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Old 09-21-2018, 03:33 PM   #1
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Found some disconnected wires

Iíve been cleaning out the underside of the kitchen counter and of course some rodents made a mess at one point. I found this wiring that isnít connected to anything: one white and 2 red wires. The red wires were clipped or chewed. What do they go to? Previous owner says everything works - though I havenít yet run the fridge or microwave. Any ideas? Looks to have been around a long time - the connector was crusted up with whatever they used to make a nest.Click image for larger version

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Try running everything....
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Try running everything....


Fridge works, microwave works. Vent fan above stove works. Stove and oven work. Hot water heater works.
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Furnace? Those wires were cut, not chewed
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Furnace? Those wires were cut, not chewed


Ah, man. I havenít tried the furnace because itís hot as hades here in Florida. How can I check this? Totally grateful for ALL of your advice, specifically. This has been one heck of a ride, man. Iím learning fast. My fiancť and I had planned RV Life in the future but my landlord of 6 years (great person) needs to sell so we are on a fast track to learn all this stuff before January 1st. Thank you, again!
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My coach has several wires that are not connected to anything. It would be a good idea to check those cut wires for voltage and wire nut the end of them if voltage is there.
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My coach has several wires that are not connected to anything. It would be a good idea to check those cut wires for voltage and wire nut the end of them if voltage is there.

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Good tip - I have a voltmeter. Could you give me a basic on how to check for voltage?
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Good tip - I have a voltmeter. Could you give me a basic on how to check for voltage?
Switch your volt meter to 12V DC. Touch red probe to a red wire and the black probe to a metal ground. White wire may be a ground but if its not connected your meter won't read anything even though the red wires might have power.

Then test the other red wire and a ground. If the test shows a red wire has voltage then test with the red probe on a red wire and the black probe on the white wire.

If your volt meter takes a battery, make sure its not dead.

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Switch your volt meter to 12V DC. Touch red probe to a red wire and the black probe to a metal ground. White wire may be a ground but if its not connected your meter won't read anything even though the red wires might have power.



Then test the other red wire and a ground. If the test shows a red wire has voltage then test with the red probe on a red wire and the black probe on the white wire.



If your volt meter takes a battery, make sure its not dead.



Good luck!


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In my rv, red and white wires are used for lighting circuits
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Propane/CO detector?

Just a guess, but it's something that's typically mounted nearby close to the floor.

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Be CAREFUL, IN CASE THE RED WIRES ARE 120VAC AND ENERGIZED??? TEST FOR 120VAC BEFORE TESTING FOR 12VDC
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Be CAREFUL, IN CASE THE RED WIRES ARE 120VAC AND ENERGIZED??? TEST FOR 120VAC BEFORE TESTING FOR 12VDC


I feel dumb but how would I test either way? To know the difference? I capped them off with butt connectors.
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