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Old 09-17-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Electrical Problem

While coming into Cincinnati last thursday, we AGAIN lost our brake lights, turn signals, cruise control and the check ABS indicator came on. Made it to our campground but the jacks would not go down as the system was not seeing the transmission in Park/Neutral. Have an appointment Monday where they were going to do the brake recall, so now I will see if they can fix this problem.

Had this problem back in Oct 2010 (except jacks worked fine) and a workhorse service center changed out this huge electrical component in the steering column. Drove it about 130 miles home where we had to park it for about 10 months except for an occasional drive just to keep it all lubed.

Left home this Aug and after abouit 200 miles had the same problem. Went to a service center and they found a blown 20 amp fuse under the hood. Don't know if the jacks worked or not as I did not try them.

All worked fine for about 3 weeks and 600 miles and then now it has happened again.

Anyone had this problem before?

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Old 09-18-2011, 06:54 AM   #2
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It sounds like there could still be something in the steering column (or elsewhere) shorting out intermittently as evidenced by the blown fuse. For example, it could be something that is only happening when you flip on the turn signal when the steering wheel is in a certain position. Has the same fuse blown again?

Be sure to update us on what the service center finds.

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Old 09-21-2011, 08:52 AM   #3
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It turned out to be the cable between the motorhome and our Jeep.
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BEN: Glad you found the source of the problem, and thanks for reporting the outcome. Strange how a seemingly unrelated parts can affect such a variety of systems.

A few years ago, while trying to leave the Newmar rally in DuQuoin, another Workhorse owner had the exit from the dump station partially blocked because his W-24 would not move, due to no power to release his J72 AAPB. We spent hours trouble shooting it and many phone calls to a Workhorse trying to solve the mystery. I remember the owner wound up spending another night there, and we enjoyed their company at dinner that night, before he ultimately found it was caused by his toad connection shorting out and blowing some fuse that wasn't even listed as being part of the AAPB circuit we were testing.
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Another location you may want to check is the ignition harness cable over the metal bend at top of steering column.
When you move the steering wheel to adjust, the wires over bend will chafe and short out to ground of steel column.
Had the pleasure of having a white smoking center of steering wheel.
White wire was completely bear before 40 amp fuse blew.
Place some spaghetti wrap around wires over bend and have a safe traveling day.
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