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Old 09-22-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
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Dc lights during primitive camping

This is a newbe questions. I have a Rockwood Freedom 2007 1640 limited how can I wire the inside lights so that I can use them in primitive campsites, no external power.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:08 PM   #2
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Identify the existing lamps by base and output and substitute LED bulbs where you require lighting, will save tons of battery power. No wire changes needed.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:19 PM   #3
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All inside lights should be 12V and work off the battery. Changing incandescent bulbs to LED will conserve lots of battery. Only microwave TV, and AC will not be available when on Battery.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:35 PM   #4
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My new camper has factory installed LED ceiling lights, but I actually find them to be too bright. I bought a small Ray-o-vac LED flashlight. I aim it at the ceiling, and it gives me all the light I need most of the time. Of course it makes a decent flashlight too.

65 hours run time on 4 AA batteries. Has a very high intensity center spot which is great for old failing eyes like mine.

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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Rayovac-4-...ntern/21106270
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:08 AM   #5
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Every popup I've ever seen, including the two we owned, had 12v lights.
Just need the trailer battery to run them. That's how it's designed to work. No need to "wire the inside lights".
Didn't the previous owner explain this to you?
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:26 AM   #6
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Dc light don't work without land line.

I thought they should work straight from the battery, using existing wiring, but they don't. I'm not sure of the problem, I've checked ground wires and tried a different battery.
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Is your PUP fully set up when you are trying the lights? There is a safety switch, usually located near the front door or on the kitchen counter, that has to be activated before you get power to the internal lights.

If you do have that switch activated, it could be bad. If not, activating it may solve your problem.

Otherwise, you'll need to start looking for blown in-line fuse near the battery, loose wires anywhere in the circuit, tripped circuit breakers (or more likely blown fuses) in the power converter box (usually brown box, mounted inside PU somewhere down low), etc.

On further reading, I do see that your lights work with land line plugged in. That eliminates some of the troubleshooting info above, but still check for connection problems between battery and power converter.

Hope this helps - good luck and keep us posted!
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:45 PM   #8
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I thought they should work straight from the battery, using existing wiring, but they don't. I'm not sure of the problem, I've checked ground wires and tried a different battery.
So are you saying that the lights work when plugged into shore power but as soon as you remove the shore power plug the lights go off? If that the case i don't think it would be the interlock switch that PurduPete talked about. More likely some failure in the battery connection only.
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No. Every PUP I have seen uses battery power (12v DC). If the battery is connected, the lights should work. Get online and find an owners manual. It will show you where your safety switch is located. Basically, this switch disconnects DC power, to prevent the lights being on, when the PUP is folded up (fire hazard if on).

The manual should be a great help for everything.
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