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Old 02-19-2020, 01:32 AM   #1
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3 Black Wires in battery box

I know I have seen this answer before, but now I canít find it.

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So I have 3 separate same gauge black wires running into the battery box. I THINK that they are from the charger/converter, inverter, and possibly solar prep wire. None of them are labeled and I havenít torn bulkheads apart yet to try to trace them. Anyone know where these wires run
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I'd say converter/charger, Inverter and leveling jacks not solar.

Best bet is to connect one at a time and see what comes on. I've never seen any of them labeled in any of the rigs I've owned.
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Old 02-19-2020, 08:05 AM   #3
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One could be charge wire from the trailer connection, one could be live wire to the breakaway switch / emergency braking.
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One thing to remember is that black wires are not ground like in most DC applications. Even though RV's do run mostly DC, they use the black as "hot" standard like homes.
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I just looked at my 17 Northpoint 375 and I have 3 black wires and 2 red. One red and one black are paired together and are for the inverter that feeds the residential fridge. The other red is paired with a pair of black wires that are crimped into one eyelet. Those are for the main coach battery power. One of those black wires is for leveling system and one or two other things that are not connected to the main battery disconnect. I believe it's a safety thing that they always need power.
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Old 02-19-2020, 09:16 AM   #6
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One thing to remember is that black wires are not ground like in most DC applications. Even though RV's do run mostly DC, they use the black as "hot" standard like homes.
Not on mine. Its wired as red as positive and black as negative.
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RED is positive on mine too.
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Old 02-19-2020, 09:36 AM   #8
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Heres how mine wired. The main coach is the Duracell up front and the inverter batteries are the pair of green 6v's in the background.

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Looks like red is on positive to me.
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One thing to remember is that black wires are not ground like in most DC applications. Even though RV's do run mostly DC, they use the black as "hot" standard like homes.
That's true. ALL cables coming to my battery box are black, both positive and negative. I wrapped red electrical tape on the positive ones, so I'll remember if I have to take them off.

I have a total of 3 cables coming in, two were positive, one was the negative.
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So I have 3 separate same gauge black wires running into the battery box. I THINK that they are from the charger/converter, inverter, and possibly solar prep wire. None of them are labeled and I haven’t torn bulkheads apart yet to try to trace them. Anyone know where these wires run
Can you get a sense of direction where they are coming from? Do two seem to come from one side and the one come from a different direction? That might give you an idea which ones are positive or negative. Maybe follow one to see where it goes. The ground wire might connect close by to a frame location.
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Thanks for all the replies. All of the wires were attached to the negative terminals of my battery bank when I purchased the rig new. I followed suit when I upgraded to 6 volt batteries. I am fairly sure two of the are from the inverter and the charger, but canít figure out where the third one runs. I didnít think about the leveling system. I will look at that today.
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Thanks for all the replies. All of the wires were attached to the negative terminals of my battery bank when I purchased the rig new. I followed suit when I upgraded to 6 volt batteries. I am fairly sure two of the are from the inverter and the charger, but can’t figure out where the third one runs. I didn’t think about the leveling system. I will look at that today.
I'll take a bet on auto leveling and the control board if you have a remote for the slides and awning. Many people have found it is not connected to the disconnect switch, as it looses memory of hitch height.
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I'll take a bet on auto leveling and the control board if you have a remote for the slides and awning. Many people have found it is not connected to the disconnect switch, as it looses memory of hitch height.
I checked the wires coming out of the leveling control. They are a different gauge. I guess Iím gonna have to tear out some bulkheads to trace them
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Consider getting a tone generator/ wire tracer set, starting at about $20-30 at big box stores. Really handy for a lot of things around the RV or house.
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Consider getting a tone generator/ wire tracer set, starting at about $20-30 at big box stores. Really handy for a lot of things around the RV or house.
Yes they are. I use them every day at work.
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