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Old 05-19-2016, 09:34 PM   #1
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Is a battery standard

Is it standard for a battery to be included with the sale of a trailer or is that an extra cost?

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Old 05-19-2016, 09:37 PM   #2
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On ours it was not an additional cost. Battery, full propane tanks etc were included...

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Old 05-19-2016, 10:36 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by SouthCo View Post
On ours it was not an additional cost. Battery, full propane tanks etc were included...
yep all included ...
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:46 PM   #4
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Same here!
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:50 PM   #5
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Make sure it is deep cycle battery and not a car starting battery.

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Old 05-20-2016, 07:25 AM   #6
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A battery is a necessity to leave the dealers lot.. They had darn well better include it... The house battery operates the emergency breakaway switch if/when the trailer becomes disconnected from the TV.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:29 AM   #7
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Mine was extra. Cost me the same as it would have had I bought it elsewhere. Full propane tanks were included. I bought mine at a very small dealership. His price was very reasonable. Either way, you pay for the battery.
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Old 05-20-2016, 07:39 AM   #8
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I asked the same question since I was prereading my owners manual prior to delivery and everything in there indicated that a battery was not included. The good news is that your dealer will put a battery in it prior to your pdi. One reason for this is that the emergency brakes on TT's are operated from the battery and it is not legal to pull without power to your emergency brake system. I will assure you that you pay for a battery in the deal though.
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:29 AM   #9
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Thank you for all the responses! I want to be as prepared as possible going to the dealership to sign.
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:11 AM   #10
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At the end of the day you need at least one battery, and preferably two. I don't think there is anything implicit that states that the battery is included.

Years ago when buying one of my first trailers I was asked if I'd like to add a second battery as an option. I didn't know much, but the logic seemed sound. The price was a couple of bucks different from what I could have bought a battery for elsewhere but it was installed, included a battery box, and was wired and tested properly.

Ever since that initial experience I have always indicated during the purchase process that the price I was negotiating would include a second installed battery, the implication being that there is already at least one in the deal. On my current deal I didn't even need to bring it up as it was already listed on the build sheet when I went over my order.

Some of these dealerships are used to getting so beat up that they are getting creative trying to add some profit back in the deal. I don't like it myself, but having been in sales a good portion of my adult life I've watched consumers devalue the role of a salesman in a purchasing process they are doing everything they can to increase revenue. This has resulted in an unbundling of services and fees in order to try to show the cheapest price possible for the basic unit. I don't like it... but it's the way things are. I highly doubt any dealer is going to not write the deal over the cost of the battery, but if they can get you to buy one they probably will... sad but true.

Congratulations on your new purchase and I hope the process goes well for you.

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