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Old 08-30-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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Anyone have to replace their air horn solenoid in a 02-04 Alpine Coach? We have an 2003 and my horn went dead and I need to know the location of the airhorn solenoid in my '03

Is this a DIY type job for a fairly capable handyman?

Since it is dealing with air...is there a value to turn off before attempting the job?

Thanks for any feedback.
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Anyone have to replace their air horn solenoid in a 02-04 Alpine Coach? We have an 2003 and my horn went dead and I need to know the location of the airhorn solenoid in my '03

Is this a DIY type job for a fairly capable handyman?

Since it is dealing with air...is there a value to turn off before attempting the job?

Thanks for any feedback.
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Old 08-31-2007, 06:10 AM   #3
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Here's the link to my post on the solenoid:

Air Horn Solenoid failure

In my 04, it was behind the steering column, about 2' off the floor. Use two wrenches to secure the valve and the fitting (or you'll twist the plastic tube).

It was hard to get to because of the driver seat, but I did it. Not the contortionist I was in my youth and ended up pulling a neck muscle...
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Eusefull,

We recently had to replace our air-horn solenoid on our 2000 FDS 36' and it seems WRV keeps moving it's location around from year to year. The technicians finally found ours behind the front cabinets about top center of the windshield and had to cut a hole in the back panel of the cabinets to gain access.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:44 AM   #5
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I have a 2003 34FDDS, and My solinoid went out too. The unit is not rated for continuous duty and if you are parked and jacks set, the air tank is empty. If you set something on the stearting wheel like a bed comforter, it will depress the air horn bar on the stearing wheel and activate the solinoid even though the ignition switch is off. You won't hear the horn as the air tank is empty, athus the solinoid will burn out after a very short period of time.

The solinoid is located at a level about the top of the CRT backup camera and is on the fire wall about 6" to the right of the CRT face. WRV tech replaced the unit annd I watched. It a one handed job and long arms are a must. It is very difficult to reach from either side due to all the wiring and vent tubing etc that tends to block access. I took the tech, who had obviously done this job befor, about 1.5 hours whith a lot of 4 letter words to help himself along. I'm a handyman and I wouldn't do it. Good luck!
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:58 PM   #6
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Hi Chuck and thanks for the feedback....however, I did go ahead prior to seeing your post and I replaced the solenoid myself. While you are correct, it was a little tight to get into the area, I was able to replace the part....however, the horn still does not work. ;-(

That said, my owner's manual says the horn has a 15amp fuse...do you know where that is? I looked in the cabinet below the bathroom sink and did not see a horn fuse.

Any help is most appreciated.
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Old 09-05-2007, 03:18 PM   #7
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my air horn problem has been resolved...there is a kick panel directly in front of the passenger seat that easily removes as it is velcro'd. There are several black boxes that open and in one of them I finally located the air horn fuse that sure enough was blown.
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