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Old 04-18-2014, 11:54 PM   #1
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We are contemplating our first long outing with our new AS, knowing me I will probably blow a fuse or two and the wrong time of day/night. My question is what type and amount of extra fuses should I have in my tool bag? Is my answer in the owners manual, or trial and error? Appreciate the assistance.
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:51 AM   #2
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First of all I have never blown a fuse during a trip but if you open your fuse box you will see the type of fuse used, mine uses automotive 12 volt fuses ato 5, 10, 15,20, 25,30 amp fuses you can get assortment pack in some cases your tow vehicle has (spares ) the same, but newer tv are now using smaller size ( mini)or mini low profile size fuses, and your trailer will have circuit breakers for 120volt ac plugs , just remember if you blow a 12 volt fuse there is a problem ! They are there to protect the wiring agains shorts and over loads, so on 12 volt system you should never burn a fuse for over load unless someone added a load to a circuit after the trailer left the factory, but can burn a fuse for short circuit(were a wire rubbed through insulation to ground) or water in sockets etc. on the 120 volt circuits you can easily over load a circuit and trip a breaker as in the case , toaster(12 amps)used at the same time as kettle (12amps) on same circuit as most circuits can only handle 15 amps So if you add the load of the toaster and kettle they equal 24 amps and that's too much for the 15 amp circuit so the breaker trips ,all you have to do is reset the breaker if it happens ,
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:23 AM   #3
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If your luck is like mine the fuse will blow at the worst time and no place to buy a new one. I purchased an assortment of fuses from Walmart in a small plastic case that included a fuse tester. The cost was around $13.00.
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Thanks Scamp and Chip. Will stop at our Auto store today.
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We are contemplating our first long outing with our new AS, knowing me I will probably blow a fuse or two and the wrong time of day/night. My question is what type and amount of extra fuses should I have in my tool bag? Is my answer in the owners manual, or trial and error? Appreciate the assistance.

A pack of 15 amp plug in fuses for most things and 30 amp in line for the hitch jack. Then a pack of assorted plug in fuses just in case. The only fuses I've ever blown were the 15 amps.
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If you have an inverter you will have overload fuses in there too. PO blew out the two 35 amp ATO fuses and I had a hard time finding replacements, had to order online. (Locals had 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 45 but no 35.) There may also be auto resets in some equipment. Disconnect from the power source, wait a minute or two, then plug back in to see if it resets.

The most important thing is to know the proper size. My 2004 TV uses the ATM (mini) but the 2006 AS uses ATO (standard). Like Scamp said, open your fuse box and see what size you have, then buy a kit of the different values.

In a pinch you can borrow a fuse from a different circuit but never go above the blown value. You can substitute a 30 amp for a 35 amp but never go up in value; dangerous.
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Using Generators

New in the community and have a question about generators and their use. When using a generator do I use the 30 amp plug or the 15/30amp outlet to energize the trailer system? I know not to use 220amp service. Thanks in advanced.

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New in the community and have a question about generators and their use. When using a generator do I use the 30 amp plug or the 15/30amp outlet to energize the trailer system? I know not to use 220amp service. Thanks in advanced.

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You can use either, but if generator has twist lock 30amp I would use it.
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A pack of 15 amp plug in fuses for most things and 30 amp in line for the hitch jack. Then a pack of assorted plug in fuses just in case. The only fuses I've ever blown were the 15 amps.
I've since blown a 2 amp mini on the water heater (by tightening the plug while the heater was on and touching a wire with the wrench) and I see the fantastic fan takes a 4 amp.
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does the 2017 international use mini or regular fuses or some other size?
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A pack of 15 amp plug in fuses for most things and 30 amp in line for the hitch jack. Then a pack of assorted plug in fuses just in case. The only fuses I've ever blown were the 15 amps.
The 30 amp hitch jack fuse is very easy to blow if you try to raise the hitch jack too high. I was at a campground in Sioux Falls, S.D. when this happened to me. I was planning on leaving out early the next morning so I was hitching up the trailer when the fuse blew. Thanks to a fellow camper I did not have to try to manually let the hitch down because he took the fuse out of his hitch and let me use it. First stop the next morning was at a Napa Auto Parts Store. I bought a six pack of 30 amp fuses and keep them in the tow vehicle now.
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The 30 amp hitch jack fuse is very easy to blow if you try to raise the hitch jack too high. I was at a campground in Sioux Falls, S.D. when this happened to me. I was planning on leaving out early the next morning so I was hitching up the trailer when the fuse blew. Thanks to a fellow camper I did not have to try to manually let the hitch down because he took the fuse out of his hitch and let me use it. First stop the next morning was at a Napa Auto Parts Store. I bought a six pack of 30 amp fuses and keep them in the tow vehicle now.
If you know that there isn't any short circuit and the fuse was blown by accident, you can use a very light straight jumper wire instead of a fuse, if you have no replacement available. If there is a dead short, the jumper will quickly melt. If not a short, you're out of a tight spot.

On my old outboard there was an inline 15 amp fuse that blew. I was several miles away from the dock and had no spares. I didn't know what caused it but I had my wife and kids with me, I needed to get back to the dock.

I was smoking at that time and I took some foil from the pack and wrapped the fuse in it. The motor started and we made it back. I found the short and repaired it.
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