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Old 11-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #1
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Coachmen Cadet Inverter

First I'd like to say how great of a site this is. I've done a lot of searching the last few days. I picked up a 77 Coachmen Cadet 19.5' TT this week. We are building a new house and I wanted a place to stay on the weekends for my wife, son and I for when we visit the land/new house.

It's in decent shape with pretty solid floors and roof. I have some wall boards that I need to replace and all the water tanks are cracked. My main concern was having a clean, dry place to sleep with heat and a/c. The a/c works great. This is my first TT to own, but I have worked on a few over the years. Where would the 12 volt fuse panel be in this rig? I found the main breaker for the 110 which is in front of the kitchen and under the front bed. I found a group of wires that have been nutted together, is this where the inverter/12 volt panel would have been? See pic below. I've searched all the cabinets and cubbys, but have not found anything else. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Right now, none of the 12 volt systems are working.

Very front of the trailer, under the front bed.


Side/front of the trailer, under the bed.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:06 PM   #2
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Coachmen Cadet Inverter

That looks like the connections from the trailer seven wire harness. The red and white wire coming in from the left are probably the 12v wires from the trailer battery. They will connect with the 12v wires in the trailer harness as well as the break away circuit for the brakes. Everything in that group of wires looks to be 12v but meter to be sure.The second picture is the 110v breaker panel. Usually the 12v and 110v were together in a combination power center which would also have the 12v fused circuits. Also, that unit wouldn't have had an inverter, unless someone installed one later, but instead would have had a converter for converting 110v to 12v. There should be a power center with the converter and 12v circuits somewhere in the trailer. Best bet is to follow the shoreline power line to where it comes into the trailer, converter and 12v should be fairly close to that.

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Old 11-02-2013, 07:11 AM   #3
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X2 on John's thoughts above. Regarding the 12v fuse panel, trailers were pretty simple then. I wouldn't expect too much? Maybe just a board with 4-6 fuse holders mounted to it? Probably at floor level. Could also be in the power converter, but if not, they'll be near it?
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:03 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips! I've been out of town and won't be back to the trailer until late this week. I'll keep digging around for the 12 volt panel. When I mentioned inverter, I was meaning the converter, just used the incorrect terminology. Thanks!

While cleaning the ol girle up, I dumped a bucket of water down the tub drain and the grey water tank is shot. It looks like it's raining under the trailer. I need to crawl under and measure the grey and black water tanks and just order all new. If they were small leaks, I'd patch it, but from the looks of it, it won't be worth my time or effort.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:50 AM   #5
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Ouch.... That project will keep you entertained for a while!
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:20 PM   #6
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Yes, it among all my other projects will keep me busy for some time to come. We are in the process of building a new house, I am building my wife a new, street legal, rock crawler and I have some repairs to do to mine before it can hit the trails again. There's no shortage of projects, just a shortage of time!
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