I have been printing the information off to reference later... Good info.
I finally had a chance to do a little testing on my DC problem, and have narrowed it down to one wire. Unfortunately, the 'hot' seems to have shorted out somewhere.... Dang it. There is maybe a foot of it visible before it disappears into the wall and routing to the opposite corner of the RV. Taking suggestions as to what might be the best way to get a new wire to the destination. Anyone with experience with this?
On a side note, another things that rankles me is some people just keep throwing new parts at a problem until something (hopefully) fixes the problem ... in the worst cases they would have been money ahead to just buy a different car.
...aaaaand that's why I stopped working on the RV for a while. Financially at this point, if we want to keep camping, I have to start doing something again.
Start small... big projects later... biding time on a few of them.
Thanks Again Griff.
To answer one of your questions. Same difference on the DC lights/Outlets regardless of being Battery only or on shore power. Once I get it back in my driveway, or have some time at the campground, we'll get to work. Knowing I can run a new ground if needed (which I thought and was hopeful) will definitely make things easier.
Go away for a few hours, and see what happens?
Griff, I wasn't working on the RV, but we were still using it very regularly. Currently, the RV is at a campground. I have a busy couple of weeks and knew I wasn't going to have time to work on it, but wanted to try and gather some resources and develop a plan. I don't know current volts on the battery, but 5/6 of the lights in the RV work fine, water pump is good, the 12v fan in the bathroom works when shore power is disconnected. The charge indicator on my converter isn't lit at the moment, so I'm not sure the battery is currently charging when connected.
One question in my mind... is it easier/better to run a completely NEW ground for a circuit, or try and fish out, and correct/repair the current. (If that is in deed the issue).
Thanks Tree Seeker, I've seen a couple of those already, and really don't get me where I want to be. They are mostly about batteries... not the wiring itself. Maybe someone has previous experience or advice on the subject. All the wiring is, of course, hidden. In walls, ceilings, panels, etc. One of the items I can't seem to find, is how the DC works. My thought is it grounds to the Frame... but I really can't find a confirmation. If that is the case... Can't I just run new grounds to the frame? Does that cause problems? I can't 'find' where the current DC is connected to the frame anywhere... maybe that too is inside the wall? What is the accepted means to add a new ground? How do I get it to the frame? If the Engine battery is grounded to the frame... and the house batter is grounded to the frame... wouldn't that cause some weird problem/hazard?
Since I am back to working on the old girl, I once again have a few questions.
Next project I need to take on, is my DC seems to be taking a dump. It started with an interior, and the exterior light. Then included a DC power source and the TV antennae booster... now it seems to have crept to the other side and taken out the other DC power source...
All fuses are good. I'm thinking they simply lost ground. But... I'm not much into electrical. So, what is a good procedure to test/repair?
On a side note... Part of why I had disappeared from the forum for a while was lack of funds to do anything. Another victim of the economy... ended up letting a number of things go. Still having problems getting extra $$$ to get the parts, be decided I wanted to keep the old RV going. I became rather discouraged when I discovered I need to do a lot of work in the cab over area. Not sure how, where, or when to tackle that... still debating really. But either way, I need to get electrical working properly.
It's been a long time... had some time this afternoon, so I thought I'd pop in and catch up. Do a little light reading.
Hate to ask... but I never saw a resolution... Trish?
Also, WhiteKnight seems to have become a recluse as well.