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Old 06-22-2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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No power to both slide outs and awning

Rockwood bunkhouse camper.... Went camping, everything working great. Preparing to leave and no power to both slides and awning. Still plugged into 30amp at campground. All other electrical working. When switch pushed, no sound, no nothing. Breakers are good, fuses are good. Had to turn on battery to get them in, that worked fine. Got home, retested, no difference, no power when connected to electric. What else to check??
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Old 06-22-2019, 08:28 PM   #2
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Rockwood bunkhouse camper.... Went camping, everything working great. Preparing to leave and no power to both slides and awning. Still plugged into 30amp at campground. All other electrical working. When switch pushed, no sound, no nothing. Breakers are good, fuses are good. Had to turn on battery to get them in, that worked fine. Got home, retested, no difference, no power when connected to electric. What else to check??
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Those items are 12v DC... not connected directly to your 120c AC system. They require 12v from battery. If you battery is "turned off", they generally won't work.
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Old 06-23-2019, 01:41 PM   #3
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Sorry not sure I explained it well. We've had this camper for 5 years. We always have the battery turned off if it's plugged into electricity. It has a"battery disconnect" switch we can use to turn battery on if we aren't connected to electricity. The slides and awning have always worked when plugged in at campground to 30 amp and battery disconnected. They have stopped working suddenly.
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I had a surprise one day when I removed a drawer in the kitchen and found a fuse attached to the cabinet structure. It operated one of the items you mentioned but I don’t remember which.

You might want to look for a hidden fuse.
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OK, this got my curiosity going so I went out to the trailer and here is what I saw. It wasnít a fuse but 2 circuit breakers located above the power center.

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When unplugged do other 12 volt items work (water pump, lights, etc.)? Retest them now with the battery switch off. It sounds like your converter has stopped providing 12 volt power if none of them work with the battery switch off.
By the way you should always have the battery switch on when closing the slides, per FR recommendations. The heavy power draw can overload the converter and damage it. This may be what happened to you.
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Old 06-24-2019, 01:02 PM   #7
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I had a similar problem with my 2016 Leprechaun. Found 2 hidden 5 amp fuses behind a plastic cover in a storage compartment. Factory didn’t even know where they were.
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Sorry not sure I explained it well. We've had this camper for 5 years. We always have the battery turned off if it's plugged into electricity. It has a"battery disconnect" switch we can use to turn battery on if we aren't connected to electricity. The slides and awning have always worked when plugged in at campground to 30 amp and battery disconnected. They have stopped working suddenly.
You are mis-understanding the use of a battery disconnect.

The disconnect is used to disconnect the battery from the R/V when you are not plugged into shore power to keep the parasitic current drains (LP detector/clocks/radio/etc.) from draining the battery.

When plugged into shore power you should ALWAYS have the disconnect in the position where the battery is connected so the converter (which operates on shore power) can keep the battery charged.

As mentioned, it also helps absorb the 'load' of the slides and jacks to have the battery connected when on shore power as those items are power hungry when it comes to current draw.

As a side note... if your converter's protection fuses for charging/protecting the battery are blown, you will not have 12v even when connected to shore power with the battery disconnected.

Do you know where they are located and how to check them?
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When unplugged do other 12 volt items work (water pump, lights, etc.)? Retest them now with the battery switch off. It sounds like your converter has stopped providing 12 volt power if none of them work with the battery switch off.
By the way you should always have the battery switch on when closing the slides, per FR recommendations. The heavy power draw can overload the converter and damage it. This may be what happened to you.
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:10 PM   #10
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WOW. Thanks to everyone for helping me figure this out. Its a work in progress. This is the first time I have used a forum. I have 2 pictures I wanted to attach and was able to get them in the "manage attachments" part of this thread but could not get them into the "reply" section. Sorry, I need my grandchildren for that. LOL. If its easy for someone to guide me to do that, maybe it would help.
You are correct, I definitely was misunderstanding the battery disconnect use for 5 years now. Guessing I didn't retain that part of the instructions from the dealer. What I have found out is my battery is dead. That has just happened because we had to use it to move the slides. I will have it tested first to make sure that is part of the problem. I am going now to replace it so I can continue to follow everyone's instructions to find and test things. I will be back. Thank you so much!
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The battery may be permanently damaged so see if it holds a charge and then have each cell tested with a hydrometer.
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Battery totally dead. They kept it on charge overnight. Will get a new one today and continue.
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