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Old 07-17-2021, 11:24 PM   #1
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No transfer of power from electrical hook up to battery and propane power.

Hi guys and gals,
Could use a little help here. When I disconnect the outside electrical power source to the camper, the battery does not activate and run lights. The store/ use light is out. Getting ready for the first outing and I would like to be able to not have to depend on being hooked up to a power source.
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Old 07-18-2021, 05:28 AM   #2
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Is there a battery disconnect switch? If there is, it might be turned off.
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Old 07-18-2021, 06:43 AM   #3
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1. Is the battery ok? If any doubts, take it to the closest auto parts store and they will test for free.

2. Many brands have a fuse or two in odd places. On my Trillium, there is an in line fuse in the front gaucho bench, nearly impossible to find.
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Old 07-18-2021, 09:08 AM   #4
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First thing I would check is the battery voltage at the battery, to confirm that it has power. After that, if it's not getting to the camper, then it's usually a broken connection, like a battery cut off switch, corrosion in outdoor contacts/fuses, broken wire somewhere, or a blown fuse.
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Old 07-18-2021, 10:45 AM   #5
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Battery disconnect problem?

When Iím plugged into an outside electrical source the monitor shows that the battery is fully charged the battery disconnect works to show that the battery is charged at 14.7. If I disconnect the electrical source the battery disconnect does not work. It has a store and use option. It does not respond win changing the switch to use or store. Iíve checked all the fuses and check to see that the breakers are in the proper position. But this camper is not running on a fully charged battery. Any help would be appreciated
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Old 07-18-2021, 12:03 PM   #6
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Step 1: Ignore the display. Instead, disconnect the battery itself and take a real reading.
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Old 07-18-2021, 12:15 PM   #7
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Step 1: Ignore the display. Instead, disconnect the battery itself and take a real reading.
Agreed. And perhaps take the battery to an auto parts store for testing. And remember that the battery will not charge when the switch is in the store position (according to the Bigfoot manual)

If the battery is not showing good voltage (> 12.5) when disconnected but the voltage at the battery when it IS connected and on shore power is over 13.3 or more, then the battery is suspect. Either replace it or have it tested at the auto parts store. BTW, how old is the battery? What type? if unsealed flooded then is the electrolyte level OK?

Now I can't be sure but from the manual it looks like the use / store battery disconnect switch is a relay, and that means it needs power to activate the relay. So I am pretty sure that a totally dead battery, or a blown fuse that disconnects the battery, will not activate the relay. So another test you can do is to put a known good battery of the same voltage in the camper. Even your car's battery. And see if things work OK then. If so then you for sure need a new camper battery. A few minutes in the camper wont hurt the car battery at all.
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Old 07-18-2021, 05:49 PM   #8
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Problem solved!

Thanks again for all your help. Once again you gave me a lot of valuable information. I am learning that the battery disconnect readings are different when it is plugged in to an outside electrical source. The battery was as dead as a door nail. So I went to the store bought a new upgrade RV battery and all systems are go everything works. Tomorrow weíre launching the 2004 Bigfoot 2500 series 21FB on its first outing under new command. The funny thing is my daughter and son-in-law are the pilots. I am not even tagging along.
Thanks again for all your help. A plan to be more active on the forum and hope to meet you all somewhere down the road someday.
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Old 07-18-2021, 06:53 PM   #9
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... The battery was as dead as a door nail. So I went to the store bought a new upgrade RV battery and all systems are go everything works....
N I C E !

I often suggest the 12 volt side of life article as a starting point for learning about RV electrical systems. It is good information but a little out of date. However, for most RV batteries, the information about maintenance is very important and will help you get the most out of your new battery and to have power when you are in the middle of nowhere and off grid.
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Old 07-20-2021, 06:08 PM   #10
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Thanks again for all your help. Once again you gave me a lot of valuable information. I am learning that the battery disconnect readings are different when it is plugged in to an outside electrical source. The battery was as dead as a door nail. So I went to the store bought a new upgrade RV battery and all systems are go everything works. Tomorrow we’re launching the 2004 Bigfoot 2500 series 21FB on its first outing under new command. The funny thing is my daughter and son-in-law are the pilots. I am not even tagging along.
Thanks again for all your help. A plan to be more active on the forum and hope to meet you all somewhere down the road someday.
CamperKev
Is this trailer NEW TO YOU or is it one you have been using for a while?

I gotta ask, has this trailer had the recall done on it to add substantial weight to the tongue (500 lbs)? Front beds tend to be very tail heavy and need to be loaded as much forward as possible. (RB models are not much better) The recall covers 2003 to 2007 Bigfoot 25B21FB models. It requires the addition of 500 lbs of weight to the tongue of the trailer to provide enough tongue weight for proper towing.

February 16, 2007 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 07V060000
HITCH TONGUE LOAD INSUFFICIENT
THIS MAY OCCUR WITHOUT WARNING AND COULD LEAD TO THE LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE TOW VEHICLE/TRAILER COMBINATION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 07V060000

Manufacturer BIGFOOT INDUSTRIES, INC.

Components TRAILER HITCHES

Potential Number of Units Affected 80

Summary

ON CERTAIN TRAVEL TRAILERS, THE HITCH TONGUE LOAD MAY BE INSUFFICIENT. WHEN THE TRAILER IS TOWED IN A DRY CONDITION, I.E., NO WATER, LIQUID PROPANE GAS, BATTERY, OR CARGO, IN AN EMPTY STATE, THE TRAILER MAY BEGIN TO SWAY.

Remedy

DEALERS WILL INSTALL A HEAVIER STRUCTURAL SECTION IN THE COUPLER AREA AND AN ADD-ON KIT TO SUPPLEMENT THE TONGUE LOAD. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 9, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BIG FOOT AT 1-250-546-2155.

Notes

BIGFOOT INDUSTRIES IS OUT OF BUSINESS. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO http://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Vehicle
MAKE MODEL YEAR

BIGFOOT B-21 FB 2003-2007


Note: Bigfoot Industries went bankrupt in the 2007/2008 time period and restarted as BigfootRV, hence the comment in the recall about Bigfoot being out of business.

Instructions to remedy the problem, Bigfoot Industries PDF document

The illustration on page 6 of the PDF will show you where the weights are added, which will help you determine if the recall was accomplished on this trailer, by performing a visual inspection of the trailer.

Link to US NHTSA Bigfoot recall You will have to click on or expand some items to find everything.

Please be certain to instruct anyone who will be driving that they need to understand the proper response to trailer sway, DO NOT apply the brake pedal, but you DO need to manually apply the trailer brakes alone, without the tow vehicle brakes. This will tend to slow the train down and straighten things up.

Shameless plug here: If you have not, I highly encourage you to join the Bigfoot Owners Club International (BOCI), which is a paid membership ($30? a year) and gives you access to the BOCI discussion forum.

https://bigfootowners.com/membership/

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