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Odd 12V Intermittent Failure

We just finished a 2K mile round trip with two weeks of dry camping with no significant issues (other than one single "trailer disconnected" message on the truck's message center on the second day of the trip.) The other night my wife turned on the trailer exterior led side light and it flashed on and then went out. The front lights would not come on either. I disconnected the side lamp feed connector and checked the Morningstar solar controller status light which was green. A quick DVM reading at the battery resulted in 12.78V and the same voltage was on the input to the 30A CB on the tongue. The output voltage wss slightly lower like 12.6x but I was looking for no voltage. Cycled the factory battery disconnect switch several times but still no lights. I connected ac power so I could open the slide and get to the converter panel in the bathroom. Lights worked on ac. Unplugged ac and figured I would do further trouble shooting in the morning. Next morning 12V power was back and I could not reproduce the outage. So far I have replaced the 30A CB and checked the tongue mounted junction box connections and all nuts were tight and the wires were bright. Any ideas?
dclark1946 09/07/17 03:33pm Tech Issues
RE: When do you drain your lines and hot water heater?

I let mine go too long once. And the water stunk when I hooked it up on a subsequent trip. So now I drain it after every trip when I use either city or RV water. That is why I drain ours at the end of every trip.
dclark1946 08/25/17 12:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: F250 Trailer Disconnected Message

I did additional trailer and truck connector contact cleaning at our final destination using Brasso and flat Q tips. It did a good job of cleaning the contacts and they are bright and shiny. Reconnected trailer to the truck and got "Trailer Connected" message. I wiggled the plug connection, cable going into junction box and all external brake wiring at the axles and hubs and got no disconnect message. Heading back home on first leg of our return trip and so far no disconnect message. I put the cleaned up trailer plug in a zip lock bag and stuck it under the propane tank cover to keep it dry while we were camping for two weeks.
dclark1946 08/21/17 07:40pm Tech Issues
RE: F250 Trailer Disconnected Message

Get one of these, available many places online. Plug Guard Now that is a good product.
dclark1946 08/21/17 07:22pm Tech Issues
RE: F250 Trailer Disconnected Message

Thanks for the information. The next morning after the disconnect message I inspected the trailer plug contacts and there was some green corrosion and dark tarnishing on the contacts. Two of the contacts gap spacing were different from the others. I used a nail emery board cut down to contact width and cleaned the contacts as well as pushing the two contacts with a small flat blade screwdriver. I had no more disconnect messages for the last 100 miles to our destination. Will do further inspection on the trailer wiring since we will be at our site for two weeks.
dclark1946 08/08/17 12:02pm Tech Issues
RE: F250 Trailer Disconnected Message

Your truck is seeing an intermittent connection of the trailer brakes. You need to inspect the trailer plug and brake wiring all the way to the magnets. That includes any wires inside the axles. So you are saying the Ford trailer system is monitoring the brake circuit only to determine connectivity? Is that continuous or only when brakes are applied and the system monitors current draw?
dclark1946 08/06/17 08:21am Tech Issues
F250 Trailer Disconnected Message

We were 25 miles away from our second campground on a 3 day 1000 mile trip when the message center on my 09 F250 indicated "Trailer Disconnected". The trailer running lights were still on and braking felt normal. When we got to the Crossville,TN KOA I checked the trailer plug and it appeared to be properly seated. On restarting my truck the message center indicated "Trailer Connected". Some type of intermittent apparently. Any idea what connection the factory trailer electronics uses to determine trailer connection?
dclark1946 08/06/17 06:11am Tech Issues
RE: Rechargeable Lithium Bright Trouble (flood) Lamp?

Ryobi has a nice compact high power LED flood light in their line of 18V lithium ion products. Their 4AH battery provides the most energy storage. It travels with me on our camping trips along with inflato,fans, hand vac, drill and impact driver.
dclark1946 08/05/17 07:36am Tech Issues
RE: 12 Volt Battery Questions

If he does not mind spending more money he can get two Trojan SCS 150 (Gr 24) batteries and get 200AH capacity with 100 useable.
dclark1946 07/23/17 04:36am Tech Issues
RE: Priming Honda 2000 after draining carb: when is it primed?

