Jayco Eagle Fifth Wheels 2023 Towing User Manual
If your RV is equipped with the Command Control Bluetooth system, make sure you turn off your battery disconnect switch according to the following instructions.
- BEFORE TOWING YOUR RV ON THE ROADWAY: TURN OFF THE BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH!
- Certain components inside the RV can unexpectedly activate which could result in personal injury or property damage.
This caution label has been placed in an area near the battery disconnect switch on your RV.
On some models, the battery disconnect switch may be located in the compartment with the propane tanks.
- Your RV braking system is rated for operation at GVWR, not GCWR.
- Whenever possible, do not travel with waste in the holding tanks. Liquid or debris in the holding tank(s) may affect the towing characteristics and may result in property damage or personal injury.
- The propane cylinder(s) should be turned off when traveling. Most refrigerators will keep food cold or frozen for eight hours without running while you travel.
Your RV will travel safely and comfortably at highway speed limits. It will take longer than a passenger automobile to reach that speed. Allow more time to go around vehicles you are passing. Avoid situations that might require sudden momentum changes as the length of the tow vehicle/RV combination affects your ability to quickly cut back into traffic. Swerves and sharp turns, especially at high speeds, could result in loss of control of the tow vehicle/RV. Slow down in advance of dips, bumps, and railroad tracks to reduce the jolting to your tow vehicle/RV combination. Proceed slowly and let the trailer tires pass over them before accelerating. Adverse weather conditions and extremes in terrain may affect the performance and handling of your tow vehicle. Do not operate the tow vehicle cruise control on icy or extremely wet roads, winding roads, heavy traffic, or in any other traffic situation where a constant speed cannot be maintained.
When descending a long hill, drop down into a lower gear or range. Avoid conditions that require excessive and prolonged use of your brakes. Apply and release brakes at short intervals to allow them to cool. The tow vehicle transmission and engine will help in controlling downhill speed and can lengthen brake life. Use care when accelerating or decelerating on a slippery surface. Abrupt speed changes can cause skidding and loss of control.
Know the weight and size of your towing combination and observe any posted weight and clearance limits. The added height of roof air conditioners, TV antennas, or floodlights may cause clearance problems around some tunnels, canopies, and hanging signs. When turning, the tires do not follow the path of your tow vehicle tires. The RV will make a tighter turn than the tow vehicle. Compensate for this action by carefully pulling the tow vehicle out into the intersection further than you would normally so that the RV clears the curb. When making a turn, check the road clearance and be aware of others. Swerves and sharp turns, especially at high speeds, could result in loss of control of the RV. If your camping destination does not have pull-through sites, pick a level site and back in carefully. Check to ensure there are no obstacles in your path and that you have plenty of vehicle clearance.
After the RV is in the desired location, set the tow vehicle parking brake. Block all RV wheels securely with wheel chocks to prevent it from rolling.
RV Brake System
Even though your RV is equipped with brakes designed for GVWR, proceed with caution until you become accustomed to your RV’s stopping distance. Driving through water deep enough to wet the brakes may affect the stopping distance or cause the vehicle to pull to one side. Check the RV’s brake operation in a safe area to be sure they have not been affected. Never operate any vehicle if a difference in braking efficiency is noticeable.
Failure to maintain the brakes in proper working condition as specified in the operator’s manual supplied by the axle OEM will cause property damage, personal injury and possibly death. Consult with your dealer for assistance.
The electric brakes are designed to work with the tow vehicle brakes. To maintain proper braking performance, both the RV and tow vehicle brakes must be used together. Separate use of the braking systems will cause accelerated wear and damage. When your RV is new, it is impossible to adjust the brake shoes precisely. It takes approximately 1,000 miles and/or 50 medium to heavy stops to “burnish” fit or “seat” the shoes to the brake drum. After the initial break-in period, your brake shoes must be adjusted accurately for the best performance and increased durability.
Braking system components include:
- Tow vehicle battery
- Tow vehicle brake controller
- Wire harness/connector plug
- Trailer battery
- Breakaway switch and alarms
The tow vehicle battery is the primary source of power for your RV’s electric brake operation. To ensure available power when needed, keep your tow vehicle battery and charging system working properly.
Brake Controller (customer supplied)
The brake controller should be installed in the tow vehicle to work in conjunction with the RV electric brakes. Consult with your dealer or the brake controller OEM to decide what is right for your towing combination.
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