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Old 10-09-2016, 09:41 AM   #1
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12 volts system question

I am removing the top penthouse slimline fluorescent fixture. Do I just wirenut the 2 wires feeding it or do they need to be crimped together to make the circuit for the remaing lights on the circuit ?
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:12 AM   #2
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You can tape them off individually or use wire nuts if there is room, if you connect them together,you will have a short.
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:39 AM   #3
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Or better yet, wire nut and tape if there is room. Wire nuts can vibrate loose in a van...
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:42 AM   #4
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I am trying to find a short or problem in circuit so temporaly removing fixture, may upgrade to a led. Thanks Unsure about this 12volt wiring.
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:31 PM   #5
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Wire nuts should be banned in vehicles. Personally id use a rubber vacuum cap that you can get from any 1/2 decent automotive shop.
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If you can't get a tight fit, a bit of hot glue will do the trick. Also, disconnect the wire from the source (inverter / fuse panel) is always better than leaving a live wire running unconnected.
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Old 11-09-2016, 01:48 PM   #6
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No short found on this 2007 E350 rb50 passenger side fused circuit so running a new wire and circuit and replacing (abandoning) the old circuit.
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Old 11-16-2016, 05:35 PM   #7
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this is a follow up to the 12v short in the passenger side reading light circuit. After extensive trouble shooting the elusive dead short was not found. I suspect a lamp cord style conductor in the roof/penthouse, between the ceiling panel and the fiberglass top. since there was no apparent visible wire problem it was decided to abandon the circuit and run a new conductor (wire) from the fuse box . this was done by running a #10ga wire from the fuse box, to the rear on the floor surface, below the bed to a new house style junction box, mounted near the furnace, then up the corner of the van to the soffit area then forward to the passenger seat reading light. all the lights and a power port were connected in line and fuse placed in the junction box. A new wire was placed near the canvas top clear of the moving parts, and to the rear penthouse top reading light. The original 30 amp fuse was reinstalled in the # 2 spot in the fuse panel . E350 2007 RB50. with solar panels
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