Once you have determined that you do have power at the source then you can move on to the circuit itself. Threads: 13,790, Posts: 110,566 ... Tent Campers and Pop Ups (25 Viewing) Tent camper topics including repair, maintenance and features. Hey guys,lately when I plug up the camper to my truck the upper running lights do not work, all others do,I tried to see if something needed cleaning in the plug but saw nothing,so I cleaned the terminals in side the plug with an emory board trimmed down but that didn't work,any suggestions. Most likely, the 12V side of your charger/ power converter is not working.But before making such a conclusion, you should check and confirm that no circuit breaker is tripped, no fuses are blown and there are no loose connections on the converter. Since you have a meter you should be able to trace the problem from the outlet or light back to its source. Have a helper stand back to see if the running lights, stoplights and blinkers are working properly. Next, mix one teaspoon of baking soda with 12 ounces of water. Comment: This is not an uncommon issue – people would think that the company who made their coach would try and make things simple – but they do not. However, if you feel handy and are very comfortable working with live power circuits, here is a link that might help: http://www.progressivedyn.com/troubleshooting_transfer_relay/. Kohree LED RV Porch Light Exterior Utility Light 12v Lighting Fixture, 320 Lumen, Replacement Lighting for RVs, Trailers, Campers, 5th Wheels. Answer: Without knowing the particulars on how your RV was setup or modified by the dealer and or former owner, it is difficult to provide a precise answer. So I hope this helps you and others as this is a common issues as I stated above. Take your test light and find a good ground and use the probe to alternately touch each of pins inside the connector. If that is not possible then the only option is to physically trace the wiring. If all of the lights are connected on the same circuit and one of the fuses is blown, then the lights will not work. I replaced the GFCI and double 15 amp breaker. RV marker lights are required by law to be found and functional at the front, side and back on all tow trailers, RVs and motorhomes. The tail lights are different from the turn/stop lights and the tail lights are all wired to the same circuit as the rest of the running lights. Which is it. Any thoughts on why this might be happening? If no error can be detected here, the most likely cause is the LED Stripe Controller. I replaced the light with new fixture and it will not work. We have heard that a bad battery can cause similar problems. We took it out this weekend for the first time in a few months, and both interior celing lights were not working. I know that the new light fixture works hard wired to an outlet, so the fixture works. Everything you need to know: The RV Guide we wish we had 10 years ago, http://www.progressivedyn.com/troubleshooting_transfer_relay/, RV Noise Guide – Common RV Noises and RV Sounds. Pull up a chair around the fire and introduce yourself. If all of the above is OK and you still do not have power at the outlets then the problem may involve your power transfer switch. On a travel trailer, the running lights are wired in parallel which means one bulb could go out and the rest will still work, but I’m guessing you have an open circuit … In the first case, separate wires come out of each tail light assembly and are attached to a metal frame. First I wired a single pole switch to the light box and this is correct because I verified the wiring using another light fixture and it works just fine. If the turn signals are not working, locate the fuse block that contains the circuit for them. For a motorized RV, the power is generated from batteries that are connected to the alternator exactly like your car. This 12-Volt system’s power comes from the chassis batteries that power the stop lights, turn signals, and exterior lights of the RV. If you are seeing your lights dimming, your converter could be in trouble. Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician. Your interior lights are the easiest indicator. To tell if your RV converter is bad, you will start to see warning signs. I was able to determine it was definitely a trailer wiring issue and not a problem in the truck by putting a fuse across pin 3 and 4 on the 7 way plug. If that is not possible then … Hey guys,lately when I plug up the camper to my truck the upper running lights do not work, all others do,I tried to see if something needed cleaning in the plug but saw nothing,so I cleaned the terminals in side the plug with an emory board trimmed down but that didn't work,any suggestions. I hope this helps, 1 – Check generator circuit breaker(s) and reset if needed. I have an LED exterior light with dusk/dawn detector that I installed. Once this is done, you can ignite a propane appliance, and it should work properly. About a month or so ago the problem started to get really bad and it was happening far more often. If the circuit is tripped locate the problem within the circuit wiring. Or do you mean "the tail lights and the turn/stop lights work fine." Have a helper stand back to see if the running lights, stoplights and blinkers are working properly. In addition to the cabin and shell, the trailers have kitchen sinks, toilets and full electric systems. 