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Old 12-09-2013, 11:29 PM   #11
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The contact points open on a short or overload due to heat. When it cools, it resets itself. My failed for some unknown reason. I never took it apart but it's not suppose to have loose parts inside. I don't think it is a common problem.
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:57 AM   #12
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I thought they burn out and need to be replaced, like a main fuse in your house before circuit breakers. Let's wait for the experts to wake up.
Upon research it seems they do reset- see here http://www.delcity.net/store/Auto-Re...FQ7xOgodKWEA4Q
thus more like a circuit breaker. Interesting is they seem to be effected by extreme cold, i.e.
below -10F which is common up north.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:18 AM   #13
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12V circuit breakers are used in circuits that have the potential for occasional high amperage draws such as those with electric motors. They are used in vehicle circuits such as power windows. It would be great if a wiring schematic was avaliable for our Escape trailers.
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12V circuit breakers are used in circuits that have the potential for occasional high amperage draws such as those with electric motors. They are used in vehicle circuits such as power windows. It would be great if a wiring schematic was avaliable for our Escape trailers.
I would imagine a basic schematic would be possible. Have you seen a photo of the wiring harness build on a wall at Escape Trailer Industries?

But, with so many owner modifications done during the build, it's doubtful ETI has the desire or the personnel to create a custom schematic for every trailer built. Can you even imagine what a schematic like Jim's would look like?
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:38 AM   #15
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I resemble that….just think what it will look like after I'm done, a lot of the wiring was done in anticipation of future improvements.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:39 AM   #16
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Yes, a basic wiring schematic would make sense. One that maps the standard components. Unfortunately I was not able to pick up our trailer and had it delivered. Is there a photo of the wiring harness at ETI ?
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:43 AM   #17
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Is there a photo of the wiring harness at ETI ?
Yes, I've seen it. But, I don't remember if it was on someone's personal website, Flickr, etc. or posted here on the forum. It was more than a year ago. Maybe someone will remember where it is and help us both out! It's just a picture, not enough detail to be really meaninful. But kinda cool anyway.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:48 AM   #18
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Auto-reset breakers are not fuses and don't contain fuses, but if they trip and reset a lot I can certainly believe that they would wear out. In normal use, under their rated limit, they don't trip and should last a long time, like other circuit breakers.

These are normally used in situations where you you want to keep operating after a momentary overload. An example is the power to the brake controller in the tow vehicle - if it momentarily overloads the wiring is protected, but the vehicle soon has trailer brakes again.

They are sometimes used in the tow vehicle's circuit to the trailer battery - if a big current rush results from connecting the discharged trailer battery to the tug, or from a spike up in tug voltage, power is only lost momentarily. Perhaps this is the intent of the auto-reset breaker in an Escape, but on the trailer end of the circuit?

Steve found two of them, one apparently for solar panel output. Is the other one between the tug and the trailer battery, or between the trailer battery and the circuits to lights, appliances, and outlets in the trailer?
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There will be a test on the 12 volt circuit breaker at the end of class Donna.
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There will be a test on the 12 volt circuit breaker at the end of class Donna.
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