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Old 10-17-2013, 10:00 AM   #11
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I do need to add that some converters have a reverse polarity fuse that blows when you do hook the battery up backwards.....even if you realize your mistake and fix the wires, the fuse is still blown and will have to be replaced....before the converter will charge the battery when plugged into shore power.

The converter is what provides DC power to the 12 volt things in your RV...and also recharges the battery when plugged into shore power.

I kind of suspect this has happened.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:02 AM   #12
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Unplug from shore power and see if the lights still work on battery alone.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:03 AM   #13
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I do need to add that some converters have a reverse polarity fuse that blows when you do hook the battery up backwards.....even if you realize your mistake and fix the wires, the fuse is still blown and will have to be replaced...

I kind of suspect this has happened.
Agreed.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:04 AM   #14
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Check to make sure the breaker/fuse hasn't blown for the house receptacle
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:17 AM   #15
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Check that a breaker in your house panel hasn't been tripped that supplies power to you tt.

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Check to make sure the breaker/fuse hasn't blown for the house receptacle
Have you made sure that the outlet you have the trailer plugged into at the house is providing power, like in plugging something else into it to see.

As others have pointed out, you may have tripped the breaker inside your house for that outlet....thus there is no AC 120 volt power actually going to your trailer to power the converter (or recharge the battery). If so, you may have just ran the battery down.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:20 AM   #16
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After thinking about it for a minute, the breaker in the house would be the first thing I'd check. I sounds like it's the low voltage alarm on the CO detector. That shouldn't happen when plugged in unless you've lost power to the trailer from the house. At that point, the battery could drain if you've got anything running in the trailer. If the trailer has power, disconnect it and see if everything still runs on battery. If it does (lights not dim, fans run at normal speed), then I'd almost suspect a bad CO monitor. If you go the other way (battery disconnected and plugged into the house) and you have slow running fans or dim lights, I'd look towards the converter going bad.

If you have thrown a breaker in the house, check to make sure the electric on the water heater is turned off...mine did that.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #17
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I agree with Bryan2503S. In our previous 5ver (2005 Flagstaff), if the propane sensor lost power, it started screaming (alarming). The sensor was mounted adjacent to the converter. So, it sounded just like the alarm was coming from the breaker/fuse panel. I hate to tell you this, but my problem was a bad converter. If I remember correctly, 110volt stuff (microwave) worked, while none of the 12volt stuff would work. Reason being was that 110volts AC comes into the converter where it is converted to 12volts DC. The converter board is what went out and was not converting AC to DC. Fix was to replace the converter assembly. Amazing to me, it was cheaper to buy the entire converter unit than to just buy the board. It's pretty easy to replace and not dangerous at all if you disconnect from shore power and disconnect the battery. Challenge for you guys will be diagnosing it and getting the part today. Hopefully your issue is a blown fuse or connection.
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OK. I went out to look at stuff. The battery is connected properly. We have the house rigged so that the trailer has it's own breaker and outlet, that seems to be alright. I unplugged the trailer, the beep stopped for about a second, then started up again. I left it unplugged while I went inside to check stuff. The lights were still not working. All the breakers were on and seemed to be functioning. I checked all the fuses, they are alright. The propane is on and seems to be running the fridge, cause the beer is cold! I'm just stumped! :/

I am concerned about the converter that wmtire mentioned. How do I check that?

Thank you ALL for your help, by the way~
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:39 AM   #19
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I started thinking about this as "how would I walk my DW through what to do?"

Here is what I suggest - take things one step at a time.

1) take a hair dryer, go to the electrical outlet you had the camper plugged into - plug in hair dryer, does it work?
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:39 AM   #20
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Make sure you have 120v - I had a similar issue when I popped the GFCI in the garage. Looked plugged in, but no dice. Can you plug something into a household style outlet, like a lamp?

EDIT: Rats! - Jeep just beat me.
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