Ground problems are the top cause of issues with trailer wiring. But if your AC breakers or fuses are going off, you can certainly investigate whether your appliances, singly or in combination, are drawing more AC power than you want them to. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 08, 2020: Chris Knob - OK,Let's tear this one down and get to the root of your problem. The fuses and breakers were placed in the system for two major reasons: So a breaker or fuse going off is often a sign that something else is wrong: a symptom, not a cause of your problem. Why would that happen? You could cause an electrical fire and destroy your RV. Question: On my camper, the battery is fully charged, but the lights in the camper will not come on. Quicksilver tent camper by Livin Lite – $12,000. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 16, 2020: Ginny - Did you install the new AC or did the dealer? GFCI is not tripped. Thank you. Can you help. It's strange but from your symptoms with everything working great when on Generator power, and with the lights not working when on Shore power, I would suspect that either one of your breakers in your campsite power box is OFF, or your power supplied by the Shore campsite panel is really low. Like surge protectors, they kick out if the input voltage goes too high. Is there any chance of my 12-volt system being involved in my RV's problems? If your vehicle is not equipped with a working trailer wiring harness, there are a number of different solutions to provide the perfect fit for your specific vehicle. This battery is the heart of your RVs internal electrical equipment and it must be kept charged. Try to turn OFF all of the electrical equipment in your RV that is powered by that particular breaker to see of it is overloaded. Do you have any idea what is wrong? Not enough information, I'm afraid. Is this switch and your awning light system something that was installed by the manufacturer? Our son's new 5th wheel with slide outs was indirectly hit by lightning on the ground near it. You could permanently damage the equipment that is supplied by that fuse. Convertor seems very hot but fan eventually kicks on. I reset the ac breakers, still nothing. It's the power that runs your microwave, outlets and some of your lights. Still, the right brake/turn signal doesnt work. If it does operate on propane then the 110-VAC is most likely missing. The 12-volt output of your converter likely goes through two 30-amp fuses that feed your 12-volt fuse panel. I have a 2011 Montana with 2 AC units that have trip the brakers and not able to reset, I have a code that stated: loss of 120 VAC power to all power module boards on the system. Your tank uses a pump or two but they don't pull very much current, so why aren't your tank pumps plugged into your regular receptacles in your Fiver? LED lighting was pretty much a no-brainer for us. In trailers, it is powered by your COACH (or AUX) battery. Do you know where I can get a diagram on this model RV? So, check your engine battery (s) and make sure they are fully charged. They are wired so that anyone switch will start or stop the water pump. Problems in the DC system can also cause lights or appliances to go on and off. It works when plugged into electric. Thanks again for the great article. And, check your Coach battery and that it is fully charged. Don is a retired engineer and long-time motorhome owner who enjoys helping readers deal with the increasingly complex technology of RVs. If the GFI detects a problem, the GFI-equipped receptacle will shut itself off, often along with several other "slave" receptacles. It does not allow for a voltage drop through the connection. AC power is the power that you get when you plug your shore power cord in or power up your generator. I notice a clicking coming from under the Hood ONLY when I park the unit, and it is not connected to an external power source. HELP ? Many appliances have sensors on their mechanical parts that will kick a breaker or blow a fuse rather than allow the appliance to continue running in an unsafe mode. Question: I need help with an issue; my 2095 Allegro Bus is failing to start. a set of AC fuses or breakers to interrupt the 115-volt AC power coming from outside the RV if anything goes wrong in the 115-volt system. With a motorhome the awning would normally be powered by your Engine battery, but having a 5th wheel, it looks like they just spliced into the wire you mention to get to the AUX batteries. Larry - Before you go any further, make sure your RV's COACH battery is fully charged because your temperature control panel is powered by your 12-VDC. The outside auxillary lights dont work. What could be wrong? And if it blew, something has changed. You can check the battery, and you can have the campsite check their power to your camper. Turned on my light over the sink and realized I had a blown fuse. The fan works, the outside door lights work...any idea what the issue may be or what I may try troubleshooting. Any thoughts or advise would be appreciated. In the old setup, the AC panel and the refrigerator were both hooked into the same breaker. I have tried every fuse on the control panel...all good and the fuses that the mechanics added for the 2 solar panels on the roof. We previously had a 35ft Motorhome and were plugged into same outlet and had no issues. Camper Lights four your next RV