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Old 07-22-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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Must Knows for a rookie

I did it. I made the plunge on a super well kept 1993 Jayco 300 FS Eagle. I know enough to have checked for water leaks etc all that checks out well. So pour out your wisdom. I did help winterize a friends trailer a year ago but that's all the experience I have. Help!
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:58 PM   #2
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First things first...read the manual. If you didn't get one, they are available online. Of course each appliance has it's own. Happy rving.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:02 PM   #3
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I was very disappointed with the manual(s). Generalized information with little detail and has yet to help me answer questions I've come across.

This forum is far more useful.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:11 PM   #4
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YouTube is the best. There are a lot of videos for beginners - I know because I am one! I was able to find a video that went over my exact trailer and how all it's systems worked. I'd imagine it will be harder to find videos for older models, but I bet you can find something. Just search "rv basics" or the like.

Congratulations and happy camping.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:15 PM   #5
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There is a lot to know, do you have specific questions? I don't know that I could even think of everything to tell you over the internet...
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:59 PM   #6
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Well since you asked...
First question is very specific to mtrailer. The VIN sticker is mostly illegible.
I need the empty and gross weights (their definitions) for my state registratipn . Looked through cabinets frame tongue and manual. Been googling it for hours no luck. Ideas how to find that?

Second question is the trailer has brakes but no battery came with it. What size do I need. 30' trailer duel axle.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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Well since you asked...
First question is very specific to mtrailer. The VIN sticker is mostly illegible.
I need the empty and gross weights (their definitions) for my state registratipn . Looked through cabinets frame tongue and manual. Been googling it for hours no luck. Ideas how to find that?

Second question is the trailer has brakes but no battery came with it. What size do I need. 30' trailer duel axle.
Easiest way to get empty weight without a printed number would be to hit a cat scale. If I had to guess gross weight I'd probably just use max load of the tire times 4 or 2, depending on how many tires you have. Did you check the axles for a sticker?

Most trailers come with a group 24 deep cycle battery. You may want to upgrade if you will be doing a lot of dry camping. Check out the boondocking section.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:52 AM   #8
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I seem to recall reading that the VIN is stamped on the frame someplace. My guess would be on the tongue but exactly where I don't have a clue.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:32 AM   #9
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snip......The VIN sticker is mostly illegible.
I need the empty and gross weights (their definitions) for my state registration......snip
Get the VIN number off the Title or previous owner's registration, then contact Jayco directly with the VIN and they may be able to help you with the weights.

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snip.....Second question is the trailer has brakes but no battery came with it. What size do I need. 30' trailer duel axle.
Most TT's are supplied with a Group 24, Wet cell, 12V, RV/Marine battery (not a true deep cycle battery). If the plastic battery box is missing, you can get one at Wallmart, Auto Parts stores, etc., for around $15.

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I was very disappointed with the manual(s). Generalized information with little detail and has yet to help me answer questions I've come across.

This forum is far more useful.
Since you and I have the same trailer, what problems are you experiencing? I have not found any problems with mine so far that I could not figure out.
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