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Old 12-14-2015, 06:48 PM   #15
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Thank you all for the great advice. I'll use automotive blade type fuses like I did on my 66 Trade Wind. I understand that a blown fuse means find the cause. And it might be Airstream thought both fuses and resetting circuit breakers were safer, belts and suspenders so to speak.

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Old 12-14-2015, 09:57 PM   #16
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Lewster and Idroba are right. One night a few years ago I pinched and shorted a pigtail while backing up in a near jackknife position trying to turn around at a closed park entrance. In the dark of night I repaired the pigtail and replaced the truck clearance light fuses. The next day going down a long mountain grade I noticed smoke coming from under the hood. As I pulled over to the shoulder, a tow truck driver going in the opposite direction saw me and did a U turn, and came back to me. He jumped out of his truck with a cable cutter, I released the hood and he raised it. He cut the main battery cable. He then towed me to a friends house were the kind people let me park a couple of days while I got everything repaired. He came by the next day and towed my truck to a GM dealer.
There was apparently a low grade short that became worse as I had driven after the original pigtail damage. The trailer circuit breakers were "type one" auto resetting. They were not only burned up, but a large portion of the truck battery to pigtail wiring was destroyed. A mobile RV repairman and a GM dealer replaced the damage wiring. Irony rained when all this happened, while rolling to a stop on the Interstate I noticed a loss of all electrical power in the truck. My fist though as I came to a stop, "how are my wife , mother-in-law and I going to open the electric door locks? Then as the panic subsided I notice the manual lock knobs. About that time the tow truck driver was at the side window motioning to me to release the hood. Oh well, another towing adventure.

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Old 12-14-2015, 10:13 PM   #17
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Hi, I replaced the fuse on my tongue jack with a circuit breaker; It's not just a 12 volt circuit breaker but the amp rating must match too. Don't replace a 10 amp fuse with a 20 amp circuit breaker.

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Old 04-04-2016, 06:37 AM   #18
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I will prefer using circuit breakers in comparison with fuses.
You can find air circuit breakers and vacuum circuit breakers online.
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Old 04-04-2016, 10:28 AM   #19
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I also plan on using manual resetting circuit breakers for all of the 12VDC
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Old 04-04-2016, 12:50 PM   #20
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One can purchase ready made DC marine fuse blocks by Blue Sea Systems for reasonable prices from outfits like Defender Marine.

They at all arranged into a good looking panel that's easy to mount and wire.

All you need to do is specify the amperage rating of the breakers.

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