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Old 06-23-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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no power at fuse panel

I have a 77 travel queen and it has a slow power draw from the battery. If I dont flip off the breaker going to the battery when I am done it kills the battery. Well of course I didnt flip it off and it drained. I brought the battery to work and charged it and re-installed in the rv, now nothing. I have 12 volts at the battery, the generator turns over, other things have power, but the fuse panel for the engine and dash stuff is dead. It doesnt send power to the ignition or anything. I have been troubleshooting it for a day or so but was wondering if there was something electronic I dont know about (my first rv) that could be causing this. Im assuming a wire got hot and shorted, or burnt the lead to the panel, but figured I would ask first. Thanks for any help
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Which battery? House or chassis?-Ps you may want to move this thread to the vintage group for the older rigs.
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Which battery? House or chassis?-Ps you may want to move this thread to the vintage group for the older rigs.

Note taken, thanks. And its the chassis battery.
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Which chassis do you have? GM/Ford/Dodge? Other?
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battery

just a thought, when re-installing battery could you have missed attaching a wire. mine has 2 additional wires that connect at the battery terminal. food for thought
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It ended up being a burnt out wire. I guess the small draw was actually a small short and just burnt up the wire. What a pain in the a$$.
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OK now the question is why did it burn and why isn't there a fuze on it?
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87Rockwood's got a great point. There should be only one unfused circuit on board, and that's the starter cable (its just too difficult to fuse starters due to spikes, etc., and for that reason starter cable needs to be well supported & isolated by split loom anywhere it comes close to anything where a rub spot could short it to a wire, frame, or where it could rub thru a hose, etc.).

You should trace out any burnt wire to see why it burned, and make sure its fuse protected at an appropriate level. No point in waiting for the fire dept to tell you why the circuit failed, as they probably won't be able to identify it in the wreckage.
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