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Old 01-16-2019, 02:00 PM   #1
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So I just purchased a 2008 sandstorm. I have a question about the interior lights. If I am not connected to any electricity and my generator is not running shouldn’t I still be able to use interior lights as long as my batteries are fully charged?
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:08 PM   #2
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Yes, IF your lights are 12 volt lights. Uncle Gene had 110v AC lights in his trailer. Do you have a battery disconnect switch? If so, is it in the Connect position?
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Old 01-16-2019, 04:56 PM   #3
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I do have a battery disconnect switch. It’s a red plastic key shaped switch located below the fridge ,and yes it’s definitely in the connected position.
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Old 01-16-2019, 05:03 PM   #4
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I do have a battery disconnect switch. It’s a red plastic key shaped switch located below the fridge ,and yes it’s definitely in the connected position.
Then yes... you should be able to use them.

Some lights are on a separate switch even though the light itself might have a switch.

Have you checked for voltage at the light?
Used unit... maybe the bulb is defective?
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The lights come on when the generator is running or when I am plugged up to power. That’s why it confuses me. I guess you can tell I am very new to this type of RV.
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:34 PM   #6
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Have you had your battery(ies) disconnected?
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Could be resettable fuse usually located near battery. You may not be getting any battery power at all and when plugged in your converter is supplying power to lights.
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:58 PM   #8
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I don’t recall having the batteries disconnected recently I do know they are new and charged they are working well enough to crank my generator. That’s why I’m thinking there must be a switch somewhere I do not know about.
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just fore drill try moving the disconnect switch to the other position and see if that has any effect. if not then check the battery connections and check for a resettable 12 vdc circuit breaker in the battery cable. of course, there could be a loose connection anywhere. use a multimeter to confirm 12 vdc voltage at the batteries then check every connection as you move out from the batteries.
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:23 PM   #10
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I guess the first thing I should have checked was my fuse box. There are two breakers and fuses inside the box under the sink. I’m sure the batteries are connected otherwise my generator would not crank, correct?
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