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Old 06-21-2022, 05:37 PM   #1
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We recently purchased a 1993 classic. It is in pretty good shape but the lights will not work unless it is plugged in to shore power. I cannot find the mini circuit breaker. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Old 06-22-2022, 03:28 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what a 1993 classic is, but if it is a trailer then the circuit breaker is usually on the tongue close to the battery. The battery should be wired directly to it.
Does it have a battery? Lights work off of the camper's 12V system. While plugged in, the onboard AC to DC converter provides the 12V power and battery charging. So without a battery, or if the battery is dead, none of the 12V items will work if it is not plugged in.
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Old 06-24-2022, 08:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. I was able to find it. The only problem is that it did not fix the issue. There is still no power to the lights from the battery. I'll keep working on it
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Old 06-24-2022, 11:24 PM   #4
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Is the battery dead?

1993 Dutchmen Classic is a travel trailer or 5 wheel. There are many models. Here is the operator's manual link. It is nearly useless.
https://www.dutchmen.com/rv-manuals-online

According to the manual, it has a "Power Center". What is the make and model of the Power Center?

Power center connects shore power to house circuits. There is a 120 volt to 12 volt converter. This supplies 12 volts to lights while on shore power. It appears to be working OK.

There is a heavy gauge wire from the battery on the tongue to the power center. Many Dutchmen trailers have a self resetting circuit breaker located near the battery. It is a small can with plastic closing it up. It has two heavy bolts for electrical connections.

Measure voltage across the two terminals on the can. Voltage across the two connectors should be zero volts (circuit breaker is closed and working properly). Voltage of 0.2 or more means breaker is open and has not self reset. I expect an open circuit breaker would show 0.6 volts when connected to shore power. It could be 12.7 volts without shore power. Replace the breaker.

Double check by jumping across the two breaker terminals when shore power is "off". Lights should be "on".

Some older 120 volt to 12 volt converters have two sections. One is for battery charging and the other is for 12 volts to lights. What is the make and model of the Power Center?

There may be a 12 volt inline fuse or fuses on the Power Center. What is the make and model of the power center?
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I replaced the breaker. No changes. When I am plugged into shore power the power center makes a loud buzzing noise. Does that mean anything?
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Means it's getting power and possibly trying to operate. I'm wondering about the health of the battery? How how old is it? How's it maintained? What is a voltage reading across the battery terminals when shore power is unplugged and at rest for a short while? What is the voltage reading across the battery terminals when plugged in?
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I replaced the breaker. No changes. When I am plugged into shore power the power center makes a loud buzzing noise. Does that mean anything?
What is the make and model of the power center?

Does the TT have a converter / charger?

What is the make and model?
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