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Old 07-25-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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A 07 Jayco 288RLS.

Three weeks ago while on trip the Fuse panel started to give off smoke and odor like the magic smoke electrical parts make while failing.

We smelled the odor, but took a while to see the smoke coming out of the fuse panel.

We cut power and opened the fuse panel to find all five 120 AC circuit breakers were smoked and a wire showed melted cover several inches back from the breakers. At the same time we discovered that our unit had the Iota ILS panel/converter combined unit. This was the first time I pulled the panel out of the wall.

I put the trailer into the RV shop as soon as we got home. They tested and reported that the problem was loose connections that was causing the heat build up.

Now after 7 years of tightening just about every screw, bolt, and fixture on this unit I had never thought about going into the fuse panel and tightening the lock down screws on the wires.

So, I had the RV shop replace the Iota unit with a Inteli-power PD4045 unit with built in charge wizard.

I hope this report saves someone else from this problem.

Bob
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:29 PM   #2
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A 07 Jayco 288RLS.

Three weeks ago while on trip the Fuse panel started to give off smoke and odor like the magic smoke electrical parts make while failing.

We smelled the odor, but took a while to see the smoke coming out of the fuse panel.

We cut power and opened the fuse panel to find all five 120 AC circuit breakers were smoked and a wire showed melted cover several inches back from the breakers. At the same time we discovered that our unit had the Iota ILS panel/converter combined unit. This was the first time I pulled the panel out of the wall.

I put the trailer into the RV shop as soon as we got home. They tested and reported that the problem was loose connections that was causing the heat build up.

Now after 7 years of tightening just about every screw, bolt, and fixture on this unit I had never thought about going into the fuse panel and tightening the lock down screws on the wires.

So, I had the RV shop replace the Iota unit with a Inteli-power PD4045 unit with built in charge wizard.

I hope this report saves someone else from this problem.

Bob
I dont want to make you feel glum but that is the first place you should tighten.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:18 PM   #3
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Everyone should do the same in their home yearly. You can use an insulated screw driver and do it w/o turning off the power.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:42 PM   #4
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On solid conductor wire you need to be careful that you don't shear the wire with the screw or clamp under the screw. But yes it needs to be tight.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:03 PM   #5
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4X4bob,

Welcome to JOF

Good information to know, I'm sure very few JOF members and lurkers ever think about checking the breaker/fuse box connections for integrity.

Since this situation could be applied to any type of RV, we will move the thread over to the "Jayco Problems and Issues" forum for increased visibility.

Thanks for posting

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That's one of the first things I did when I bought my TT, thanks to a post like yours, 4/4bob. Got me thinking to check the connections. It's been a few years, so I should probably re-tighten the connections again.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:55 AM   #7
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Wow, in all the units I have owned I have never pulled that for checking screw tightness. After having just watched a Jayco technician try to get a fixed surge protection behind my unit and get it all back in place, I would never attempt to pull that out and check screw tightness. It will have to go back in to the dealer for that. He had no space left at all in there!
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