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Old 10-07-2019, 07:18 AM   #1
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Hi! I recently inherited a 1976 hi-lo trailer which has been sitting for about 5 years but was reportedly in good working order up until then. I don't know anything about trailers but am trying to see if I can get it functional. I've learned a ton from these forums but I'm stuck and hoping to get some advice.

The battery was dead, so I hooked it up to the car battery and raised the top. Then I replaced the battery with a new one and everything seemed to be working fine, and i also plugged it into shore power. Another day or two and I go to lower it and the battery is dead. Turns out the pin from the breakaway breaks had been removed and also the converter was tripped and wasn't working. I turned back on the converter and got a new pin, but the battery still wasn't working. I exchanged the battery for a new one, but it's still not giving any power to anything in the trailer including the lift, lights, etc. I cleaned the terminals. Still nothing. Any ideas on what the problem might be??
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Get test light and follow juice...DVM is ok of course ...Maybe switches at door...we startin slow..and basic
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:30 PM   #3
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Did you check the circuit breakers near the battery? They look like little metal boxes with two threaded terminals on them. There may be a reset button on one side. Press on the buttons to see if they may have popped. Some circuit breakers, maybe newer, are automatic reset and have no buttons. A test light would come in handy for checking them.
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Thank you so much for the tips, sounds like I need to get a test light and do some investigating...
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