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Old 05-22-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Nothing Works When Not Plugged In

I just got a used 2008 Cherokee and this is my first ever trailer so I am a rookie at this.

The battery is fully charged but nothing will work in the trailer unless plugged in. Slides won't work, jack won't work, no lights nothing.

I realize this is probably an easy solution, but I can't find the answer even on google.

Helping a rookie would be appreciated!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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1. is battery connected to the trailer wiring
2. is battery charged
3. is there a battery disconnect switch
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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If those the options aren't the fix, check and see if you have a in-line fuse near the battery?
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:55 PM   #4
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1. is battery connected to the trailer wiring
2. is battery charged
3. is there a battery disconnect switch
1. Sure looks like it
2. Yes the meter in trailer shows voltage
3. That I am not sure of (first trailer!)
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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1. Sure looks like it
2. Yes the meter in trailer shows voltage
3. That I am not sure of (first trailer!)

When you say it shows voltage which light or lights are on on the display?
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:57 PM   #6
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how do you know the battery is fully charged?
if you're depending on the idiot lights that are on the monitor, don't rely on it.
do a hydrometer test on the batter or take it into an auto parts store for testing.
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Old 05-23-2012, 01:26 AM   #7
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how do you know the battery is fully charged?
if you're depending on the idiot lights that are on the monitor, don't rely on it.
do a hydrometer test on the batter or take it into an auto parts store for testing.
"Idiot lights" is a term not often used by the younger generation...guess you are older too.

I have to say I was a little surprised to learn that the battery light on the display didn't have much to do with the level of the battery charge. I forgot to ask the service tech if that light serve a purpose even in theory?
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I would unplug the power to the trailer then do your battery test at the monitor again and see what it reads.
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I would guess its either battery disconnect switch or in line fuse. The battery disconnect will be located somewhere in one of your outside storage areas. Once you see it you will know what it is as it will say battery disconnect. The other is inline fuse just look around the battery for it, it could be anywhere.
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YOU cannot check battery level on indicator panel when hooked to shore power!
The converter will make it show full.

Although indicator will show General battery condition when UNPLUGGED from shore power.

Ilneed to use hydrometer or load tester
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