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 1/29/2013 7:42 AM
 
 Modified By rooster2  on 1/31/2013 5:24:15 AM

All lights work on rv and tow ('99 Diplomat & 2011 AWD Terrrain). However, when I put the emergency flashes on I blow a fuse for running lights on rv and tow. Seems I need a diode somewhere else have 4 of them on tow car already. Anyone had this problem? Stowmaster has a wiring diagram on line I used for hooking up Terrain.


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 1/30/2013 11:07 PM
 

Could be you just need a larger fuse. What size is it? If you have a volt/ohm/ammeter, you can remove the fuse and, with the meter set up for DC amps, clip the meter across where the fuse goes and turn on your flashers. That should read your total amp draw for emergency ckt. Fuse should be slightly higher than this.

Good luck.

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 1/31/2013 5:32 AM
 

Pretty sure it is a 20 amp fuse - storage compartment under diver. The 2011 Terrain, I believe is a magneto system. Did tow a Toyota 4-Runner and only 2 diodes were needed. The volt meter is a great idea. I'm thinking it is going to show a short or feed back to rv causing a short. When Terrain is not connected to rv flashers work. Have an Amish cooling unit for refrig on its way. Rv is kept about 30 miles north, so we will be heading up to fix frig will take volt meter with me.


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 2/10/2013 12:21 PM
 

There are not many volt meters that can read 20 amps. Most of them are set up for mil-amps.

You might have to have a real amp meter.

You really need to know the wire size in the circuit, which usually determines the amperage.

Without knowing this, putting a bigger fuse in might melt your insulation on the smaller wire.

Once you find it, it's usually something simple that has been overlooked.

Good Luck


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 2/11/2013 9:29 AM
 

Have been busy going to rv and installing an Amish cooling unit for 1200LRIM. Maybe next trip will get on light problem. Have been thinking about it though and maybe one of the 5 diodes is turned in the wrong direction allowing current to flow back to rv. There is a cross over wire connecting both sides (at rear) I'm thinking this might be the dioide to check.


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 5/16/2013 10:08 AM
 

Finally got to the problem of blowing the emergency flashers fuse before our trip to Gulf Shores last month. Putting in another diode on the jumper wire (connecting left and right side together) on running lights fixed the problem. Also, the new Amish cooling unit for LRIM 1200 wife and I put in did great. On setting of 3 or 4 refrig got down to upper 20's in the day and mid 20's at night. Thermometer was on self by cooling fins. Thermometer on the bottom was slightly warmer. May need to get a circulating fan - anyone fixed one up to 120 volts or 12 volts? Nice having frozen ice cream again freezer mid to upper teens.


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 5/16/2013 5:47 PM
 
 Modified By RVA  on 5/16/2013 4:49:39 PM

Yes, I installed recirculating fans in both the freezer and refrigerator compartments of my Dometic side-by-side. Below are pictures of the Radio Shack 12v computer fans in both. They cost about $20/ea and don't draw much power (12v, 0.2A, 2.4W), so battery drain isn't an issue when dry camping. The red button on top of the light fixture turns both fans on or off. It was easy to get 12v power from this fixture, just be sure to tap into it BEFORE the refrig's light switch, or the fans will go off every time you shut the door. I drilled a small hole in the wall separating the two compartments to run the power line to the freezer fan. I'm not familiar with your refrig, but some newer units use a vacuum chamber instead of insulation and you wouldn't want to drill through that. My refrig is too old for that technology, but check before drilling. Having explained all this, I'm not sure the fans were worth the effort. I've run the refrig with and without the fans on and I can't notice any significant improvement. You might want to get one of those small portable battery powered refrig fans available at most RV stores, to see if a permanent installation is worth the money and effort. Good luck. - Dave

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 5/29/2013 8:58 AM
 

Thanks Dave, did try the 2 D battery fan. Did not do much if any good of course that was when old cooling unit was going out. After pulling refrig found problem may have just been evaporator fans - one or both had quit working. Was thinking about what you did glad you added "may not be worth the touble". Think we will go as is. Why fix something that is working... New Amish cooling unit with new heating elements and 2 new fans is doing the job. New cooling fans can be heard outside RV and are kicking better than when RV was new. Also, notice them cyclying not like with Norcold cooling unit and origional fans. What we did do on last trip was get 2 blue freeze packs and put one down where milk is. Other one is in freezer getting ready to be swapped out with one by milk. Your fan installation job is neat. Thanks again for your advice. Roy


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