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Old 01-01-2014, 09:53 PM   #1
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Emergency Q. Camping right now. Lights failing

Can anyone help. Have a brand new Jayco 154bh.
We are camping right now.
Getting dark. TV/electric heater/Aircon all work.
The LIGHTS are dimming to zero like they
are running off a dying battery. Monitor panel
is dead. What the hell? The carbon monoxide/propane
detector seems dead too- which worries me. I've kids here.
I've flipped all breakers/checked fuses-all seem ok .
The fuse panel seems dead- no fan .
I'm stuck w no lights in mountains till daylight.
Am I doing anything wrong???
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:13 PM   #2
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Sounds like the 12V system - maybe something's going on with your converter?

Maybe a bad ground or something? I'd check the connections up around the battery and if you can find your converter make sure everything seems to be plugged in correctly.

It sounds like your shore power isn't getting through to the 12v system, my guess is you actually are running on your battery for that stuff. Maybe try plugging into your truck just to troubleshoot if that's the case.

Hopefully someone can be more specific, but those are the things I'd start with. It's always a headache to figure this stuff out on the fly, but it's probably something simple once you figure it out!
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Sounds like a converter issue to me where you seem to have 115 volt working but not 12 volt. Do you have any type of light you can plug into a wall outlet? Your electric heater should keep you warm tonight.
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Have you checked the polarity on the battery connections? If it was hooked up backwards, there is a fuse that protects against reverse polarity to the battery. I have not looked where this fuse is located, but if you have your packet of owner’s manual and associated hardware it should be noted in there.

But I would be looking at your converter as your issue.
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I`m wondering if he could hook up the connector to the tow vehicle, start it up and run it for awhile to throw some juice in the trailer battery. It would at least allow the lights to be on for troubleshooting. But do not leave the connector hooked up after turning off the truck very long or you may have a dead truck battery in the morning as well.
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I agree, check your battery connections.

If you have access to the converter/charger, confirm that all the connections are tight, a loose connection can produce the symptoms you are describing.

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I`m wondering if he could hook up the connector to the tow vehicle, start it up and run it for awhile to throw some juice in the trailer battery. It would at least allow the lights to be on for troubleshooting. But do not leave the connector hooked up after turning off the truck very long or you may have a dead truck battery in the morning as well.
I keep my trailer at a storage lot and charge the batteries, if needed, by jumping from the truck directly to the trailer batteries. Make sure that the converter plug has not come loose from the receptacle while traveling.
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I don't know if they still make them this way, but the exhaust fan over my stove has a light that runs on 110-120V AC. Since your problem appears to be with your 12V DC, you might be able to use that light for some emergency lighting until you can resolve your 12V DC issue. If you have an AC trouble light or something similar with you, bring that in for additional lighting.

I agree with the others that your converter doesn't seem to be charging your battery.
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To the OP- How did everything go last night?
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It's sound to me like everything was running off the battery and it was going dead. Pull the fuse out of the battery line and see if the shore power turn on.

Silly question. Is the camper plugged into shore power? Is the flip switched to turn on the shore power at the pole? Is the main breaker on in the breaker panel?
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