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Old 09-30-2017, 03:11 PM   #1
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Surge protector not even lighting up

I am/was loaning the trailer to a family to camp for a week. They are picking it up this afternoon. Trailer not plugged in, i used the inverter for the first time, then decided to plug in instead. Powered off the inverter, plugged the trailer in. There is no power to the trailer and the surge protector doesn't even light up. There is power to the plug. I hear a noise when i plug in. I checked all the circuit breakers in the fuse box. Is there another breaker connected to the surge protector? Is there a way to bypass the Protector?
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Old 09-30-2017, 03:26 PM   #2
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I am/was loaning the trailer to a family to camp for a week. They are picking it up this afternoon. Trailer not plugged in, i used the inverter for the first time, then decided to plug in instead. Powered off the inverter, plugged the trailer in. There is no power to the trailer and the surge protector doesn't even light up. There is power to the plug. I hear a noise when i plug in. I checked all the circuit breakers in the fuse box. Is there another breaker connected to the surge protector? Is there a way to bypass the Protector?
It does take a few minutes for everything to kick in.
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Yes, but it needs to light up to show it is testing the connection. Not happening. Been an hour.
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Locate the black surge protector box (likely under the seat) and check the gray cable which has an end like one you would connect into a wall telephone. I've found that mine comes loose on occasion. Remove the connection and reconnect. It should work again as the display should light up.
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Unplugged it, waited a bit, repluged it. No such luck. I have a feeling something's wrong with the surge protector itself. Feel so bad, no RV places open on Sat afternoon and this was going to be the big vacation for my gardener and his family. Solar and batteries are fine so they can cope, I hope. Just don't know if they will be able to conserve the energy.
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Old 09-30-2017, 04:07 PM   #6
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Oh, and i have that generator I've never used. Feel better.
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Old 09-30-2017, 04:51 PM   #7
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Oh, and i have that generator I've never used. Feel better.
Don't you plug the trailer into the generator? They will still need the surge protector to work, so it would still be good to find the problem. It should be the first device after the power cord, so I wouldn't suspect a transfer switch, main breaker, converter, etc.

When you are plugged in, do any of the AC devices (microwave, 120V receptacles, etc work? If so, it is just the display that isn't working - as Michael (rotateclockwise) suggested, check the plugs at both ends of the remote wiring.

If none of the AC stuff works, I agree that the surge protector has a problem. While probably a job for an electrician, it is possible to jump past the surge protector.

Br sure to unplug the trailer when checking the wiring to the surge protector...
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Since you have a 17B and the battery is on the rear bumper, you might be able to use your generator to charge the battery direct. My Honda generator can be connected to the battery terminals with the supplied cord.
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Give me a giant 'Duh' about the generator. I have dual 6 volts, don't think there is a way to connect the generator to the terminals. There is no electric in the trailer, not just a lack of display. But I spoke to my friends and they will cope. It is scheduled to be fairly sunny and the solar should take care of things. When they come back i will take it into an RV place. Sure am grateful to this forum.
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I'm guessing the fridge won't work either then, and they'll need a cooler and ice. No water pump? No flushing toilet. It all can be done and still be fairly comfortable. Good luck.
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