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Old 01-07-2021, 04:03 PM   #1
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Default Trailer lights and plugs no power

Hello everyone,

I moved over to Comp Eliminator this year (hope you won’t hold that against me) on this s and SS forum lol. I have a 2016 Continental Cargo 28’ trailer I bought about 6 months ago. All the exterior lights work, running lights, turn, brake etc. inside it has about 6 small round lights running along the ceiling on a switch. They all work. Under the cabinets is a 4’ light on it’s own switch and it works. On each side is two small lights on a switch and they work. Now at the top of both trailer walls is two 5’ lights on they’re own switch nothing no power. Trailer has 3 plug outlets on the inside and two on the outside nothing no power. I hate electrical and never have learned enough about it (my fault). I checked the breaker box and both were in the on position not tripped. I tried resetting and that didn’t work. The breaker box has one labeled for plugs and one for the lights. As I mentioned most of the lights work just not the 4 running at the top is the ceiling. Appreciate any help.

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Old 01-07-2021, 06:07 PM   #2
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Sounds like the lights that are working are DC powered and the two 5' and outside outlets are AC without any power.
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Old 01-07-2021, 06:47 PM   #3
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make up a short cord just a footer so with a male plug connector on each end --plug one end into an extension cord and into a working 110 wall outlet plug the other end into a 110 outlet in the trailer ( you are back feeding 110 power into the trailer) see if the lights work---- as a previous poster suggested those 5 foot lites might be 110 and not 12 volt--also take test lite and see if you have power to the switch might also be a bad switch
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Old 01-07-2021, 07:44 PM   #4
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Like the others have said, you may have a separate "shoreline" 115 V system for some lighting and power outlets. My Wells Cargo is setup this way, it has a seperate power cord that can be plugged into a generator or to house or garage power. Does you trailer have a power cord like that? On mine, I had to buy a special plug from a RV store to adapt the trailers shoreline plug to normal household connection. On my trailer, the shoreline cable is wired into the trailers circuit panel.
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Old 01-08-2021, 12:33 AM   #5
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Sounds like those interior lights are fed by a 110V circuit, especially if they are florescent fixtures. There has to be a breaker panel located somewhere inside the trailer (possibly in the back of one of the cabinets?) that controls that circuit or at the very least a step-up inverter to provide the 110 volts. While it doesn't happen very often, I've seen wires severed by interior paneling screws. As was mentioned above, there should be a male receptacle, possibly under a weatherproof cover, that provides the AC power to the trailer.



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Old 01-10-2021, 03:06 PM   #6
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If you post a picture of the shore power cord and the cord you are using to power it from "where ever", I will be able to guide you through fixing it. Or you can PM me if you want.
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If you post a picture of the shore power cord and the cord you are using to power it from "where ever", I will be able to guide you through fixing it. Or you can PM me if you want.
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Ok I will. I can’t find a 110 male plug anywhere in the trailer. I’ll get a photo. Thanks
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Here is a photo of the trailer plug and the fuse box.
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thats a 50 amp rv plug, you can get an adapter 50 to 15 amp at a rv stove .plug into a 120 outlet and you should have pover to your outlets
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Get an RV adapter pigtail. 50A-125/250V to 15A-125V then your 120V panel will be powered up.
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