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Old 05-21-2013, 10:22 AM   #41
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I just had a thought on this. If he pulled it to "set the brakes" when he set up during his camping trip, and was also plugged into shore power, then his power convertor was supplying continuous power to his brakes, not the battery (unless he was dry camping). The battery likely only supplied the brake circuit for a short period of time when the camper was not connected to shore power.

If this is the case then his battery may be fine. But not so good for the breakaway switch, wiring, and magnet coils in the brakes.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:35 AM   #42
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What about the inverter? Could it be damaged too? There was a direct short somewhere in the system.
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What about the inverter? Could it be damaged too? There was a direct short somewhere in the system.
I don't think so.
No short.
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A direct short would have blown a fuse.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:37 PM   #45
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What about the inverter? Could it be damaged too? There was a direct short somewhere in the system.
you mean CONVERTER, not inverter.
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Every trailer I've owned has been like this from the factory, as it is not tight against the frame and can swivel according to the pull on the cable. On my 5er, I put tension on the cable and then tightened the screw holding it in the proper alignment. The other trailers, I left it loose to swivel.
The switch is mounted and secured by a Self tapping sheet metal screw. If all of the ones you have owned are just like this one you better look agin at this Shoddy Mount. The (Ground Strap is held on by the sheet metal screw). A ground strap needs to be TIGHT to the frame for a good ground! I stand by my statement (Shoddy install)! Youroo!!
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The switch is mounted and secured by a Self tapping sheet metal screw. If all of the ones you have owned are just like this one you better look agin at this Shoddy Mount. The (Ground Strap is held on by the sheet metal screw). A ground strap needs to be TIGHT to the frame for a good ground! I stand by my statement (Shoddy install)! Youroo!!
We are talking about the breakaway switch right?
I believe it only "makes" the positive wire from the battery to the 4 brake magnets.
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We are talking about the breakaway switch right?
I believe it only "makes" the positive wire from the battery to the 4 brake magnets.
You are correct.
Just makes connection with hot wire.
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We are talking about the breakaway switch right?
I believe it only "makes" the positive wire from the battery to the 4 brake magnets.
Yes that is what I am talking about,the way the switch is mounted! OC says it has to pivot,the OP pics show the main (Ground Wire) on the same Sheet metal screw. It must be (Tight) to ground to the frame.Thus (NO) pivot. I said nothing about the groud for the (Brakes)? Youroo!!
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Lou, you can see the large white wire under the slightly melted switch box
mounting screw.
Looks like they used the same screw to anchor the neg battery wire and
the EB switch box.
In that case it definitely needs to be really tight!!
My battery ground wire is on a screw with a star washer by itself!
(As I think it should be.)
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