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Old 12-16-2012, 02:43 AM   #1
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Electric Jack / Stabilizers - Potentially Dead Battery

My old travel trailer had a manual jack and manual stabilizers. If the battery on the trailer had gone dead it didn't affect anything with my ability to hitch up, pull it home, and charge everything up using my 30 amp service at my house.

My new travel trailer has a powered jack and stabilizers. Since this is new to me I have what is probably just a rookie question. If I should happen to go get the new trailer out of storage and find that the battery is dead, will I get power when connecting up to my truck that will then allow me to get the jack and stabilizers to move electrically?

I hate to think one day I might be all set to take the trailer out only to find that I am stuck because I have no power. I know that I can pull the fuse on the battery cables to avoid the battery draining down but I can easily see forgetting and coming back to a dead battery the next time we are ready to go.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:14 AM   #2
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Yes, when you plug the trailer into the TV connector your power jack should work.

If your trailer has been in storage for over a month with the battery connected there is a good chance it will be dead. The propane detector will eventually drain the battery. Completely draining the battery shortens its life considerably. When you store the trailer for an extended time you should remove the battery.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:16 AM   #3
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I fully agree with Chuck.

My Jayco Manual state: When storing your trailer, it is recommended that the battery be unhooked to avoid draining the battery.

To add, even without a battery in place, there should be a way to manually crank the jack and stabilizers.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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I bought and installed an isolator switch. Now I can cut the positive cable with a flip of a switch and stop all power usage entirely. Between trips I hope that this will allow the batteries to stay charged up enough. I have two batteries that I've wired together in parallel so I have a bit more juice. I am thinking / hoping that during longer periods of storage I might be able to get a large solar panel and use that as a trickle charge source to keep the batteries up when the trailer is sitting for any significant length of time. That would be easier than taking those batteries out if it will work okay.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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A solar panel sounds like a great idea.
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As others have mentioned, the tongue jack has a crank for such purposes and the stabilizer jacks are not needed when the unit is in storage and not occupied.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:44 AM   #7
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I installed this, just flip the switch on or off as needed:


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I have been looking for a switch like that. Where did you buy that Crabman?
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I got that on ebay 3 years ago, not sure if they are available there anymore or not but I`m sure someone must be selling them.
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That's similar to what I purchased. I bought mine at a local auto parts store. It was a pretty inexpensive solution to cutting off all the power without having to disconnect cables or pulling fuses.
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