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Old 04-04-2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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I went to reconnect my battery to my trailer today and I got a mini fireworks show. I confirmed all the breakers were off . I brought the battery in to Part Source to be tested. They said it was a good battery with a low charge. Is it safe to assume there's a short somewhere?
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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If you connected the battery on the wrong terminals, which may have caused the fireworks display, you may have blown the reverse polarity fuse. Its a safety feature to prevent your 12volt fixtures from frying. I've never checked or needed to change mine but I thinks its near the battery or the converter.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:00 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure I had it right. Black always negative. I'll have a look in the fuse box
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:11 AM   #4
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There are a few loads that will be connected as soon as the battery is re-connected. Mine sparks some - not excessive. I have two batteries in out rig.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:32 AM   #5
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Double check, on rv white may be negative.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #6
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black is power (pos) white is negative (neutral) its wired like a house for 120v ac service not like a car. you need to check your fuses as they are probably blown now
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:32 AM   #7
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What Jason said. Black is positive (+), white is negative (-).
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:36 PM   #8
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You guys were right. Had a brain fart. (I blame night shift!) when I put the cables on the right way the battery sparked but stopped soon after. I owe everyone a beer!
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Before I disconnected mine for the first time, I labelled the wires with a piece of tape. Also the terminal labels (+ and -) are hard to see on my battery and since its dark in the storage compartment, I labelled it too with tape.

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Old 04-05-2013, 01:55 AM   #10
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Label (+)on the battery and (+)black wire with bright red nail polish . will never forget then .
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:59 AM   #11
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I did the same thing last year. Thank good I have such a wonderful wife that reminded me about making sure I remembered this year, I'll never hear the end of that one.

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