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Old 07-12-2018, 01:25 PM   #1
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No battery or shore power

I've done a search for my problem but to no avail.

I have a 1996 pop-up (1005) that was working fine last year (we don't use fridge or h20 heater, just lights & heater). This year we have been unable to get any power via shore nor brand new battery.

We took it out fully charged last week and came home with a nearly dead battery although none of the lights nor heater had power. So something is draining the battery.

Cleaned the connectors to the battery and the ground, checked all fuses (in line and lights).

We've plugged it in directly to shore power but still nothing works.

I'm clearly a newbie but have been reading all I can to try and educate myself but I still need help and would appreciate any direction! Thank you!
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Well start testing everything special the out put of the converter. Also your TV should charge to. You can buy testers for your 7 way plug. Multi-meters come in handy.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:15 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I plugged in to shore power, turned the switch to convertor to test the output. Nada - as I expected. The 7-way plug is also working. Not sure what a "TV" is, sorry
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Yeah we use abbreviations on the forums TV = Tow Vehicle.

When you loosen your battery connections and are on shore-power (all fuses are OK), you should have 12 volt at the remove connections at the battery, if not there is an open connection. Fuse or converter doesn't put out.

What model converter is installed?
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Just a thought, but when you hooked up the battery is it possible you reversed polarity? For a NewB it is easy to do as the wire color is different from home wiring. If this is the case, you may have blown the reverse polarity fuses. This would block power from all sources until fixed. Depends on your trailer, but these are sometimes hidden behind the panel on or near the converter.

A couple of things to look for to understand if you reversed. The positive wire usually has a 20-30A fuse mounted very close to the terminal connection. If you have electric trailer brakes, that wire is always attached directly to the positive battery terminal only. The negative wire will usually run to an attachment point directly on the frame.

Another thought is to take a close look at the wiring runs in the trailer. If it stopped working over the winter, there is a distinct possibility mice have chewed through a wire somewhere.
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Gotcha. Would an "open connection" cause the battery to not provide power as well? Attached are pics of my convertor.
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Just a thought, but when you hooked up the battery is it possible you reversed polarity? For a NewB it is easy to do as the wire color is different from home wiring. If this is the case, you may have blown the reverse polarity fuses. This would block power from all sources until fixed. Depends on your trailer, but these are sometimes hidden behind the panel on or near the converter.

A couple of things to look for to understand if you reversed. The positive wire usually has a 20-30A fuse mounted very close to the terminal connection. If you have electric trailer brakes, that wire is always attached directly to the positive battery terminal only. The negative wire will usually run to an attachment point directly on the frame.

Another thought is to take a close look at the wiring runs in the trailer. If it stopped working over the winter, there is a distinct possibility mice have chewed through a wire somewhere.
That is VERY possible. We got a new battery and I'm pretty sure it was hooked up several different ways. (clearly newbie) I'm going to look into those things now. We haven't seen any evidence of mice but that doesn't mean there weren't any.
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Check all fuses with a multimeter, looks can be deceiving.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:00 PM   #10
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I'm going to apologize in advance for my ignorance but I don't even know where all the fuses are! Is there a resource that could help me figure out where to start? This is all Greek to me but I'm trying to learn. Thank you!
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