Adventure. If this is the case, use wire cutters, a crimper and a wire stripper to perform a swap. My 3 over head lights stopped working all other plugs lights etc still work fuse is good.? Try to check this voltage at the terminals of your RV COACH battery itself and look for "spikes" when you plug the Converter into 110-VAC and turn it on. Question: My battery to the engine is boiling and hot. One trillionth, 0.000000000001. Light switch which controls outside lights stays on as well as the lights outside. Now that's a very product-specific question. Thermostat doesn't recognize zone 2. Answer: Check your COACH battery in your RV. These specialty circuit breakers are required in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages, places where the user of an appliance could possibly be physically touching ground through plumbing, metal, or flooring and using an appliance that is not insulated properly. Address the problem now so you don't have to fuss around with your trailer once the cold weather arrives. What's wrong? One thing I can recommend is to change the GFCI master receptacle in the hopes that yours is bad. What is the problem? The alternator is good. If that is OK, then your temperature control panel may be suspect. GFCI receptacles are commonly found in your bathroom and kitchen areas because these areas are where you may get shocked by touching metal appliances with electrical problems. If the bulbs are not the problem, disconnect the trailer's wiring system from the tow vehicle. I changed the headlight switch and now the dash lights work but my headlights and turn signals still do not work. to your cable. I have searched for a diagram of the electrical underneath but cannot find one. Answer: Not sure which breaker you're talking about, so I assume you're talking about your AC MAIN breaker. Do you know what is causing this and if so, is it an expensive repair? I figured out and connected several but I have a few that goes to the reading lights that I cannot figure out. The fridge’s cooling unit is frozen solid. Question: why does my RV's breaker trip when I'm plugged into the house for power? Your Converter runs on your 110-VAC so it could be your problem if the battery voltage is low. Repair the Running Lights on Your Recreational Vehicle ... the majority of problems with exterior lighting can easily be solved with a few spare bulbs and fuses that are stored in a handy and accessible spot. Your Converter keeps it charged, but the converter is powered by your 110-VAC power, so make sure your RV is plugged into the power box in your campsite. This article provides some basic information for the RV owner to help diagnose and repair electrical problems efficiently and safely. It does not trip the house breaker. I have tried disconnecting and reconnecting all 3 batteries alternately, checked every fuse with a multi meter including the 2 bolted down 50 volt fuses and the 70 volt and also the 32 volt...all registering OK. Question: I have a 1992 Prowler. If the furnace still doesn’t run, try lighting a stove burner. Like others I’m having intermittent 12v power loss. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 24, 2020: Stephen - When contractors rewire an RV for Solar Power, asn your symptoms indicate has been done to your RV, they do some custom wiring that I cannot see. One RV, Two Electrical Systems. I had the furnace igniter board checked out, and it was good. Answer: Check your COACH batteries. There are 10-, 15- and 35-watt fuses in the panel. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 28, 2020: James - All of your overhead and exterior running lights are wired to the same fuse, but if your problem iw only with the 3 on the top-front, then this would indicate that particular string of lights has a bad connection to your fuse panel. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 11, 2020: Robin - No Problem. The over head door light as well as the step light stayed on with switch off and then finally disconnected. Call for immediate assistance. First things first, you should check that gas is coming through to your appliances. I had 12V to the thermostat, and the fuse is good. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 29, 2020: Jordan h - You should have an ON/OFF switch for your Hot Water Heater; as well as a switch for selecting 110-VAC or Propane to operate it. Lost my marker lights outside too . Check whether the fuse or breaker is tripped or not. Answer: Your 12-VDC COACH power system has a fuse panel that is wired with; 1-a 30-Amp input line that powers all of the 12-VDC circuits which goes directly to a 30-Amp fuse and 2- multiple wires from all of your fuses to the individual 12-VDC circuits in your RV including your Air unit and Furnace. This past weekend, all 3 lights started working and now they have stopped again. