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Old 11-15-2019, 07:38 PM   #1
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Electrical issues - kick the ball!

Hi all,

Having an issue with the audible alarm on my 2004 Holiday Rambler Vacationer (36WDD) with Workhorse W22 chassis. I know it used to work, at least when you had the lights on and shut off the ignition. Pretty loud I and I sure didn't know what it was for a minute. It stopped working when a repair shop worked on the unresponsive cruise control. Have had it in three shops to get it to work (including the one who appeared to break it originally!) and no one seems able to fix. Just got it back today with a story that "Workhorse says it branches and is the coach manufacturer responsibility", Holiday Rambler won't help (even though repair shop is authorized Holiday Rambler shop) and neither will REV group (Workhorse problem!). Wiring diagrams for Workhorse don't show alarm wiring (at least the ones I have) and neither do HR diagrams. According to various docs, audible alarms should work for key in ignition, lights left on, door ajar and steps out at a minimum. Don't know if mine included all that - never thought to check.

Has anyone dealt with this issue, any thoughts as to where I could start looking? Have checked ALL visible fuses! Does you workhorse coach have alarms?

Thanks for any help!
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My 2008 W24 has an alarm for the headlights that is wired into the park light circuit.

It has one wire going to an ignition accessory wire and the other to the park lights.

When the lights are on, and ignition is on, there is 12 volts to both sides of the alarm, so it will not sound.

When the lights are on and the ignition is off, it will sound because it basically grounds through the ignition accessories.

Hope that helps.

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Hi all,

Having an issue with the audible alarm on my 2004 Holiday Rambler Vacationer (36WDD) with Workhorse W22 chassis. I know it used to work, at least when you had the lights on and shut off the ignition. Pretty loud I and I sure didn't know what it was for a minute. It stopped working when a repair shop worked on the unresponsive cruise control. Have had it in three shops to get it to work (including the one who appeared to break it originally!) and no one seems able to fix. Just got it back today with a story that "Workhorse says it branches and is the coach manufacturer responsibility", Holiday Rambler won't help (even though repair shop is authorized Holiday Rambler shop) and neither will REV group (Workhorse problem!). Wiring diagrams for Workhorse don't show alarm wiring (at least the ones I have) and neither do HR diagrams. According to various docs, audible alarms should work for key in ignition, lights left on, door ajar and steps out at a minimum. Don't know if mine included all that - never thought to check.

Has anyone dealt with this issue, any thoughts as to where I could start looking? Have checked ALL visible fuses! Does you workhorse coach have alarms?

Thanks for any help!
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Spent time chasing down similar problem on daughters car. It ended up being the ignition switch itself. Cruise control computer etc is all conected to ignition switch. Also could be a bcm body control module. if equipped with one. Which controls door ajar, interior light's timer not sure what else.
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Thanks for reply! Trying to trace per your thoughts but don't even know what the alarm looks like so I don't know which wire to trace.

Is the alarm free standing or attached somewhere?

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The speaker inside your cluster has failed. We probably see 2 out of every 10 clusters we rebuild, the speaker is blown.
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Steve, if the speaker is blown like Jon says, you can just put in an alarm from any electronics store.

Wire it into the park light circuit and an accessory switched wire.

The ground side wire will go to the park light wire, and power from the acc. wire.

This will give you an alarm if you turn off the ignition before you turn off the lights.

Hope that helps, and if everything else is working fine, now you will have an alarm for the lights.

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