3 – Recheck and reset (if needed) all your 120 Volt breakers in the main house panel after you turned on the generator. This 12-Volt system’s power comes from the chassis batteries that power the stop lights, turn signals, and exterior lights of the RV. To do this you will need a continuity tester/test light (such as a neon tester, electrostatic wand, volt ohmmeter, three-prong outlet tester) and a lot of confidence on working with a live electrical circuit. I have flipped all the breakers and checked them with a meter. There must be a solid electrical connection to the contact surfaces of the strip. I have an outdoor light that is not working right. Another indicator is your refrigerator having a hard time maintaining its temperature. Some of these campers with the funny 6, 7, or 8 pin square connectors use a completely different set of colors for the wires. If all of the lights are connected on the same circuit and one of the fuses is blown, then the lights will not work. If you feel comfortable working on the power transfer switch, you can check the contacts to make sure that they are operating properly and that the contacts are not pitted or welded shut. Outdoor Light Fixtures Plug in the camper to 110V and the power converter will recharge the battery (or, if you're in the middle of a camping trip and no 110V outlets are available, hook-up jumper cables to your car battery and idle the engine for a while to recharge the battery). Trailer tail lights not working? The test light should alternately go on and off – if not your problem is in the connector. One RV, Two Electrical Systems. So look for that and consult any specifications or manuals you have for your RV. Locate the circuit breaker which provides power to the light switch and make sure it is not tripped. First I wired a single pole switch to the light box and this is correct because I verified the wiring using another light fixture and it works just fine. Make sure that each of tail lights is properly grounded. Hi. If the running lights are not working, one of the first things to check is the presence of a blown fuse. You have to look at all the gfi outlets as the company most likely has it set up so that when a gfi trips in a kitchen it will kill the outlets in the lower part of the coach, and if in the bath it could kill all the outlets in the upper half of the coach. A converter is a thing that charges the battery and makes the DC things work, just like your lights. White Base, Clear and Amber Lenses Included 4.7 out of 5 … Two types of a trailer wiring tester. if the generator is running it should allow you to turn on your lights. This current runs through the seven-way pin connector on a 5 th wheel or trailer. These campers have fabric tent-like sleeping quarters, a hard shell camping cabin and roof and a retractable ceiling. Installing motion detector lighting fixtures provide security and energy savings and they can easily replace an existing exterior wall fixture. As you can tell, I am frustrated and would appreciate some assistance. If it has not been replaced, then based on the age of the unit I’d look to replace it. So you all do not have to read every post to find out what the problem was, the camper has 13 lights that light up when the running lights turn on and it was just too much for the 20 amp fuse. CAUTION: Never work on a converter or a power transfer switch while it is connected to live power unless you are skilled in electrical trouble shooting. Another thought is that the wiring could be loose and tightening the connections might solve your problem, but my opinion is that it has reached its useful lifespan. We knew we wanted to make the switch, I just wasn’t sure what type of bulbs to go with. If contacting the manufacturer does not help then try asking the RV dealer or the former owner from whom you bought the rig. Disconnect your shore power, solar panels, and batteries. Your easiest solution is to replace it. Any ideas? Physically inspect the light fixture for damage and replace the light fixture if necessary. Test the light fixture. We sometimes have to do that to get the outlets to work. Outdoor Light Fixtures Electrical Question: How do I fix an outdoor light that is not working right? What else could be the problem? If the running lights are not working, one of the first things to check is the presence of a blown fuse. Fully explained pictures and wiring diagrams, Wiring light switches describing the most common switches starting with photo diagram 1. Sometimes it’s even both. Answer: Sounds like you are not getting any voltage to the right side. Troubleshooting. Check whether the connections to the converter are loose. "The lights at the back turn/stop work fine." If you have wiring diagrams it will be of great help. 2 – Check GFI outlet and reset if needed after you turn on the generator. Coleman camper trailers are pop-up style rigs. We have a 2003 Coleman pop up Santa Fe with a World Friendship Co. Power Converter. Hi Greg, wire color code for 1978 pop up camper i got the turn signals and brake lights to work but cant get the running lights to work. Answer: The first thing we noticed was all the other lights were working fine. Have 1998 Safari Sahara, the gfi plug in kitchen losses power but does