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Old 04-28-2015, 12:19 PM   #11
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I feel like a complete idiot. It was hooked up backwards! DUH!
I hope I never do but nobody's immune to stupid camper tricks.

Perhaps some bright red paint on one end of the battery would help?
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:41 PM   #13
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I was not aware that you were shorting out the converter when the battery is connected backward. I just put my fully charged battery back in the Jammer,as a test I operated the jacks, and found that the polarity was reversed. Pushing the up button was down, so I reconnected it and they work like they are supposed to. I need to mark my cables. hope I have not caused damage. Everything seem to work ok, except my radio.
There's an inline fuse behind the radio.

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Old 04-28-2015, 01:42 PM   #14
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Common mistake.
Black in this case is positive not negative.

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Common mistake.
Black in this case is positive not negative.

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The positive battery cable is black? Why would they do that?
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Used my wife's red fingernail polish to color the positive terminal and some red tape on the cable.
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The positive battery cable is black? Why would they do that?
The ground is white.

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Old 04-28-2015, 02:55 PM   #18
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It is the normal trailer wiring convention to have the black wire positive and the white wire negative for the battery connections with the negative circuit tied to ground.

This can be confusing because in modern automotive wiring red is to the battery positive terminal, black is to the negative terminal with the negative circuit tied to ground.

To confuse things further, AC electrical wiring has black the “hot” wire and the white wire is “neutral,” which is tired to ground at the source wiring panel.

Lastly, in electronics, the black wire is for the common circuit, usually ground.

If there is a convenient place near the battery to use a sharpie, write down “White to Batt. Pos. (+)” and “Black to Batt. Neg. (-).”
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This is one reason that I wish the manufacturers of ALL types of trailers would just send someone from each manufacturer to a meeting and they would decide which color wire to use for each circuit. My old TT did indeed have a black wire to the battery positive (+) and a white wire to the battery negative (-). My newer TT has a black wire to the (+) also but there is about four (4) inches of red shrink wrap on this black wire right at the terminal. The newer unit also has the white for battery negative (-). My cargo trailer has a red wire from the battery positive (+) to the circuit terminal and a black wire from the battery negative (-) to the circuit terminal. One thing I was going to mention as to the original posters message: I used to work in a plant that made lead/acid battery's. There was constantly about 3% of the battery's we made that had the terminal's reversed. There was a test machine which tested each battery made but for some reason it missed those 3% that got through. Many were later caught in manual battery voltage testing for QC.
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You are not an idiot, we have all done DUH things!!!
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