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Old 06-03-2012, 06:33 AM   #1
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Power issues

We own a 2004 Cardinal 5th Wheel. The outside porch light, the overhead kitchen light and the storage compartment light are not working. I have checked all breakers and fuses and even changed out the gfi plugs. Has anyone else had this issue and can tell me how to fix it?
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:57 AM   #2
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Hello King, mind if I call you dan???

OK, first let's have a lesson in electric in an RV.
In most RVs the lights are 12v. (Unless someone with an 04 Cardinal posts here
and says I'm wrong?)
That means
A- the lights are not connected in any way to any outlets GFI or not.
B- the lights are on fuses not circuit breakers (12v stuff are generally on
fuses and 120v items are on circuit breakers)
C- if you've checked fuses with a meter and know they are good, it's time
to dig deeper. If I were you, I'd remove the light fixture and check the
wire connections at the rear. You're looking for a loose connection.
Next pull the switch and check for loose wires behind it and don't forget
to check for loose wires behind the storage light too.

It's a treasure hunt and it's up to you or a dealer to find the loose

Good luck and welcome to Forest River Forums!
Please post back and tell us what you found, we'd love to know how this turns out.

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Old 06-03-2012, 06:59 AM   #3
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You may need to pull the power center from the wall to access the rear of the converter. There are most likely additional "pigtail" circuits with fuses located back there.

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Old 06-03-2012, 10:50 AM   #4
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Sounds like loose wiring connections or more likely, corrosion that's causing a poor ground.


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