not trip breaker on plug or throw any breakers, and comes back on after 10 or 15 minutes. You will be working with water, so you want to protect yourself and your coach from electrocution. Any help would be great! Two types of a trailer wiring tester. For example: most CFL lamps do not work well in outdoor lights, however incandescent or halogen lamps generally work best. If you do not have an owner’s manual, contacting the manufacturer may shed some light on the problem. Question: The TV outlet and a couple other outlets and a couple lights just quit working all at once. If it were our rig, we would definitely consult the owner’s manual and wiring schematic specific to our RV. When we are plugged into electric the outlets in the camper work but the lights do not. I contacted Derek at Coleman Pop Up Parts for advice. Instead, take the RV to a repair center. If any of these terms seem foreign to you, then please do not attempt to do this. 1 – Check generator circuit breaker (s) and reset if needed. So as you see, if a gfi issue – it is not just that outlet. I have provided the following links that lead to fully detailed information that will assist you with your electrical wiring project. Plus i have pushed the reset button on the GFCI plug near the bathroom sink – it is working. Also, for most gfi outlets, it is difficult to see if it tripped – you need to push the reset button to know for sure. However, this must be done with caution and armed with all the tools at your disposal. If the light does not work then most likely there is an internal fault within the light fixture. Question: I had shore electric on every outlet working properly and then unplugged electric and turned the generator on and had no power to electrical outlets. If you still do not have power at your outlets then you will need to take your 5th wheel to a professional to resolve your power issue. Check your vehicle's plug configuration. Additional Comments: I love what I see here, I have been looking for an hour for advise, this is where I stopped. In tracing wiring, the objective is to identify any circuit breakers, a tripped GFCI outlet, or a loose wire. Because RV marker lights are typically located on the corners and other vulnerable spots on the vehicle prone to bumping and accidental damage, these components are likely to experience some wear and tear. A more common case scenario presupposes ground to be provided through the bolts of the tail light assembly. I'm sorry, but you will need to talk to an RV Tech to fix this, it is quite complicated. Often the fixtures use the mounting hardware as a ground, but there are times when a ground wire will need to be added to that hardware to give you a bare metal to metal ground connection so the lights will work properly. The exterior lights are still working. If all the lights appear dim or you have no lights at all, check the trailer light harness at the tow vehicle. Trying to diagnose or fix one is a job best left to a qualified RV repair facility. The first thing we checked was that the switch was on. Locate the circuit breaker which provides power to the light switch and make sure it is not tripped. Threads: 35,278, Posts: 416,258 Sub-Forums : For a motorized RV, the power is generated from batteries that are connected to the alternator exactly like your car. Make sure the light bulb is the right size and type. If not, it may be time to get an RV propane regulator replacement. Also try resetting all circuit breakers in the converter and make sure that they are good. I have a 1997 Coleman Santa Fe popup camper. The pilot light is responsible for triggering the fridge burners. We checked all fuses, and they are fine. He received a $600 estimate to fix the problem. Any ideas? Don’t risk injury or your life. If you cannot trace the wiring then the next best course is to run new wiring (I know it might be a pain). It has worked since I installed it, but all of a sudden, it doesn’t illuminate anymore. Question: Where does one go to reset tripped outlets? These will run on propane gas or electricity depending on the model. If all the lights appear dim or you have no lights at all, check the trailer light harness at the tow vehicle. Your problem my be in one of the following: the converter, your power cord, the wires that connect your power cord to the converter, or the power transfer switch. Is there anything else I can check that might fix the problem? I tested all the outlets with a tester and got nothing except “open ground” reading on 1 outlet. Test for power at the breaker then follow the circuit to each outlet looking for a break in the circuit or a bad outlet. We have several pages on our site which have addressed similar questions, so we suggest these as resources for troubleshooting the problem. If contacting the manufacturer does not help then try asking the RV dealer or the former owner from whom you bought the rig. Hook up your trailer and connect the trailer light harness. The fact that some of the 12 volt lights also quit working seems to indicate that something cut/disturbed the wires both on the 110 volt and 12 volt side. Question: We have no power to outlets in our fifth wheel when using electric, but we do have it when we use the generator. The only outlet working is the one to the microwave. Can anyone help? Issue #1: The pilot