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Old 02-11-2006, 07:24 AM   #1
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On Monday I have to take my 2003 Rockwood 1907 Premier in for an electrical check-up!

Last fall, when I hooked hooked up to the campground outlet, my overhead lights and a/c fan would not come on. That was strange because there was no such problems before. Couldn't figure out what was going on.

Happened again on my last trip to Florida, in January, except after a day the lights started working.

When we got home I connected to house power with an extension cord and everything seemed to be working fine. Plenty of lights, etc.

However, on the second day connected, I smelled a scorching oder and started looking for the source. I noticed a little smoke coming from the battery and found the white wire was scorched brown.

Yee Gads! Lucky again! Could have caught fire while sleeping?

So after Monday, I hope not to be trying to figure out what the heck is going on with the lights.

How have you been doing?
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On Monday I have to take my 2003 Rockwood 1907 Premier in for an electrical check-up!

Last fall, when I hooked hooked up to the campground outlet, my overhead lights and a/c fan would not come on. That was strange because there was no such problems before. Couldn't figure out what was going on.

Happened again on my last trip to Florida, in January, except after a day the lights started working.

When we got home I connected to house power with an extension cord and everything seemed to be working fine. Plenty of lights, etc.

However, on the second day connected, I smelled a scorching oder and started looking for the source. I noticed a little smoke coming from the battery and found the white wire was scorched brown.

Yee Gads! Lucky again! Could have caught fire while sleeping?

So after Monday, I hope not to be trying to figure out what the heck is going on with the lights.

How have you been doing?
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Old 02-15-2006, 04:45 AM   #3
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Did you disconnect the battery? Maybe it has a shorted cell and is causing an issue. Other than that, the 12 volts gets supplied from the converter. Start looking there.
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Old 02-15-2006, 06:30 AM   #4
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Hey Charliez;

No, I did not disconnect the battery until AFTER I started having trouble. Nowhere in all the literature that came with the camper did it recomend disconnecting. Now some folks say they have a disconnect switch. (?) Should have known, I guess!

Haven't heard from the repair folks yet what the problem is. I didn't want to replace the battery until we were certain there was not a short in the line.
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Old 02-15-2006, 12:52 PM   #5
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Well, nomatter what any manual said, if something was scortching and the battery wires we're turning brown, I'd disconnect all power. There may be a chance that the battery went haywire, and blew a fuse in your converter. I've heard it said that there is a fuse inside the converter, as well as all the ones you can see behind the door. It may simply be a fuse. Some others have opened up thier converters after similiar issues and found burned up connectors.
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Old 02-22-2006, 02:06 PM   #6
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Well, I finally got my PU back from the shop (no hurry this time of year).

Sure enough, the problem was a shorted battery!

Then again, I learned the marine battery was not a sealed one. They said there was no water in it. Should be checked monthly. That reminds me of the good old days.

In any case, I'm ready to go . . . soon as it stops raining and after planting season and after . . .
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Old 02-22-2006, 05:36 PM   #7
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Glad it wasn't anything major. MMMMMM better check mine to see if they are true no maint batteries.
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Old 02-23-2006, 06:10 AM   #8
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Kablewizard/Sarg.;

Yah, better check now, or as they say, "pay me later."

Enjoyed viewing your pictures. Looks like a great, healthy, family. Congradulations!

And they also say "your grandchildren are your reward for not killing your children."
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