Caravan 12v fridge power solution followup

Submitted: Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 21:03
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Hi all. I asked on here a few weeks ago regarding the 12v power supply to my van fridge not operating. One helpful reply told me that the 12v should go directly to the fridge. (Mine seemed to go to the Setec distributor/manager) On the weekend I decided to trace the wiring and found the fridge wires,+ and - had been taped in the wiring harness and run up into the area where the Setec is installed. After releasing the harness and pulling it back into the fridge cavity I found the two wires wrapped up in red electrical tape that disguised them to look like part of the harness. Once I discovered this I was able to trim them back and attach them into the feed block where someone at the factory obviously forgot to put them. All has ended well. Cheers,Bob

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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 21:57

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 21:57
Good find Toyo, did you check the polarity before you connected? And I would send these pics to the factory just for a reminder to them
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 06:17

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 06:17
Hi Bonz. No problem with polarity as I had traced the wires from the plug at the front. It had me buggered why I had power to the Setec with the vehicle ignition on. Turns out that was the onboard battery charge wire from the Prado and the fridge wires had been wrapped in with it. With all the other wiring down in the cavity it was impossible to see. Cheers, Bob

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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 16:50

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 16:50
Well done to track it down, sometimes the simplest things are overlooked cause they are too far off the beam
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 22:48

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 22:48
hi toyocruisa
this is a good result
but also shows that all systems aren't tested as they lead us to believe
the more one can learn and do yourself these days the better off we all are in the long run
never stop learning how everything functions and how to remedy problems you can save a small fortune and frustration
cheers and enjoy your travells
barry
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Reply By: guy007 - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 15:45

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 15:45
Hi,
Interesting that the wires are Red and White. My Jayco features White for Negative and Black for positive. When adding you own wires you have to be a bit careful after being used to black as Negative!!!
Guy
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Follow Up By: Member - Lyndonc56.TAS. - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 17:05

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 17:05
Interesting observation Re: the wire colours. I also have a jayco and noticed the same thing. I am lucky to have a brother whom studied electrical engineering and circuitry for many a year and so was able to ask him over the phone LAUNCESTON-WANGARATTA, and he soon set me straight. Why, oh why do they do this, as I am sure many a handyman has been fooled by the same. Why not leave the wires RED and BLACK so no confusion can Reign over the masses. Incidently, whilst on the jayco circuit and fuse boxes. Some of them can not be repaired if the diodes and resistors blow, as the components are not available as spare parts. A whole new fuse box and connectors has to be purchased. In Jayco poptop trailer vans the fuse box is located under the seat, and if you remove the plastic grill, you will see all the fuses lined up, so if any circuit is not working, check these fuses one by one and you will possibly find a blown fuse is your problem. If this doesn't work, check inside your cupboards and you will find inside one of them a fuse trip switch, similar to your house fuse, which may have tripped. Switch it off and then back on, then all should be fine and dandy. Cheers, Cashman,
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 19:59

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2011 at 19:59
Have to agree with you there Guy. As you can see the fridge wires are red + and Black - and then the harness wires that join to them are pink + and white - The Setec has one Black wire which is + The rest are white and some are + and some are - Sure makes it hard to trace circuits. Cheers,Bob

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