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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
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