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Old 06-30-2016, 09:19 PM   #11
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Lost several DC circuits

We have been in the camper three nights since it happened an no repeats. I did contact the dealer and told him to document the problem in case it comes back when warranty is up. The trailer is going in at the end of July for some other warranty work, he said that he would check it out.

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Old 09-12-2016, 11:52 AM   #12
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Some feedback on this problem in case it can help someone else with a problem they may be having.

The same circuits went out several more times and each time I was able to track down the problem a little closer, but it wasn’t easy because I have very little experience with RV electrical systems… actually, that has changed, I have gained much knowledge by working through this problem.

The circuits went out while I was camping and I was able to call the dealer while it was out. I had just gone past my warranty period, but had told him I was having this trouble and that I expected that it should be cared for if it went out, past the date…. he agreed. Anyway, I took the front panel off and checked for loose connections on the DC board. I then unsnapped the DC board from the power center cabinet, when I did, the circuit came back up. Cool, the board is bad – dealer is sending me a new board.

Not so fast…. it goes out again. This time simply moving the board does not bring the circuit back, so I investigated and figured out which circuit was causing the problem. I took the wire off and twisted it together better and placed it back and the circuit came back up. The next day it went out again, drat… this time when I pulled the extra wire out from behind the power center, the circuit came back – and, then when I pushed the wire back behind the power center, the circuit went out. Getting closer!

The next day, I had more time so I decided to pull the power center out to see if I could determine where the bad connection was. Found it! there was a three way crimp connector right behind the power panel. I gave a light pull on the wire that came from the fuse panel and it pulled right out of the crimp with next to no effort. I had some wire nuts, so I cleaned up all three wires and put them in the new connector, taped it up and put the power center back in.When looking at the defective connector, it was plain to see that the technician crimped it too far up on the barrel and it didn’t crimp properly.



I need more time to be sure, but I’m pretty confident that this problem is resolved. Most important, it didn’t require a 300 mile round trip drive to the dealer. I could’ve gone that route, but it would have just led to my frustration and they might not have even found it if it the circuit wasn’t down when they looked things over.
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Old 09-12-2016, 02:59 PM   #13
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GOOD Catch and good troubleshooting advice for anyone not familiar with the electrical systems on their RV.
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