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Old 02-05-2015, 02:23 PM   #1
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Frequency of firing everything Up and lighting problem

I like to keep my Hurricane in covered storage, and the closest place to do that is in Crestview, Florida, about a 50 minute drive from where I live. I like to drive over there every two weeks or so and fire everything up, including the engine, generator, air conditioners, fans, and everything else that has a motor or moving part. In your opinion, is that frequent enough to keep everything up to speed during the winter? While I was over there today, two sets of coach light sockets were inoperative. I replaced the two bulbs in each socket, but they were still inoperative. The light sockets for the chassis circuit were working fine, and two other light sockets further back in the rear of the coach circuit were working OK. These sockets are wired in 12 volt parallel, correct? I didn't bring tools over with me when I did the checks. But for two adjoining sockets to be inoperative, my Air Force training makes me think I have a wire loose somewhere close to the first inoperative socket. Are most of these sockets electrically connected with wire nuts? One day, I will learn to take a tool bag with me when I go over there to run everything up.

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Old 02-05-2015, 05:58 PM   #2
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IMHO, firing up every two weeks in a warm climate should be more than adequate. I usually only fire up about once a month and I live in Colorado where it can be below zero one day and in the 60s the next.

As for your bad lamp, I agree it sounds like a loose wire. Bring a multi-meter with you next time and see if you can trace it down. You might also find a wiring diagram someplace under the Thor owner's forum for your year that might help diagnose your problem.

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Old 02-05-2015, 06:41 PM   #3
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Every two weeks is more than adequate. I also live in Florida and sometimes I don't even pull the coach out of the garage for 5 to 6 weeks to start the Generator and thats the only time the A/C's get started. I've never had a problem related to sitting too long.
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Old 03-15-2015, 09:42 AM   #4
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Being a retired USN Aviation Electrician I seldom shy away from electrical problems. HOWEVER...some of the wiring in the newer vehicles, MH as well as cars/trucks, leave me scratching my head as to what goes where and does what. Even a simple dome light is now more than a switch going to power, with a delay feature, etc.
I have discovered a nifty little signal injector/tracer that works so well I wonder how I ever got along without one.
I bought it at Home Depot Sperry LAN Tracker Wire Tracer-ET64220 - The Home Depot It's back opens up and contains adapters IIRC [all hard wired in] for coax, cat5, bnc, test probes and alligator clips.
Chasing wires will never be the same! [maybe now I can get the electric 'air' horns working on my MH.]
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