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Old 02-18-2012, 10:42 AM   #1
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Wondering why on my 5er it has a black wire for positive and the white wire is negative going to the battery. Why can't they use the standard black for negative and red for positive. I figured the white would be the the positive and the black would at least stay as negative. I did that mistake for the last time. Got lucky only blew the fuses for the converter, but why is it like this.




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Old 02-18-2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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I don't know but DH accidentally reversed them also. We also got lucky and only blew a couple of fuses also. Thank our lucky stars the fuse did its job and protected the converter. We were also lucky enough to have done it in Myrtle beach were there was plenty of places to get the needed fuses. We have since placed colored electric tape on the wires to label them.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:10 AM   #3
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The color code is the same as the residential wiring I belive per the NESC
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:51 AM   #4
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That's a good idea Anaro. Even though I don't think I will ever do that again I might just do what you did.



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Old 02-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #5
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In the AC world black is the hot lead (not positive but hot) and white is the neutral, not negative. In the DC world red is positive and black is negative.



I guess their bean counters wouldn't buy red wire for whatever reasons. It also confused me and is totally irresponsible in my opinion. They should stay with conventional coding.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:27 AM   #6
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They probably follow the National Electrical code, which has white as neutral and black as the hot lead, as was previously stated. You can generally see where the white lead is connected to other white leads and bolted to the metal frame, this tells you it is the negative or ground lead.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:35 AM   #7
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dalemac377, the camper was in storage without much light and with the battery in the basement you couldn't see good. I should of had a flash light to see things better then I would of seen the sticker on the side of the battery lid that said white is neg and black is positive, but like i said before i just figured neg was black. I'm pretty sure it won't happen again.



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Old 02-19-2012, 02:22 AM   #8
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On my Sunset Trail black is positive and white is negative. On my Coachmen trailer red is positive and white is negative. Makes me think too hard.
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we also connected battery wrong. Thank goodness for fuses. Good to know we arent only ones to do this.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:48 AM   #10
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When I removed my battery in the fall, I labelled the wires as well. I can't remember which colours were used but at first I looked at it and thought it would be easy to remember. Then I remembered... my memory is good- but short!! So I labelled them just in case. For the little effort it requires... it could save alot.




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