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Power in bed room went out change breakers and still has no power.Trace wire from electric box under home but can not trace any futher because it goes up into the floor and that one wire has no power to it at all.Where could i find a schematic for my 1993 topgun Imperial mobile home. Thanks, In the DARK.

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Check with a volt meter see if there power at the switch. Also did you check the bulbs?

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