Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-19-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 68
Ok I feel dumb

I pulled the two 12 volt batteries from my late model airstream, and I am now putting them back in. But what is the extra black wire in the box for? (not the ones that connect the two batteries nor the main positive and negative battery terminal connectors). It's black - but I seem to remember it went to the positive terminal. Is that correct?

Nightwatch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
Rivet Master
clancy_boy's Avatar
2003 22' International CCD
Kiln , Mississippi
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 2,780
Images: 8
It may be the power to the powered jack, I had to go look at mine but it's red near the battery. That was the only factory extra wire in that area. Follow it out and see if goes to the jack that will always have power no matter what you turn off inside. Mine was painted black on the outside of the battery box when they sprayed the outside of the jack area.

Michael & Tina with Layla and Preston BZ
The family has grown.
clancy_boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2011, 05:27 PM   #3
Rivet Master
Gene's Avatar
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 10,814
Night, we have a black wire, fairly thick, that goes to the power jack.

I lived in Evergreen for 22 years, the last 11 in Marshdale. It got too busy, so we moved in 2000, but we miss the weather (not too hot, lots of snow) and the ponderosas.

Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2011, 06:47 PM   #4
Well Preserved

1974 31' Sovereign
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 19,572
That wire is a combination wire that feeds both the power jack and the breakaway switch. It should go on the + terminal.
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2011, 10:14 PM   #5
Rivet Master
TG Twinkie's Avatar
1974 Argosy 26
Morrill , Nebraska
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 4,675
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 5
Small World

You are right CrawfordGene; When I moved to Conifer in 1975 there was 1 gas station; a Mom and Pop operation that was only open from 7am to 7pm cash only. 1 Mom and Pop grocery store. My kids went to school in Marshdale. My youngest son and his family still live north of Bailey, so we go back there on a regular basis. Can't believe the changes. We moved in 1997 because of the crowding. It's a small world, sorry to get off topic.
Knowledge: "A gift to be shared. A treasure to receive."
TG Twinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2011, 11:17 PM   #6
Rivet Master
AIR-Quarius's Avatar
1970 27' Overlander
Espanola , Full Timer
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,751
Images: 39
Send a message via Yahoo to AIR-Quarius Send a message via Skype™ to AIR-Quarius
That dumb feeling is just the universe messing with your head!.....
AIR-Quarius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2011, 07:18 AM   #7
2 Rivet Member
Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 68
I live close to Marshdale now. What a small world. We love it here and I agree that the weather is great. Cool in the summers, snow in the winter that melts off quickly, and close enough to skiing and all the other outdoor activities. I would be things have changed a lot since 1975, but it's still a quiet peacful town with a lot of nice people.

Thanks for the info on the wire all - I attached to the positive terminal and all is working fine.
Nightwatch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2011, 09:07 AM   #8
Rivet Master
Gene's Avatar
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Grand Junction , Colorado
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 10,814
Glad the wire problem is solved.

I moved to Evergreen in 1978, 3 years after TG. People were complaining about all the new people then. When I-70 was built, Evergreen had boomed and it kept growing, but it became a flood in the early '90's. We decided to move in 2000 to a quieter place, but it's too quiet. Still looking for Valhalla, sometimes in our Airstream.

Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2011, 08:08 AM   #9
Rivet Master
wayneskid's Avatar
2010 22' Interstate
Anchorage , Alaska
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 502
Images: 1
Wiring Diagrams


If you had a wiring diagram for your AS it would have been easy to answer your question. Take a look at this thread and if you agree with me, let AS know.

- wayne
2010 Interstate 3500 Twin Bed
(2008 Freightliner CRD Sprinter)
AIR #44779
TAC AK-1 !!
wayneskid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2011, 08:25 AM   #10
3 Rivet Member
idmtman's Avatar
Currently Looking...
Worley , Idaho
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 131
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 7
I took a picture of my wiring so I would get my batteries wired correctly when I returned them after winter storage. I'm having trouble posting a picture within this reply. You can see it at the following URL: Member's Photos - Photo Gallery.

The small wire is connected to the positive post as overlander63 indicated.
2006 Safari 28' SE (Sylvia)
75th Anniversary Edition
2010 Toyota Tundra 4x4
idmtman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2012, 01:33 PM   #11
Rivet Master
paiceman's Avatar

2017 30' Classic
Upper St Clair , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 1,532
Images: 1
idmtman I appreciate the picture. In October I disconnected my batteries, put them in the house and took the trailer to storage. Prior to the disconnection process I took several pictures with my cell phone. That said, in December I was working on my tow vehicle, put the phone on the front tire "tempoarily", 10 minutes later got into the truck to move it and you guessed it, crushed the phone and lost the pictures.


Bud & Alice (Bud posts)
Abby- Black Lab-TDI Certified
Hopey-Yellow Lab-TDI Certified
2017 30' Classic
2015 F350 6.7 Diesel Crew Cab
USAF - Military Training Instructor (TI) - 68-72
paiceman is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
$1,041.95 lost at sewer dump Janet H Our Community 61 02-26-2011 10:06 PM
2011 Mid Winter Meeting wkerfoot WBCCI Forum 372 02-07-2011 02:07 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:56 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.