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Old 10-09-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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I have a older 5th wheel, 1992 Dutchman. On my fully charged 12 volt battery, the only thing that runs is my water pump, and my radio, no lights. When i have it plugged into my generator, everything works. I have taken a battery inside, and hooked it up directly to the fuse panel, still the same result? Any ideas??
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Maybe you need to use a test light and check fuses? Also check the buss bar on the rear of the 12 volt fuses.
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Thanks I will try that!
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Why the radio and water pump work I do not know but it sounds to me like a Battery Disconnect is in the "Disconnected" mode.

The test light is a good idea. it will find it.. If you have more than one wire hooked to the battery positive (or negative) here is how you test.

Turn on radio.. Remove one wire, (Start with negative wires) if one and only one wire affects the radio, problem may be other wire.

On the positive end,,, Same procedure, but if one and only one wire affects the radio, Problem IS one of the other wires.
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Why the radio and water pump work I do not know but it sounds to me like a Battery Disconnect is in the "Disconnected" mode.

The test light is a good idea. it will find it.. If you have more than one wire hooked to the battery positive (or negative) here is how you test.

Turn on radio.. Remove one wire, (Start with negative wires) if one and only one wire affects the radio, problem may be other wire.

On the positive end,,, Same procedure, but if one and only one wire affects the radio, Problem IS one of the other wires.
What does that mean?

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I guess that you are sure the lights are 12-volt? A lot of older trailers had 110 lighting. I would think that with a battery disconnect, nothing 12 volt would work.
You might also check for a small metal relay close to the battery--if there, a positive wire should go to it, and from it--it might have a very small reset button on the side of it that is tripped, tho can't figure why anything 12volt would work if it is tripped.
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My thought would be you have a 6300 series power center like a 6345 which has the converter built into the bottom. If so you have a fuse panel in the right hand side for the 12v system. The 6300 series is a odd duck the battery is not connected the same as in other systems. Power from the battery comes in to the back of the fuse panel and the converter power goes to the front of the panel. The converter has a separate charge wire to charge the battery. As such the battery is isolated from the converter section and gets it's charge from the charger only. When the fuse panel fails it will only get power from one source. The correct fix is complete replacement there are some ways to cheat but I will not tell you how to do it as you take a risk of a fire or other problems if the cheat fails.
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