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Old 03-23-2014, 07:17 PM   #1
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Hi, long time lurker and brand new owner of a 2013 Coachmen Clipper 17BH. I have battery question, as the leads in this trailer are a tad confusing, as I discovered when I went to hook up a battery.

As you can see from my picture, I have a white and a pink lead. The white is much thicker and has a red conenector, while the pink has a yellow connector. I tried in vain to trace them with no success.

I'm guessing the white is the positive, but when I tested the lights, there was no power. I do know the battery is charged, I found out the hard way. I decided to dc the leads and ask the forum for advice. The lights work off the TV and land power.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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Camper electrical system is negative ground, same as an auto. Check which lead is grounded to the will be close to the battery.



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Old 03-24-2014, 05:37 AM   #3
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Something isn't right. One wire looks like a #12 and the other a #8. I'll bet one wire was replace with what was on hand. You might want to consider replacing the smaller wire with a #8. Remember that voltage loss is a real problem in 12 volt systems. Larger wire = less loss. Oh get yourself a meter too.

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Old 03-24-2014, 05:44 AM   #4
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might be another ground laying around. Sometimes the power jack or other accessory is grounded to the battery leaving you with 2 ground connections. I would look for another one coming off the frame.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:32 AM   #5
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I had similar thoughts to all of you and the funny part is I can't trace the wires easily. Crawled underneath to trace them and both disappeared inside, with neither attached to the frame. I ran out of time and thought I would post for what I hoped was an easy answer. Guess I have to crawl around some more....
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Old 03-24-2014, 02:31 PM   #6
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Typically,the white wire is the ground wire and the pink(possibly a faded red wire)would be positive.An ohm meter may help with identifying which wire is the negative(ground)wire.once you have it hooked up correctly,wrap some black tape around the neg wire and if you can find some,red tape around the pos wire.
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Could also be that the real ground is laying somewhere and the two whites are positive. Ohm meter best way to find out.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:01 PM   #8
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ANY multimeter with an OHM scale will do it. Just disconnect the wires, put one lead of your ohm meter on the frame (may need to scratch the paint or find a good contact spot. One of those leads should show no resistance, that is the negative. I am betting on the white wire and hope you didn't blow a fuse hooked up in reverse.

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OK, finally discovered that the tech I talked to at the dealer was wrong. Simply called Coachmen Service and they told me the white, thicker wire is the ground. I switched it and had no joy. Checked my breaker and the breaker was fine. Coachmen service informed me that I have an inline battery fuse as well and that blew.

Very happy with Coachmen, less so with the dealer's tech. I called back to the dealer and spoke to another tech who informed me that it is common for the white to be the ground in trailers and not to worry about the other color for the positive.

Thanks to the community for responding- great people here! Hope to be active.

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