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Old 08-04-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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Electrical Issues

I bought a new to us 2005 Rockwood Premier 1904 pop up last fall. I took it for a trial run prior to a big trip and worked out all the bugs and made sure everything worked. We have travelled from Alberta to southern Ontario and now have no power, shore or battery.

Our thermostat had a wire come undone and a cousin soldered the wire back on but since then we have no power at all. I have tried plugged in to shore power for hours and not even a light will turn on. The cord is live as we have run a small heater into the unit at night. I have hooked the truck up and plugged it in to try and charge the battery but that has not been successful.

I have checked every fuse and breaker in the unit and all of them are good. I am at a loss. We have a long drive back at the end of the week and would love to have a working unit for the trip.

If I simply replace the thermostat will this some how allow the battery to charge.

It is very confusing and frustrating. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 08-04-2014, 10:04 PM   #2
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Guessing when you say, no power, you mean no 12v power. If so, check for a 12v fuse on your panel. Or maybe a fuse on the back of the converter (usually below or part of the electric panel), but disconnect power before trying this. I'd guess a fuse has blown from the wire connection.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:26 PM   #3
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I just replaced the thermostat and every fuse inside and outside the trailer. I still have no power from any source. Not sure what to do next. The nearest RV dealer that I bought the thermostat from was less then helpful. I seemed to be an inconvenience to them.

Guess it will be a long cold trip home.


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Old 08-05-2014, 02:30 PM   #4
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I used to have a TrailManor folding camper that had a plunger switch on the bathroom wall, that had to be done right, or no 12v power would work.

I think I have read in these forums where Flagstaff/Rockwood campers have a similar switch around the kitchen counter area, if I recall correctly. You might want to see if this switch is being engaged or faulty.

The purpose of this plunger switch is to cut power if the camper is folded so the lights/etc won't catch it on fire if left on.

EDIT: This thread may offer other solutions and things/places to check like the reverse polarity fuses or the frame mounted resettable breaker/fuse.

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Two things came to my mind, first, what wmtire said, check the cutoff switch in your galley and secondly, do you have a gfi outlet. Tripping a gfi cuts off power too.
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Thanks. I did check both of those. I crawled underneath and followed the limes from the battery to the converter. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The 110 outlets work on shore power but nothing else. I wonder if the battery is shot?


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Thanks. I did check both of those. I crawled underneath and followed the limes from the battery to the converter. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The 110 outlets work on shore power but nothing else. I wonder if the battery is shot?

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So your 110V outlets work. Do you have anything else that runs on 110 power and if so, do they also work?

Just thinking outloud here, there are two seperate electrical systems, the 110V (the AC system) and the 12V (the DC system).

Lights work off the DC system using the battery or through the converter when on shore power.
The outlets only work when on shore.

So if you have power to your outlets when on shore power, your 110 V system sounds like it is working.

If your lights are not working on shore power, you may have a converter issue. If lights work on shore power but not off the battery, then it sounds like converter is probably ok and you have a battery issue (either the battery fuse or bad battery).

I just had the battery fuse holder go bad, had lights when on shore, had all AC power on shore, but when unplugged from shore, no power from battery, and since the roof power lift winch worked it was not the battery itself.
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So I took the battery in and it charged. Brought it back and hooked it up. Lights and other 12v systems are turning on. Now to figure out why it's not charging while hooked up to shore and towing powers.


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It sounds like you are getting somewhere. I suspect your converter may be the issue. Especially if you do not have lights when the battery is disconnected and you are on shore power (i.e. The converter should be supplying the power to the lights). the towing may not be long enough to charge the battery much.
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