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Old 11-22-2014, 04:42 PM   #1
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Unhappy No Lights When On Battery Power

I did a forum search and didn’t find a match for my problem, but in case I missed it, sorry for the duplicate post ... here goes –

Our trailer no long runs on battery power when disconnected from utility power. Normally, I connect the battery and have all lights available (we have the LED lighting option) when we’re loading up for trips after dark and such.

The trailer works fine on utility power and the surge suppressor gives no error when connected on utility power. The reason I mention that is because the problem seems to have begun after a trip where the power at the park was either fluctuating or was low, thus causing the system to show an error code and do some weird things... the surge suppressor “ticked”, the fan would cycle on and off, lights would blink, etc. I don’t think the surge suppressor is part of the problem, but again, just mention it as the timing for failure seems to coincide with this trip.

I’ve checked fuses, no issues there. I keep the battery on a trickle charger when not installed on the trailer and know the battery is charged (even shows charged at the status panel in the trailer). Other data points are – I can set the refrigerator to battery power (toggle through the choices of AC / Batt / Propane), which I would think that if there was no battery power available, it would not let me select it?

So, was hoping there might be some recommendations for trouble shooting this issue. Fairly straightforward symptoms – AC power = LED lights work, DC power = lights don’t work.

Thanks in advance for help you can provide.

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Old 11-22-2014, 05:32 PM   #2
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Is it just the LEDs, or everything? -- heater fan, water pump, etc. If it's everything, have you checked the master cut-off switch? If it's not everything, I'm clueless.

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Old 11-22-2014, 05:33 PM   #3
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This could be totally incorrect, and I don't mean to insult you, but have you checked the battery disconnect switch to make sure that it didn't get flipped down? The only reason I ask is that I managed to knock ours down once, and it took me a few minutes to figure it out. I don't know if you could still power LED lights when plugged in or not

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Also, check your fuses...
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:10 PM   #5
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This could be totally incorrect, and I don't mean to insult you, but have you checked the battery disconnect switch to make sure that it didn't get flipped down?
Exactly what I was thinking too, Lean.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:18 PM   #6
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If the battery disconnect switch got flipped down (off), the refer wouldn't work under any circumstances.
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Does the fan work? Does the water pump work? Have you tried ALL the lights - do any work (including exterior)? Does the vent hood fan/light work? Fridge on 12V - does the interior light come on?

Does anything change when you connect the trailer plug to the car and the car ignition is on? Do the running, brake, and turn lights work.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:08 PM   #8
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If the battery disconnect switch got flipped down (off), the refer wouldn't work under any circumstances.
I think it would work if plugged in to 120V, no?
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Have you checked the battery with a meter? what's the voltage? Check it at the disconnect switch too, one side should always be 13v+/- and the other will either be 0v or 13v depending on the switch position.
I think there is a small breaker in the battery + line somewhere too, not sure though as I can't get to the trailer.
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Unless his trailer is wired differently from mine, when the disconnect switch is off the monitor panel lights won't light. Since the indicator shows the battery fully charged, the disconnect must be on. I agree with Doug - check all the rest to the 12V stuff...
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