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Old 05-23-2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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Weekend trip, need help with toad lighting and a/c

I just got back from a little weekend get-a-way and it was a fight the whole weekend. First off this was my first weekend with my toad since I had it set up, after I got it set up I carried it for a little tow to make sure everything was in good working order and everything went well, when I got ready to go this weekend the blinkers and brake lights on the toad would not work, the tail light worked fine. I checked the wiring and lights on the toad and they were good, I finally got the volt meter out and checked the plug on the back of the motorhome. The blinkers and brake lights were not getting power at the plug on the motorhome, I traced the wiring as far as I could and and it went up to the front of the coach, I check the fuses in the panel in a bay in front of the driverside front tire and the fuses looked good, does anyone have a suggestion on where to look? BTW the light on the motorhome work the way they should. This is on a 2005 MADP.

The second problem was the front overhead a/c, it would run about 10 minutes, cycle off before it reached the target temp. and after a few minutes it would come back on. I'm thinking it's a bad thermostat, high pressure in the compressor or a capacitor gone bad, does anyone have any primative idea's I could check out. I did talk to an a/c man and he suggested I clean the coils, if they are dirty they could cause a high pressure situation so I need some guidance on cleaning the coils.

PS. If you've read this far and would like to hear about my other problems here they are. Like I said this is the first trip with my toad, when I did the test tow I decided I needed a drop receiver and I ordered one, when I was hooking the toad up for the trip the tow bar wouldn't slide in the receiver, the powder coat on the inside of the receiver had to be filed away before it would fit. I put a decoupler on my two wheel drive truck to use it as a toad, when I got home yesterday and unhooked the toad, the decoupler would not re-engage and I had to get someone to tow me home. After I got home I found out the drain in the tub was stopped up. Anyhow it looks like I'll be busy taking care of problems for a little while.

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Old 05-23-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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I have an Essex and there is an inline fuse for my brake and signal lights off of the positive side of the chassis batteries. Its a plug in right on top of the batteries. You might check there. My cord from the coach to the toad plug had a short. Actually they didn't tighten the wire connectors tight inside the plugs.

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Old 05-23-2011, 07:47 PM   #3
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Check in a basement compartment on the passenger side,near the rear wheels. You may find like two 4 x4" black boxes,one of them has the Toad fuses in them.That is how it was on an 05 Kountry Star.
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