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Old 03-28-2012, 08:07 AM   #21
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The dealer cost for a battery is about 25 bucks. Relative to what he made on the sale...........
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:12 AM   #22
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If you are to leave it on a site all year long then I would ask fellow sesonal campers what they recommend. I travel with my TT so I must have a battery, but I have seen sesonal campers without batteries as well.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:06 PM   #23
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I have seen where it is recommended to have a battery even though you are using shore power for when you operate the slides. When we bought ours it was our first trailer and I did not even think of it and they told me while we were signing the papers that it did not come with a battery and since we did not have one they threw it in. I can honestly say anytime I have dealt with our dealer I have not had any issues and they have a fairly good reputation around here.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:18 PM   #24
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It was almost a deal breaker for me as when I went to pick up my unit prior to signing any paper a service guy came to me to ask for the keys to my old unit so he could change batteries. I told him not to bother as I was going to go to another dealer. The finance people then told him to put in a new battery. What I didn't know is that they put in a re-conditioned battery which failed after a short time and this one was also replaced only to find that they were using re-conditioned batteries. Stand your ground and demand the best or walk..... there are lots of dealers that want your business.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #25
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From the 2012 White Hawk Owner’s Manual (and coincidentally the same can be found in 2008 Jay Flight OM):

Auxiliary Battery (Customer Supplied)

Your RV has many 12-volt DC loads. When combined, their total is more than the converter can produce. High demands for 12-volt power can be met by an auxiliary battery for limited periods of time. The 12-volt DC electrical system was designed for usage with a Group 27, deep cycle battery.
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:15 PM   #26
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Did you call the dealer. I would get the battery. Check to make sure that someone didn't take the battery when they dropped it off.
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Old 03-28-2012, 02:24 PM   #27
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Mine came with a battery and I did not have to ask or negotiate for it. Most dealers do supply one.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:29 PM   #28
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That's like buying a new car only to find out that the tires are optional.
Actually GM is doing this with spare tires to squeeze every MPG out of new vehicles and making them meet federal guidelines.

Just like shaving weight off race cars to get "the edge".
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #29
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I have seen where it is recommended to have a battery even though you are using shore power for when you operate the slides.....
The OP is on a seasonal site and not operating the slides.
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:52 PM   #30
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If your trailer is not being towed, a battery is not required.

Sounds like it's parked at a seasonal site with shore power.

You only need a battery for the emergency brakes while towing or if boondocking without shore power.

Relax and enjoy your camper. For you, a battery is just another needless expense ans something you'll have to maintain.

Just my 2 cents......
I would not camp without a battery on the trailer. When, not if the power goes out, you loose every electrically run item in the trailer. Lights, radio, water heater, refrig (unless you have one that runs strictly on propane), stove, oven, water pump/flushing the toilet, furnace, fans, etc.
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