2 – Check GFI outlet and reset if needed after you turn on the generator. The right side light does not work – no brake light or turn signal. On the 7-Way connector, check to make sure there is no corrosion built up where the wires attach. Or do you mean "the tail lights and the turn/stop lights work fine." I have an LED exterior light with dusk/dawn detector that I installed. We have a 2003 Coleman pop up Santa Fe with a World Friendship Co. Power Converter. Is there anything else I can check that might fix the problem? 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. The exterior lights are still working. That means the fridge will include a burner jet, also known as a pilot light. This 12-Volt system’s power comes from the chassis batteries that power the stop lights, turn signals, and exterior lights of the RV. Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections. Two types of a trailer wiring tester. Coleman camper trailers are pop-up style rigs. 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. 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. 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. Also make sure you have a good battery connected to the converter. As to your question, there is for the most part two locations to look for any power issues: #1) the first location anyone should look is the fuse box, it could be a tripped breaker if 120 volts and a blown fuse if 12 volt is the issue, then #2) this is the one most if not all miss, THE GFI OUTLET. 3 – Recheck and reset (if needed) all your 120 Volt breakers in the main house panel after you turned on the generator. 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. For a motorized RV, the power is generated from batteries that are connected to the alternator exactly like your car. Trying to diagnose an electrical problem remotely is difficult at best, but here are some things to check: Trailer is a 2002 33 foot Montana. If any of these terms seem foreign to you, then please do not attempt to do this. I replaced the light with new fixture and it will not work. 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. Once this is done, you can ignite a propane appliance, and it should work properly. The first thing we checked was that the switch was on. Remove the cable between the truck and the trailer and make sure that the connections are clean and tight. Troubleshooting. If not, it may be time to get an RV propane regulator replacement. Test for power at the breaker then follow the circuit to each outlet looking for a break in the circuit or a bad outlet. LED lighting was pretty much a no-brainer for us. Locate the circuit breaker which provides power to the light switch and make sure it is not tripped. 1 – Check generator circuit breaker(s) and reset if needed. If all the lights appear dim or you have no lights at all, check the trailer light harness at the tow vehicle. Reset the circuit breaker. I have an outdoor light that is not working right. Check whether the connections to the converter are loose. We have changed the bulb but still nothing. We sometimes have to do that to get the outlets to work. Any help would be great! Electrical Question: How do I fix an outdoor light that is not working right? 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. There must be a solid electrical connection to the contact surfaces of the strip. For a motorized RV, the power is generated from batteries that are connected to the alternator exactly like your car. 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. Check your vehicle's plug configuration. So as you see, if a gfi issue – it is not just that outlet. Test the light fixture. If all of the lights are connected on the same circuit and one of the fuses is blown, then the lights will not work. Outdoor Light Fixtures I am pretty sure the camper does not have a fuse box. Coleman camper trailers are pop-up style rigs. These campers have fabric tent-like sleeping quarters, a hard shell camping cabin and roof and a retractable ceiling. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician. How do I fix an outdoor light that is not working right? Answer: It could be a number of things that is causing the problem. Any appliance or lamp plugged into the receptacle will not work either. Other clues would be your electronic devices do not work as well. We sometimes have to do that to get the outlets to work. If it has not been replaced, then based on the age of the unit I’d look to replace it. 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. These will run on propane gas or electricity depending on the model. The only interior lights that work are the two main ceiling lights. My walk through was not the greatest, and I don't see anything in the manual about the lights. Physically inspect the light fixture for damage and replace the light fixture if necessary. 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. You may also want to check the power transfer switch – but please heed the caution above. The bunkhouse, bathroom, slide, and kitchen lights do not work. If you have a GFI outlet reset that too. Once you have determined that you do have power at the source then you can move on to the circuit itself. The only outlet working is the one to the microwave. A converter is a thing that charges the battery and makes the DC things work, just like your lights. If the running lights are not working, one of the first things to check is the presence of a blown fuse. Dave, Electrical Questions and Electrical Answers, Boy Gets a Big Surprise From a Tesla Roadster, Replace a Switch with a Switch and Outlet. If none of the lights work then you probably have a converter problem. 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. 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 you are seeing your lights dimming, your converter could be in trouble. I would try a few simple things first. Lights Stopped Working - posted in Problems, Solutions & After Market: During the first trip with our 21RS last week, some of the lights stopped working. This current runs through the seven-way pin connector on a 5 th wheel or trailer. 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. 