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Old 07-17-2015, 08:24 PM   #1
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What current should I get on the 12 volt receptacal

I'll recap the issue we've encountered trying to recharge our Apple devices (iPad-2/iPhone-6).

The adapter I'm using works when recharging the devices on the 12 volt receptacal on our tow vehicle. The trucks receptacal reads 12 volt via the volt-meter. I'm using the same adapter and it does not work on the trailer 12 volt receptacles. FYI We have never used the 12 volt receptacal for anything other than trying to recharge devices. The trailer lights and max fax works fine on batter power.

We have a 2014 17b with solar panels and 2 6 volt batteries.

The battery monitor shows a full charge.

The solar monitor show 13.5

I tested the batteries and each read 6.72

I tested two of the trailer 12 volt receptacals and each read 7 volts. I've done this before and received similar readings. Is this the problem


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Old 07-17-2015, 08:32 PM   #2
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When I put the voltage meter into the 12volt outlets, I usually get 13+ volts. This was also true on our 17b. So I bet that is the problem.
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I'll recap the issue we've encountered trying to recharge our Apple devices (iPad-2/iPhone-6).

The adapter I'm using works when recharging the devices on the 12 volt receptacal on our tow vehicle. The trucks receptacal reads 12 volt via the volt-meter. I'm using the same adapter and it does not work on the trailer 12 volt receptacles. FYI We have never used the 12 volt receptacal for anything other than trying to recharge devices. The trailer lights and max fax works fine on batter power.

We have a 2014 17b with solar panels and 2 6 volt batteries.

The battery monitor shows a full charge.

The solar monitor show 13.5

I tested the batteries and each read 6.72

I tested two of the trailer 12 volt receptacals and each read 7 volts. I've done this before and received similar readings. Is this the problem


Thanks for any help
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Sounds like your 12V lines are wired across just one battery instead of the pair of 6V.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:11 PM   #4
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Thanks Charlie,

A few weeks ago I tested the receptacals and got 8 and 9 volts. Does that still indicate that the lines could be crossed?

FYI I am on a huge learning curve on trailer electrical systems.
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Check the voltage of the fuses for the 12v outlets in the fuse panel of the converter box. The fuses should be the voltage as measured between the two batteries. If so , the problem is in the wiring between the outlets or the outlets themselves. If you can remove the outlets you can check the voltage between the wires attached to the 12v outlets, the voltage should be very close to battery voltage and the voltage at the fuse(s).
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As the others have said, it's almost as if you're only getting voltage from one battery but I don't know how that could happen.

Have you measured the voltage from the plus of one battery to the negative of the other?

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Ron,
I'll have to see if the wires on the 12.00 volt-meter stretch far enough.
I appreciate Bob's suggestions although about all my skill set will let me do is check the fuses. We looked at them awhile ago and I think they were yellow.

As you can see my skill set is limited. Although I think it is good for me to try to learn as much as I can. I'm also quite glad that we aren't too far awY from ETI

? But if the wires are screwed up, how come the lights and fans work?
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As the others have said, it's almost as if you're only getting voltage from one battery but I don't know how that could happen.

Have you measured the voltage from the plus of one battery to the negative of the other?

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I got 13.43 by checking the negative of one battery to the positive of the other.

I suppose this means that the trailer is properly wired ?

I checked the receptacals and got 8 volts plus on three of them. One plug doesn't have any reading.

It took Liz coming out to the trailer to check the batteries cause I could stretch the volt-meter wires between the two batteries as I leaned over the spare tire but I needed Liz to reach around to twist the volt meter so we could see the display
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[QUOTE=LarryandLiz;101422]Ron.

I got 13.43 by checking the negative of one battery to the positive of the other.

I suppose this means that the trailer is properly wired ?

/QUOTE]

No, it doesn't mean that the trailer is properly wired but it means that the first item on the trouble shooting list can be checked off.

I'm very suspicious of several outlets having a problem at the same time. As others have mentioned checking the fuse voltage would be a good next step. You can remove the fuse and check the voltage at the fuse socket. Pos. probe to fuse socket, neg. to any ground. Also, on mine at least, the rear side of the 12 volt outlets are accessible. The pos. terminal is exposed. You can also check the voltage there.

There's lots of experience on the forum. Just keep posting your findings and the problem will become clear at some point and you'll have had some trouble-shooting practice.

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What current should I get on the 12 volt receptacal

Yes, 7 volts is the problem. The charging adapter needs 12. I agree with Ron. Check the voltage on the input wire for the receptacle itself.
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