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Old 03-25-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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'63 12 volt schematic

Anyone have a vintage schematic for the 12 volt batery system for a "63 (tradewind)?

I need to diagnose why it suddenly stopped working....
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:21 PM   #2
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12 v system

If the entire 12v system went out there is only a couple places it could be interrupted. The converter (most likely place) and the fusing. If you have a Univolt...its time for a new converter anyway.
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If the entire 12v system went out there is only a couple places it could be interrupted. The converter (most likely place) and the fusing. If you have a Univolt...its time for a new converter anyway.
In a 63 there are no fuses or converters ... just a battery wire and the 12v from the tow vehicle.
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Yeah, this is a simple 12 battery system. Found the pigtail connections, for the battery, now I have to find the problem. Are there any in line circuit breakers anywhere behind a panel somewhere?
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I assume you have placed the battery in the battery housing (It was empty last time I checked it, and we were working on it).

Other than that, we also need to figure uot whats up with your brakes.
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Not sure about the TW but many 63GT's are fused just inside the coach very close to where the outside battery compartment is; should also have an electrical access patch in the bellypan probably curbside should be a 12v inline fuse there also. My bet would be the fuse near the battery,if it has one. Best advice go see soldiermedic!
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Found a circuit breaker. Will test it in the afternoon. Good time to set up the charge regulator and the solar panel, huh?
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If you have solar panels...then yes. Let me know how it goes. I'll see you tomorrow.
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Found a circuit breaker. Will test it in the afternoon. Good time to set up the charge regulator and the solar panel, huh?
Square little box with two screw terminals? I totally forgot about that item when we talked ... and after some thought, your comment led me to find out the problem with my '88 Caddy limo draining the battery. Probably the same problem you have. That little box is an auto-reset breaker. We both have a short in the 12 volt system, mine is in the second 12 volt system powering the electronics in the stretch part... the breaker senses the short and dumps the circuit. Cools down, resets, heats up then dumps again ... and again, etc. I have to buy a new battery after 3 months, but you can disconnect and start tracing wiring with a multi-meter.
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Well the TS and I sat down and figured out what was causing the 12v system to shut off today. The hot wire coming from the battery had alot of old and cracked vinyl covering which allowed the wire to short against the shell of the trailer. We ran new wires, and it worked fine after that. We also ran a separate ground line from the battery negative terminal.

We also verified that the trailer plug was not wired correctly. When we first hooked the trailer up for the TS to bring it home, it instantly locked up the brakes. He clipped the brake lines in order to get the trailer home, but still used the running lights. We undid the mess of wires today that branch off the umbilical, and found out that nothing was what it should. We finally called it quits near dark, and will work on it another day.
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