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Old 01-18-2009, 05:22 PM   #1
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It all worked before I redid the pigtail

Hello! I am fairly new here... and although it's less than a year since my first AS purchase, I now have 2 streams
Anyways, my latest purchase this weekend is a super-duper clean 72 Tradwind... it really doesn't look like anybody ever really used it... who knows, I LOVE IT! Now I gotta decide what to do with the "project 31 footer" but that's another thread.

Ok, plugged the little fella into my generator, no battery, and everthing fired up! ie. interior lights, AC, power to outlets... it ran for 30 minutes, flickered a few times and then cut off. The previous owner mentioned that a new plug for the pigtail would be needed. I cut the wires, ran to Lowes, purchased a new head ( sorry I don't know the proper names ), came back to the little fella, matched the wires to the new head based on how the old one was wired, plugged it in and.... NADA. I checked all the fuses: they look good. Double checked the breakers: good, but flipped OFF then ON just to see, still nothing.

Any thoughts? Thanks everybody! I know we all sing its praise but this site and the people who use it are the best!


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Old 01-18-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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Do you have any test equipment? Not a good idea to play with electricity without the proper tools, especially in a metal trailer.

Trouble shoot from the source. You at least need a meter.

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Old 01-18-2009, 06:02 PM   #3
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It could be an open in the power cable. With a multi meter you could ohm out the three lines in the cable. The hot one should go to the input of the mail CB, the neutral to the neutral bus and the ground to the ground bus. It could also be the main CB is bad. Like Jim said, be careful with electrisity...


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Old 01-19-2009, 05:11 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by 73BamaStream View Post
Any thoughts?
My first thought is, "do you have any fuses that look like this?"

Clck here to see the fuses.

As hard as it may be, you have to take this fuse out to check it with a meter.

If you do have a fuse or two, that look like this, and they are good, you will need to start at the power sourse. Get a meter if you don't have one,and start where you know things are good. Like meter the generator where you are going to plug the your unit in. If that is good then go to the breaker box. If all the breakers are good switch over to Dc and meter the converter.

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Old 01-19-2009, 06:07 AM   #5
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If you are running the original univolt, you need a battery connected to buffer the output of the converter. The battery becomes the voltage regulator, as it boils off .
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:17 AM   #6
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Thanks everybody! I had a friend come over with a meter and the problem was discovered... it wasn't my pigtail, it turned out to be MY GENERATOR! After checking all areas we found that the generator had stopped pushing power to it's 120 outlets... called the generator help desk and they said that some-sort of "board" has to be replaced (I have the official name written down at home)... cost, through them, with shipping: $35... the desk-help did mention I should be able to get it locally cheaper....

After i get the part I'll follow up with everybody when it works! Glass is always MORE than half-full...


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