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Old 07-02-2016, 02:31 AM   #1
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Fuse blowing Kodiak 279

New 2016 rig. On the walk through, I noticed one of the fuses was blown. The maintenance guy came out and 'fixed' it. He put a bigger fuse in! I told him that wasn't the right thing to do but I wasn't about to argue with him. It's for a couple of overhead lights. So now, that fuse blows only when I tow the trailer. I've tried hooking up the trailer plug and hit the brake lights, signals and other lights but can't get it to blow. But every time I tow the trailer, that fuse blows.

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Old 07-02-2016, 06:00 AM   #2
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Way screwed up! Take it back! This is bad.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:32 PM   #3
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If it is only happening when you tow I would suspect a connection somewhere that is allowing a hot wire to short to ground. I would find a different dealer and have it fixed under warranty. I would also try to track down EVERYTHING that is on the circuit and keep an eye on it. On my Coleman there were a couple of circuits that were crossed up and backfed from another circuit. I did find one, the other I never did.

In your case it could be caused by a nail or screw piercing the wire, a misconnection, a wire pinched somewhere and the list goes on. Unfortunately they throw these things together and it makes it very difficult to trouble shoot effectively. Basically you have to isolate each item and test the circuit for continuity. The fact it only happens when you tow complicates it even more, it means it is an intermittent problem

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Old 07-04-2016, 08:38 PM   #4
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Back to dealer and have them fix it. Demand to see the work in progress.

Not worth risking your life over when that short creates a fire in the middle of the night.

As for the tech putting in a higher rated fuse... I would have cancelled my purchase right there and then or asked for another trailer of the same model.
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I had similar problems, that I tracked down to the junction box on the A-frame. Dutchmens great wire nuts weren't so great. I put in proper weatherproof junction boxes, for the trailer lights I used a waterproof 7 terminal box. I used a couple of waterproof project boxes, (Radio Shack used to have them) for the circuit breakers that were open to the weather.
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Thanks Jim,
I looked at those cheap looking switches and boxes up there. I couldn't believe they are out in the weather. Not surprised you changed them out.
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Thanks Jim,
I looked at those cheap looking switches and boxes up there. I couldn't believe they are out in the weather. Not surprised you changed them out.
This is the junction box I used, Wiring Junction Box Accessories and Parts | etrailer.com

I sealed the grommets with self vulcanizing rubber electrical tape and for good measure applied some liquid electrical tape over it.
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