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Old 09-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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Fuse Question

Where can I find/purchase "glass type in-line blade Fuses" for my 2006 Country Coach Inspire? These are not the usual blade fuses, rather the ones encased in the rectangular metal casing.

These range from 6 amp to 30 amp and mostly I need the 20 amps to run my wipers and galley lights. I have been trading one off and on (depending on the weather) and looking high and low (from NAPA to Camping world) for these silly fuses.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

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You might contact CC directly to ask them where the fuses might be had.
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:58 AM   #3
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Any automotive store will have them. Radio shack may still have them too.
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What do the metal type do differently than the plastic blade type?
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What do the metal type do differently than the plastic blade type?
Absolutely nothing. The plastic fuses take less space. I have not seen nor looked for slow blow fuses in blade models.
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Likely the metal case was just the supplier they bought from.

Those Automotive blade fuses come in 3 sizes, An Auto parts store carries all 3. I know (the hard way).

Of course the phrase "Blade fuse" can describe some non-automotive types too. But I'm not going there today.
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Long before plastic was used in dash and fenders they used metal. The glass probably provided a great clean and dry environment for a piece of wire designed to melt when certain current limits are met. At one time I carried hundreds of the glass fuses. They do have a great advantage in being able to visually check them. I have changed thousands of them and bought tens of thousand.
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I think they really act as a sort of circuit breaker and blade combo. When one originally blew and i replaced it with a simple blade fuse, the tail lights stayed on. The minute I put the other one in that slot the lights went back to normal operations.

I'm still confused.
I think I will continue the hunt and contact CC too!

Thanks for the suggestions.
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I don't understand what you are saying.

Sounds like you have some other issues beside a blown fuse such as a bad fuse socket that is loose or shorting on occasion.

A fuse is a fuse and simply burns open when overloaded. There are slow blow fuses that look like they have little springs inside because they do that handle surge currents a bit over the rated fuse limit.
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Like Kelly, my rig has plastic fuses with color coded jackets and a very few metal jacketed fuses in the chassis fuse box.

I have not switched each for the other to find out what the difference is. But the metal jacket fuses are intermingled on the fuse board with the plastic jacket fuses.

None of my metal jacket fuses have failed in 18 years. Not so true of the plastic ones.
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Some of the ones in metal are circuit breakers they are self resetting until they fail completly
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Finally found the fuses at a local auto parts store. Thanks to everyone for the ideas and suggestions!!!

They are called "relay" circuit fuses. And these newer ones come with their own reset button like a GFCI idea. Very awesome. Bought lots.

Yay!
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Finally found the fuses at a local auto parts store. Thanks to everyone for the ideas and suggestions!!!

They are called "relay" circuit fuses. And these newer ones come with their own reset button like a GFCI idea. Very awesome. Bought lots.

Yay!
I have the same fuses and had problems with the light fuse, would not stay on so I pulled it and turned it over and had no more problems. I will have to look for these "relay" circuit fuses to have on hand because they are a different kind of fuse. Thanks for posting your find
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