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Old 10-20-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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12 Volt Circuit Breaker

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After returning from a weekend at deer camp, I learned that our 12v power was only 9v. I had been on shore power all weekend so I thought it very odd. After opening the battery box and checking around, I learned that I was not getting 12v power from the power converter to recharge the battery. I was thinking the worst until I found a stand alone 30amp auto reset breaker near the power center outlet that had failed. After purchasing a new one at the local auto parts store, the problem was solved and fixed for $3.50 US.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:22 PM   #2
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How did you determine the reset breaker had failed? Because it wouldn't reset?

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Old 10-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #3
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Hi Donna,

After finding the circuit breaker, I measured the voltage on both terminals. I found 14v on one and 0v on the other with the battery disconnected. After taking it out, I found loose parts rattling inside. This post is no big deal but I wanted to pass this on and perhaps help others with less trouble shooting skills. I might add that you need to make sure the source and auxiliary terminals on the circuit breaker are correctly connected on the new replacement.
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How did you determine the reset breaker had failed? Because it wouldn't reset?
An auto-reset breaker resets itself, repeatedly trying to let power through, and interrupting it again if too much current flows. If there is voltage on the incoming side of the breaker and not at least intermittent voltage on the output side, the breaker has failed. So yes, it wouldn't reset (itself).
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Currently having same problem. Could someone explain where the stand alone 30amp auto reset breaker near the power center outlet is to to the electrically challenged........Me.
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On my 5.0, it was under the dinette seating fastened to the wood frame work next to the power center. About $4 at an auto parts store.
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What are the symptoms ?
Check to be sure that the battery cables are securely attached to the battery
Do you have a voltmeter ?
If so set it on the DC scale and check the battery voltage. It should be above 12V.
Is so access the threaded stud on the back of the distribution center with numerous black ground wires secured together. Attach the negative lead of the voltmeter to this group of ground wires. Probe the 40A fuses (on both sides) in the front of the panel with the positive voltmeter lead. The voltage should be close to the battery voltage. If not the problem is between the battery(s) and the distribution panel and possibly the 30A breaker.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #8
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Currently having same problem. Could someone explain where the stand alone 30amp auto reset breaker near the power center outlet is to to the electrically challenged........Me.
This is what it looks like. I believe there are two of them in the same vicinity; one for the power from the batteries and the other from one of the black solar controller wires under the seat near the cutoff switch...available at any auto repair store.



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It is a good idea to carry at least one of these as a spare...
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:25 PM   #10
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It is a good idea to carry at least one of these as a spare...
Why? Do they burn out or have a fuse that's not replaceable?

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