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Old 10-25-2015, 11:01 AM   #1
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Help Wanted/Holidare RV/7.31 Diesel

I have recently purchased this unit and am trying to work my way though some issues;

Background info I have found to date;

- Holidaire/Travalaire and several other brands of class C RV's and travel trailer were built in Strathroy ON Canada but the company is no longer in business.
- his RV was sold by a dealer in Cambrige, ON who is no longer in business


Questions;

- I am not able to get power in the RV from the house batteries. With a battery charger on the house batteries and measuring 12.7 V at the batteries there is no power to the RV.
- all breakers and fuses are good. When plugged into 120 V everything works as it should although it appears the batteries are not being charged as they remain at 11.8 V.

When the engine is running there is a solenoid that gets powered and connects the alternator to charge the house batteries

There are three switches in the entry way by the camper door, they appear to be for the outside light, for a light in the outside handle and for a light in the entry foot well. I have not located a master house power switch.

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Any thoughts on the root cause of no house power?

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Inside the access hole where the shore power cable is located there is a female 120V 30A female receptacle. Plugging the shore power cable into this did not get me house power. Any idea what this is for?

Q3
The exterior clearance lights around the top of the camper do no come on when the head;lights are turned on. The bulbs are all good, the fuses are all good. I suspect a power or ground issue, but it probably not ground if each light is grounded individually (would this not be the case?)

I pulled out both rear tail light assemblies looking for a wire that might go up to power the clearance lights, but did not find one. Are there any suggestions where the power source for these clearance lights is located or how to find it?

Thanks, HSBGB
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Old 10-25-2015, 03:02 PM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Sorry I can't help with your questions.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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If you post in the RV forums [drop down menu above ] there is a class C section which you will have better luck on your questions. Good luck.
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That female outlet goes to the generator if it had one.

Fire up genny and plug shore cord.

That is old style manual transfer switch.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:16 PM   #6
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no gnerator

Thanks for the info. in this case there is no generator present. hs
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HS, sounds like you have a battery cut off switch, that has been tripped/turned off. Might be under the hood, trace the power cable's back from the battery's, and should locate it?
The outlet in the compartment is what TQ60 said, to plug the power cable into when the gen. is running for house power.
You say you have power when plugged into shore power, trace the power cable into your MH to find your converter, once you find it, check for a door on the back, inside you will find a couple of breakers, make sure they are not tripped!
As for the lights on the outside top, they are wired up in series, pull each light out, find the first one, then check to make sure you have power at it, if not, trace that wire back, till you find the problem.
Hope these things I have suggested help!
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