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Old 03-21-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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fuse/circuit breaker

Upon arriving at the storage lot a fellow stopped me and said he'd been following me from the nearby interstate, and I had no rear lights except the brake bar (the skinny horizontal one). I thanked him, parked, and experimented: the tail lights go on when I put on the headlights (travel at night lights), but no brake, no turn (rear), and no four way flasher (rear). I looked in the compartment with all the fuses (under the driver's window-outside) and couldn't find anything labeled as such...looked around elsewhere, and couldn't find anything tripped or blown. Any ideas?
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Upon arriving at the storage lot a fellow stopped me and said he'd been following me from the nearby interstate, and I had no rear lights except the brake bar (the skinny horizontal one). I thanked him, parked, and experimented: the tail lights go on when I put on the headlights (travel at night lights), but no brake, no turn (rear), and no four way flasher (rear). I looked in the compartment with all the fuses (under the driver's window-outside) and couldn't find anything labeled as such...looked around elsewhere, and couldn't find anything tripped or blown. Any ideas?
Most trailers have a box located near the tail lights that separates out the turn signal lights from the stop lights and the output goes to the rear lights on the trailer. Mine had failed and I had no lights at all on the rear of the trailer. Check to see if yours are working at the trailer plug and the truck recepticle. If they are, follow the wiring until you find the trouble.
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Are you saying there's a box in the rear of my Essex, in the engine compartment, in which there is a control?
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:16 PM   #4
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Look on passenger side the compartment before the TV. Look up on the frame rail, there will be a plastic black box that will contain the fuses. Spartan uses a seperate fuse for the coach lights and the trailer plug. On the inside cover is the legend for the fuses. I shorted the cable for the plug to the coach. It took several phone calls to locate the fuse location.
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Ironman, thanks, I will check it out when I go to "storage", and will post my findings!
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soricobob,
Mine has a fuse panel in engine compartment on passenger side.It has a fuse for brake lights,etc in it.
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Don't have an Essex but same thing happened to us, pulled into golden corral off interstate 70 and a guy told us we had no tail, break or turn signals. Couldn't find a bad fuse but upon closer inspection found a side marker light wire melted next to the exhaust. Peeled it off the tail pipe split /stripped wires back a couple inches and put shrink wrap on it, then tied it bak where it should have been. We then had all rear lights.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:53 PM   #8
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I have an '06 Essex and there is a plug in fuse on top of the chassis batterys. Works the brakes and turn signal. It ain't marked.
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I'm making the list of options, and will check out the easiest (for me) first, then move on if necessary. Thanks for all the advice.
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Just pull out battery tray and look on top of the left side batterys and you will see a bunch of fuses tied into the positive leads. They are under black rubber covers. Took me 5 hrs and numerous calls to Spartan and Newmar finally found it. Had a short in trailer cord.
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Also there is a fuse panel up on the right side of the engine compartment. It's under the plastic cover with the Allison computer. I don't think that's it.
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Did you find it?
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Funny you should ask, as I just returned from storage, and successfully solved the problem (thanks to you)! The fuses in question were attached to the positive leads of the batteries serving the chassis (not the house). Like you said there were five, and two needed replacing. Whole operation took about 15 minutes (once I drove the 20 miles to the storage). Thanks again!!
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Chech your flex cable running from coach to toad. Mine was a blue-ox and they didn't tighten the screws to the wires tight inside the plugs and they pulled loose and shorted that fuse. Glad you got it fixed. Took me 5 hrs crawling under mine before I realised Spartan put the extra fuse and hot wire in there so the lights would work with the key off.
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