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Old 04-15-2019, 09:47 PM   #1
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What are these batteries for?

Does anyone know what these 9v batteries are for? They were in a black open top box in the front storage area and unplugging. Looks like they could be plugged into a set of wires currently hooked up to 12v system. Not sure if they are a back up or what.

Also, the spare tire winch has an end connection I haven't seen before. Usually there's the 3/4 socket. See the pictures below. Is there something missing or is that how it is? I have no tool that came with the trailer for it. It's on my 2018 Voltage 4005. Thanks
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:34 AM   #2
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The batteries are for the rear ramp locks, usually they are hooked up to them and if they are dead then you plug them into the backup 12v as they are now, can not answer on the spare tire carrier
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Thanks for the answer RDJ! Interesting, I wonder why the door is primarily run off of 9v batteries instead of just running the door off of 12v in the first place and using the 9v's as a backup?

The spare tire winch beats me.
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My guess would be if the 12v system was dead you could still access the back end if need be to get something out, just a thought
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This allows the trailer to be transported without any 12 volt batteries connected and still have the ability to release the ramp door.
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Spare tire looks like it uses a Square or round tube with notches to get it down. This used to be standard on a car jack at one point.
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Hmm, I'll have to get in touch with the dealer to see if they forgot the tool for it.
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I have a 2017 Voltage with the same rear door mechanism. Really don't know why they sold their TH with this so called innovation. Since there is no lever bars that puts pressure on the door like most TH, you will never get a good seal on the ramp door. As you use the door it will get out of alignment which will not entirely seal when closed. If you camp like I do in the .CA deserts their will be considerable draft inside the garage area when the bunks are being used.
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Thanks for the answer RDJ! Interesting, I wonder why the door is primarily run off of 9v batteries instead of just running the door off of 12v in the first place and using the 9v's as a backup?

The spare tire winch beats me.
The batteries are hooked up from the factory so sales folks can unlock the rear ramp door. If you pull the wiring out of the cover there should be a plug to convert over to the house battery.
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The crank for manual slide operation should fit your spare tire winch.
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I'm going to go to the trailer tomorrow and see if I can find that handle. I have the standard 3/4 socket end crank handle but that's it.
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This crank is for your spare tire, slide, and landing gear.
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/crank...C4C117573D12B6
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I just searched and found the same thing, thanks! I don't recall see that tool but I'll check.
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The batteries are for the rear ramp locks, usually they are hooked up to them and if they are dead then you plug them into the backup 12v as they are now, can not answer on the spare tire carrier
It took Campers world 11/2 years to figure out the problem with my ramp door. Sometimes it will unlock, and other times will not lock. The 9 volt battery power was meant for the dealer that has not installed a 12 volt battery in the RV to show customers how the ramp operates. Upon a sale and install of the 12 volt battery, the selling dealer is suppose to unplug the 9 volt battery, and plug into the 12 volt harness. How ridiculous this was, we actually had a eye bolt put into the top of the ramp door, and a load strap attached to a floor tie down to secure the ramp.
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We tried to have the clamps installed on our Voltage 3990 Epic, but according to moryde , we can not because there is not enough room on the sides of the door, and cables run behind there.
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That looks more like a drain plug. Our spare tire wrench was located under the bed in our Voltage 3990 Epic
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It took Campers world 11/2 years to figure out the problem with my ramp door. Sometimes it will unlock, and other times will not lock. The 9 volt battery power was meant for the dealer that has not installed a 12 volt battery in the RV to show customers how the ramp operates. Upon a sale and install of the 12 volt battery, the selling dealer is suppose to unplug the 9 volt battery, and plug into the 12 volt harness. How ridiculous this was, we actually had a eye bolt put into the top of the ramp door, and a load strap attached to a floor tie down to secure the ramp.
Geez, you'd think a dealer would be able to figure that out! My 9 batteries were still plugged in when I found it. I couldn't fathom why these wire went to a battery that was hidden like it was. I thought some system would not work anymore and whatever it was must have belonged to those batteries. I'm glad this thread answered my question!
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Smile 9 Volt Battery ?????

I have a 2016 Dutchmen Voltage model 3605 V-Series. Do I have this 9V battery and where might I find it ?
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I have a 2016 Dutchmen Voltage model 3605 V-Series. Do I have this 9V battery and where might I find it ?
You probably don't have them but there is information about them in the first two posts of this thread and further on.
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One sure way to find out if you have the 9 volt battery is, Do you have a ramp door that is opened by a key switch, if so then most likely you do.
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