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Old 10-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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Wiring 7.3 Minuet

In checking out the wiring in my minuet I find that the ceiling plug is dead. I pulled the plug and disconnected the wire and there is still no electricity. Can anyone tell me where the wire to the ceiling plug connects to the rest of the wiring loom?
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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Greetings Bruce!

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In checking out the wiring in my minuet I find that the ceiling plug is dead. I pulled the plug and disconnected the wire and there is still no electricity. Can anyone tell me where the wire to the ceiling plug connects to the rest of the wiring loom?
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From your description, I am guessing that your Minuet does not currently have an air conditioner and likely never was so equipped. Our Minuets were something of an "economy-minded" coach, and the air conditioner preparation package was evidently an option for those coaches not ordered with air conditioning (despite its being listed as an option, my belief is that it was an option installed on all non-air conditioned Minuets). The outlet and wiring is present but not connected. You should find the end of that power cable in or very near your 120-Volt AC circuit breaker box. To power the circuit, you will likely need to add a circuit breaker and connect the loose end of the cable to your breaker box.

Argosy an Airstream share many similarities, and the fact that air conditioners were not installed in an existing roof vent opening is one. That outlet disappears when an air conditioner is installed as the opening is cut in such a way as to include the outlet.

Good luck with your Minuet!

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Old 10-22-2013, 07:20 PM   #3
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Kevin: I followed your advice and not only did I find the wire in the fuse panel but also found out why it was not working; the fuse switch was off! So much for being so smart! It seems to me that most of the plug in receptacles are old and near junk. I think I should replace them all anyway. I was kinda wondering why there was a plug in the ceiling; now I know.
As long as I am asking questions I have seen over and over that people talk about the "banana wraps", just exactly what are they?
I now have the three rotten areas of the floor replaced and sealed with penetrating epoxy. The next task is to re-install the curbside wheel well which I had to remove to repair the wood damage at the back of the wheel well. Fun fun fun!
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Greetings Bruce!

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Kevin: I followed your advice and not only did I find the wire in the fuse panel but also found out why it was not working; the fuse switch was off! So much for being so smart! It seems to me that most of the plug in receptacles are old and near junk. I think I should replace them all anyway. I was kinda wondering why there was a plug in the ceiling; now I know.
Good to hear that it was a simple fix. On my Minuet, there wasn't a circuit breaker so had to had the circuit breaker to complete the installation. On my Minuet there was a blank plate with no outlet or other device behind the plate just the cable.

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As long as I am asking questions I have seen over and over that people talk about the "banana wraps", just exactly what are they?
I now have the three rotten areas of the floor replaced and sealed with penetrating epoxy. The next task is to re-install the curbside wheel well which I had to remove to repair the wood damage at the back of the wheel well. Fun fun fun!
Thanks again
Bruce
The Banana Wraps are the exterior aluminum that runs from the bottom of the wall (lower rub-rail) to the bellypan. On our Minuets, they were painted Metallic Orange (almost copper) in 1978, and in 1979 they were usually either white to match the predominate body color or color coordinated with the interior.

Good luck with your Minuet! I suspect that there are fewer 7.3 Metre Minuets than any of the other Minuet sizes as it seems the 7.3 was only produced during part of 1978 and the 1979 model year.

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