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on June 13, 2020: Pat - This often raises red flags for me because so many people make their own external power cables and adapters and quite often, they do not wire them properly for an RV. We ran a cable so we could have cable TV at the campground. My 5th wheel just lost most of the power! While the Clipper A-frame pop up camper doesn’t have any extra pop-ups, it still allows plenty of natural light in, thanks to the roof windows. Check whether the connections to the converter are loose. Anything I could be missing? A multimeter (see below) should show the voltage between the battery terminals between 13.4 and 14.5 volts DC; if not, the battery may be worn out and need replacement, or it may be low on water, or the converter may not be giving it any power. Question: I own a 2011 Keystone Laredo 291tg. The step light is also powered by the same battery. I use a flat-blade screwdriver (with insulated grip) for the terminals and a good pair of needle-nosed pliers (with rubber covered handle) to bend the wire ends onto the screw heads. We are on our first trip to Yellowstone from WV and fridge quit. Are you also thinking of changing your oil but afraid to get your hands dirty or that you don't have the technical know-how to get the job done? These were the easy things to check that are the more common problems, now to your breaker. Then you would check if one of these AC breakers has kicked OFF. So, you need to keep it (them?) Can you advise? Troubleshoot an inductive or Hall effect type crankshaft position (CKP) sensor using a digital multimeter. We are on a campground with full hook up; 50 amp, but the lights, water pump and AC stopped working. Both the heater and A/C stopped working. 3. My toaster won’t brown the toast, even after seven minutes, and my microwave takes four mins to heat a small coffee. There is no reset button on the control panel but everything else is working fine including registering the leisure batteries, water pump etc and as I said the starter battery when hitched up to electricity. Fuses are all good. They have been prepared in 2018 or more recently. Put Crimp and Solder Seal Terminals in their place. My assumption is that you are using a standard RV external power cord and that no one has rewired anything inside your RV???? Question: We purchased a one yr old Mercedes motorhome with 6000 miles on it from an RV dealer. What should I do? Plug in the tester to the socket. Each fuse in an RV is a certain safe value that is designed to blow only if the circuit draws more than the safe amount if current. Any thoughts. However, we have power when we plug it into the house. So, you should check that COACH battery for adequate water level, and always keep your RV plugged into 110-VAC when you are parked at a campsite. It looks like the other electrical items work. Question: No ac/dc power! Am i hurting anything by not having batteries or is it ok to run my camper this way? We had it plugged into our home, (No batteries are connected). But please, again, do not mess with any wiring unless you are sure of what you are doing. Should I change the temperature sensor in my RV or is there more to the issue? Question: On a 2004 Dutchman Express, with new 12 volt battery and all wiring tight with zero corrosion, what would cause only the negative 12 volt DC connection on the circuit board to get hot enough to start melting the plastic coating on the wire and only do so while air conditioner or furnace are running but NOT blowing the fuse on the positive 12 V side that control the furnace and air conditioner? You see, a GFCI circuit operates by detecting very small current leaks between the Common wire and the Ground wire in your Rv. Answer: Most campers will have multiple Water Pump switches usually located; near the kitchen sink, in the bathroom and outside in the service centre. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 12, 2020: Gordon - You have a number of power modules in your RV for controlling different electrical equipment. when i switch the breakers to the on position one of them make a buzzing noise i replaced it and the buzzing still continues is this normal. It Is Foldable And Hard Sided. If the blown fuses continue, it might be the result of the circuit being overloaded. I contacted Derek at Coleman Pop Up Parts for advice. I'm thinking it might be the ground wire? What could short this battery to get hot? Let's take a look at how to test trailer lights. All electrical worked well until recently. I burnt up mine. Before you start with any hands-on troubleshooting, keep in mind that safety comes first. Are your stabilizing jacks powered or manual? Here you can find manuals and guides for a wide range of repairs and upgrades to Coleman and Fleetwood pop ups. With all of this being said, I ope you can deduce what your real problem is. First of all, your TV would be powered by your camper's INVERTER, which converts your 12-VDC from your COACH batteries to 100-VAC for your TV. Next, you should check that your campsite power box is providing the proper power to your RV; 1- check that your external power cable is fully plugged in on both ends and 2- that the pins on the connectors are not oxidized and in need of cleaning. Your bedroom and living area receptacles are typically just regular receptacles. Example: 1 mW means one milliwatt, a thousandth of a watt. