Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-16-2009, 11:05 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
2007 27' Safari FB SE
Cape Coral , Florida
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 20
sometimes works,sometimes doesn't!

A new experience last week with my reading ligts over the bed and the shower ceiling fan. They appear to be wired on the same circuit because they cancel each other when used at the same time:

If I turn on one reading light (mounted above the bed), while the shower fan is on . . . they both go off and will not turn back on for some time (like over night). . . then they work again but only one or the other, if I try to turn them all on they blow again and will not work for hours until they aparently fix them selves.

I thought there might be a reset switch somewhere but they seem to reset themselves without any action on my part. I just takes a few hours for them to work again after the blow fro using them together.

What could this be??

Thanks for your help.

Craig
__________________

__________________
cmreumund is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 11:44 AM   #2
4 Rivet Member
 
jimmickle's Avatar
 
2000 31' Land Yacht
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 497
Sounds like they are wired to an auto reset circuit breaker. That long to reset is strange tho. I would check your fuse panel for a CB, and change it out after determining that it controls the light and fan.
__________________

__________________
jimmickle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 12:08 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,814
Images: 12
Sound like the circuit breaker is weak. Locate which breaker is the problem and swap the wire on it with another breaker of the same current rating. If the lights work on the new circuit breaker the original breaker is bad. Another indication of the original breaker being bad would be if the lights you moved to the questionable breaker now give you a problem.

If the breaker are not clearly marked as to what they control to locate the questionable breaker turn the bed light. Now remove the wire from the output side of each breaker till the light goes out. Once you have define the breaker that controls the bed light do the swap with another breaker of the same current rating.

Depending on how tight the work space is around the breaker you may have to remove the ground wire off the batteries while working in the circuit panel to reduce the possibility of shorting the batteries.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 07:21 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
2007 27' Safari FB SE
Cape Coral , Florida
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 20
But if it were a circuit breaker, I would have to reset it before the lights would work again, right?

Do 2007 Airstreams have auto reset circuit breakers somewhere?

Craig
__________________
cmreumund is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 07:26 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
AIR-Quarius's Avatar
 
1970 27' Overlander
Espanola , Full Timer
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,752
Images: 39
Send a message via Yahoo to AIR-Quarius Send a message via Skype™ to AIR-Quarius
...you perchance wouldn't have a telephone attached to the top of a telephone pole to go along with that! ...just kidding ...but reminds me of Green Acres ....
__________________
http://customrvdecalplus.com
AIR-Quarius is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 07:30 PM   #6
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmreumund View Post
But if it were a circuit breaker, I would have to reset it before the lights would work again, right?

Do 2007 Airstreams have auto reset circuit breakers somewhere?

Craig
It could be a self-resetting breaker. But it sounds more like a bad connection. I've seen this with cars, where everything works until you hit the starter, then nothing works for 10-15 minutes, or longer.
I'd check the battery connections, wiggle the fuses, and check grounds.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 07:37 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Jim Foster's Avatar
 
1965 17' Caravel
1983 27' Excella
Walnut Grove/Laguna Woods , California
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,615
Send a message via Yahoo to Jim Foster
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmreumund View Post
But if it were a circuit breaker, I would have to reset it before the lights would work again, right?

Do 2007 Airstreams have auto reset circuit breakers somewhere?

Craig
I had a bank of circuit breakers on a houseboat. They trip when they get hot from overload, and don't reset themselves until they cool. After a few of these cycles, they may trip easier, and should be replaced.
__________________
Jim Foster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2009, 07:39 PM   #8
4 Rivet Member
 
FLYNCLD's Avatar
 
1962 22' Flying Cloud
Bend , Oregon
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 370
Blog Entries: 6
I agree. I would check the ground. The reading lights are often attached to the upper front panel which is fiberglass not aluminum. If it is not properly grounded, it could cause your problem.
__________________
FLYNCLD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2009, 08:10 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,814
Images: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmreumund View Post
But if it were a circuit breaker, I would have to reset it before the lights would work again, right?
Craig
The breakers will be in the electrical distribution panel. Trailers use auto type circuit breakers. If a breaker pops it will generally rest in about 1 min.

Your problem sounds like it is current driven that is why I suggested checking the breaker first.
__________________

__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


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
only the radio works?? what should I do psundstrom Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 4 03-11-2009 06:12 PM
Solar<><>this Works For Us ROBERT CROSS Generators & Solar Power 10 09-09-2007 09:10 PM
It works garry Off Topic Forum 3 06-30-2006 01:15 AM
A/C kinda works skidmark Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 0 08-27-2005 11:45 PM
my DC works only sometimes Tomcat Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 2 04-27-2003 12:26 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

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