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Old 05-14-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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Slide out electrical short (Solved)

I have had a short in the light over my table. It kept blowing light bulbs, the smaller lights that have 2 contact points. The hardware guy said it sounds like a short. That was the only place that gave me a problem. A couple of days ago, the light over the sofa, when turned on was OK, but when it was turned off, the table light came on. (I have checked for poltrigiests.) Suddenly, neither light would work. I went ouside and found a cable that ran up the front right outer edge of the slideout. There are 3 wieres, a green, a white and a black. The green (ground line) is not connected to anything. The other two seem intact. I used a multimete inside and found that there is no voltage going through either light fixture. I suspect a short somewhere in the space above the ceiling of the slideout. I can't figure out how to get into it to trace the wire unless I dismantle the ceiling. Anyone have any ideas?
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I suspect a short somewhere in the space above the ceiling of the slideout. I can't figure out how to get into it to trace the wire unless I dismantle the ceiling. Anyone have any ideas?
I would suspect a short under the slideout before a short in the ceiling. While is is certainly possible for a screw to pierce the wires, it is more likely to be pinched by a moving part.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply. I have other info that might change the diagnosis. Looking back, the problem has been there from soon after I bought it. We have only had it on the road for less than 400 miles. (2004) I just never felt it was anything that could have been under warranty. I'm fairly sure it is in the ceiling. I am going to poke around with the meter and try to localize the short. I'll be back for an update when I find where this leads me. I am disappointed that GE doesn't have schematics.
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I am disappointed that GE doesn't have schematics.
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No one has schematics.
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From the original post, "There are 3 wieres, a green, a white and a black. The green (ground line) is not connected to anything." The green wire should be "frame" ground. If there are no AC outlets in the slide, then it really isn't important. The black should have "plus 12 volt, dc. and the white should be "negative or ground" 12 volt dc. The best way to check. is get a long piece of wire, 10 foot or so. Strip a good 6 inches. Now remove the stove top, and wrap around the copper gas line. THIS IS A DEFINITE 12 VOLT GROUND. Now connect the other lead to the negative probe on your meter, and start checking wiring. I would not pull the ceiling panels yet, but would pull all the light fixtures out. A lot of times there is a lot of wire up there, and many splices. Check all the black wires for 12 volts. If they all work, check all the white wires by using the ohm function, and they should show continuity, (shorted) back to the copper gas line. Hope you understand this and it helps.
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On mine there is a wire loom at the lower edge of the slide out. I removed the plastic cover only to find the wires going to the slide out were attached with butt joints. The wires were not inserted into the connections far enough to be crimped. With the movement of the slide the wires finally cam disconnected. This might be a place to start.
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On mine there is a wire loom at the lower edge of the slide out. I removed the plastic cover only to find the wires going to the slide out were attached with butt joints. The wires were not inserted into the connections far enough to be crimped. With the movement of the slide the wires finally cam disconnected. This might be a place to start.
Excellent. I am sure this is a similar issue.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:11 PM   #9
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I have finally figured that the short has to be between the wires going into the slide out, to someplace along or at the Power Center. I can only follow the wires into the frame so far. I'm looking for a wiring diagram now to see if the Power Center is OK, then It is on down to see if there is a break somewhere in between. I have a cheap $3 Cen-tech Digital Multimeter that has a different scale that all the ones I can see pictured online. I'm just going to try the voltage test I use for household batteries and see what happens. Thanks for the support, I'll keep you posted, anything that can help someones else going thru these problems can use the help.
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Depending on the distance from the power center to the slide motor, it might be advantageous to just get another length of similar wire, disconnect at the motor, solder the new wire to the old and start threading the new wire into the power center. 2 person job.
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