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Old 03-04-2016, 08:45 PM   #1
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Another First Time Jayco Owner

Hello From Arizona! Just bought a 2012 Jayco Swift 264BH! First time buying using a TT. Had it about a week now. Paid $8500 for it here in AZ. Came with Eaz Lift WD, eaz lift anti sway bar and hitch.

Now I do have a few questions, I am worried about the towing. I tried to do some research on this but is a little over my head. I was reading some of the information on this site but still not understanding it.

I have a 2011 Titan with 2.94 gears (I think)
My GVWR is 7100 (from the sticker)

My dry weight of the trailer is 4400 ish lbs.

I am thinking I should be OK.

Just removed it from storage to test a few things for the first time. Sitting infront of my house. As its the weekend and first time looking it over (besides when I bought it) what should I confirm works/check/double check.

I don't know what to ask at this point as I really have no idea what to look for.

We do a lot of boondocking (just found this work here last week) and plan to go solar (300 watts big enough?) and 2 6V batteries. (after some information here on the site)

As I have it here on shorepower hooked up to a 30 Amp, can I run the AC and general power from the travel trailer?

What about Water? Can I just hook up me house to the "city water" inlet and turn on the shower/sink and try it?

Sorry for all the noob questions, just first timer and trying to test it all out before taking it out.

I know everyone likes pictures... so lets get to them!!

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Old 03-04-2016, 08:47 PM   #2
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It would not allow me to post pics the first time... lets try this again


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Congratulations on the new to you Swift and welcome to the JOF.

You have a whole bunch of questions and a mess of stuff to check on your TV (tow vehicle) and TT (travel trailer).

You should find a sticker in your TT giving figures on its gross weight rating etc. Your TV will also have a payload figure showing the maximum load it can carry (= in the cab + in the bed + the hitch + TT tongue weight). TT tongue weight should be in the range of 12% to 15% of your TT gross weight.

Using your VIN# and google, you should be able to find your rear axle ratio and more on line.

One thing you need to check carefully is the roof and inside all the cabinets etc. for any sign of water leaks.

If you are plugged into a standard home outlet, you can't run the A/C. But it should charge your battery, run your refrigerator, and (I think) your microwave. You should have a panel of circuit breakers for your TT AC power and fuses for your DC power. From your photos, it looks like it is under your refrigerator. That panel controls the power to your AC devices including the TT converter (converts AC to 12volt DC) and also charges your battery.

You also need to be sure you have propane for the stove, oven, furnace, water heater, and the refrigerator - when shorepower AC is disconnected.

Yes, here in AZ you should be able to connect to the 'city' water connection any time, as long as freezing weather is not expected. (I'm further north so won't be connecting water to mine for a while longer.) It is recommenced to use a pressure regulator to keep high pressure water from damaging the TV. If you don't have one, you'll need it.

Did the owner/dealer mention anything about the water heater bypass? Before you turn on the water heater (on propane or electric) you'll want to be sure the heater tank is full of water. With water at the 'city' water connection, the 'cold side' faucets, showers (inside and outside), and the toilet should all have water. Due to the water heater 'bypass' valves, you may not have water out of the 'hot side' at first.

If you fill your water lines, then you need to watch for freezing temps if you are going camping at higher elevations this spring.

If this is your first TT, you'll need wheel chocks and leveling blocks of some kind.

Check all tire pressures and inflate each to the maximum shown on the tire's sidewall. And, by the way, check the age of your TT tires.

That's a start....
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Welcome!! See you already got some good advise above. You can ask most anything here and also can do searches for many specifics that will get you into many responses dealing with such issues or concerns...

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