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Old 07-24-2012, 05:54 PM   #29
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I would impress upon you and your daughter or anybody else. That when you stop for the night to unplug from the tow vehicle. A blown fuse is easy to fix, but it might be a bit more difficult to start the tow vehicle if you used up both batteries.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:36 PM   #30
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I have found a questionable wire route that troubles me so I changed some of the wiring. Let me know if you agree or disagree. I have removed one of the fuses and holder and run the tow vehicle power wire to the supply of the distribution center.
I still think that you need a relay to isolate the two batteries when the engine is not running.
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I still think that you need a relay to isolate the two batteries when the engine is not running.
One of my vehicles has a relay, I had it fail. It failed to close so ended up with a dead house battery that I expected the tow to recharge. That was before I had the solar panel.
There almost always a way. I connected my little inverter to tow battery and plugged in a battery charger. Of course I had to burn a bit gasoline to get the house battery charged. But, saved the trip.

Seems like there's no fool proof answer and sometimes the low tech simple works best.
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You could consider putting a relay in the trailer, hooked up to the shore power (110 volt) for the coil, and run the positive lead going to the tow vehicle through a normally closed contact on the relay. That way when plugged into shore power, the relay energizes, and disconnects the tow vehicle circuit
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:52 AM   #33
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That's more typical. You might want to consider changing the 30amp fuse to 20 amp. If you're concerned about that measure the current with the stuff you would normally have on, on.

I originally had a 20amp fuse and found the it keeps cycling when the battery is low and needs recharging from the converter. It put in a 30amp fuse and now it has stopped recycling.
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You could consider putting a relay in the trailer, hooked up to the shore power (110 volt) for the coil, and run the positive lead going to the tow vehicle through a normally closed contact on the relay. That way when plugged into shore power, the relay energizes, and disconnects the tow vehicle circuit

Thanks Joe, I found a relay in my electrical parts box and plan to install it just like you have said. Hopefully it still works. Thanks everyone for all your help.
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Thanks for the wiring diagram there. I have to completely rewire my Scamp and I'm having to learn the why and where of isolaters, converters, inverters, etc. Hopefully it helps me once I'm under way.

Here is the wiring diagram with the Relay installed. I installed it next to the distribution center and made up a plug to insert it into a receptacle that was used for the microwave oven. It provided me with the 110v used to power the relay when plugged into Shore Power. I hope it helps.
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I originally had a 20amp fuse and found the it keeps cycling when the battery is low and needs recharging from the converter. It put in a 30amp fuse and now it has stopped recycling.
The size of the fuse has nothing to do with that.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:35 AM   #37
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The size of the fuse has nothing to do with that.
Unless it is a solid state, self resetting fuse.
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Unless it is a solid state, self resetting fuse.

The Fuse is a can style resetting fuse that has two lugs with nuts attached. I have installed it in the positive line at the battery. When I had the trailer in my driveway I forgot use the battery disconnect switch and wore the battery down. When I plugged it in to Shore Power that 20 amp resetting fuse kept blowing and resetting so, I put in a 30amp fuse and that problem went away.
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Unless it is a solid state, self resetting fuse.

I think we are talking about a circuit breaker.

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I think we are talking about a circuit breaker.

That picture of the Circuit Breaker is nicer looking than the one I installed. Thanks Thomas for the proper name of that Fuse.
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Here is the wiring diagram with the Relay installed. I installed it next to the distribution center and made up a plug to insert it into a receptacle that was used for the microwave oven. It provided me with the 110v used to power the relay when plugged into Shore Power. I hope it helps.
I redrew the diagram after installing a 20amp circuit breaker to replace the 10amp fuse I had. The relay now prevents me from blowing fuses when I forget to unplug the tow vehicle before plugging in the shore power.
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Now all you need is something to cut the power from your tow vehicle when you forget to unplug it and you are not plugged into shore power.
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