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Old 06-08-2015, 09:13 PM   #15
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Looking at my 2011, it looks like it goes to the positive solenoid connection next to the starter, and back into the fuse block. As to what it does, I have no clue. It probably relates to the battery isolator.

I don't have my schematic handy, but whatever it is, it needs to be connected to something.

And it's not at all hard to imagine them leaving it that way. There is little if any quality control at Airstream. It goes down the line, the installers do what the do in the allocated time to do it, right or wrong, and it keeps right on going regardless if they are done or not. They let the customer deal with it later if it's wrong, as is obvious here.


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I looked at mine and the split loom w/ a single wire goes forward and appears to be connected to something on the left (driver's) side of the engine block next to another connector. Since it's cable tied to another cable, I'm guessing that it's something Airstream adds and forgot to connect. Hard to imagine, I know.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:34 PM   #16
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Just curious-does your rear view camera work correctly when you turn on the ignition?
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:47 PM   #17
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I really appreciate folks looking into this. I have attached a photo of the starter and what looks like a spade terminal ready for a wire?
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That's where it appear to go on mine, or at least, a similar wire inside the plastic cable wrap is connected. Is the wire hanging down a white/brown with a lug to connect to the terminal? From the schematic, it seems that terminal three should be connected with a white/brown wire?
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It may be a Sprinter part, not AS. Check with MB? Jim
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Old 06-09-2015, 02:51 PM   #20
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That's where it appear to go on mine, or at least, a similar wire inside the plastic cable wrap is connected. Is the wire hanging down a white/brown with a lug to connect to the terminal? From the schematic, it seems that terminal three should be connected with a white/brown wire?
I'll triple check, but I am pretty sure the wire I found dragging was gray/sliver in color, not white/brown
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rwcmick- I got under mine and took some photos. Mine has those wires tied up in that rubber bag like thing I see in your photos. My first suggestion that they are from Airstream is probably wrong. I didn't think MB used the typical split tubing for their wiring looms. But I see that the infamous Y-cable from the battery to starter is covered with the stuff on my van. Here is a photo from the drivers side.
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As you can see those wires on my van are tucked into that rubber bag and tied off with a zip tie. I suspect it is for a Sprinter option we don't have. Could be for something like the optional diesel fired auxiliary heater that I think get mounted near this location. Probably best to check with a MB dealer.


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The wire on the 2011s is definitely going to something on the left side of the engine block as gmillerok1 said.
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Dragging wire

That is the heavy wire from the coach battery. The wire rwcmick posted in his photo is farther back coming from the top of the fuel tank.


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It is a grey wire-at least in mine. See attached (sorry about the poor image quality). The image is taken from the front slightly street side to orient you.
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Just crawled under mine and the gray wire is connected to the 1/4" spade terminal on the starter solenoid. No idea as to the circuit's function.
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Thank you very much for this info. Very helpful stuff. Is there a tech dept at Airstream I can contact to ask about this wire?
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This would be a Sprinter or Mercedes Benz problem, not AS. Go to the Sprinter forum for more info. I guess you could ask AS, but it is unlikely they could help unless this is a recurring Problem. Jim
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I believe you are are incorrect and it is clearly an Airstream issue, not a MB issue. For one thing, I believe only Airstream uses cheap plastic cable wrap like that on the vehicle.

But a quick call the Airstream would answer the question.


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