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Old 06-12-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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Fuses blow when connected to Truck

I have a 2005 Jayco 27BH.

Everything works fine when the trailer is plugged into AC and the battery is connected. When I hook up my truck, the inline fuse at the battery blows and the "reverse polarity" fuse at the panel blows.

If I disconnect the battery while the trailer is connected to the truck, it's okay, and if I disconnect the truck and reconnect the battery everything is okay.

The connection to the truck is a factory molded connection (no screw terminals accessible) so I don't imagine that there are any crossed wires there. And, it's a relatively new truck (2011) with factory tow package that worked fine with my last trailer.

I checked the JB behind the battery to see if any of the connections from the truck or battery were loose or damaged, but everything looks okay. I pulled back the wire clamp to look for a pinch, nothing there. the JB is nice and clean, looks like factory, not tampered with.

Any troubleshooting ideas?
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I carry a bully beep tester, makes a beep when you go through the different connections helping eliminate them from the TV back. Sounds like a ground is touching somewhere or the cable is wired incorrectly crossing positive and negative.
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Sounds to like the battery is hooked up backwards.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:35 PM   #4
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Sounds to like the battery is hooked up backwards.
The battery is hooked up correctly. The positive is the one with the inline fuse on it, and the terminals are a slightly different size, looks like I couldn't hook up the battery backwards if I tried.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:06 PM   #5
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Which terminal of your trailer battery is connected to the chassis? If you check with a voltmeter you should have 12V between the positive terminal and chassis, 0V from negative to chassis.
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Negative ground trailer to negative battery terminal
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:57 PM   #7
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What happens when your battery is disconnected and you are plugged into the truck? Do your battery powered loads (interior lights, water pump) work? Does your truck have a removable relay for the trailer charging circuit? If you remove that what happens? Sounds like its time to do some measuring with a meter.
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I guess I'll have to pack a meter and try that at the lake next weekend.

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Let us know what you find. Something like this could happen to anybody.
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