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Old 11-12-2013, 09:42 PM   #99
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Regarding a direct short to the house batteries, wouldn't that disable the batteries? I stayed in the MH for 2 nights after the damage was done. The batteries were fine.

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It should have, but strange things do happen I guess.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:53 PM   #101
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Regarding a direct short to the house batteries, wouldn't that disable the batteries? I stayed in the MH for 2 nights after the damage was done. The batteries were fine.

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There was something odd with the house batteries. The second day, the battery level was 3 on the overhead monitor when I went to bed. The next morning the level was 4/5. I do not understand how this happened since the batteries were being used and not being charged.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:43 AM   #102
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There was something odd with the house batteries. The second day, the battery level was 3 on the overhead monitor when I went to bed. The next morning the level was 4/5. I do not understand how this happened since the batteries were being used and not being charged.
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It scares me to think about what could have happened. You have a guardian angel Liz
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:45 AM   #103
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We all do. It sounds like mine was working overtime that day!

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Old 11-14-2013, 02:39 PM   #104
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The following is from the repair shop estimate:

FIRE IN ELECTRICAL COMPARTMENT- POWER CORD CORRECTION: TROUBLESHOT NEEDS ELECTRICAL COMPARTMENT RECARPETED, NEW POWER CORD, BOTH CONVERTOR CHARGERS, BIDIRECTIONAL RELAY, SURGE GUARD, 2 OUTLETS, AND 4 CIRCUIT BREAKERS REPLACED AND TELEPHONE/CABLE JACK AND TEST COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ETC AS NEEDED

The repair shop does not yet know what caused the problem. Since I am FT, this is more than a bit unnerving.

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Liz,

Two things come to mind that you should do for the future.

First, get some sort of cover to go over the area that Mr_D pointed out to you.

Second, watch the condition of your power cord AND any Dog-Bones carefully for ANY warmth at all. These cords should NOT get warm. If they do, that's a sure sign of a serious problem that needs immediate attention.

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Two things come to mind that you should do for the future.

First, get some sort of cover to go over the area that Mr_D pointed out to you.

Second, watch the condition of your power cord AND any Dog-Bones carefully for ANY warmth at all. These cords should NOT get warm. If they do, that's a sure sign of a serious problem that needs immediate attention.

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Thank you Richard.

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The following is from the repair shop estimate:

FIRE IN ELECTRICAL COMPARTMENT- POWER CORD CORRECTION: TROUBLESHOT NEEDS ELECTRICAL COMPARTMENT RECARPETED, NEW POWER CORD, BOTH CONVERTOR CHARGERS, BIDIRECTIONAL RELAY, SURGE GUARD, 2 OUTLETS, AND 4 CIRCUIT BREAKERS REPLACED AND TELEPHONE/CABLE JACK AND TEST COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM ETC AS NEEDED

The repair shop does not yet know what caused the problem. Since I am FT, this is more than a bit unnerving.
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Liz what do they mean by both converter chargers do you have two ? Also how did they test them did they hook up power to them and look at the output. You are talking about quite a bit of money for this repair. I would ask some more specifice questions about why they decided those items need replaced.
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Liz,

You only have one insurance deductible, I would have them replace every electrical component they can justify to the insurance company.. It all counts as only one claim. Get the most out of it.

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Liz what do they mean by both converter chargers do you have two ? Also how did they test them did they hook up power to them and look at the output. You are talking about quite a bit of money for this repair. I would ask some more specifice questions about why they decided those items need replaced.
In our 2000 Dutch Star we only had the 400 watt inverter. Newmar installed two 45 amp chargers. In the 2002 We ordered the 2000 watt inverter and it's also a 100 amp charger.
So, yes, it's possible for her to have two chargers.
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You only have one insurance deductible, I would have them replace every electrical component they can justify to the insurance company.. It all counts as only one claim. Get the most out of it.

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very good advice.
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Liz,

You only have one insurance deductible, I would have them replace every electrical component they can justify to the insurance company.. It all counts as only one claim. Get the most out of it.

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Randy:

That is my thought exactly.

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There are two aluminum brackets, barely visible in the top of the picture, one to the right of the cord and one to the left in the OP's pictures. There is supposed to be a plastic panel covering that whole area like we have on ours. That's why I asked if the panel had been removed or did it melt. There are several relays and a connection block up there that carry full battery power all the time. Short across them and I think you'd get exactly what the OP has.
The shop called Newmar and couldn't find this cover. I checked COM_Net2 and also did not see it. Do you have a part number?

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