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Old 08-02-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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Electrical fire hazard?

So finally doing some work on our 75 Argosy. It has sat for several years in a field before we rescued it. The mice took it over during that time. I want to plug it in to see if the electrical works but my wife thinks it will catch fire. I plugged it in (she didn't talk to me for a few hours) and there was power. Flipped the switch and more lights came on but loud humming. Turned it off right after but is there a possibility of a fire if left on? Do I keep a fire extinguisher handy and see what happens lol? Could/would the mice chew wiring behind the walls?
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Old 08-02-2014, 10:20 PM   #2
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Electrical fire hazard?

Maybe. But if the 12V fuses are in place and the correct amperage then doubtful. The circuit breakers will tend to protect the 120 V circuits.

The humming might well have been the converter, if loud, it might be going south.
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Fwiw, I have a 72 and a 75 Airstream, both had a mouse problem, but neither had chewed wires, and in fact both stock electrical systems were in good shape.
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Good to know. Thanks
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Another source of loud humming might be the air conditioner. If the compressor is faulty, and it was trying to kick on, it would hum loudly.
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There is always a possibility of mouse wire damage, but as others have said, it is not very probable. Fuses on the 12 volt side and Circuit Breakers on the 120 volt side in general will protect against serious shorts and fires.

The humming you heard is most likely the old Univolt converter/charger (otherwise known as the buzz box). They make noise, and are something you will need to replace with a more modern unit, but don't catch fire.
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