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Old 01-17-2016, 03:14 PM   #1
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Help! Nothing works...

Just did a pre-trip check out for next weekend and found the following not working:
A/C
Heater
Gas Detector
Tank level Indicator
Frig

I do have A/C by all the outlights, fans and lights that are that are 110v.

Is there a reset button somewhere a don't know about.
The breakers are not tripped. Didn't open the panel to make sure I had juice. Hoping this is some safety reset or something.

Any ideas?
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:22 PM   #2
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Also I do not have water hooked up. Flipped hot water heater electric for a few seconds but the light did not come on. When I said I have A/C by all the outlights I am referring to alternating current (110 vac) Sorry for any confustion.
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:37 PM   #3
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Have you checked to see if there is ac where you have the trailer plugged in?

Are you using a step down adapter on the end of the ac cord?
Some times they can be the culprit.
Have you checked the main breaker in the trailer?
Have you by any chance had the batteries disconnected or out of the trailer?
If so are you sure they are hooked up correctly?
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:08 PM   #4
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I checked and I do have 110v at the breakers inside the unit. All 12v stuff works. I did replace the battery since last time out. Besides the two main wires I have two small wires on the negative post. One is for the winch, not sure what the other one is for. I think I have it in the right place but it's possible it should be on positive but not sure that would affect anything on 110v inside unless nothing comes on when your gas detector is not functioning. Is that a possibility?
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:11 PM   #5
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Put the small wire on the positive terminal
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:41 PM   #6
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Tried the small wire on the POS, nothing changed.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:42 PM   #7
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I hooked up the water and tried the hot water with gas. didnot work. I do have gas to the stove which works fine.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:48 PM   #8
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Had quite a bit of rain latley. Could I have water in a junction box on the exterior somewhere?
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:10 PM   #9
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check and see if the 40 amp fuse is blown I believe it is brown in color.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:17 PM   #10
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Both of my 30 amps are blown. Think I did that by putting the small wire in the wrong place?
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There should be two GFI's check to be sure they are not tripped.
The frig also needs 12vto operate. The others may also need 12v to operate the thermostat for heat and A/C.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:22 PM   #12
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I checked and I do have 110v at the breakers inside the unit. All 12v stuff works. I did replace the battery since last time out. Besides the two main wires I have two small wires on the negative post. One is for the winch, not sure what the other one is for. I think I have it in the right place but it's possible it should be on positive but not sure that would affect anything on 110v inside unless nothing comes on when your gas detector is not functioning. Is that a possibility?
If the propane detector is not working, then there should be no propane going to any appliance including the range. That would also have no affect on the air conditioner. However, all the appliances need 12 v DC for their control boards and that does include the air conditioner. Weak battery voltage will still allow the 12v lights to work, but may be too low for the appliance control boards. I think you need to check that the battery is fully charged and that the converter is working to keep it charged.

Never turn the water heater on unless you know for a FACT that the tank is full of water, you will burn out the electric heating element within a few seconds and on gas you may destroy the tank.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:26 PM   #13
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Don't have any 30's so I put in a 15 just to try it out. Blew it as soon as it touched. Move the small wire on my battery and did it again. Some thing. Nothing was on but I hope maybe the 15 just wouldn't work even with only the lights on. Any thoughts?
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Dayle,

Only hit electric on water heater for a second to see if it lit up. Added water before trying gas. Gas detector is not functioning but I do have gas to stove. It's sounds like its definetly the 12v system. Will p/u fuses tomorrow and try it.

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Don't have any 30's so I put in a 15 just to try it out. Blew it as soon as it touched. Move the small wire on my battery and did it again. Some thing. Nothing was on but I hope maybe the 15 just wouldn't work even with only the lights on. Any thoughts?
Yeah, try leaving the small wire disconnected and see if you can get the majority of appliances to work, later figure out where the small wire goes. If everything is off and wires are correct, there is no reason a 15 amp fuse should blow, standby power for the control boards and detectors is in the range of 0.05 to 0.15 amp each.
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Or the battery hooked up back wards
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You may have put the battery in backwards. Black is positive, white is negative. No kidding!
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Old 01-18-2016, 11:17 AM   #18
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Yes as embarassing as it is I had the main battery wires crossed. Guess the 12v lights are bi-polar and don't care about that. Unforunately on my rig both wires are black at the battery and the I apparently mixed them up! If you follow them far enough one of them turns white. Gonna get me some red electrical tape and fix that.

Anyway thank God for fuses or I'd fried everything. Appreciate everybodies input. I'm now ready for this weekend. Heading to Flint Creek in Wiggins Ms. Going to have a 4 year old and a 7 year hitching a ride with us.
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Glad to hear you got it all figured out and working. Also, thanks for letting us know.

Don't feel to bad, there are many seasoned RV'ers that have done the same thing.
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If you haven't checked your stereo or your thermostat yet make sure they still work.
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