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Old 01-05-2015, 05:15 PM   #11
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I don't see anything fishy. I believe it's simply a wire that got put on the wrong terminal of the cutoff....everything will work the same either way if the switch is on...and I'd say it's never been turned off until I turned it off the other day. A pretty quick PDI was done. It wasn't a bad PDI but it was quick and any questions we had were answered. I never thought to check the cutoff....heck all it is is a 12volt disconnect switch right, it should work right (lol). Also we've had campers before, they all work pretty much the same....and we were just plain in a hurry to go try this new camper out!

Also, I see have no reason to believe it isn't a factory switch. Wire terminals are the same color and style that's used on the whole trailer. Screws holding the switch are the same as the whole trailer. The other couple HTs I looked at had a battery disconnect switch just like this one too....and I looked at a new 2015 just last weekend that had the same ole switch.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:21 PM   #12
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The more I look at your pic Sledge the more suspicious I get. You even picked up on the oddity of the red junction box. Norty's comment about the switch not being original equipment seems valid.
If the fuse does go directly to the plug then it's protecting the TT electrical from your TV. IMHO its purpose is to disrupt the battery in the event of a catastrophic electrical short.
Is it normal for the converter to have its own lead back to the battery box? Isn't the converter part of or next to the distribution panel?
Maybe I'm overthinking this but it's starting to look like some "shade tree engineering" which would indicate it's not really NEW or the dealer had the new tech who said he'd had "loads of electrical experience" install it.
I don't think I'd have checked the cut-off switch to see if everything went dark.

Anyone out there with this model? Do you have the disconnect switch?

It just don't smell right.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:35 PM   #13
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It seems odd to me that the 30A fuse goes directly to the 7-pin plug and that the slide has its own wire coming directly from the switch.
I believe that pulling the fuse should have the same effect as turning the switch off (ie: isolating the battery from the TT).
I wonder if the distribution panel has a fuse for the slide. Perhaps the wire to the slide was added by your dealer or Jayco after discovering something wrong with the panel or wiring to the slide.
You got my wheels to turning here, so I had to go check for the fuse in the box.

Yes they is a fuse in the distribution panel just for the schwintek slide. It's a 20amp fuse and the rest are 15...and yes it does work. Pull the fuse, slide no worky. All are labeled correctly too.Maybe the Schwintek slide requires a bigger wire and more juice...I dunno.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:42 PM   #14
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The more I look at your pic Sledge the more suspicious I get. You even picked up on the oddity of the red junction box. Norty's comment about the switch not being original equipment seems valid.
If the fuse does go directly to the plug then it's protecting the TT electrical from your TV. IMHO its purpose is to disrupt the battery in the event of a catastrophic electrical short.
Is it normal for the converter to have its own lead back to the battery box? Isn't the converter part of or next to the distribution panel?
Maybe I'm overthinking this but it's starting to look like some "shade tree engineering" which would indicate it's not really NEW or the dealer had the new tech who said he'd had "loads of electrical experience" install it.
I don't think I'd have checked the cut-off switch to see if everything went dark.

Anyone out there with this model? Do you have the disconnect switch?

It just don't smell right.
My last trailer had a fuse for the 12volt+ coming from the 7 pin too. I didn't think that was odd....even my last 3 trucks have had fuses in them for the 12volt+. Your opinion is the same as mine on it's purpose.

I'm sure the trailer was new. The dealer had build 84 85 86 87 and 88 all like the same model, I got 87. At the time they had just been off the assembly line a few months.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:52 PM   #15
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Here's a picture of a trailer like mine from a dealer in Iowa. Same ole switch I seen in all the HTs I looked at are in this one too. I even see the distribution block.


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Old 01-05-2015, 06:15 PM   #16
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Hey if you're happy, I'm happy. I have had 3 fifth wheels and only one had a battery cutoff switch and it cut everything. Now mine has a 30a fuse for the slideout power in the battery box. Don't know why there would be a batt cutoff for the slides but I don't know everything. Just does not seem necessary.
In addition, it sure thru you for a loop there for a little while. I would not like that to happen on a new rig.
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Hey if you're happy, I'm happy. I have had 3 fifth wheels and only one had a battery cutoff switch and it cut everything. Now mine has a 30a fuse for the slideout power in the battery box. Don't know why there would be a batt cutoff for the slides but I don't know everything. Just does not seem necessary.
In addition, it sure thru you for a loop there for a little while. I would not like that to happen on a new rig.
Like I said before, I believe it's just a case of 1 wire getting put on the wrong side of the cutoff. I switched it to the other side and it now cuts off the whole trailer as it should IMO.

Yeah it kinda threw my for a loop at first...didn't take me too long with a test light to figure out what was what...and I learnt a bit in the process so all is well.
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Here is an easy way to solve the puzzle... send a picture, a description of what the switch does/doesn't do and your VIN to SERVICE@JAYCO.com and see what they say. They will tell you if it is a factory option, or a non authorized work-around. Either way you can't lose.

It doesn't look like a factory item to me...

If it is a factory installed switch they will tell you what it is supposed to do.

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Old 01-05-2015, 08:56 PM   #19
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If you go look on Jayco's site under 2014 Eagle HT Standard Exterior equipment, its the 21st thing down. Battery Disconnect Switch.
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I'm gonna go to the storage today to run a little anti thru the water lines. S'posed to get several hours below freezing Wed night. If I can remember long enough I'll take a look at my switch and see what's there. Should be mostly similar even though I'm set up for 2 batts (only have 1 tho).
The Jayco pic pretty much says it's all original and that your take on the wire on the wrong terminal is spot on.
Maybe it was a Friday build
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