Anybody else pull a trailer with a Toyota Tacoma? The guys at the RV place looked it up and indicated i had plenty of power, but i'm sure i'll be dogging it up the hills. Trailer is 3000 lbs dry, and my truck will pull 3500, so we are not overloading it.

Thanks for listening.
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:56 PM   #2
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CONGRATULATIONS on the JAYCO!!!

...and WELCOME TO JOF!!! The members here are GREAT!!! There is a lot of GREAT information to be found here. I am sure that you will have information and pictures to share with us... so please do!!

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1) should I charge the battery overnight the night before I use it? I used to do this with my pop up because the trickle charge from the tow vehicle didn't work, and i don't want to be without power when I dry camp.
Yes, start your charging 24 hours prior to leaving. Also, while it is parked and not hooked up to shore-power make sure you pull the 30 amp fuse by the battery. This will keep the battery from going dead in a few weeks.

Pick up a Digital Voltage Display that plug into your 12VDC accessory outlet in the TT. There are a lot listed on Amazon. When the voltage hits 12.0 VDC, stop using the battery.
Happy camping!!!
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