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Old 04-04-2015
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Default 2001 LXI Power Reel

My power reel 50 amp cord has always been a bit flakey where it works when it wants it feels like it. So I finally got frustrated enough to take our the panel and have a look. My first guess was that it was the stop switch but in testing power to the 'in/out' switch, I don't seem to have power. So I've spent the last hour searching the WOG for the fuse location and only found 'rear panel', is this panel located over the bed?

I'm really hoping it's not an issue with the motor because based on the location I'll have to train a monkey or build a robot to replace that.
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where the cord goes through the rollers you will find a micro switch,i think thats your problem.
the cord has to be supported before it powers in or out.
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Randy,

The stop micro switch should only stop the retract, but now the motor will not extend either.
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I found the DC breaker #25 needed to be reset. The fuse is located in the panel above the bed in the access panel to the the rear camera. After reseting this, my power reel began functioning as expected. I was under the impression that the white rollers had some sort of sensor which is not the case. So now I am back to the drawing board on why the power reel decides not to rewind (maybe it doesn't want to leave?). So basically I tore apart the panel apart for no good reason, but I did take pictures to prove it happened.

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so,the guide rollers on the outside do not have a switch in them?
i sure thought they did!
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Randy,

So did I. I couldn't see behind it, but I could not feel any wires or could I see any wires coming from the rollers. I'm guessing there is a sensor closer to the motor which senses tension. I do feel pretty dumb now bouncing the power cord around the rollers thinking that would help.
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The 3rd photo is interesting...
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So did I. I couldn't see behind it, but I could not feel any wires or could I see any wires coming from the rollers. I'm guessing there is a sensor closer to the motor which senses tension. I do feel pretty dumb now bouncing the power cord around the rollers thinking that would help.

I did the same thing,i still do the same thing!
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I solved the problem by getting rid of the power reel, now just feed the cable in and out of the space the reel was in from the outside by hand. Just as fast as using the reel. I didn't like the idea of slip rings.
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We had to move campsites this morning due to flooding at the campground (Lake Tawakoni). The power cord retract is not retracting. For the moving, we just put it on the roof and tied it to the goat rail.

I found this thread and we've tried resetting the #25 breaker in the DC breaker box over the bed behind the backup camera. I tried resetting all of the breakers in that box over the bed. I've pulled out #24, 25, and 26 breakers and reseated them. We also checked the continuity of breaker 25 and it was good. Nothing seems to have helped. I've looked through the various diagram packages we have, and I cannot find a diagram that tells what those various breakers control.

We're going to head out and try taking the panel off the retraction area... but if anyone has any suggestions, we would love to hear them!

By the way, it is still raining, and the lake is still rising...
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