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Old 07-07-2015, 08:30 AM   #1
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Angry New Trailer Power Problems

I have a shiny-new Jay Flight SLX 195RB that I just purchased and brought home this week. Even with absolutely nothing turned on (no lights, water pump switched off, no 12-volt fridge, radio off, etc.), a fully-charged battery is completely dead within twelve hours.

Yes, I have contacted the dealer and am awaiting on a response from their service department but I was wondering, in the meantime, if anyone has seen something like this before and knows what to look for. Curious as to whether or not I'm just missing something simple.

Again, absolutely no load whatsoever and a dead battery in 12 hours. I have tried two different deep-cycle marine/RV batteries to verify that I just didn't have a faulty battery.

Any thoughts?
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:39 AM   #2
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So the other 2 batteries and nothing worked with them? Then its probably not the battery and most likely a fuse..
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:42 AM   #3
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This is a long shot but..
I had the same issue on an old camper once and that problem was a heating element on the refrigerator that was suppose to be like a defrost. There was an actual switch in the door that I didn't know was on and drained my battery.
Honestly, I don't think the new refrigerators have that but wouldn't hurt to look.
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Something has a pull on the battery. It's the only explanation. But what is the question.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:43 AM   #5
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So the other 2 batteries and nothing worked with them? Then its probably not the battery and most likely a fuse..
I think you may have read that wrong (or perhaps I didn't pose the question well enough).

Everything works just fine. The batteries DIE within 12 hours with no load on them.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:54 AM   #6
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This is a long shot, but the only two things that I can think of that can pull enough power to drain a battery in 12 hours is the furnace fan being on. Which would be very noticeable, so I doubt that is it. The next thing I would look at is the emergency brake actuator. On my unit it is the curly red cable that connects to the hitch assembly. If the “plug” in the black box is pulled, it applies full power to the TT’s electric brakes. There is no harm in pulling the plug and actuating the brakes, so pull the cord at the plug and see if it pulls out or is already pulled out. Then push it back in, all they way, to reset it.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:00 AM   #7
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....If the “plug” in the black box is pulled, it applies full power to the TT’s electric brakes. There is no harm in pulling the plug and actuating the brakes, so pull the cord at the plug and see if it pulls out or is already pulled out. Then push it back in, all they way, to reset it.
WAIT, WHAT???

Seriously? If the brake actuator is pulled it draws constant power from the 12-volt battery to apply the emergency brakes?

My pin has been pulled since the day I brought it home. I'll have to test this out tonight and report back tomorrow if it solves the problem.
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sounds like you may have just solved the problem.
But why was the pin pulled out?
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sounds like you may have just solved the problem.
But why was the pin pulled out?
We picked it up from the dealership on Friday night. They really didn't attach the wire lanyard properly to my truck and it is WAY too long so, instead of just letting it dangle in my driveway, I pulled it out and threw it in my truck until I have the time to fix it.

I guess that an electromagnetic actuator for the brake system makes perfect sense, but I just completely didn't think of that.
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We picked it up from the dealership on Friday night. They really didn't attach the wire lanyard properly to my truck and it is WAY too long so, instead of just letting it dangle in my driveway, I pulled it out and threw it in my truck until I have the time to fix it.

I guess that an electromagnetic actuator for the brake system makes perfect sense, but I just completely didn't think of that.
You think having it pulled while parked is bad, try having it accidently yanked while getting the trailer out of a tight spot!
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