1995 Jayco - battery hookup

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  1. Buffarino

    Buffarino New Member

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    I just got a 1995 Jayco 1006 last fall and am getting ready to use it this spring. It is currently only set up to plug in to power the camper. There is no battery or TV hookup for the lights and heater (don't care about fridge or grill - I probably won't use either, although they do work).

    Since we camp in places that don't have hookups, I need to modify the wiring to either a battery or to just connect to the TV battery (this is what we did with our popup growing up). How much of a project am I looking at? I am mechanically inclined but don't usually mess with wiring. I can't imagine there is very much to this and the local RV places want $200+ to do it.

    I only plan on using the lights for a bit at night and the heater to take the chill out of the air in the morning. I will not run anything all night, and I will unhook from the TV overnight if I do that route, so I'm not that concerned about draining the TV battery.

    Can someone help me out?
     
  2. yogi

    yogi New Member

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    Re: Jayco 1207 - battery hookup

    Sorry I can't help you out, but I can welcome you to the Portal from Portland, Oregon! There is plenty who will be able to help. :)
     
  3. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Re: Jayco 1207 - battery hookup

    The lights and furnace fan are 12vdc devices so if yours work when the PUP is plugged into AC power that means you have a functioning converter. So, all you need to do is set up a deep cycle battery in a box on the tongue and run the wires back to the converter. I can't advise on exactly how to do that because I'm not an electrical guy but there are several here who will be able to give you specific instructions. Don't forget to also wire the battery to the emergency breakaway switch for your PUP brakes. If you don't have such a switch it is wise to get one.

    I would not run the PUP's electrical system on the TV battery. The TV battery is not intended for repeated deep discharge like a deep cycle battery and you sure don't want to get ready to leave one morning and find that you can't start the TV.
     
  4. Buffarino

    Buffarino New Member

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    Re: Jayco 1207 - battery hookup

    Thanks. Yeah, eventually I want a battery up front, but might have to settle for using the TV for this first trip. I'm going camping in 1.5 weeks (only for 2 nights, and will use the TV during the day so I'm not worried about killing the battery on such a short trip) and need to get whatever I need done this weekend, so I don't know if I will have time to mount up a bracket to hold the battery. Maybe it's not that big a deal, though, I dunno.

    This seems like a great place. I might have to hang around a bit.
     
  5. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    What are you going to use for a connector to your TV, you will need more than a flat four.
     
  6. Buffarino

    Buffarino New Member

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    I currently have a flat four (came with the truck - 98 4Runner).

    Growing up, my dad had an old Bethany that he could just connect directly to the car battery to power the lights.

    After looking around a bit, I think I just want to wire up a deep cycle battery to the trailer and be done with it. Anyone have experience doing that on one of these Jaycos?
     
  7. jim1999

    jim1999 New Member

    Look along your A Frame for a black wire and a white wire that is capped and/or taped off. The ends are probably tucked into the channel along the driver's side. These are your battery wires. Black goes to the positive terminal and white to the negative terminal on your battery.

    My 94 Jayco never had a battery installed but the wires were there to do it if someone had wanted to. All you should have to do is mount a battery box, toss in a deep cycle battery and connect the wires to the proper terminals. If the wires are not long enough get some 10 ga wire to add to it.
     
  8. Buffarino

    Buffarino New Member

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    Wow, sounds easy. Thanks.

    So I don't need to connect any of the other wires to the battery? Just wire those two up and that's it?
     
  9. Buffarino

    Buffarino New Member

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    I have an extra red and black wire. The white, brown, yellow and green are all running into the TV plug.
     
  10. jim1999

    jim1999 New Member

    I suggest tracing those red and black wires and see where they go. If they are your battery leads one should go back to your power center and the other to a ground, either on the frame or spliced into the main grounding wire for the trailer or into the "-" side of your 12v fuse box. You can also try using a multi meter and plugging your camper into shore power and testing for power on those two wires. If you find 12v positive power running through one that should be your "+" battery hookup. You can also try calling a Jayco dealer and talking with a service tech about your specific year and model.

    While the black and white colors are typically used for camper power there is no guarantee on it being that way. I read some posts on some other boards today that had all sorts of colored wire used for the various items on a camper. Also there is no way of knowing what a previous owner may have done without a complete examination.

    The only other thing, which I forgot to mention, is that it would be a good idea to add a fuse on the positive side somewhere between the battery and the frame. A 20 amp fuse should be sufficient.
     
  11. Buffarino

    Buffarino New Member

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    All set. It worked great. Thanks for the help!
     

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