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Camplite Truck Camper / Fuse panel issues?
« on: May 03, 2017, 03:06:23 PM »
After buying my 2012 Camplite TC10 truck camper I had a few issues.  Something blew the first night and the main light bank (overheads - switch by the door) went out.  BTW, the kitchen light and bathroom light still work but the other 4 on the same switch by the door went out (have checked switches on the fixture themselves as well).  I checked the fuse panel and breakers (we were on shore power) and no issues.  After getting home with the camper, I pulled all the fuses and found an undocumented blown 15a fuse at the bottom of the board ( I originally thought these were just spare fuses).  I replaced it but still nothing.  I rooted around in the old forum and found out about the 7 way plug fuse hidden under the sink - sure enough, that was blown as well.  Changed it out and still no interior overhead lights although I didn't expect that given the listed task of this fuse (camper not on truck either).

I have dropped the 2 main light fixtures and found the aluminum shavings many have mentioned and cleaned that up.  I checked bulbs of course and they were fine but I replaced them with LED's while I was at it.  I haven't pulled the ones in the cabover bed yet but I will to clean aluminum shavings and replace bulbs. 

I had some charge in the battery early in the trip when I bought the camper (took a long road trip to buy it) but it completely died at some point.  When I got home there was no acid over the plates and even after replenishing with distilled water it wouldn't take a charge so I expect it shorted along the trip.  I, in turn, bought a Lifeline group 31 XT that fits in the battery box and have battery power in the camper now. 

I should also mention that the TV fuse blew during the trip for some reason.  I guess we had a power surge from something?   

I guess my questions are, has anyone experienced anything similar?  Could it be a power surge took out this circuit?  It seems like the 15a fuse would have blown.  I can see a small discoloration beside the fuse holder on the circuit board but it's not green like corrosion and it's not on the fuse holder.  It's a small dot of red beside the fuse.  I haven't pulled the whole fuse box yet to view it from behind yet but I guess that's next.  I was thinking I could always pull the wires from the fuse box and connect them to a separate fuseable link but I'm not sure how that would affect the A/C circuit?

Anyway, any suggestions or things to check are greatly appreciated.  I'm running out of ideas.

Many thanks, Matt

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Camplite Truck Camper / New member intro and picture
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:40:06 AM »
Just bought our first truck camper after several years of looking.  Found a lot of old wooden framed rotted and delaminated TC's in NC in the budget I wanted to keep within.  Finally expanded my search westward where there are many more.  That plus all the rotted, leaky, and delaminated TC's I had found pushed me toward the Camplite models.  I ended up buying a Camplite Quicksilver TC10 in Colorado.  Seems to be a really good fit for our family with the top bunk over the couch and the low maintenance construction.  Here is a picture after picking it up in Colorado.  It was my 9 year old's spring break so we made picking up the TC an adventure.  Spent some time in Colorado Springs and Estes Park - Rocky Mountain National Park.  A few small issues on the initial trip like a bad battery but we were fairly well prepared. Camped our way back home for great family memories.

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