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Old 03-30-2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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No lights with 12 vdc

I purchased a 2006 rockwood 8280ss 5er today and without the camper I have no lights our any power in camper from battery. I have 12.5 volts at battery and at write coming off connecter under pin box. Slide works and leveling jacks work fine. I also have no voltage at the battery connections in the converter. Was just wondering if there was a switch I was missing somewhere? If not I'm assuming it is a broken wire between pin box and converter. I can imagine that will be fun trying to pull new wire through! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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One of the circuit breakers has tripped. The battery shut off is off.
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
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Tried all breakers they are good along with all fuses by converter. Where is there a battery shut off?
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:28 PM   #4
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Look in the photo for the current limiter (red rubber covered) under the pin box. The terminals can become corroded under that rubber cap.

Remove the cap. Remove the nuts that hold the terminals on and sand them lightly with wet-n-dry sandpaper.

If there is corrosion at the terminals no current will flow through the current limiter. It connects the battery and Tow Vehicle charging lines to the in-camper converter.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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Isn't there a breaker on the tongue, or just behind the first crossmember under the trailer?
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #6
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Isn't there a breaker on the tongue, or just behind the first crossmember under the trailer?
The OP mentioned "pin box" so I assumed it was a 5th wheel.
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The OP mentioned "pin box" so I assumed it was a 5th wheel.
ahhh. Okay, is that what you call it on a fifth wheel?
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Look in the photo for the current limiter (red rubber covered) under the pin box. The terminals can become corroded under that rubber cap.

Remove the cap. Remove the nuts that hold the terminals on and sand them lightly with wet-n-dry sandpaper.

If there is corrosion at the terminals no current will flow through the current limiter. It connects the battery and Tow Vehicle charging lines to the in-camper converter.
I did have 12.5 volts right by connecter after the limiter
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:22 AM   #9
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One time everything worked on my panel except I could not get any 12v lights inside or out. What I found was a loose neg. connection behind the panel, You should have about 8 wires "white" tied together with a twist connector, after I re twisted it all my 12v lighting worked
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One time everything worked on my panel except I could not get any 12v lights inside or out. What I found was a loose neg. connection behind the panel, You should have about 8 wires "white" tied together with a twist connector, after I re twisted it all my 12v lighting worked
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I'm not a big fan of wire nuts in vehicles, too much vibration. Not that it doesn't work, but a buss bar is easier, and you can add to it later with a lot less fuss.
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