Hello everyone, my wife and I have been following the Airstream forums since we bought a 1974, 31 foot Land Yacht in January (2013), but this is our first post – So thank you to those who will respond.
The Problem: Fuse keeps blowing
The 50 amp fuse that is shown in the picture ( next to the Univolt, which is not pictured ) keeps blowing now that we have a new battery.
The lighting was very poor prior to that because the battery it came with was over 6 years old and wouldn’t hold a charge. When connected to power at the house or campsite in the beginning, we brought additional lamps into the camper so that we could see well at night, being that we did not yet understand why the lighting was so poor. Recently, after doing a series of updates to the camper, we changed out the battery. We were happy to see that the 12v
lights now were all shining brightly, but after a few seconds, the fuse blew, and lights went back to dim again.
Here’s what I’ve already tried: (Airstream was connected to shore power at all times)
1. Replaced the fuse. It did not blow immediately, but blew after turning on a few lights.
2. Replaced the fuse again with all lights off. Started turning lights on one at a time, then it blew.
3. Replaced again and left lights off. After about 30 seconds or so (same amount of time as with the others) the fuse still blew.
The fuses were all very hot, and had to change them with a pliers because of it. After the last experiment, a smell like melting plastic was noticeable in the room with the fuse box and Univolt, although I could not determine the exact location.
Model: 31’ Sovereign
Land Yacht, Rear bath
Wire Condition: Original, no modifications
110 sytem: Added one outlet with no problems
Battery: Everstart, Marine, 12-volt, #94, part #27DC