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Old 07-24-2016, 02:23 PM   #1
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How is this possible?

I have disconnected the battery from the 13ft. Scamp. I am not plugged into shore power. The 12v lights still turn on. The 12v outlet is working.

Where is the power coming from?
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:28 PM   #2
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I don't know, but I want to be partners with you and earn half off this miracle energy source!!!!!

Is the tow vehicle still connected? It might be drawing off your vehicle battery.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:29 PM   #3
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Never mind! We figured it out.

The electric brakes have a small battery.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:30 PM   #4
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Well, durn. I thought I saw a window to an early retirement here.

But, glad you figured it out!
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:32 PM   #5
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It must be magic...

Are you sure that you don't have another battery or back-up reserve power supply hidden away somewhere on board?

Without a source of power, there is no power. There must be another source hooked up in there somewhere. The lights wouldn't come on without power from somewhere.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:39 PM   #6
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The electric brakes have a small battery.
Are you thinking of break-away switch with battery? Thats not a standard Scamp item.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:02 PM   #7
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Are you close to a nuclear power plant !
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:19 PM   #8
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Are you close to a nuclear power plant !
You may be laughing, but check this out...

My ham radio mentor grew up in WWII era Poland (long before LED lights)and lived close to a strong radio broadcast antenna. He told us how the energy from the antenna was so strong that they never had to turn on the lights... the fluorescent lights glowed without even being connected.

And he showed us how it worked using a ham radio.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:55 PM   #9
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Could it be the converter,
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:09 PM   #10
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It is the battery from the electric brakes

Thanks everyone! Mystery solved
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Thanks everyone! Mystery solved
Maybe for you.. care to let the rest of us in on the solution? Break-away battery, tow vehicle, Nuclear plant?
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Maybe for you.. care to let the rest of us in on the solution? Break-away battery, tow vehicle, Nuclear plant?
Break away battery. They are posting in the reply "Title" area. I miss reading that area often myself.
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Post # 3 !!!
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Hay Gordon, Are those people that were cooked by the radio waves still alive??
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Post # 3 !!!
Thanks.. the two statements did not have to be related I think..

... anyway, a diode can fix that problem. What problem do you ask? Sounds like the Scamp's electrical system can discharge the break-away switch battery, rendering it useless when it is most needed.
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Hay Gordon, Are those people that were cooked by the radio waves still alive??

Well my mentor is not.. but if he was he would be about 112.
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Thanks.. the two statements did not have to be related I think..

... anyway, a diode can fix that problem. What problem do you ask? Sounds like the Scamp's electrical system can discharge the break-away switch battery, rendering it useless when it is most needed.
Please describe when it would be most needed... Inspection maybe??
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Please describe when it would be most needed... Inspection maybe??
Well I was thinking more like when you are going 70 MPH downhill (bad idea, I know) and the trailer becomes unhitched and crosses the centerline, heading straight toward a church bus full of children and nuns headed the opposite direction, also at 70 MPH.

The inspection, I think, we could survive.
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Gordon, Here in Virginia the buss would be Blue and it would be Baptist. I don't think the Catholics use school busses.
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I got a similar situation this spring.

The trailer was parked in the yard, no external electrical connection and a parking light was on the trailer.

In the connector that goes to the car, I found a wire out of his position, and touched the battery wire from the trailer.
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