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Old 11-06-2014, 10:00 PM   #11
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On that note, I disconnect the battery when stored...the propane detector will drain the battery unless you leave it plugged in.
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Old 11-07-2014, 04:40 AM   #12
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I charge the battery with a smart charger....my preference. It will charge while plugged in though.
I do the same. I also have to store my camper (HOA does not allow them to be parked at the house).

Also, had one stolen while at a storage...
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:33 AM   #13
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Your 2015 model should have the smart mode converter/charger installed. This is what you need to charge your battery. I would install a second battery if you are going to be camping off the power grid much. If you call JAYCO be sure to have your VIN number handy. They are most helpful folks....

We camp alot off the power grid and have a 255AH battery bank. We have it all planned out to do all the 120VAC Appliances we want to run from an INVERTER and all the 12VDC items directly from the battery bank which will drop our 255AH battery bank down to its 50% charge state by 8AM the next morning. Then we connect the 30AMP Trailer to our 2KW Generator using a RV30A-15A adapter and this will recharge our 255AH battery bank back up to its 90% charge state using the built-in smart mode converter/charger unit. Then we can do this all over again the next day/night run off the battery.

Camping off the power grid is second nature for us doing it this way...


We looked at doing what you just did back in 2010 real hard and looked at alot of X213s. Almost changed over but in the end never did. Really like the X213 layout..

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Old 11-07-2014, 07:59 AM   #14
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Awesome info everyone, thanks!

How do I know how much juice the battery/batteries have? Can I just get a voltmeter and put it on the battery? If so what kind? I've read as much as I can find, but some of it is over my head. How do I know when I am fully charged? What reading should I get on the voltmeter? And what reading should I get when I am at that 50% mark and need to recharge? I'm not ready (capable) to install the fancy indoor meter and I don't really trust the little "1/3 2/3 box" that came with the camper.

I have read that many people travel/ store with the battery unhooked. I have also read that the emergency brake system only works if the battery is engaged. I am I missing something or are we just praying nothing goes wrong on the road? Do you travel with the battery hooked up or not?

Thanks again. Our first trip in this camper is only two weeks away, and I want to make sure we are ready.
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:29 AM   #15
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:32 PM   #16
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So yesterday I go to do some organizing in the camper and there is zero power on the battery. I unplugged it 3 days before after being plugged in for a week. I was surprised that the battery was completely drained after only 3 days but I don't really know where it was once I unplugged it. I would have figured after a week of being plugged in it would be fully charged. So I plug it in yesterday afternoon and just now (about 18 hours later) I unplug it and try to turn on the lights and NOTHING. I go check the battery and when I open the box, the box is full of water. It's about an 1" bellow the top of the battery. We did get a bunch of rain in the last few days but I would have thought the box would drain. I don't know if it is related to the dead battery. I did open up the battery itself and it seems to have plenty of water for the cells. Any thoughts???
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Old 11-07-2014, 01:41 PM   #17
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The battery box has holes on the top which let water in but none on the bottom. Many of us drill holes in the battery box to let out water. As for the battery dying, when you unplugged the trailer from shore power did you disconnect a terminal from the battery? If not there are constant power drains that will kill a battery in a matter of days... But when you plug it back in you should have power, could be a converter issue.
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Looks like the dealer/manufacture forgot to put a fuse in the little fuse box that comes off the positive battery terminal. Hopefully that will do it.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:42 PM   #20
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Yup, battery should be hooked up during travel, supplies power to the brakes if your trailer becomes disconnected.
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