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Old 03-06-2015, 08:10 PM   #1
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Ok, I parked my 5th wheel in a very remote area which has no AC. Now my trailer battery is dead. I have no way to charge it and have no jumper cables. When I hook up the truck to the 5th wheel, will I be able to raise the legs?
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:11 PM   #2
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You should be able to once hooked up to the TV


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Old 03-06-2015, 08:20 PM   #3
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I think most all trailers come with a manual over ride like a crank handle to raise them manually look thru your books.
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:23 PM   #4
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Another idea you could remove your battery from your truck stick it in the trailer to move the landing gear then put the battery back into the TV.
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I think most all trailers come with a manual over ride like a crank handle to raise them manually look thru your books.
X2 you should have a manual crank for when the motor or / battery fails but hooked to the truck the legs should work again as well.

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Old 03-07-2015, 11:42 PM   #6
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My battery has died twice on my trailer from leaving a light on inside. Plugging in to the TV immediately puts power to the electric tongue jack.
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Old 03-08-2015, 01:14 AM   #7
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When I hook up the truck to the 5th wheel, will I be able to raise the legs?
Maybe, maybe not. It depends on how dead the battery is. I had an occurrence last year when a delivery driver came to get my camper. I forgot the keys and the battery was dead- he was willing to haul it without a battery, but we couldn't get the legs to raise/lower.

Mine from last year:
Camper 9/11 - landing gear isn't working

On edit, the weird thing is- with NO battery, I can use the pigtail from the truck and then they work fine. It was just this really depleted battery that caused issues.
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:52 AM   #8
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Just be sure you are hitched up good and don't have a situation where you become unhitched. If the trailer battery is dead, the emergency brakes will not work. The insurance company might not like that idea if a claim were to be filed.
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I posted this on your entry (thread) on another site.

On my first 5er I was learning all but using and storing a 5er. I would put the 5er away in the storage yard after every camping trip and when I went to tow the 5er out the battery would be dead. The electrical parasitic in the camper would drain the battery dead.

What I found out was I could simply plug in the camper umbilical cord to the truck’s 7-way plug and start the engine and used the alternator with the truck electrical system to rise the legs on the camper with no issues what’s so every. By the time I got the camper home from the storage yard the truck alternator would charge the campers’ battery up enough to power the legs down without be hooked to the truck.

At least on Chevy’s and Ram trucks this will work I cannot say about the ford trucks since I will not use one and have no experience with one pulling a 5er.

I have since learned to have a battery disconnect switch and use this; mine complete disengages the negative cable from the battery.

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Old 03-08-2015, 12:05 PM   #10
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Just a question... Is it not common practice to extend and retract the landing gear and position the slide(s) with the TV still connected? Where practical of course.... Since our current trailer is our first with a slide, I figured the slide would be a larger draw on my TT's battery so I've always operated mine while connected to either shore power or to the TV..
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