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. Your RV has two separate electrical systems: a 12-volt DC electrical system and a 120-volt AC system. If the LED assembly and lights are a standard design, then they should never have been in danger of burning out. Only was it this past year, I couldn't plug it into a generator. I also rewired it. I would trace the heavy wires from the COACH batteries because the HOT wires would go to the interior fuse panel. Push the RESET button and see if that fixes the problem; if not, disconnect all appliances and plug them back in one by one. I honestly do not know where the module is, but I can say that if you stop and look at your Rv as a truck, you should find the flasher module under the dash or under the hood. If this voltage is high enough, even for a few seconds, it could harm any of your 12-VDC appliance control boards, alarm boards, interior lights, etcetera. Also, the control circuitry of your Hot Water Heater senses if it has water in the tank, and if not, the heater will not operate. Well, the interior lights are powered by the same 12-VDC battery in your RV. Even though your furnace runs on Propane, it also uses a little of your 12-VDC from your battery. Any ideas??? Many people do not wire the connector at their home properly for the RV's 30-AMP external power cable to connect to. If the furnace fails to ignite, check the pilot light and confirm whether it is burning. Located in Saginaw, Michigan, and established in 1976, we've been selling online since 2001. Answer: You didn't mention some pertinent information, but let me give you a few hints of things for you to check. my headlights, dash lights and turn signals do not work on my 2002 Ambassador motorhome. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 19, 2020: Richard - As you know, a GFCI will kick if it detects any minor current leakage between the COMMON wires and GROUND. Second, Check your COACH battery and make sure it is fully charged. Check that each of the wires from the switch gets power, first of all, to assure your light switch is good. Testing Trailer Lights: Check the Grounds. Because of this, most RV owners will keep the battery in good shape and let it power the interior item it is wired to. Your Air Conditioner will age and eventually, it will draw several AMPS more current to start up and to run, so keep the air filter clean and you could even get up on the roof and clean the coils for better airflow. I then solved that problem. First of all, pop-ups are notorious for having poor ground connections, so make sure the light fixtures are well grounded, and that there is no corrosion on the ground connections or loose wires. Not wiring the new batteries properly is a top problem for the uninitiated RV owner. Keith@andersontrailers.com on August 15, 2020: I had a blow out on my Evergreen Everlite 2011 5th wheel. Your problem will be that your Converter is not designed to run all of your 12-VDC appliances, so you will have times when certain equipment will not operate. Also, 1-disconect the RV and see if just having the cable connected works, then 2- turn OFF all of your AC-Viltage breakers, including the MAIN, and then try to run the gen with the RV connected. As to your accessories, I wouldn't get distracted by them until you have your 12-VDC system functioning properly. Here I give you all the lessons I've learned so you too can make a nice weekly or monthly profit and have fun learning to flip cars for a living. Air conditioner (rated 13,500 to 15,000 Btu), Coffee pot (maximum use, while perking coffee). My coach is not getting full power off of my batteries. a 100-foot cord would have a lot of current loss, unless it was wired with very large wire. 3- If it doesn't blow, then turn on your equipment, one at a time and determine which equipment is blowing the fuse. This power control panel requires that your 12-VDC be good to operate properly. I then took both batteries to O’Reillys to have them tested and they both came back as good batteries. The original wiring has two wires that were connected to make a single wire and then connected into the 12v connections on the back of the fridge. Whether you've got a Chevy Silverado, a classic 1966 Ford F-100, or a Dodge Ram, there's a truck name for you here on the list. Let's find out. Most RVs have a master switch for disconnecting your RV's power during storage. That way you can decide when and where to use your appliances so that the flow of electricity stays within the bounds your system can handle. If so, then check the following; First, make sure your Cut-Off switch is in the right position. engaged starter), unless the ignition switch was "fried" or the ignition solenoid is stuck ON. Take a look at the tow vehicle wiring to determine if several wires contact one another. Fuses were blown on devices within the rv that run on the DC current. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on July 22, 2020: Margie - Your camper should have a built-in battery that must be kept charged. By the way, your Solar panel is usually there to apply a "trickle charge" to your Coach battery while it is kept in storage or is just sitting idle for a day or so, it is not designed to keep the battery charged and handle a motorhome's power load. Less powerful hair dryers might be better for RV use. The converter itself has a fuse or two, often on the front. If half your appliances along with your air conditioner are out, one possibility is that half the AC supply from the campground is missing (another possibility is a GFI going off; see part 1 above). Sound works if I run the truck to put more juice into it. You hae a breaker panel in your Rv that has breakers that turn ON/OFF 120-VAC to a number of electrical equipment in your RV. The converter uses the higher-voltage AC power that comes in from the campground or generator through the 115-volt AC breaker panel and converts it to 12-volt DC. If the running lights are not working, one