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Old 12-20-2015, 09:20 AM   #1
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Emergency. I'm boondocking and lost power

Hey. Last night the TT went blackout. NOTHING works. Battery is fully charged but none of it's getting to us.
New Generator has died too/can't start. Yesterday battery read 50% so I put generator on it for 1hour (camper monitor was reading very hi >16, so I took it off. Last night w no unusual heavy load it died. Campsite will as us to leabe@noon but I can't get awning/slide out in.
Nearest town w possible repair is 20miles away and it's a Sunday.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:28 AM   #2
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All I can offer are the usual suspects, check for blown fuses, battery connections. Another thought, if you had 16V being fed to the battery it may have exploded. Give it a good eyeing.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:30 AM   #3
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I know this is an obvious statement that probably doesn't need to be said... But,
check ALL!! fuses and circuit breakers. Then trace the main lines off the battery to see if there is an inline fuse and check that. Finally, if they all are good, you may have to remove the main power/fuse/circuit breaker panel or some other panel to get to the converter. Then check to see if the converter has fuses in it and whether they are blown.
When checking the fuses, I hope you have a way of checking continuity across the fuse. Sometimes they look ok but are actually blown.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:30 AM   #4
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Check all fuses everywhere.
Plug tow vehicle in and see if that will get the awning/slides in.
Last resort: they can be manually retracted?
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:55 AM   #5
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Hey. Last night the TT went blackout. NOTHING works. Battery is fully charged but none of it's getting to us.
New Generator has died too/can't start. Yesterday battery read 50% so I put generator on it for 1hour (camper monitor was reading very hi >16, so I took it off. Last night w no unusual heavy load it died. Campsite will as us to leabe@noon but I can't get awning/slide out in.
Nearest town w possible repair is 20miles away and it's a Sunday.
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If your battery was down to 50% yesterday and you only ran the generator for an hour, good chance your battery is dead. To pay attention to the camper monitor is a recipe for misinformation. How do you know the battery is fully charged?? Get a volt meter and determine where your voltage is. Don't rely on the monitor in your rig.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:08 AM   #6
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Plug the truck into the camper and see if you have power.. TRUCK RUNNING
With a VOM ( volt ohm meter) check the battery for power (when not hooked up)
check the fuse at the battery
check cables for corrosion
does the battery have water in it?
Check all the fuses in the fuse panel (not the breakers)
if nothing else the slide out can be retracted with a wrench
the awning can be retracted with the emergency awning power cord that came with the RV.. you can use the battery from your electric drill or from your truck... if you can get it close enough.
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Old 12-20-2015, 11:19 AM   #7
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Power again

It's on again. Got up when dawn broke having no solution. Checked Gcfi/fuses/breakers. All good-volt -tested battery@source-12.6-still zero juice. Went to see ranger hoping he had an answer, and when I came back power was ON full strength.
Yes I made sure battery was tip-top pre trip. There is something faulty going on-but now it's working I'm terrified to go anywhere near converter box (clueless)in case I mess it up again.
Sorry for freakin out but things weren't looking good there for a bit
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:32 PM   #8
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be sure and check the battery connections

make sure the connections to the battery are tight and clean, those connections are the source of many problems.
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:37 PM   #9
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Check the frame ground connection from the negative battery terminal... May be loose. Also look into the main 30 Amp fuse case by the battery box, it may be corroded.
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I have found it is a fairly simple matter to pull the converter from its location and check to make sure all connections to it are tight. If the converter is under the range/oven, pop the top off the range and remove the screws attaching it to the counter. Then set the range on the floor and you will see all the wiring under it. (You can also seal the wiring and propane lines with foam while in there). The propane line for the range is long enough that you can set it on the floor without disconnecting. Also check the main wiring box near the battery. I have seen many loose connections there as well. Good luck.
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