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Old 02-05-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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Battery Charging

I have a question! We brought home our JayFeather X23B a week ago and no one at the dealer really told us anything about the battery. (We didn't know enough to ask either as it's our first trailer) It looks as though we won't be taking it out to camp for a few weeks because of weather. What I'd like to know is, should we disconnect the battery, even if it just sits empty with nothing on? And my second question is, if I plug the trailer into my outdoor electric socket, does that also then re-charge the battery? Thanks. I have been reading the owner's manual trying to find a definitive answer, but I think the forum might help more!
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:31 PM   #2
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Good questions. There are a lot of parasite drains on the battery if you do not disconnect it you will have a dead battery in two weeks or so. If the unit will be unplugged for any amount of time (1 week or more) disconnect the battery. Typically there is a 30 amp fuse under the battery cover. If there is not one, I would strongly recommended adding one. If you have the unit plugged in at home, it will automatically charge the battery and keep it charged.

One additional battery maintenance thing, is to check the water level. Every few months check the fluid levels in each cell. If they are a little low add DISTILLED water to top off the cells. Never let the water level get below the top of the cell.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:26 AM   #3
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Just a small ext. cord will be enough current to keep the unit charged and provide lights. Hope you can start enjoying it soon.
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I picked up one of those RV30A-15A adapters from WALMART that will adapt your RV30AMP shore power cable to the extension cord. I would try to locate a 10-gauge (10-3) HD extension cord to use. You can drop back to the 12-gauge size if the length is not to long. The RED ORANGE color cheap extension cords you see in the stores is usually 16-gauge wire and will get hot on you if you use them for hooking up the trailer.

Make sure you have all three termials used. This is where the trailer gets grounded... Once all hooked up its a good idea to check the connection points to make sure nothing is getting warm to hot. This will burn up your 30AMP Shore Power plug if it is plugged into a poor connection.

I also have one of those RV120VAC plug-in meters that I can glance at when hooked up and can read the AC VOLTAGE shown in the SAFE ZOBE on the meter face. This is important if you want to run your air conditioner. The AC VOLTAGE should be inside the printed SAFE ZONE on the meter face...

Using the 15AMPS from your garage or other connections will run most everything in your trailer but on the high current items like the Air Conditioner or Microwave you will probably only have to have one on at a time - otherwise it will trip your house breaker...









We do this all the time... Kinda neat to visit the kids sometimes and sleep in the trailer in the driveway.

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I know you just bought the TT, but check the battery's water level now, before you leave for camping. You never know how long the battery has been sitting. You can also check the battery's mfr date on the top of the battery. If it is an Interstate battery the date code is stamped on the plastic top next to the negative battery post. It should have a recent date. You can then log on to the battery's mfr website and they should have the date code key.

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I know you just bought the TT, but check the battery's water level now, before you leave for camping.
That's a good piece of advice. My battery was low on water when I brought it home from the dealership. You would be surprised how hard it is to find distilled water when you're actually looking for it...

Also, as opposed to leaving your battery mounted on your trailer when it's in storage, I like to take mine off the trailer and store it in the garage at home hooked up to a float charger. This keeps the battery in my possession (it's a lot harder to steal from my garage than from the storage lot) and keeps the battery charge maintained and out of the elements.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:47 PM   #7
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Thanks so much for all the helpful information! I've gotten much more here than from the dealership. Went to Walmart and got the adapter, and will try it out tomorrow.
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:19 AM   #8
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After all this info (and getting an adapter) we decided we should check the fluid levels like a few of you recommended. ...but I can't find a way to check. It looks like a sealed battery to me. HELP please!
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There should be two rectangular caps on the top of the battery. Grab a good sized flat-head screw driver and gently pry them off (there are usually small cut-outs where the bottom of the cap meets the top of the battery where you can put the tip of the screw driver). Carefully fill each cell with DISTILLED water (not all the way to the top of the battery, just to the bottom of the plastic), and snap them back on with a good thump with the heel of your hand.
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Nope! No caps! It's a solid smooth flat top....
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