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Old 05-27-2012, 11:04 AM   #362
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Just did my spring shake-down trip with our 2012 320FQDS. The trailer seemed to survive winter and my first attempt at winterizing seemed to be effective since there are no leaks and all the plumbing appears to be working!

There were 4 issues however:

1. Shortly after plugging into shore power after brining the trailer home, all 4 20 AMP fuses on my WFCO 8965 converter blew.
Couple of questions - glancing at the WFCO manual seemed to suggest those 4 yellow 20 AMP fuses should actually be 30AMP fuses? I had my shore power extension cord plugged into another extension cord and it rained . If water got into the connection between the two power cords, would that cause a short blowing the 4 fuses? It seems that should have blown the fuses on my home circuit not in the trailer. Any ideas?

3 minor problems:

2) Grey Water t-handle broke - one broke in the fall as well. Replaced with Valterra metal t-handle.

3) Hook for drapes broke in bed room. Need to order replacement for that:

There should be a little U-Shaped hook at the end and it just busted off.

4) Weather stripping on inside window coming out. Need to replace it with something.


Considering the brutal nature of our winters up here in Canada, the trailer survived remarkably well through the winter storage season. We had -35C temperatures, severe winds, lots of snow, etc. I was expecting more problems so was pleasantly surprised to only have a small handful of minor issues.

Thanks again for your help Sabre Sam.
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1. Shortly after plugging into shore power after brining the trailer home, all 4 20 AMP fuses on my WFCO 8965 converter blew.
Couple of questions - glancing at the WFCO manual seemed to suggest those 4 yellow 20 AMP fuses should actually be 30AMP fuses? I had my shore power extension cord plugged into another extension cord and it rained . If water got into the connection between the two power cords, would that cause a short blowing the 4 fuses? It seems that should have blown the fuses on my home circuit not in the trailer. Any ideas?
While I am certainly not SabreSam, I believe the yellow fuses are reverse current fuses. They protect the converter from the user hooking up the battery backwards.

This would damage the converter if they did not blow. It only takes an instant for this to happen. You may or may not have seen a spark at the terminals. You may not have realized you had a problem immediately since "some" items work just fine (lights and such) with the battery connected in reverse. What can be damaged is the furnace and the refrigerator.
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #364
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Just did my spring shake-down trip with our 2012 320FQDS. The trailer seemed to survive winter and my first attempt at winterizing seemed to be effective since there are no leaks and all the plumbing appears to be working!

There were 4 issues however:

1. Shortly after plugging into shore power after brining the trailer home, all 4 20 AMP fuses on my WFCO 8965 converter blew.
Couple of questions - glancing at the WFCO manual seemed to suggest those 4 yellow 20 AMP fuses should actually be 30AMP fuses? I had my shore power extension cord plugged into another extension cord and it rained . If water got into the connection between the two power cords, would that cause a short blowing the 4 fuses? It seems that should have blown the fuses on my home circuit not in the trailer. Any ideas?

3 minor problems:

2) Grey Water t-handle broke - one broke in the fall as well. Replaced with Valterra metal t-handle.

3) Hook for drapes broke in bed room. Need to order replacement for that:

There should be a little U-Shaped hook at the end and it just busted off.

4) Weather stripping on inside window coming out. Need to replace it with something.


Considering the brutal nature of our winters up here in Canada, the trailer survived remarkably well through the winter storage season. We had -35C temperatures, severe winds, lots of snow, etc. I was expecting more problems so was pleasantly surprised to only have a small handful of minor issues.

Thanks again for your help Sabre Sam.
Jambr403, in my opinion your Sabre should easily survive -40 -- weatherstripping and all. Over the past 40 years, I've had RV's spend the winter in Alberta and Sakatchewan with zero problems. If the weatherstripping has screwed up, get it fixed under warranty.... They should be built to take Canada since they're sold here.
Enjoy our short summer!
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While I am certainly not SabreSam, I believe the yellow fuses are reverse current fuses. They protect the converter from the user hooking up the battery backwards.

This would damage the converter if they did not blow. It only takes an instant for this to happen. You may or may not have seen a spark at the terminals. You may not have realized you had a problem immediately since "some" items work just fine (lights and such) with the battery connected in reverse. What can be damaged is the furnace and the refrigerator.
Good advice. I have in fact hooked the battery up backwards before. I noticed when the landing gear started retracting instead of extending when I pressed the extend rocker switch However, I hadn't flipped any of the breakers on and no fuses blew. (This was shortly after taking delivery of the trailer last fall). No I'm super careful to get the polarity correct when hooking up.

My father suggested that it could be the fact I had the 30AMP power cable plugged into a regular 15AMP extension cord? I've forgotten the physics, but would that up the voltage and drop the amperage leading to the fault?
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Jambr403, in my opinion your Sabre should easily survive -40 -- weatherstripping and all. Over the past 40 years, I've had RV's spend the winter in Alberta and Sakatchewan with zero problems. If the weatherstripping has screwed up, get it fixed under warranty.... They should be built to take Canada since they're sold here.
Enjoy our short summer!
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Thanks for the reassuring note. I'm trying to fix these minor issues myself since going to the dealer is usually a major ordeal... Drive there, drop trailer off, wait 3 weeks, go to pick up, find items not fixed, etc.. Rinse and repeat. The trailer will be off warranty soon as well, so I'm thinking it's good to learn how to handle these issues.

Happy camping to you as well!
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Jambr403,

As far as the curtain hook goes, one of ours broke as well. I just took both hooks off of that window and used a brown elastic hair tie to keep the curtain bunched. Looks just about like the original and I dont' have to worry about the plastic hook. I can provide a photo if you want. If you decide you still want the hook and can't find one, PM me and I can send you my extra one.

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Good advice. I have in fact hooked the battery up backwards before. I noticed when the landing gear started retracting instead of extending when I pressed the extend rocker switch However, I hadn't flipped any of the breakers on and no fuses blew. (This was shortly after taking delivery of the trailer last fall). No I'm super careful to get the polarity correct when hooking up.

My father suggested that it could be the fact I had the 30AMP power cable plugged into a regular 15AMP extension cord? I've forgotten the physics, but would that up the voltage and drop the amperage leading to the fault?
I do this occasionally myself. I have never had a problem with the fuses.
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Thanks for the reassuring note. I'm trying to fix these minor issues myself since going to the dealer is usually a major ordeal... Drive there, drop trailer off, wait 3 weeks, go to pick up, find items not fixed, etc.. Rinse and repeat. The trailer will be off warranty soon as well, so I'm thinking it's good to learn how to handle these issues.

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Dear Jambr403,
I read your post above. Are you asking me to help you with something or just letting me know what you found?
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SabreSam,
Got home with new 34TBOK last night and noticed when unhitching the kingpin was riding on the jaws not the plates of the sadle and hitch riding together. I use a B&W companion so my question is the issue with the pin or hitch?
The parts counter had closed before we had finished paperwork so I didn't get my friction pad which will be on the next hitch up, the friction pad will add to the stack up and it looks as though it will be the remedy. So a second question maybe to direct me to a B&W expert(or you if you know) on adjustments there or is there adjustment at the pin?
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