Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Benfishin

Problems w/ my electronic system

3 posts in this topic

First I will preface that I just got a new battery so the battery isn't the problem. When I turn my main power switch on the gas gauge goes up. If I try to engage(turn on) the areator or bilge it appears to short out and the gas gauge goes back down like I turned the main switch off. The aerator or bilge do not come on. The only thing that works are the interior lights and front and rear lights. Any idea what the problem would be? I have checked all the fuses on the main panel and they are fine. To me it must be a short some where. If have no idea where to start. Any idea's what the problem is?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It doesn't sound at all like a short, but, rather an open circuit. You have voltage until a load is applied to the circuit, then you are losing the current carrying ability of the circuit, and everything goes off. Time to start checking all the connections, first being the battery leads, all power and grounds, then right on down the line, move harnesses and wiring around while the switch is on and things are off and see if it will come on and off while moving wires, then narrow it down. Could be time consuming or you could get lucky and find it right away.

Good Luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Capt Don,

It worked for now. All things up in running. What I'm afraid of is things getting jostled around in transit and on the water. Thanks for the help. I'll buy you a case of beer when I get up to Rydens this summer!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Just use plain old spray paint in a can. I've done it many many times and seems to stick really nice. Nothing special either I can't even tell you the brand because I have no clue. But as mentioned doing 2-3 light coats helps.
    • no expert here, but heat doesn't rise. heat radiates in the direction of least resistance (R value). warm air or water rises because it is less dense than colder air or water.  If you don't insulate you will be heating the ground under your cabin and the earth is a very large heat sink $$$. get some info from an expert in the radiant field as far as tube diameter, spacing, water temp, manifolds, length of runs, and so on. it varies on amount of windows (solar) ceiling height and room type (bed, bath, living area,  storage etc.). once you pour over the tubing you get to live with it. I did my own Home 15 years ago and got some good advise (wish I would have taken it all)
    • Sonar works from above, cameras need to be submerged. What am I missing here?
    • I've also had good luck spray painting PVC.  Biggest thing I found is to do lots of light coats, the PVC makes the paint want to run in a hurry.
    • I believe you can do this with the Lowrance HDS 9 and above.
    • I'll go with another loss in overtime.
    • Calling a win tonight, it's going to happen!
    •   You'll probably run into plenty of "experts" among the experts, too...   Floor heat is nice, but definitely not the best option if you're looking for the best efficiency, since it is a slow recovery system.  If you were looking for efficiency and lowest cost, I would suggest looking into a mini-split heat pump to complement the gas furnace if you have off-peak available.   (Disclaimer: Not an expert either, but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express a few times.)      
    •   Same here. I have 3 of them. Use them in the SUV, Boat, Snowmobile, and Dual Sport bike. They seem to work better on my sled in the winter with no issues at all over my old ifinder which would eat batteries in the cold. They are discontinued but you can still find them out there on the List or bay once in a while. I like them as they are a crossover and can be used on the road or with a lake map which is the main thing I use them for. Wish they would bring something like it back.
    • Ridiculous... but it would work.  Sorry to offend, guess I don't get quite so fired up about concrete.
  • Our Sponsors