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Old 08-03-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 1988 Country Coach SE 36'

I have recently imported a Country Coach SE 36' Detroit diesel pusher to Australia and i am in the process of modifying it to enable it to be registered here,i have had it dual wired to 240/110v,i had to remove the propane tank as they do not comply to Aust.standards and install a lpg tank for the generator,i also installed 2x 9KG lpg gas bottles for the cooking ,refrig,water heater,and heating as they are the maximum allowed,the coach is in the process of having the steering moved from LHD to RHD which is being done using 90 degree bevel boxes and a cross shaft,i did not get a coach manual with the purchase only a chassis manual and i would dearly love to lay my hands on one as i am confused by the following 1,on the LHS of the entrance in the seat wall there is a box with "Black Bart" on it with a switch,light and dual control..WHAT THE HECK IS THIS.2.under the shelf under the sink there is a white plastic box with 2 wires running to the water heater WHAT THE!!!! 3.how does the inverter operate mine lights up and tests OK but i dont seem to get power to the power outlets,does the engine need to be running?4.the chassis and coach battery disconnect switches don't appear to operate any advice would be appreciated 5.on the LHS of the steering column there is a special circular key operated electrical switch WHAT THE!!!! These are the main problems i am trying to nut out any advice would be appreciated or perhaps help to where i could get a coach manual.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:00 AM   #2
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Al, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to trying to help you with your questions.
The white box is the direct spark ignition control board for the water heater. It is what make the water heater automatically work from a switch inside the coach.
The inverter will have to have 12+ volts feeding it and when it is turned on you should get 120 vac out. Depending on how large of inverter it is, it may only power one receptacle for the TV and Satellite or DVD VCR components. If you have a larger one you can have more receptacles feeding things like microwave and other areas. The inverter will not power the roof air conditioners.
The round key switch is probably to operate the leveling system.
You will need to have good voltage and diagnose the disconnect system to make repairs if it is not working properly. Do you have more than one? Can you give us any idea as to make of disconnect system?
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You might want to ask your specific questions in the Country Coach Owners Forum - somebody who actually owns one is your best source.
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Al, I don't see that you ever received reply to your '88 CC questions.
Black Bart is a burglar alarm, activated either by door switches or by sound in some units. The round key, left of steering column is on/off switch for Black Bart.

Lights on inverter control panel don't necessarily mean inverter is working. If your coach is arranged like mine, the right side outlet over bed, outlet over dinette seat and tv outlets are the only ones wired to inverter. If you don't have power at these outlets, chances are the inverter has died a natural death due to old age. Mine only lasted 23 years.

Hope this helps some.
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RE: battery disconnects. What is the status? Disconnects do not turn off the battery voltage flow or do not turn on the battery voltage flow?

If your outlets work with shore power, but not battery/ inverter power you might have a large fuse wired between the house battery and inverter (as I do) that is blown or your inverter is failed as previously suggested.
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