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Old 01-04-2015, 09:39 AM   #1
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Steering Wheel Controls Issue

My coach is an '02 34' - Live in Colorado and have it winterized at this time. Prior to the end of the camping season for us, I noticed some erratic behavior from the controls on the steering wheel - i.e. the wipers would come on when I turned on the running lights. I've searched the forum and come across references to a "Smart Wheel" module. Is it possible that this module is failing in this case?
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:11 PM   #2
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Hi Phil and Shannon, and welcome to the Alpine Forum and iRV2!

I've seen it work the other way around: if you manually turn on the wipers, the Smart Wheel automatically turns on the headlights. It's a safety feature.

Have you looked at the 2 Smart Wheel files on the Alpine Coach Association website in the Alpine Tech Manual pages? You might find some helpful info there.

Also, anytime you have an electrical issue that you don't understand or think is incorrect, you should turn off the 2 battery master switches and then turn them back on. This resets many things. (In the case of an issue with the Inverter, unplug the little modular "phone" cord and plug it back in.)


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Old 02-08-2015, 04:10 PM   #3
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Smart Mod

I had a similar situation. While installing a new radio the horn and wipers started to operate. After a lot of searching I found the ground wire going to the mod up the steering wheel was not grounded. I searched and searched but could not find where the ground has disconnected. I added a ground to the wire and all works fine. Da a google search on Vehicle Improvement Products and you can download a manual for the unit.
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