light keeps burning out. There are many types and styles of outdoor lighting. With the switch for the light closed, the voltage feeds through the filament of the light bulb, and (loads) the neutral, but with a broken connection, and no complete path, the light does not work. Electrical Question: How do I fix an outdoor light that is not working right? Your transfer switch my be different but the procedures should be the same. Also make sure you have a good battery connected to the converter. Otherwise you will have to take it in to a repair place. Background: Mike, a Handyman from Princeton, Minnesota. If you cannot reset a breaker or switch, then you may need to trace the electrical circuit(s) that are giving you trouble. All the lights are working just not getting 110 to the GFCI or … I recommend running a jump wire from your frame to the last light in your sequence. A multimeter (see below) should show the voltage between the battery terminals between 13.4 and 14.5 volts DC; if not, the battery may be worn out and need replacement, or it may be low on water, or the converter may not be giving it any power. In addition to the cabin and shell, the trailers have kitchen sinks, toilets and full electric systems. The bunkhouse, bathroom, slide, and kitchen lights do not work. Lights Stopped Working - posted in Problems, Solutions & After Market: During the first trip with our 21RS last week, some of the lights stopped working. Any suggestions? We sometimes have to do that to get the outlets to work. Reset the circuit breaker. This current runs through the seven-way pin connector on a 5 th wheel or trailer. Then turn the propane tank valve on extremely slowly to allow the lines to become appropriately pressurized. So if you have modern wiring that goes to that same color in the camper, you may not have that function work on the camper lighting. Sometimes the wire filament inside the light bulb may be broken but when it is in certain positions it will make contact and light up, therefore a new bulb may be required. Dave, Electrical Questions and Electrical Answers, Boy Gets a Big Surprise From a Tesla Roadster, Replace a Switch with a Switch and Outlet. More about Types Of Outdoor Garden Lighting. Coleman camper trailers are pop-up style rigs. Camper refrigerators are not like your fridge back home. Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with hand tools and electrical troubleshooting skills. LED lighting was pretty much a no-brainer for us. We have the same trailer and those LED lights are hard wired not remote controlled. Check your vehicle's plug configuration. The outlet could be bad also. 3 – Recheck and reset (if needed) all your 120 Volt breakers in the main house panel after you turned on the generator. My walk through was not the greatest, and I don't see anything in the manual about the lights. The fixtures can go bad pretty easily if the camper has had water intrusion. I have an outdoor light that is not working right. Best bet is to pull the fixture and do a good look over and test for electrical current there also. Application: Troubleshooting a Problem with an Outside Light Fixture Circuit. Like breakers, GFCI’s have a finite life span. Check the fuse on the converter. This didn’t fix the issue. All the outlets and exterior lights work fine. Some light fixtures within an RV can have switches located on a control panel. But it is possible that it is a ground issue. I would try a few simple things first. The right side light does not work – no brake light or turn signal. If possible, swap out the LED bulb with a new one and see if the light begins to work. Thanks, Dan I’ve always had good experiences with Coleman Pop Up Parts, and they have a great selection of interior camper lighting. If the turn signals are not working, locate the fuse block that contains the circuit for them. It shows how to diagnose power transfer switch problems. If you have a GFI outlet reset that too. How to Repair Outdoor Light Problems, Typical Light Fixture Problems to Look for. With a q-tip or cloth, gently clean away the battery acid. This is for a 26ft TrailCruiser by TrailLite. However, if you feel comfortable working on the converter you can check to make sure that all of the converter connections good and tight. Wait a few minutes, and the pressure regulator will reset itself. One or two lamps not working is one thing, but no lamps working leads me to believe a fuse has blown on the trailer or there is an open in that circuit. That means the fridge will include a burner jet, also known as a pilot light. How do I fix an outdoor light that is not working right? The main trailer connector grounds and the grounds for each of the lights need to be attached to clean and corrosion free bare metal surfaces. Make the Correction: Repair the damaged wire and clear the fault. We have changed the bulb but still nothing. Just be ready to dig deep in your pockets if it takes them a long time to find the source of the problem. If you do not have an owner’s manual, contacting the manufacturer may shed some light on the problem. But we can offer a few thoughts. For instance, the light fixture above our sofa has a switch near the steps, this is also where our 12v on/off switch is located. Answer: Here are a few thoughts. 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