This thread continues some repairs on my 2009 Escape
19. Along the way there may be advice applicable to other Escape
owners. My own trailer suffered some damage during a crash suffered by the prior owner, so these issues might not apply.
Shortly after my purchase, I tested the converter and battery
, and both looked okay. Since that time I have been plugged in continuously for about six weeks, so I was very surprised to see there was no charge at the battery
As it turns out, 10AWG stranded charge wire had broken where it rounds a sharp turn near the front of the trailer. This is just in front of the passenger side dinette, where the battery
is housed. I could see a little pile of verdigris corrosion, and even more when I when I broke open the wire insulation.
Personally, I think the 10awg is thin for a discharge wire. For a charge wire from a converter or alternator, it's fine because there's little concern with losing 10-15 percent of the power from those sources, but if you are boondocking
or charging from solar
, you'll see some significant voltage drop in a wire of this gauge that will likely affect your battery run time and, potentially, its longevity.
Another issue is the corrosion around the ring lugs. They need to be treated and/or captured between a couple of washers.
a Photo below compares the 6ga charge wire on my U-haul
retrofit with the 10ga wire.