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Old 10-07-2010, 10:33 AM   #1
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no 12v power in the '62 safari

I think my problem may be a bad ground somewhere in the trailer because as Ive said I have power going in...but not inside. Can anyone give me a suggestion of how I could run a completely new ground and hook up all the 12v items that run off of 12v to it. Is there a central connecting point on the inside of the trailer where + and - come in from the battery wires, connect and branch out? I've read a lot of wiring diagrams but I cant find the central connecting point on the inside.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:29 AM   #2
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Suggestion:

Drill a hole in the frame for a bolt type connection. Run a
large(10 ga copper stranded) wire to your point of destination.
No rust or corrosion on any side of bolted connction.

This will be a very good start point and reference point.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply and support. Please explain a little deeper. What do you mean destination? Do I start the new copper wire on the ground battery terminal? If so, how are all the 12v items (lights, heater, fans) attached to the new ground bolt?
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:04 PM   #4
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Got it Got it Got it!!!! thanks a million. Just ran a new ground wire from the neg battery post to big honkin' bolt already in the frame and everything started to purrrrrrr. Now I think that even I can figure out how to make that ground permanent. I'll fish it through the skins.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:03 PM   #5
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If battery is located inside your airstream then it may be easier to make the negative ground connection to the interior skin. Just make sure the ground connection is bolted through both the skin and a rib. Your Safari probably has about 5 dc lights, a vent fan and a heater fan all of which would probably not be operating simultaneously. A number 8 stranded wire should be sufficient. Like MACVAC said its almost always a grounding problem.
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