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Old 05-21-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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Final first post, and issues

Hi all,

I've been meaning to do this welcome mat post for about month now, but just never seemed get around to it.

The Wife and I have camped in trailers before back in our teen years with our respective families, but we just recently got our first trailer together to take the kids out camping. A 2012 Flagstaff 29QBSS. Buying a new last year's model seemed the best option as it was about 1/3 off the MSRP, but had no wear and tear.

Now to the issues part. Before even taking it out for our first weekend, I've caused wear and tear.

We were looking to spend some time stocking the trailer, putting away dishes and whatnot and it was a particularly hot day. So not thinking, despite having read otherwise on this site, I turned on the AC and we went to catch a movie. Came back to find the garage breaker had blown (trailer's plugged into the garage) and the first thing I realized was that yes, I was dumb, I wasn't supposed to run the AC when plugged in 15amp. I get it, I made a mistake.

Went into the trailer, turned off the AC, reset the garage breaker, everything seemed fine. Now that night, while we're stocking, I go to turn on the bathroom light, and it's not working. Check the bulbs, yep, they're fine, even have continuity. Check the fuses, yep, they're fine, have continuity, Check the Create-A-Breeze, other near by lights, the GFI even though they're 12v lights, etc... Everything's working fine.

So now, since I'm new to this, I don't know what could be wrong. I haven't been back out to check for power in the fixture yet, but what should I be looking for if the bulbs are good, the fuses are good, and everything else works but this one light doesn't?

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Old 05-21-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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Now that night, while we're stocking, I go to turn on the bathroom light, and it's not working. Check the bulbs, yep, they're fine, even have continuity. Check the fuses, yep, they're fine, have continuity, Check the Create-A-Breeze, other near by lights, the GFI even though they're 12v lights, etc... Everything's working fine. Mike
This one "should" be easy. In my camper the bathroom ceiling fan and the ceiling light (and the vanity lights for that matter) are all on the same wall switch. One of my early mods was to put in a double wall switch.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum! I would start at the garage outlet. What voltage did you plug the trailer into? When you reset the breaker in the garage, did the A/C come on?
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
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As to the air conditioner, it needs about 15 amps to run BY ITSELF.

Turn off all the other items in your camper and put the fridge on propane and you "should" be able to run the AC. (PROVIDED you are not using a 15 volt extension cord to get to the camper)

Try to plug the camper's cord with an adapter RIGHT INTO the wall outlet if possible so there is no voltage loss on the way to the camper.
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Herk:

The switch is in the fixture. Standard old-school overhead 12v lights.

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I've got power from garage to unit, every other 12v light is working, the tv (on AC only) works, microwave clock works, etc..... Just that one Overhead light. I'd assume burnt out bulbs, if it wasn't for the fact the bulbs have continuity.
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As to the air conditioner, it needs about 15 amps to run BY ITSELF.

Turn off all the other items in your camper and put the fridge on propane and you "should" be able to run the AC. (PROVIDED you are not using a 15 volt extension cord to get to the camper)

Try to plug the camper's cord with an adapter RIGHT INTO the wall outlet if possible so there is no voltage loss on the way to the camper.

Lou, I am surprised you are suggesting those adapters. I don't think they are of great quality.
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To Herk#2:

Yes, I've got it on a 15 amp extension cord, but it's a construction grade that I used to use to power my garage fridge and upright freezer before I moved them.

And I've learned my lesson, Don't run the AC in the driveway.
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To Herk#2:

Yes, I've got it on a 15 amp extension cord, but it's a construction grade that I used to use to power my garage fridge and upright freezer before I moved them.

And I've learned my lesson, Don't run the AC in the driveway.
I run the A/C in the driveway quite a bit. But, nothing else in the camper can be on and I have it relatively close to the power supply with a heavy gauge extension cord. I do it because it is already hot as haties down here in SC. Once it cools down a bit, then I turn it off to load up, stock, etc.
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Herk: The switch is in the fixture. Standard old-school overhead 12v lights.
Do you also have a wall switch? My ceiling light also has a rocker switch on it. BOTH have to be ON for the light to work in my camper.
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You should consider putting a 30 amp plug and circuit near where you plan on parking your trailer. I've done that a couple of times and it makes the whole process much simpler.

Congrats on the new trailer. Enjoy!
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