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Old 01-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #1
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Battery Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a battery? I just purchased my Jayfeather (used), and the battery did not come with it. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:31 PM   #2
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Tania,

If the majority of your camping will have electrical power supplied (shore power), any major brand 12V, Group 24, Marine/RV battery should be adequate.

If your camping plans will involve considerable boondocking, then you may want to consider looking into a "true" deep cycle GC battery (Interstate, Trojan etc.), provides more amp hours of capacity.

Just remember to disconnect the negative cable on the battery when not in use between camping trips or not connected to shore power, or you may come back to a dead battery the following weekend.

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Old 01-17-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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Hey Tania! What kind of camping are you planning?

As RE says - if you are just weekend camping - any deep cycle battery will do. You can pick one up at Walmart, Costco, Sams, etc for a pretty good price. If you are looking at going days without a place to plug in, then I would be doing a little more research.

The important thing is that you have a battery when you are towing. Your battery should also be attached to your break away controller and will stop the TT in the event it separates from the vehicle. I have a buddy that refuses to purchase one so I make sure I am always in front of him
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I will be camping mostly during the weekends with no hook-ups. Is the break away controller standard, or something I have to add? I am also going to look into solar panels to keep the batteries charged.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:26 PM   #5
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I will be camping mostly during the weekends with no hook-ups. Is the break away controller standard, or something I have to add? I am also going to look into solar panels to keep the batteries charged.
The break away switch should be mounted on the tongue, with a small cable that hooks to your truck hitch. This is standard equipment. If the trailer breaks loose from the TV, the cable comes tight and pulls the switch which engage the trailer brakes. It needs the battery to work, however.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:56 AM   #6
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Tania from your response so far here is what I suggest... since you boondock IF you have the room buy 2 6 volt golf cart type batteries. wire them +to- to get 12 volts this will give you greater power while boondocking... if you dont have the room for 2-6's get the biggest DEEP CYCLE battery you can find... please note that if it has a CCA (cold cranking amps) rating it is not a true deep cycle. and the plates are too thin...
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:42 PM   #7
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I will be camping mostly during the weekends with no hook-ups ...... snip ....... I am also going to look into solar panels to keep the batteries charged.
I concur with Seann's comments based on your "no hook-ups" response. Also, the fact that you are considering solar having the maximum amount of AMP storage capacity will be desirable as well, so having the right batteries initially will save upgrading again.

I up-graded to two 6V true deep cycle batteries do to my boondocking, and in the following thread I noted the amount of room my Jayco A-frame had for my up-grade, so you can compare my dimensions to your Jayco A-frame: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=2752

If you want to discuss in more specific detail about your solar considerations, I would recommend starting another thread (in the "Tech Talk" forum section) on that subject. Solar is a great alternative, but it comes with a little technical learning curve when initially pulling the information together (I'm still going through it). There are a number of JOF members versed on solar as well.

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Old 01-26-2012, 11:51 AM   #9
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Hi Tanya
We have a 17 C and take off for three to four weeks at a time. We never (95%) of the time have sites with power. I use a solar panel. I changed all of the light bulbs to LED. They draw very little power. We don't need a microwave and we don't bring a tv. We have a single deep cycle rv / marine battery. An 85 watt portable solar panel. I put telescoping legs on it so I can change the angle and move it into the sun. We have never had a power issue. The panel will charge on cloudy days but at a slower rate. Twin battery's would obviously be better and I might get around to that some day. Also the charge controller that I have will handle another 85 watt panel should I wish to increase the power. So the fridge controls, furnace fan, lights, detectors, radio / cd etc. all operate with no problem for weeks at a time. I have an iverter for charging laptop, cameras etc. So unless you are into heavy draws I recommend a similar solar package. No gas to haul, no noisy generator, it charges when you are not there. It's great. Also the panel and controller were not expensive, I think I paid less than $300.00 for the kit.
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Now that I have 2 dead (my fault) deep cycle 12 volts I plan on 2 6 volts to go with my 60 watt roof panel. Maybe add anther panel.

Thoughts.
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