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Old 09-11-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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What happened?

Hi Streamers,

The auto fan above the couch wouldn't turn off on my 97 excella so I figured the Micro Limit Switch on the fan was shot. I went to my local RV supply store and they matched a "Sail Switch" that was almost Identical to the $20.00 switch for about 1/2 the cost.

Like a dummy I started replacing the switch and forgot to turn the power off to the switch. When I got down from the top of the trailer I noticed the radio had quit working and the lights over the couch and the step lights were not working. I checked out the breakers, but none were tripped. All the other lights seem to be working throughout the trailer.

It seems to me a fuse must be blown, but where?

Any help would be appreciated to track down the problem.

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Old 09-12-2009, 12:05 AM   #2
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The fuse panel is probably in the front of the trailer, behind the couch.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:03 AM   #3
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Found It!

At first I couldn't see where the fuses could be changed out without disconnecting the power leads going into them.

After reading the owners manual I discovered that the fuses have a little button on end of them (it requires a good light to see them). At first It looked like all the little buttons were in so I double checked them by pushing everyone in with the sharp end on my tester light. No go, the circuit didn't reset it must be something else I thought so I pulled the drawer out under the couch to see if there was an inline fuse or something there. Found an inline fuse, but after disconnecting it discovered it went to the gas detector and not the overhead lights.

Went back to the owners manual and looked up the power schematics and re-read. I told my wife It had to be in that fuse panel so I went back there and took another look. I decided to push every fuse button again and low and behold the lights went on. I guess I missed the button on the fuse in the top righthand corner, the little buggers are hard to see.

After a couple of hours of this adventure, I then tried the auto fan where I had previously changed out the Micro Limit Switch and realized that I was back where I started. The fan would not go off before and it will not go off now!

I think I'll just cut the power lead to the fan and put a toggle switch in

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Old 09-13-2009, 10:21 AM   #4
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Found It!

At first I couldn't see where the fuses could be changed out without disconnecting the power leads going into them.

After reading the owners manual I discovered that the fuses have a little button on end of them (it requires a good light to see them). At first It looked like all the little buttons were in so I double checked them by pushing everyone in with the sharp end on my tester light. No go, the circuit didn't reset it must be something else I thought so I pulled the drawer out under the couch to see if there was an inline fuse or something there. Found an inline fuse, but after disconnecting it discovered it went to the gas detector and not the overhead lights.

Went back to the owners manual and looked up the power schematics and re-read. I told my wife It had to be in that fuse panel so I went back there and took another look. I decided to push every fuse button again and low and behold the lights went on. I guess I missed the button on the fuse in the top righthand corner, the little buggers are hard to see.

After a couple of hours of this adventure, I then tried the auto fan where I had previously changed out the Micro Limit Switch and realized that I was back where I started. The fan would not go off before and it will not go off now!

I think I'll just cut the power lead to the fan and put a toggle switch in

Thanks

Hank
It's good you found the fuse panel, now you know where to look the next time you short something out...

I'd seriously consider installing a Fantastic Fan where your current broken fan is. They're quieter and move a lot more air. You can also call them and get parts sent to you, usually at no charge, if something breaks down the road.
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