Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Alpine Coach Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-05-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ridgefield, WA
Posts: 7
Chassis fuse panel

05 Alpine 34fd. Cannot find the chassis fuse panel. Looking for fuse that controls eng service bay trouble light and auto battery filler. Looked everywhere and cannot find common fuses for coach lights, wipers, etc. Owners manual references it but doesn't say where it is. Any help appreciated.
__________________

__________________
Niteflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-06-2013, 07:42 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Algoma's Avatar


 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 2,640
There is a panel directly in front of the passenger seat that can be pulled out. Everything is behind that panel. On mine there is a small strap on the left side to pull it out, but the design does change from year to year.
__________________

__________________
John and Mary Knight
2015 Newmar Ventana 4311 - wheelchair accessible
2015 Cadillac SRX Luxury AWD
Algoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 08:45 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Wil Rathke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 283
The '05's and later had the Vansco multiplex and electronic fuse system. There is a small fuse panel in the battery compartment which may fuse these items. If you cannot find a fuse, switch off the chassis power disconnect for about 30 sec and then back on. This seems to solve many problems.
__________________
2005 38FDTS
2011 Ford Edge
Fredericksburg, TX
Wil Rathke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 09:37 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Algoma's Avatar


 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 2,640
Wil, I knew they made that change but wasn't sure what year it happened. What's behind that front panel in your coach?
__________________
John and Mary Knight
2015 Newmar Ventana 4311 - wheelchair accessible
2015 Cadillac SRX Luxury AWD
Algoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ridgefield, WA
Posts: 7
Behind panel is the aforementioned Vanesco Multiplex and diagnostic ports plus some buss bars and other electrical connections, not a fuse in sight. On another subject, will switching the Chasis disconnect in battery compartment prevent draining of start batteries when dry camping?
__________________
Niteflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 01:31 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Algoma's Avatar


 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 2,640
Depends if anything is connected directly to the battery that bypasses the switch. Do you have a solar panel that keeps the chassis battery topped up?
__________________
John and Mary Knight
2015 Newmar Ventana 4311 - wheelchair accessible
2015 Cadillac SRX Luxury AWD
Algoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 06:44 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Auburn, CA, Havasu, AZ & Mulege, BCS
Posts: 5,217
Nite-

Your chassis "fuses" are mostly contained in self-resetting breakers in the Vansco VMM modules. On the back of the plastic kick panel in front of passenger's feet you may find a schematic showing the LED indicator meanings. In the ACA Tech Library under Chassis you'll find 5 files near the bottom that deal w/Vansco VMMs; your VMM logic is likely the same as the Apex schematic there.

There may be parasitic loads that would still drain the chassis batteries over time w/the disconnect OFF. You can check it w/an amp meter on the negative, but you have to disconnect the House negative from the joined House/Chassis so you are reading only chassis parasitic loads as there may be House parasitic loads also draining thru the neg cable.

The start batteries should be good for several days dry camping; if you run your gen & the charger is ON you should be connecting the House to the Chassis (with LED# 19 on the rear Vansco lit it turns ON the connecting solenoid to join House to Chassis) once House voltage gets up to ~13V. If that isn't happening (the charge solenoid is inside the black box on back wall of the battery compartment), then the solenoid contacts are likely worn out due to arcing over time & the solenoid needs replacing.
You can "search" on this forum for LED 19 or charge solenoid and you'll get a number of long discussions on the theory & reality of operation.
__________________
Baja-tested '08 2-slide 36'
Alpine: The Ultimate DIY'er Project
EngineerMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ridgefield, WA
Posts: 7
Yes I do have a solar panel on top but can't honestly tell you how it is wired. The brochures that came with the coach lead me to believe it is direct wired to the start batteries but to be honest I don't know. I am trying to figure out how to test it's output and how it feeds into the batteries. Any experience with this?
__________________
Niteflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2013, 06:46 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Algoma's Avatar


 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 2,640
I do not have a solar panel so can't help there. My chassis battery will start the engine after 2 months without charging and NOT using the disconnect switch if that helps.
__________________
John and Mary Knight
2015 Newmar Ventana 4311 - wheelchair accessible
2015 Cadillac SRX Luxury AWD
Algoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2013, 06:17 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 222
My '05 has a fuse panel in the box on the wall behind the batteries. In that box is the fuse that connects the small solar panel to the engine battery, as well as several other fuses for things that are not on the vansco. There should be a nearby diagram of what the fuses are for; if not,let me know and I'll take a photo of mine.
By the way, visually check the solar panel. Mine and other's became covered with a tar like substance with time and quit working, Also as Mike mentioned there are listings of what the vansco controls on the ACA website. Good luck.
__________________
Matt & Lorraine Moniz
'05-36MDDS Alpine / '14 Honda CRV
Sunnyvale, CA
zinom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 08:14 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 51
Hi Mike…It's been quite some time since I had to ask for your help, but I need you to clarify something for me. Our 2004 Alpine 36MDDS has a battery disconnect switch in the battery compartment and one inside the coach on the right side wall of the step entry. I've always assumed (uh-oh) that the inside switch was for the house batteries and the outside switch for the chassis batteries. Here are my questions:

1. Is my assumption about the purpose of the switches correct?
2. What exactly does the switch in the battery compartment switch off? It appears it is not a total battery shut-off switch as something is draining our batteries within three weeks of non-use. (I notice I can power up the refrigerator with both switches in the off position.)
3. If the outside switch does not totally disconnect the chassis battery, would you recommend installing another disconnect switch somewhere? Where? Are you aware of anyone who has done this?
__________________
John and Susie Balistrieri
San Diego, CA
2004 Alpine Coach 36' MDDS; 2013 Honda CR-V
SusieBee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 11:20 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Auburn, CA, Havasu, AZ & Mulege, BCS
Posts: 5,217
Susie- 1. Yes.
2. Everything except what is direct connected to the batteries before the switch. My 06 had~1.6A drain all the time unless I disconnected the negative cable from the batts.
3. See #2 above about disconnecting the batt negative; you would have to accomplish that. Don't know anybody who has done that w/a switch, those who try just disconnect the cable
__________________
Baja-tested '08 2-slide 36'
Alpine: The Ultimate DIY'er Project
EngineerMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2014, 11:40 PM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 51
Thanks Mike. Of course now I have more questions:

1. Why the negative and not the positive?
2. Did you ever figure out what was causing the drain on your '06?

Susie
__________________
John and Susie Balistrieri
San Diego, CA
2004 Alpine Coach 36' MDDS; 2013 Honda CR-V
SusieBee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2014, 09:34 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Auburn, CA, Havasu, AZ & Mulege, BCS
Posts: 5,217
1. Safety
2. Nope. Never looked
__________________

__________________
Baja-tested '08 2-slide 36'
Alpine: The Ultimate DIY'er Project
EngineerMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fuse, chassis



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Large power draw on chassis battery '94 Kountry Star omegacanuck Newmar Owner's Forum 54 01-31-2016 09:22 PM
Bounder: 1987 Bounder monitor panel fuse? ssenter Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 2 08-27-2013 06:34 PM
Where's the dang fuse panel??? '99 Four Winds Windsport ugly_duck Class A Motorhome Discussions 9 08-05-2013 12:31 PM
Winnebago Industries Receives Gold Award from Detroit Chassis Recycling Program DriVer RV Industry Press 2 07-25-2013 10:32 AM
Fuel Pump relay and fuel pump fuse location? workhorse chassis engine 7.4l jimmpr10 Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 1 07-23-2013 08:36 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.