of the first things to check is the presence of a blown fuse. Is there any damage to the cord or any oxidation on the contacts? If it functions OK, then I would turn the other breakers ON, one by one and see which one has a load on it that is enough to overload your travel trailers main breaker. With these warnings in mind, below is a table of fuse colors and what ratings they indicate, in case you go shopping for replacement fuses. I recommend that you check this battery voltage and that it has water in it. Since you are using a 7-Way to 7-Way adapter you can also check to make sure the adapter is working properly by plugging it into the vehicle and using a circuit tester to test the 7-Way pins. On the back of the Fridge are some junction boxes and connections. I just purchased a champion generator inverter for my pull behind camper. Each component should have its own ground to the frame of the trailer. Features: Hand-pump sink with … I can speak to your racing your truck engine affecting your Camper power system. I appreciate any help I can get . Do you have any suggestions? Because the most common reason for trailer lights not working properly is a bad or missing ground, check the trailer… Your problem could be something as simple as your house GFCI breaker being old and more susceptible to a slight current that was always there before. Don’t try to fix your problems by replacing your fuse or breaker with a higher-rated one. If it drops to zero when you crank the engine, its voltage level should not drop to zero. Question: I have a 1999 Winnebago. You should check the Inverter for a fuse holder mounted on the end of the unit. And, considering that you say your RV power works appropriately when you are camping and using your generator, I would have to say that the only new variable you have introduced is the wiring of your HOUSE receptacle. These are your most likely problems. Go to the fuse box inside the Coleman trailer. Any ideas? The battery reads at the highest level on the test level lights. As you know the Converter keeps your COACH batteries charged and it is plugged into a 110-VAC receptacles that is powered by one of your breakers in your breaker box. The battery must be fully charged for a number of electrical equipment to function properly, so check that your Converter is functioning properly and has your batteries fully charged. I tried connecting them into my temporary wire like the original wiring and the fuse blew again. The measure of resistance to current flow. But the slide out and all power jacks operate just fine. What do I do? You can do a camshaft position sensor test using a digital multimeter at home and, if necessary, using a few common tools. We are stuck in a Walmart parking lot. Answer: From what you describe, I assume that your pop-up was connected to the towing vehicle and thus was using the auto's voltage to the lights. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 24, 2020: Sabrina - Because of the popping sound, you may have a breaker that has kicked off, so I would recommend that you reset all of your breakers. Thanks again. Next, check your campsite power box on your campsite to see if one of the breakers in it has kicked. the input house dc power at the front fuse panel is 10.6vdc. The bulbs became extremely hot, melting the cover plate and blowing the bulb. I checked the awning motor and it works when connected directly to a 12 volt battery. Cold you have a ground problem? Again, this problem is really hard to detect with just a multimeter, so rather than chase a ghost if you understand that your RV cable is a pretty long run of wires that handle high currents (50-AMPs) and just crushing the wires closer together somewhere along the length or getting oxidation or "char" from arcing on the contacts can change the way the cable looks to your GFCI system. The engine batteries were low so I took them out and charged them up. Question: We all of a sudden have an electric issue. Checked the 2 40 amp fuses and both are fine. With that said, you say all of the fuses are good but your symptoms say that normally you should have some blown fuses, you could have some wiring that has been torn up. Your on-board or portable generator can also be the cause of problems; it may stop running if your vehicle's gas tank is less than 1/4 full. We had to sleep in the car tonight any idea were to start. We have a 1993 holiday rambler free spirit 5th wheel. It's possible (though not the most likely thing) that the GFI receptacle itself is bad and needs replacing. They will only turn on if you back feed power form the 12 volt system through the front storage locker light. We purchased a new heat pump for zone 2. Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 13, 2020: Anthony - The first problem to look at is the fuse that keeps blowing. The Master GFCI receptacle is the one with the "test and reset" buttons. Now, after installing new, we have no zone 2. I would disconnect the wires from the solenoid and see if the solenoid "drops out". And it now looks like it does it most often when the water heater is turned on. If the tester responds to each individual system, the trailer wiring system is probably the cause of the problem. One millionth, 0.000001. BUT, if you are not qualified to get into current measurements, please stay away from this problem. 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