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Old 06-18-2015, 10:13 PM   #1
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Jayco Jay Flight Battery Hookup

I have a Jayco Jay Flight travel trailer and can't remember which wires go where on the battery. There are 3 wires (white, black and green). The black appears to be grounded to the frame. I assumed the white went to the positive and the black and green to the negative but nothing is working. I just pulled the battery off of the trickle charger so it should be charged. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:41 PM   #2
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I have a Jayco Jay Flight travel trailer and can't remember which wires go where on the battery. There are 3 wires (white, black and green). The black appears to be grounded to the frame. I assumed the white went to the positive and the black and green to the negative but nothing is working. I just pulled the battery off of the trickle charger so it should be charged. Any suggestions?
The cable that goes to the frame is the GROUND. That cable should be attached to your negative battery terminal. On my JayFlight, that ground cable is bolted directly to the frame and is in plain sight. (My trailer isn't here so I can't send you a photo.)

Hopefully that helps a bit. You didn't mention if this was a new or used trailer. If it isn't new, the cables may have been replaced at some point so the color of the cables may not match a new trailer.

And, BTW, welcome to the forum.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:17 PM   #3
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Solid white single wire is you negative. Green, black, and orange wires are your positive.
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Beware

As a new RV owner I made the mistake of hooking up the black to ground and the white to positive. Household wiring us actually white is hot. It popped two fuses in panel inside that are designed to ensure reverse polarity does not damage the converter. It also will not charge the battery if the fuses are not replaced.
Good way to check is to hook the trailer up to shire power and check battery level. When it is plugged in the battery level should be full.
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As a new RV owner I made the mistake of hooking up the black to ground and the white to positive. Household wiring us actually white is hot. It popped two fuses in panel inside that are designed to ensure reverse polarity does not damage the converter. It also will not charge the battery if the fuses are not replaced.
Good way to check is to hook the trailer up to shire power and check battery level. When it is plugged in the battery level should be full.
Good point. Thank you for that information.

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As a new RV owner I made the mistake of hooking up the black to ground and the white to positive. Household wiring us actually white is hot. It popped two fuses in panel inside that are designed to ensure reverse polarity does not damage the converter. It also will not charge the battery if the fuses are not replaced.
Good way to check is to hook the trailer up to shire power and check battery level. When it is plugged in the battery level should be full.
Let me correct some bad information here.

In house wiring WHITE is neutral, BLACK and RED are hot, GREEN is ground. RV 120V wiring follows the same.
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let me correct some bad information here.

In house wiring white is neutral, black and red are hot, green is ground. Rv 120v wiring follows the same.
X2 what he said !!!
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Who came up with the DC wiring color standard for RVs, anyway?
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Who came up with the DC wiring color standard for RVs, anyway?
In RV's there is no standard!

The manufacturers started with AC house standards. And kept some things the same on the DC side. And sorta kept things similar for the DOT lighting.

In cars and electronics service DC+ is red and DC- is black.

You want real fun? Open up 25-pair telephone cable. It starts with Blue with a white trace and gets worse from there!

Be grateful that we've got something resembling consistency.
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You want real fun? Open up 25-pair telephone cable. It starts with Blue with a white trace and gets worse from there!
You mean like BLUE, ORANGE, GREEN, BROWN, SLATE?

Tip TOP, ring RIGHT

And how do you know where all those wires go go to?

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