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Old 02-27-2015, 07:00 AM   #1
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Smile Just bought our 16XRB - question about Battery

Spring seems a little closer this morning! We bought our 2015 JAY FEATHER SLX 16XRB yesterday! We traded in our 1992 Jayco Thrush Popup and are excited to try out this wonderful new Jayco. Before we pick it up at the end of March we have to decide if we need the battery and converter(?) that apparently does NOT come standard.

If we camp without electrical hookup, which we do on occasion, would we NOT have use of our kitchen sink, lights, etc? Our popup had a pump handle for the faucet, but there is no pump handle in the new trailer.

Since we don't have the trailer yet, we have no book we can consult, so I was hoping we could get an answer from this forum.

Thanks very much!
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:13 AM   #2
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You'll like that SLX 16XRB! My wife and I bought the same model about 6 months ago, and have enjoyed the 4 trips we have done with it so far, and cannot wait to do the next, and next, and next....

To address your question, there is a water pump switch that you will turn on to draw water from the water holding tank whenever you are not connected to a water hookup. This water pump runs off of your 12 volt battery. The lights in this camper also run off of the battery (they are 12 volt lights). If you are plugged into an electrical hookup, the inverter keeps your 12 volt batter charged, operates any 120 volt electrical connection (i.e. TV, and A/C), and your refriggerator. The regrigerator can run off of propane, the 12 volt battery, or the inverter if you are connected to a 120 volt electrical connection.

I'm sure the dealer will perform a pre-delivery session with you to explain everything. Mine did; it was about 2 hours, and they showed me everything about the models features; A/C operation, the refrigerator (how to operate in any one of the 3 modes), the wtaer pump (if no water hookup), the electrical connetion, the inverter operation, the propane stove, the outside awning, towing connections, the list went on, and on.

take a note pad with you, and ask as many questions as you need to. The nice thing about my dealer was that I can call them anytime (called them when I was at a camping site with a question), and they helped me over the phone.

Congrats on the purchase!
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You'll like that SLX 16XRB! My wife and I bought the same model about 6 months ago, and have enjoyed the 4 trips we have done with it so far, and cannot wait to do the next, and next, and next....

To address your question, there is a water pump switch that you will turn on to draw water from the water holding tank whenever you are not connected to a water hookup. This water pump runs off of your 12 volt battery. The lights in this camper also run off of the battery (they are 12 volt lights). If you are plugged into an electrical hookup, the inverter keeps your 12 volt batter charged, operates any 120 volt electrical connection (i.e. TV, and A/C), and your refriggerator. The regrigerator can run off of propane, the 12 volt battery, or the inverter if you are connected to a 120 volt electrical connection.

I'm sure the dealer will perform a pre-delivery session with you to explain everything. Mine did; it was about 2 hours, and they showed me everything about the models features; A/C operation, the refrigerator (how to operate in any one of the 3 modes), the wtaer pump (if no water hookup), the electrical connetion, the inverter operation, the propane stove, the outside awning, towing connections, the list went on, and on.

take a note pad with you, and ask as many questions as you need to. The nice thing about my dealer was that I can call them anytime (called them when I was at a camping site with a question), and they helped me over the phone.

Congrats on the purchase!
Thanks, Bucko! Great explanation. As we suspected, it will be important to get the battery. Our run-through with the dealer is next Thursday! Now we just have to decide if we should go with the dealer's battery, or buy one elsewhere. Many people have commented here that Sam's Club, etc have better prices, but my husband is concerned about the wiring and inverter. I said I would rather go with the first battery through the dealer (who will do the initial wiring) and when/if we need a new battery, we can look elsewhere. We live in the freezing snowy tundra of Chicago (at least it feels that way this year!), so dreaming of camping has been a welcome treat!

Thanks again for the info. You've made it easy for us to make a decision.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:31 AM   #4
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You're not going to save much to shop around for a cheaper battery. I'd just have the dealer install their recommended battery and then be sure to have them show you the battery disconnect (might be a switch or a fuse that can be pulled to shut off 12v power to the camper). This is needed otherwise parasitic draws will drain the battery even when the camper is sitting unused. My dealer uses Interstate batteries, I'm still on my original battery after 5 seasons.

Also, the break-away switch on the camper brakes are powered by the 12v battery, so no battery means the break-away switch is inactive.
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Before you ask the dealer to sell you a battery ask if it is included. Both TT's we've bought came with a battery.
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A trailer should never be allowed to leave the dealers lot without a battery in it. It powers the emergency breakaway switch..
When you get a battery for the RV make sure it DOES NOT have a CCA rating on it. Those are not true deep cycle batteries and will not last very long.
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If your new trailer has electric brakes then it is a DOT requirement that the trailer ia equipped with a battery before going down the US PUBLIC ROADs.

Your 30AMP trailer electrical configuration will look something like this.


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Welcome to the forum and congrats on new TT.
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Congrats on the 16XRB. We purchased one last June and love it. It has been a great camper for us. The battery came with ours. Hope you enjoy it and good luck!
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Also, you'll want to remove the battery whenever the trailer is not being used. Place the battery on a bench (or comperable) and have a trickle charger connected to it. This way the deep cycle battery stays charged and ready fro your next trip. It will last much, much longer as well.
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