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Old 11-01-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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No A/C & No Heat?

My husband and I have only had our first travel trailer (2013 Gulfstream Kingsport) for only 2 months and have only have used it 2 times. We were planning on a trip this weekend and went out to clean up. When I tried to turn on the A/C there was nothing.

When we first brought it home we had to wiggle the thermostat control slightly to get it to come on (like perhaps there was a short in the wiring).

My husband checked all the fuses in the converter panel and all was good. He then took the thermostat out and found the round glass fuse bad but noticed all the copper wires exposed (as seen in photo). He will be replacing the thermostat and covering the exposed wires tomorrow but my concern is how safe is our trailer? I have heard of many fires due to faulty wiring in MH/TT. Can you offer some advice to help us newbies feel comfortable in our trailers while on a trip?

Thank you so much in advance


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Old 11-01-2012, 05:30 PM   #2
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i'm not a fan of wire nuts especially in a high vibration area. Keep an eye on them. The exposed copper is just sloppy workmanship.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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That's what hubby and I were thinking. We live in Texas in the boonies and our dirt roads are like washboards......propane and sparks don't go good together.
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That exposed copper is sloppy workmanship imo. See if your hubby can't neaten that up so the caps cover any exposed wire.
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Being that you Trailer is still under the warranty I would take it back from where you got it from and tell them you want your money back.
Then see how fast that they will fix it for you.
Just a thought.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:12 PM   #6
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Being that you Trailer is still under the warranty I would take it back from where you got it from and tell them you want your money back.
Then see how fast that they will fix it for you.
Just a thought.
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Good luck with that tactic, once it's titled in someones name and the dealer has his money you don't have much leverage. Also, lemon laws very seldom cover anything on a TT.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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Being that you Trailer is still under the warranty I would take it back from where you got it from and tell them you want your money back.
Then see how fast that they will fix it for you.
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Good strategy. While they will not even think of giving your money back it will send a strong message, fix it and fix it right.

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Agree with the others however, to put your mind as easy a bit, most wiring and control systems in your TT are 12v as well as all the lights, so chance of a fire there is very slim. The microwave and air conditioner as well as the household type outlets are 120v household current, which you only have on shore power or generator.

Fires are almost always caused from propane and 120v problems. Regardless, all RVs are not ammune from fires. So keep a good extinguisher, have an exit stradigy and get familiar with emergency exit windows.
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I agree with the comment - under warranty, take it back. Dealers with good reputations want to keep them. There is some risk about trying to fix it yourself because you could void the warranty.

I could not tell from the picture if those are low voltage wires for the thermostat or not. Given the number of wires I am guessing they are. Sloppy wiring like that, leaving copper exposed, is not really dangerous if it is low voltage, but it does bring up the possibility of a short which could fry the electronics or blow a fuse. The dealer should fix it.

I a new to TT and am finding that the quality control from some manufacturers leaves a lot to be desired.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:24 PM   #10
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The nuts are fine if you cover the wire nuts down past the bottom with a good tape like 3M 33. It works great, is easy to use and is worth the price over other brands.
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