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Old 09-11-2016, 10:40 AM   #21
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The most common cause for nothing working on battery is the main fuse blown. This fuse is located on the positive wire coming from your battery. Follow this wire back from the battery box and eventually you will come across a fuse holder. It is usually located within the first foot or so of the battery outside the shell, but some models it can be found inside the camper. Just keep following the wire back. Note that if your wire ends at a bolt on the frame you are tracing the negative wire, check the other wire. If the fuse is blown, replace it with a like amperage fuse; usually 30A for a smaller hybrid.
This fuse can be your friend when hooking up your battery, shutting down any load and eliminating sparking when attaching wires to the battery. It can also remove any parasitic draw on your battery when in storage.
If you have partial power; say the pump runs, but no lights, then you have probably blown a fuse in the main fuse panel.
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:40 PM   #22
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1) Do you get lights? Should not be much more than that. Batteries are giving you 12volts which should power lights, gas heater, water pump, water heater ignitor and maybe some fans if you have it. If you do not at least get interior lights, you blew a fuse and check the panel.

2) It may not heat unless it is plugged into "shore" power. 120volts. I bow to the x17z gods for this one...
1) No lights, nothing works. Is there a main fuse somewhere? I see many fuses for different things...
[edit] looks like bankr63 helped with the location!

2) It's plugged into shore power, it just doesn't blow heat. Perhaps it truly is "Optional" and I need to buy something for it....

I appreciate the help A2Z_Adventures.
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:43 PM   #23
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The most common cause for nothing working on battery is the main fuse blown. This fuse is located on the positive wire coming from your battery. Follow this wire back from the battery box and eventually you will come across a fuse holder. It is usually located within the first foot or so of the battery outside the shell, but some models it can be found inside the camper. Just keep following the wire back. Note that if your wire ends at a bolt on the frame you are tracing the negative wire, check the other wire. If the fuse is blown, replace it with a like amperage fuse; usually 30A for a smaller hybrid.
This fuse can be your friend when hooking up your battery, shutting down any load and eliminating sparking when attaching wires to the battery. It can also remove any parasitic draw on your battery when in storage.
If you have partial power; say the pump runs, but no lights, then you have probably blown a fuse in the main fuse panel.
bankr63 - thanks for the input! I believe you are right....I'll give this a shot when I get my camper back from storage in the next few weeks.
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Old 09-11-2016, 02:45 PM   #24
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Great to have you around here and your only 4-1/2 hours to the Oregon Coast. Your first stop is a must " Fort Sevens State Park"
Yes! The Oregon coast is on our wish list, thanks for the Fort Stevens State Park tip!
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:34 AM   #25
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How well does your Pathfinder pull that trailer? I've got a 2015 Pathfinder SV /w 4WD, and I'm considering buying that exact camper.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:06 AM   #26
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How well does your Pathfinder pull that trailer? I've got a 2015 Pathfinder SV /w 4WD, and I'm considering buying that exact camper.
Hi SteveMM, The Pathfinder towed like a champ.

Even climbing to 4K feet in 90 degree heat with the AC at max, the car never skipped a beat. I only have about 5K miles on the Pathfinder so far, so I didn't push it past 3.5K RPMs.

I did note that when not in "tow" mode, the CVT was thoroughly confused and erratic, constantly hunting for gears and usually picking the wrong one. But the tow button magically sorted things out.

Another thing to note is that the low gear is useless for speeds under 30 mph....which is what low gear should be for. So, when buying the trailer, I recommend getting brakes for your trailer, they came in handy.

Oh, and a weight distribution hitch helped tremendously with our saggy bottom issue....in fact, for the x17z and our Pathfinders, its a must.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:14 AM   #27
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Hi SteveMM, The Pathfinder towed like a champ.

Even climbing to 4K feet in 90 degree heat with the AC at max, the car never skipped a beat. I only have about 5K miles on the Pathfinder so far, so I didn't push it past 3.5K RPMs.

I did note that when not in "tow" mode, the CVT was thoroughly confused and erratic, constantly hunting for gears and usually picking the wrong one. But the tow button magically sorted things out.

Another thing to note is that the low gear is useless for speeds under 30 mph....which is what low gear should be for. So, when buying the trailer, I recommend getting brakes for your trailer, they came in handy.

Oh, and a weight distribution hitch helped tremendously with our saggy bottom issue....in fact, for the x17z and our Pathfinders, its a must.
Thanks for the information. Great stuff! I've heard about the weight distribution issue and the soft rear suspension on the newer Pathfinders. I was absolutely planning to get a WD hitch. The dealer also recommended getting a brake controller installed in the Pathfinder.

Glad to hear it's working for you. Now, I just have to convince the wife that this is the trailer for us!
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:55 AM   #28
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I did note that when not in "tow" mode, the CVT was thoroughly confused and erratic, constantly hunting for gears and usually picking the wrong one. But the tow button magically sorted things out.

Another thing to note is that the low gear is useless for speeds under 30 mph....which is what low gear should be for. So, when buying the trailer, I recommend getting brakes for your trailer, they came in handy.
Fun fact: Actually a CVT does not have gears and doesn't actually shift. The numbers are on the shift lever because that's what we've been used to since 1940 or so. A CVT is essentially 2 pulleys that can change sizes connected by a rubber band. The "feel" of shifting gears is because the computer is controlling the pulley sizes. The term "gear ratio" still applies because it's the same whether actual gears are involved or sets of pulleys.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:03 AM   #29
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Fun fact: Actually a CVT does not have gears and doesn't actually shift. The numbers are on the shift lever because that's what we've been used to since 1940 or so. A CVT is essentially 2 pulleys that can change sizes connected by a rubber band. The "feel" of shifting gears is because the computer is controlling the pulley sizes. The term "gear ratio" still applies because it's the same whether actual gears are involved or sets of pulleys.

I know, but Nissan added programming to the transmission to actually create virtual shift points to emulate a traditional automatic transmission to please the consumers that complained about the gear-less drone. So, I should have used the word "virtual" gears. BTW, I hate CVTs.....I'm a fan of a 6-speed manual or a crisp 5-7 speed automatic.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:05 AM   #30
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Thanks for the information. Great stuff! I've heard about the weight distribution issue and the soft rear suspension on the newer Pathfinders. I was absolutely planning to get a WD hitch. The dealer also recommended getting a brake controller installed in the Pathfinder.

Glad to hear it's working for you. Now, I just have to convince the wife that this is the trailer for us!
Glad it helped. As part of the negotiations of the camper, I had the dealer throw in the WDH & electronic brake w/install, so something to consider!
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