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Old 07-18-2015, 04:41 PM   #21
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Excellent direction. We didn't know we needed to pull out the fuse.

There is a graph showing which fuse does what so we know which fuse to zero in on. And, we aren't complete dummies, we have a supply of spare fuses recently purchased at LordCo.

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Old 07-18-2015, 04:50 PM   #22
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Yes, in most electrical fault situations, checking the fuse is the first step. But, as has been said, it can be deceptive. Some blown fuses are very graphic, no doubt at all they're blown. Other times, not so much. Substitution is always a good easy way to double check and of course the meter is another option.

Spare fuses are a must for me. Some folks don't carry any spares but fuses, to me, are a must have in the tool box.

Let us know your findings.

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Old 07-18-2015, 05:00 PM   #23
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Spare fuses are a must for me. Some folks don't carry any spares but fuses, to me, are a must have in the tool box.
Absolutely. I keep one of these in the toolbox:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...K5SP61RETKC3HC

The WFCO Panel only uses the 10's and 20's, but the rest come in handy for the tow vehicle.
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:14 PM   #24
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Success

I pulled the fuse dedicated to the 12 volt plugs and decided that it looked like it was broken - the little silver thing was in two pieces. So I replaced the fuse, checked the socket and got a 13.4 reading.

The iPhone 6 shows green recharging right away.
The IPad flashed green recharge then didn't do anything
I unplugged it and tried again and it went right to recharging.

So we had a blown fuse.

Things I've learned today... The 12 volt sockets show voltage even with a blown fuse.
Check fuse early in the troubleshooting process.

I'm wondering if my little adapter could be part of my problem. I have scraped off the readings on the adapter and can't tell what amp it is. I bought it at an Apple product reseller store. So if I keep blowing fuses I'll make sure I have a good adapter.

Thanks for your help Ron
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:25 PM   #25
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I'd get a couple of those adapters http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...sb%2Caps%2C141
for your car and trailer, 1 and 2.1 amps for all your 12v items
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:31 PM   #26
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Well that's great, always nice to have a successful result and if it happens again you'll instantly be on top of it.

Actually I just came in from doing exactly what I recommended you do. As Brian pointed out, the small red led that comes on when the fuse is blown still conducts some current so checking the terminal might be misleading. But it's not really. My voltage was about 12.6. When I pulled the fuse and checked the terminal again it was 11.4 So checking the output terminal does indicate a blown fuse, just not as graphically as one that doesn't have an led.

At any rate, glad your trouble shooting was successful and if you have the fuse blow again let us know.

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And here is something that other electrical newbies may find helpful. Our 17b fuse panel opens when you push on a little door which pops open to expose the fuses.

BUT you need to unscrew the entire panel to open up access to pulling out the fuses. Plus the little red led light isn't visible until you open up the entire panel.

I hope our adventures in all things 12 volt have been entertaining.

ONE last question about recharging Apple devices. What adapter are people using to recharge a MacBook Pro using our 12 volt Escape systems?

I'll report any more blown fuses.
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