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Old 10-03-2005, 01:08 PM   #1
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Flood, pestilence, and blown fuses...

Other than the above, we had a fantastic trip from Delaware to Miami Beach last week.

BLOWN FUSES
So... we were gassing up near Clermont, Fla. It was just starting to get dark so I turned on the headlights and the fuse that controls tail light/instrument cluster pops. I replaced it, and it immediatiatly went out again. We found a campground in our AAA Campground book that was only about a quarter mile down the road. They assigned us a nice level pull through right in front of the park office. I set up and unhooked the cable and replaced the fuse. It held, indicating the problem was with the trailer. The site was so level that I left it hitched up. I would tackle the electrical problem the next morning.

FLOOD
We decided that since we were so close to a supermarket, and it was such a beautiful night, we would get some exercise by walking to get dinner. While we were in the store, there was a torrential downpour (Hey, afterall, it was Florida). We decided to wait out the storm before we walked back. After about 30 minutes of waiting we borrowed an umbrella from the store and walked back to the park. When we arrived, imagine my surprise when I saw the Bambi with water lapping at the underbelly. Since it was still raining, I had a decision to make... yank off the water/sewage hoses and that 30 AMP cable, and risk electrocution, or watch the brand new Bambi submerge under water. It was an easy decision. Did I mention that it was dark, and I was in knee-deep water? After I carefully laid the end of the cable on top of the only stationary object that was not afloat or underwater, I got in the truck and moved the rig to higher ground. I estimate if we were five minutes later, the trailer would have started to take on water. After a careful inspection, I discovered that not a drop of water got in the Bambi. Our neighbor, who was on slightly lower ground, was not so lucky. His TV was submerged past the door panels. The next morning the campground refunded our money (their idea), and apologized. The attendant said she had been there for over eight years and had never seen anything like it.

PESTILENCE
Okay, pestilence is a bit of an overstatement. While I was attending a conference in Miami Beach, we stored the Bambi in the corner of the hotel parking lot for four days. We even found an electric outlet to power the fridge and keep the systems charged. When we were preparing to leave, I discovered that somehow, about a thousand little ants had found their way into the trailer (Hey, after all, it was Florida). I sprayed some Raid, which promptly set off the LP detector, which sounded like the back up alarm on a garbage truck. After the slaughter, we were getting ready to vacuum up the bodies, when I discovered the electric circuit had been shut off. No problem. I had the fridge on auto and it had kicked over to gas without missing a beat, and the solar charger maintained the batteries.


This was our first trip over 100 miles (approx. 2,500 miles. We took the long way home), and other than those minor issues, we had a fantastic time in our Airstream, and would do the whole thing over again in a minute (...well, except for the flood part). Everything else exceeded our expectations, the Bambi towed like it was invisible, and we are looking forward to our next adventure.
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Old 10-03-2005, 01:33 PM   #2
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Wow, the flood is more than just a little scary. It was truly a blessing that you were still hooked up!

What was the final word on what was blowing fuses?
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Old 10-03-2005, 01:58 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, since I had to get back to work, and I could only drive during daylight hours, all I have had time to check so far is the TV side. Next I will do a more thorough check of the TV wiring at the plug, and then the Bambi. There has to be a short somewhere because it performed flawlessly until the trip back. I hope I can resolve it because the dealership is 120 miles round trip. I will let you know what I find.
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Old 10-03-2005, 04:34 PM   #4
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If your axles were submerged in water you may want to consider repacking your wheel bearings.
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Old 10-03-2005, 07:13 PM   #5
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Smile Thank goodness everyone got home safely!

Wow what a story--that's an adventure! Glad you are both all right, hope the trailer will be too. Hopefully the next trip will be less dramatic and more restful.
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Old 10-12-2005, 08:24 PM   #6
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What was the final word on what was blowing fuses?
After re-checking the wires on both the TV and the trailer with a circuit/continuity tester, checking the wires on the inside where the wires enter the trailer under the streetside front seat, and replacing a clearance light bulb that I remember was out before the fuses started blowing, I have absolutely no idea where the problem was, but the lights seem to work just fine now. I can't imagine anything that I did could have actually solved the problem.

I must have tried replacing the fuse at least four times on the way back from Florida, and it immediately blew each time. In the event this problem returns while I'm on the road, I'm in the process of rigging up some tail/signal lights the magnetic bases of some old CB antennas and wiring them to a four way flat plug until I can get it back to the dealer... again.
By then, I may have quite a list and I'd like to get taken care of at one time. I'm trying to put this visit off until the dead of winter. Right now, I'm too busy working and having fun with the camper.

In the meantime, if anyone has any experience dealing with an electrical problem like this, I sure would appreciate your insight.
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Surprised to see this thread pop up after over 5 years in the dust bin. It brought back some memories of a great trip. Tens of thousands of miles later, and the Bambi is still holding up, and going strong. No electrical problems, just the usual maintenance. Going to Jersey Shore Haven next week, then maybe Alaska, pulling a friend's AS. But that may be a whole new thread.
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