Yep, I pulled a wire loose before I could see where it came from.
If someone happens to have the schematic or wiring diagram for a Ventline L5097 monitor panel, I'd appreciate info on the 7 wires:
I expect the white is ground and red is probably power.
When I pulled the panel, the purple wire was not connected. When I tested the panel after pulling it (gently) away from the wall, none of the tank sensors light up. I worked fine before... I believe this to be the common wire for all three tanks. I'll chase the bundles if necessary but I'd suspect someone has a wiring diagram in their documentation kit. I looked through mine - no luck. A 'net search turned up nothing useful though I found a lot of parts listings for Winnebago that uses the L5097 panel. Alternatively, I'll call Ventline's support number to get an install sheet.
The wires from the panel connect via yellow wire nuts to the bundle of wires in the wall cavity; All the wires in the bundle have at least one wire connected to the panel. That purple goes to one of them... which one?
Thanks in advance!
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Before that: '91 SunLite poptop truck camper
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Wow - good info. In my case the purple wire might not be connected by design. I wondered why it was wadded differently than the others - it was like it was not supposed to be used but it would have been nice if they'd have taped the end or something.
I'll check the other connections, and with this instruction sheet, I'll conduct the appropriate tests to ensure the panel is functioning. I have indicators for propane and battery charge so the panel is connected to power.
Black = Generator Negative
Red = Generator Indicator light
Brown = Generator Stop
Yellow = Generator Start
Tank wiring section:
Purple = Not Used
Gray = Gray water (#2)
Brown = Black water (#1)
Red = Fresh Water
(BTW, common wire for these tank lines is white - ground)
White/green trace = LP Sensor (return lead is ground)
Black = Converter positive
White (16 AWG) = Panel Ground
Red (14 AWG) = Water Pump (Return lead is ground)
Now that I know what does what, I know what to look for. The purple is, indeed, not intended to be connected. Therefore, I taped it off to eliminate confusion.
Next, chasing wires indicates I have the appropriate connections that align with the wires listed, with the exception of the genset. My generator control is a separate panel. Are those colors the same as those listed here? I don't know.
In order to test this setup, a jumper can be used as long as it has a 47K ohm resistor inline. I dug through my old stock of parts - and I have some 4.7K resistors... such as life. A trip to Fry's is on order.
Ok, by now someone should have asked the stupid but obvious question: Is there any liquid in those tanks? No. Perhaps I recall the lights were working when there was water & waste in them, but it's been a few months since I last looked at the tank lights. I'd drained the fresh a while back, and because I'm currently rebuilding the bathroom floor including the toilet piping, the black tank is not only empty, but has been dry for some time.
Ok, all together now... DUH! No liquid, no lights. (and there are no "Empty" lights on this particular panel)
I'll still pick up the resistor and will test the wiring to ensure it works, more for curiousness than anything else.
This has been a good education. These are the types of things I enjoy experiencing - because now I understand the theory of operation and am happy to relay it to anyone else that is interested and/or has a need.
The wire colors are obvious on the KIB:
White - ground/neutral (almost always)
Red - Power (yep)
The fun is in these colors:
Blue - Fresh water (red on my Ventline connected to Blue in the MH harness)
Gray - Gray water (duh!)
Brown - Black water (er, free boneless brown trout, anyone?)
Orange - LP (white/green on my Ventline)
The colors on the KIB makes a whole lot more sense, and it's obvious too!