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    Camping for fun New Member

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    I didn't know that there was so much maintenance with the battery! My hubby and I are new to camping and don't know a whole lot. I do understand that for the outlets to work we need to be plugged into an external power source. And that the battery will run the lights inside the camper only.
    But what is this about adding water? That part confuses me. Can someone please explain?
     
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    You need to check the levels in the cells occasionally . Remove the caps and look in the cells. The acid (water) needs to cover the plates. Normal charging will boil the water off.
     
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    I am not sure my batteries even have caps to allow it to be checked anymore. But if you do, use distilled water.
     
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    If you have a sealed battery you don't need to worry about water. If the top of the battery doesn't have obvious screwable caps its a sealed. The battery may say "maintenance free" on it.
     
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    If dry camping, shouldn't the battery turn on lights if fully charged and all fuses are good? I didn't think anything had to be plugged in along with a full battery to get lights. Please help
     
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    What are you camping in? Assume a PU. Many post say there is a galley switch or a switch on a roof support that has to be made. There is also a connection to the roof that needs to be checked.
     
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    Your lights are 12V. They should work fine as long as the battery has charge. Electric outlets, on the other hand, will not work unless plugged into shore power.
     
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    They will not go in and I'm not sure what I'm looking for regarding a connection on roof inside or switch on a roof support? Checked all fuses
     
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    Not sure where a roof support switch is located or switch
     
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    Location depends on your pup. Many are triggered when a flip-over galley is put into position. on our Coleman Cobalt, we had to add a pad of wood on the bottom of the galley to trigger it reliably. Another locations I've seen mentioned is under the lip of one of the bunks, so it's triggered when the bunk is pulled out.
    There are also connectors in the wiring, that may become disconnected. The wiring goes to the ceiling from the supply in the bottom section of the pup. Usually, it is routed through a sleeve in the canvas at a corner or next to one of the lifter arms. It is then routed along the roof side board, between the canvas and board. You can chekc for any disconnected connectors along those paths.
     
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    What is the year, make, and model of your pop up?
     
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    Thank you for your help
     
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    We have a 2009 palomino y series, model 4102
     
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    I think there's a lighting kill switch where the galley folds down. It might look like this:
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    Okay. Mine looks like this and why that hose is there, I don't know! Thanks for your time
     

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    The hose with the yellow cap looks like a gas line for a stove to me. The wires coming out of the galley area and going up the post lead me to believe that your kill switch is somewhere on the bottom of the fold down galley, out of the picture.
     
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    hopefully, this is a better picture. There are two silver knobs above that black hose that goes off to the left. I believe those two little knobs are the kill switches.
     

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    I believe you are right about the switches.
     
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    Well now I will have to come up with another plan to get lights. Thank you
     
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    Did you check the switches to see if they're working? If you don't know how, we can probably walk you thru it.
     

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