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, One RV, Two Electrical Systems. First, your rig may have a panel of circuit breakers and/or a GFCI reset button. Some of these campers with the funny 6, 7, or 8 pin square connectors use a completely different set of colors for the wires. When we are plugged into electric the outlets in the camper work but the lights do not. If you have wiring diagrams it will be of great help. The test light should alternately go on and off – if not your problem is in the connector. I replaced all 11 of the incandescent marker light bulbs with LED bulbs and I left the tail lights alone. With a q-tip or cloth, gently clean away the battery acid. Then turn the propane tank valve on extremely slowly to allow the lines to become appropriately pressurized. If the turn signals are not working, locate the fuse block that contains the circuit for them. How to Repair Outdoor Light Problems, Typical Light Fixture Problems to Look for. Threads: 13,790, Posts: 110,566 ... Tent Campers and Pop Ups (25 Viewing) Tent camper topics including repair, maintenance and features. Dave’s Reply: Thanks for your electric wiring question Mike. Another indicator is your refrigerator having a hard time maintaining its temperature. 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). Especially the connector between cable and LED strip has to be checked, because this connector is very sensitive. Answer: Sounds like you are not getting any voltage to the right side. Wait a few minutes, and the pressure regulator will reset itself. I'm sorry, but you will need to talk to an RV Tech to fix this, it is quite complicated. If you do not have an owner’s manual, contacting the manufacturer may shed some light on the problem. If it were our rig, we would definitely consult the owner’s manual and wiring schematic specific to our RV. Make sure that each of tail lights is properly grounded. Make sure the light bulb is the right size and type. 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. 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 … I have flipped all the breakers and checked them with a meter. Hi. In the first case, separate wires come out of each tail light assembly and are attached to a metal frame. A more common case scenario presupposes ground to be provided through the bolts of the tail light assembly. 1 – Check generator circuit breaker (s) and reset if needed. Just be ready to dig deep in your pockets if it takes them a long time to find the source of the problem. If the circuit is tripped locate the problem within the circuit wiring. Question: Where does one go to reset tripped outlets? 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. What else could be the problem? Would the problem be the LED’s are no longer working? Kohree LED RV Porch Light Exterior Utility Light 12v Lighting Fixture, 320 Lumen, Replacement Lighting for RVs, Trailers, Campers, 5th Wheels. Your transfer switch my be different but the procedures should be the same. We have heard that a bad battery can cause similar problems. 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. This didn’t fix the issue. To tell if your RV converter is bad, you will start to see warning signs. Background: Mike, a Handyman from Princeton, Minnesota. Sometimes it’s even both. They usually run the lights and everything else in series. More about Types Of Outdoor Garden Lighting. This is for a 26ft TrailCruiser by TrailLite. The outlet could be bad also. The fixtures can go bad pretty easily if the camper has had water intrusion. 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. Don’t risk injury or your life. Check the fuse on the converter. So look for that and consult any specifications or manuals you have for your RV. Can anyone help? Answer: Is it the 12v lights or 110v? 4– Check for power leaving the generator. We knew we wanted to make the switch, I just wasn’t sure what type of bulbs to go with. if the generator is running it should allow you to turn on your lights. These campers have fabric tent-like sleeping quarters, a hard shell camping cabin and roof and a retractable ceiling. Hook up your trailer and connect the trailer light harness. 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. We have the same trailer and those LED lights are hard wired not remote controlled. Check your vehicle's plug configuration. You will be working with water, so you want to protect yourself and your coach from electrocution. I have a 1997 Coleman Santa Fe popup camper. In addition to the cabin and shell, the trailers have kitchen sinks, toilets and full electric systems. Double check all the wiring connections and make sure wiring splices are made correctly using the right connector. Answer: Here are a few thoughts. Consider these different types of light fixtures when planning your outdoor home lighting project. Usually this lights up the marker lights but this time it blew the fuse instantly. Installing motion detector lighting fixtures provide security and energy savings and they can easily replace an existing exterior wall fixture. If contacting the manufacturer does not help then try asking the RV dealer or the former owner from whom you bought the rig. Pull up a chair around the fire and introduce yourself. 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. 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. I know that the new light fixture works hard wired to an outlet, so the fixture works. You will have to identify the power source for the circuit to determine if you have power to the circuit. Have a helper stand back to see if the running lights, stoplights and blinkers are working properly. If all the lights appear dim or you have no lights at all, check the trailer light harness at the tow vehicle. It has worked since I installed it, but all of a sudden, it doesn’t illuminate anymore. However, if you feel comfortable working on the converter you can check to make sure that all of the converter connections good and tight. Since you have a meter you should be able to trace the problem from the outlet or light back to its source. In addition to the cabin and shell, the trailers have kitchen sinks, toilets and full electric systems. I have an outdoor light that is not working right. Thanks, Dan Hook up your trailer and connect the trailer light harness. 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. 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