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Old 08-21-2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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Argosy Wiring problem

My trailer works just fine when it plugged in but when unplugged, nothing works at all, and never has (as long as I've had it). I have replaced the univolt with intellipower convertor and nothing's changed. Any suggestions as to where to look first or what might be missing

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Old 08-21-2011, 12:31 PM   #2
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I would make sure that the negative of the battery is connected to the shell of the trailer and you have continuity. With a volt meter connect the - to the shell and the + to the positive terminal on the battery. You should see 12+ volts.
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:49 PM   #3
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Here's a couple of better pics
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:18 PM   #4
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Just checked, and I have 13V at every point when the trailer is unplugged, so I don't understand why the trailer 12V doesn't work when unplugged from 120V. I admit 12V wiring is not my strong point.
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Old 08-21-2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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Where are you checking the 13VDC ?

Across the fuse panel or across the battery ?

Where are you putting the meter negative lead, the positive lead?
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Old 08-21-2011, 02:20 PM   #6
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Across the battery, to the trailer, across the fuse block, basically everywhere, I just checked the battery after being unplugged for a while and now I get nothing, I guess even new batteries can be bad, gonna change it out and go from there, good thing for warranties.
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Look in the lift up trunk area for the ground conection. Take it apart and clean all connections. I fixed another argosy with the same problem, just a bad ground connection.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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Another thing to check: inline fuse, etc

If you find that the ground is good and working I discovered another fuse in the bottom of the bathroom closet between the battery compartment and the fuse panel. It is an inline fuse near the floor and was covered up with wiring, etc. I found it accidentally. Your battery wire doesn't look like it has an inline fuse, but I can't tell for sure.

In our 1978 Argosy I also discovered that in the bottom of my (original) fuse panel, there is a 50amp fuse between the univolt terminal and the battery terminal. We had loss of power intermittently and discovered that the rivet holding the 50amp fuse clamp was loose and we were losing power to the rest of the fuses in the fuse box. The quick fix would be to check all rivets in the fuse clips and and use a punch to re-tighten the rivets. My solution was to cut the distribution fuses off of the fuse panel and attach a new fuse panel with individual fuses to the old panel. I connected the new fuses to the main wire coming from the converter. We are going to post a thread soon with pictures on that project.

Looking at the pictures, your panel looks different from ours- possibly updated, but may still have loose rivets that could cause problems.
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