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Old 04-04-2016, 07:21 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I am new to the travel trailer world and wanted to connect with other Jayco owners for advice and just to chat about rv camping in general. My wife and I bought a 2008 Jayfeather 25 ft travel trailer last year and have camped out in it and enjoyed it greatly. I have a issue though and I thought some of you could help me with it. The smoke alarm keeps going off sometimes when I have it connected and set up. I tried to reset the alarm but it would go off again. When I put it in storage last year (2015) it went off so I disconnected the batteries. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. I have a 2013 RAM Big Horn truck with a 5.7 ltr Hemi and a 8 speed trans with tow haul mode and would like some recomendations and advice on towing. Thank you.
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Old 04-04-2016, 07:26 PM   #2
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It's likey just a battery operated smoke detector ( on the ceiling ?)

9v battery, or just replace it altogether
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:20 PM   #3
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Welcome. As for the smoke alarm, I would replace it. As for towing recommendations and advice, do you have any specific questions or issues?
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:30 PM   #4
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Welcome from Northeast Ohio.

Just to be clear, are you referring to the smoke detector on the ceiling that takes a 9-volt battery or the CO2 detector which is near the floor and is hard wired in? Sometimes people confuse these.
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The CO2 detector near the floor, what can I do to fix this? It would go off after a while when I have it sitting outside my house. Should I disconnect the 12 volt battery? Thanks.
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Thanks..I do have a question about draining the black water. The last two times I used it, I drained the tank the first time and it still showed 1/4 full, then the next time I flushed it it showed empty. Could something have been clogging the black water drain? Thanks.
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The CO2 detector near the floor, what can I do to fix this? It would go off after a while when I have it sitting outside my house. Should I disconnect the 12 volt battery? Thanks.
Low battery voltage will cause a CO2 Detector to go off. Plug in to shore power and it should stop. However being a 2008 and most likely the original, it should be replaced.
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Thanks..I do have a question about draining the black water. The last two times I used it, I drained the tank the first time and it still showed 1/4 full, then the next time I flushed it it showed empty. Could something have been clogging the black water drain? Thanks.
Your Black tank needs to be flushed thoroughly after every time you dump. It is normal for debris to be on the sensors after dumping giving you a false level indication.
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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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If you pull out the CO2 unit (only 2 screws hole it in place) you will notice that there is an expiration date on it. I just had to replace mine and it was right on schedule according to the expiration date.

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Welcome and the RAM is an excellent tow vehicle for the Jay Feather. As long as you use a 750 lbs. WDH bars and one Sway bar you're good.

Since the RAM's have always power on the Batt.+ to the 7 prong outlet, I installed a relays (30/40 amp) with a switch in the cab left of the lower steering column (always visible).
Just cut the wire under the 30 amp fuse and install them to the relays. I got one of the round switches with blue control light (easy to drill a round hole). So run 3 wires to this switch (there is an open grommet beside the large one in the fire wall). Plus side of the switch I put on the fuse side (this way when the light is off while switch is on, you know if the fuse is blown) The other side of the switch goes to the relays to switch it. The ground from the switch and relays goes to chassis ground. The relays can be installed under the power distribution panel within the box. This switch/relays will avoid TV battery drain when the TT is connected.
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