This is my first post and we have found a lot of useful tips here. THANKS!
My family and I bought a used 1999 17' wide body Burro
. We are in the process of bringing it up to speed and figuring out all the systems. Our first major issue is diagnosing the electrical
. I will try to communicate what I know and have tried.
I plugged the burro's exterior electrical
A/C into a 20 amp plug via an extension cord off the house. With the breakers switched ON we get power to all the interior/exterior outlets and the ceiling fan powers up. After being plugged in for a long period of time (8 hours) the interior/exterior cabin lights
and the exhaust fan/light still did not power up. Without knowing the condition of the deep cycle battery
, I took the battery
to AutoZone and they determined it was DEAD. With the ANSWER in hand I hooked up the new-fully charged battery
and got nothing. Now I'm getting stumped. I checked all the GFCI outlets and they seemed functional. Then checked out the glass fuses and they seemed normal. I then unplugged the exterior power and noticed the fan was still running. Hmmm. So I checked the GFCI outlets and they worked as well. Obviously the battery was powering those items but still no power to the "D/C" lights
and range hood. Again, stumped, I went out side and plugged back in the house power and heard a click (Burro Windows
Open) from the Breaker box. Everything cycled down for a second and came back up. - Assuming it switched to A/C. Went back into the burro
switched on a cabin light
and it worked. YAY! All the lights
were on and the exhaust fan and lights were functioning. AGAIN, went outside and unplugged the house power and heard another click, everything powered down for a second and came back on. And again, back on battery power. I was so relieved but still stumped on why it was now functioning. At this point I was just excited that things were on and assumed it would stay that way.
A couple days go by with full function. Still plugged into house power, I used the lights and moved onto other projects. After finishing each day, I would flip off the breakers and unplug the power (not sure if that is needed).
The next day, I am working with all lights on and with no noise or notice the cabin lights power off but the fan stays on. Confused, I flip the breakers, unplug and plug back in and still only the outlets and fan work. Back to square one. So, I assume the battery was not charging the whole time and I drained the battery. So, I borrowed an A/C powered Battery Charger from a friend and hooked up the battery. It charged for awhile and automatically shut off. Assuming I'd hook it up and be back in business, I reconnected the battery and I can not get the cabin lights on at all. That is where it sits now. I called an electrician buddy of mine, he is confused by it but also does not know much about the whole AC/DC conversion etc.
If anyone has any thoughts, ideas, etc. I would be so grateful. THANKS for reading and look forward to some suggestions.
Owner of Bob the Burro