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Old 11-29-2020, 02:00 PM   #1
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Is there some kind of RESET for the garage bunks?

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I have a 2014 3818 Voltage toy hauler, in the six years I have owned this trailer I have NEVER had any trouble with the bunks in the garage. However today I wanted to lower the bunks to get some stuff that is stored on top of them and the bunks didn't go down or up. I shut all the circuit breakers off, then turned them on, tried again, bunks didn't work, checked all the fuses, tried again, the bunks didn't work.


So I was wondering does anyone know if there is a control box, circuit breaker, reset like there is for the sides hidden someplace?


I am an electrical idiot, don't have any electrical test equipment or the skill to use such things, any help or suggestions you can make will be greatly appreciated, thank.


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Old 11-30-2020, 11:41 AM   #2
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Did you remove the safety pins? Sometimes the simplest things get overlooked.

Do the motors make any noise or clicking sounds?
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Did you remove the safety pins? Sometimes the simplest things get overlooked.

Do the motors make any noise or clicking sounds?
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The bed in the front of the garage doesn't have any sort of safety pin, the bed in the rear has two beds, one on top of the other, there are pins to hold the top bunk in place if you only want to use the bottom one, the bottom one has no safety pins.


When I push the switch I get no noise, no movement on either bed, I could understand one switch going bad but the chances of both switches going bad at the same time is pretty slim. It acts like there is no power getting to the switches but I have no idea other then circuit breakers of fuses on what to check. I did take on switch out and looked at it, it receives power through what looks like a telephone cord-jack, I have no idea how to trace that wire back to the power source. Thanks for your post and suggestion.


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Old 12-01-2020, 01:03 AM   #4
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I had to replace the wall switch once.
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Old 12-01-2020, 01:24 AM   #5
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On my nephews toyhauler, if I remember right, there are fuses on the motor, might want to also check that if you have power at the switch...
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On my nephews toyhauler, if I remember right, there are fuses on the motor, might want to also check that if you have power at the switch...
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I'll have to get a ladder out and check the area around the motors for fuses and such, I will have to figure out some way to check for power at the switch, I don't have such equipment.


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Old 12-01-2020, 01:34 AM   #7
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I'll have to get a ladder out and check the area around the motors for fuses and such, I will have to figure out some way to check for power at the switch, I don't have such equipment.


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Get yourself a cheap Klein tools multimeter. You'll get a lot of use out of it and they're not really expensive.
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Old 12-01-2020, 06:45 AM   #8
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The bunks wonít have a circuit breaker with the others as they run on DC so only a fuse possible. Given they make no noise at all in either direction I would guess wiring or motor including the switch could be bad.

My guess is when you find it that it will be an easy fix.
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Power is supplied to the motor first. The small wires to the switch are just signal wires for the operation of the bunks. Check power from the supply wires to the motor first.
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Howdy All,


Thanks for your suggestions, I am in the process of checking out the electrical components.


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Old 12-07-2020, 02:33 PM   #11
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Your problem happened to us twice in our 2014 3905. I had to manually lower them a bit with a socket wrench, once they were lowered the bed started working again. I also remember disconnecting the motor. Dutchman put it in the worst place possible IMO. I try to never raise the beds all the way up and haven't had the problem. I recall reading there is a limit switch somewhere (could be wrong).
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Old 12-15-2020, 03:25 AM   #12
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Your problem happened to us twice in our 2014 3905. I had to manually lower them a bit with a socket wrench, once they were lowered the bed started working again. I also remember disconnecting the motor. Dutchman put it in the worst place possible IMO. I try to never raise the beds all the way up and haven't had the problem. I recall reading there is a limit switch somewhere (could be wrong).
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Thanks for your suggestion, I tried it, still nothing I just don't have the electrical knowledge to trace this down, I do know now that I have 12 volts at the place where the motor plugs into the control box with all the wires running into it, other then that I know nothing.


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I would be surprised if the motor completely quit. If it froze you would likely hear a buzz or the lights would dim or flicker ever so slightly when you hit the switch. And if the bunks were jammed somehow I would think the same thing would happen.

I donít have any other ideas but there are some pretty sharp electrical guys on here that might have some.

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This has happened to me on more than one occasion. I always got it to correct itself by toggling the switch up and down very fast repeating and it seemed to work and lower the top bunk.
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HapiJac is now owned by Lippert/LCI. Call them and they will walk you through troubleshooting 801-544-2585.

I would bet it is a limit switch, probably came loose or got caught on something and ripped out. Ask me how I know?.

Good luck.
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Look up happy Jack bed installation it will show all the components and where they go includingLimit switch and troubleshooting thereís a few websites with basically the same information Hope this helps
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Did you ck the GFI plugs
Ir breakers ?
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