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Old 02-08-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
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electrical improvement for under $0.10

I finally got around to doing something that should have done by AS and it's already paid a dividend. My fusebox lists the fuses by circuit, e.g. circuit #1, circuit #2, etc., but doesn't say what equipment is serviced by what fuse. To make it easier to troubleshoot, I took the wiring diagram and traced out all the items serviced by each separate fuse/circuit. This chart now resides on the inside of the fuse box door. Sure makes it easier to figure what may have caused a fuse to blow-wish I had done this sooner.

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Old 02-09-2007, 06:05 PM   #2
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Old 02-09-2007, 06:12 PM   #3
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Nice idea!

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Old 02-09-2007, 06:14 PM   #4
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This is the kind of information that we need. Keep it coming.
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:30 PM   #5
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i talked to aristream on this very topic last week....i just purchased an 07 classic and was amazed at the shoddy workmanship in the electrical area under the front sofa...nothing tagged...wires hanging/running everywhere...i too spent time with the diagram and fixed the problem....nothing worse than trying to figure out an electrical problem in 100 degree the way...the airstream customer service amnager said...sometimes...depending on the technician..they do tag wires...unbelievable...van
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:54 PM   #6
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Van, what most here don't understand is that the technology...if you care to call it that, of RV building, comes from the early mobile home arena. Like all production items a premium is placed on speed and cost during the assembly process.
That's why today even with so many years of building the Airstream shell we still see shoddy workmanship.
If you want to see a rats nest of wire just pull a vintage AS motorhome instrument panel apart.
How well is your new trailer insulated? I'm still at a loss on this topic. With all we know about energy efficiency and how solar gainful our coaches are how can we not get a better quality of insulation put in an Airstream.
I've been working on my old Coachman bookmobile this week in hopes of selling it finally. I'm amazed at how much quieter and well insulated that coach is vs. the AS. Don't get me wrong I'm not going back. Just am like you wondering how they keep making the same mistakes over and over again?
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:21 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Excella CM
... This chart now resides on the inside of the fuse box door. ...
In what appears to be a thing of the past, the house I grew up in had electric wall heaters in each room and a cental fuse box, as opposed to a breaker box, to supply power to everything. Although the house was only 1500 or so square feet in size, the box had quite a number of fuses.

Times then were lean, and my dad, who was extremely uncomfortable around electricty, used to pull the 200A cartridge-fuse main anytime he had to replace the outlet behind the sofa after it got smushed when one of the three kids launched ourselves, from a running start, into the television's best viewing spot.

Entering my early teenage-years, I discovered a certain fascination with electricity & home wiring, and decided to create a chart showing which fuse controlled what since, by proving that I had yet to electrocute myself, my dad "allowed" me to take over smushed outlet replacement responsibilities.

It was a glorious chart constructed with a straightedge & an Underwood Standard typewriter. I should have called the Tullahoma News to snap a shot of it. Subsequent to it's construction, if a light switch quit or an outlet went kaput, one quick look at The Chart revealed exactly which fuse needed to be removed for the offending part's R&R process.

Then, one day Mother's dryer quit. Opening the fuse box's door, I found that one of the two fuses on the dryer's 240 volt circuit had literally blown with enough fanfare to totally incinerate The Chart. I still remember that smell of smoked bakelite.

But you're probably okay with your chart.

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Great story, well do I remember the fuse panel on our 1915 house.

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