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Old 04-04-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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Electrical Problem with 1999 Dolphin

I was trying to change my AM/FM radio antenna cable out today and for some reason I lost all power in the RV. I had turned off the radio before doing anything. Power coming in is fine and all of the circuits in the bedroom circuit panel are not tripped. Does anyone what else I can check to figure out why electricity isn't coming in? There are fuses under the dashboard by the driver's seat but I doubt those have anything to do with major AC electric coming into the RV.

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Old 04-04-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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Generally fuses have little to do with 120vac. You need to start chasing power.

Start with the proper outlet adapter so you can plug a test lamp into the outlet, I like lamps as opposed to meters for very simple reasons.

You can make a test lamp in fact I recommend it, Here is how.

You need, a common C-7 or C-7.4 Night light, the old fashion type (The C-7 is the large indoor Christmas tree bulb) YOu can also use a C-4 (4 watt) if you like, No led's here.

An extension cord with a bad plug.. Cut the plug off and add probes to the end of the wires. (Well one prob and one clip)

To test an outlet use the proper adapter and plug the light in, Light good, dark bad.

Now I'd go to the main breaker box, clip to the black wire bus, touch (probe, not finger) the white ones, LIght good dark bad

If all dark go to the automatic transfer switch (if any)

NOTE: last spring I was parked behind a brand new 5th wheel, I'm talking sticker in the window.

He plugged in (50 amp) and NOTING, not a single bit of 120vac in the rig.

We checked the park outlet... GOOD

We unpluged the Marinco connector from the trailer's inlet.. It fell off in my hand.

Some Ten T type at the factory... NEVER TIGHTENED THE SCREWS!!!!

(you ask what a Ten T type is.... One D Ten T or if you like 1 D 10 T remove spaces in the last to figure it out)
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