If you are a full timer, you probably use the generator and do not need to drain the gas. If you are not a full timer, what do you do about snowblowers, weed whips, chain saws, lawn movers and leaf blowers? I use stabilizer and have not had any issues. I always use stabilizer even if I do not plan on storage. My one data point on that issue was several years ago with one of our EU 1000s that I left with (Stabil added) fuel in the tank and about a year later when I checked it out for another dry camping trip it would not run without the choke on. I tried running it for several hours with a high concentration of Seafoam and then letting it sit overnight but it did not help. Off it went to the Honda dealer for an emergency carb job before we left for our trip. Since that experience I only leave stabilized fuel in it for no longer than a month without draining the tank and carb.
dclark1946 06/13/17 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Priming Honda 2000 after draining carb: when is it primed?

I don't know about why this is important? My honda 2000 with a drained carb starts in 2 pulls after storage season? I have two EU 2000s and two EU 1000s and none of mine start without at least 10 pulls after draining the tank and the carb. After they are started the first time they usually start on the first pull.
dclark1946 06/13/17 05:20am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold moisture reduction heater switch

Has anyone figured out how to add an on/off switch to the Norcold N811 fridges? I think it would go in the exterior service panel area. I have not got to serious about putting one in since we did ok on our first (for our new trailer)2 week dry camping trip last summer. Our DC current consumption is higher but our battery and daily charging seems to be adequate.
dclark1946 06/08/17 06:40am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing the Winegard Sensar with a King Jack antenna

And as more stations move back to high and low VHF over the next few years, lots of people with under performing on VHF antennas like the Jack are going to be disappointed with their choice. Even some of Winegard's newer antennas have poor low VHF performance.thats what I keep saying and nobody is listening.. OP- suggest you look at the TV Repac plan and see what that area is going to do with the UHF band. At least you will know why your TV went away in a few years when all this shuffling starts. I still don't get how driving wind can bend that antenna. When properly stow'd there should a little to no turbulence on the roof. Did you get caught in a Sacramento tornados? snowlpeke: suggest you do a little research on your comment bucause it's totally incorrect Sound logic and complete correct information do not always prevail on forums.
dclark1946 05/29/17 05:20am Tech Issues
RE: Running fridge while driving

I start mine plugged into shore power on propane a couple of days before we load up. Then battery/propane on the road and shore power/propane at the campground. I've never seen one that runs on 12vdc alone. That is what we do with ours too. Our first trailer(Casita) had a smaller (4 cu. ft.) fridge that was 3 way and used 12V for the heater when the 12V mode was selected. The 12V heater was lower wattage than the 120V heater so even if fed by 12V it did not provide as much heat to the system. I thought that was the way to go when traveling but found that it pulled too much current to operate properly while traveling so we switched to propane. Most absorption RV fridges are too big now to even attempt 12V only operation.
dclark1946 05/22/17 06:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Portable tankless water heaters....

We use the Coleman Hot Water On Demand portable system which I think is still available. It uses the one pound propane tanks and a rechargeable battery to power a water pump and the burner igniter. The pump attaches to a Coleman 5 gallon water bag but you can also buy an accessory that attaches to a water hose. The burner ignites when you turn on the water. Our kids used this in the National Park for showering (using shower attachment that attaches to the faucet)and it worked fine.
dclark1946 05/22/17 05:48am Tech Issues
RE: Reefer operation while covered..?

If you want to use your fridge with the cover on you could cut flaps where the inlet and outlet vents are located so they can function. Then you could use Velcro to close the flap when you are not needing the fridge.
dclark1946 05/06/17 06:53am Tech Issues
RE: Water pump causes led lights to flicker when on Battery

Today I checked battery connections, water pump connections and connections at the converter power supply. All seemed fine. The trailer is a 2017 and has two new batteries. I installed a battery monitor inside the trailer wired directly to the the batteries. When on battery and running cabin led's and the water pump the voltage drops about .08volts on the monitor. The lights only flicker when on battery they don't flicker when plugged into 110. Have you determined if the lighting and water pump are on the same fuse? If so, depending on how the traier is wired, the LEDs may be seeing more voltage variation than your battery monitor is showing. Also how far is the water pump from the power panel and also from the pump switch? The actual instantaneous voltage variation also may be larger than your battery monitor is showing due to the transient high start current pulled by the pump motor as it pulses on and off. You might be able to reduce the flickering by connecting a large (> 100 ufd) capacitor across the pump power and return to provide some of the surge current.
dclark1946 04/26/17 08:15pm Tech Issues
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