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Old 10-16-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Gauges are dead

We have a 2002 Coachmen Cross Country Elite with 54000 miles. Never had any electrical trouble with the coach on 5000 mile trip this summer. I start it every couple of weeks just to keep the "juices flowing" in the unit. Two weeks ago it started fine and all systems were go on the pre-start. It has a Freightliner chassis and a Cummins engine with an Allison transmission. A couple of days ago when I went to start it. I turned the ignition key to the on position everything in the dash, (back up camera, heater controls, radio, headlights, transmission gear selector indicator, gauge lights, etc...), worked. The only thing not working was the message center with all 24 of the "idiot lights", and the gauges. I mean the fuel gauge, air pressure gauges, voltage gauge, everything. Also none of the alarm buzzers worked.

I waited a couple of minutes and turned the key to start. It fired right up. The coach rose as the air suspension inflated and everything else throughout the coach worked. I spent a couple of hours tracing and re doing ground connections to no avail. The fuel gauge is run by a sending unit in the fuel tank, the tachometer is run by the engine. Neither of which work.

I notified Freightliner for some help and they sent me the schematic for the coach and a trouble shooting guide for the Type XC chassis with Type III wiring. It may be the VDC (vehicle data computer). I know at this point I will have to take it to the Freightliner dealer where we live but I am just wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem and what their solution was?

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Old 10-16-2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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I had a somewhat similar experience except I was driving at the time. Everything normal until suddenly all the "idiot lights" came on. Lasted for a few seconds and then went off. A check of the gauges showed all ok. Then after driving for 5-10 miles I realized that the gauges were frozen. Tach and speedo stayed the same as I slowed down. I,pulled over and finally started moving the connectors in the left front electrical bay months sure which plug but moving one of them caused things to start working again. Been fine since.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:55 AM   #3
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We really appreciate all of the input on our dead gauges problem. However, we have been having our attention redirected lately to getting the roof trusses on the garage rebuilt and a 14' tall garage door installed in order to store the coach inside over the upcoming winter. We stored it outside last year, (bought it in September), with a full cover and the wind here ripped the cover to pieces. We paid a lot of money for that cover, got a replacement, and decided to bite the bullet and "raise the roof" on the garage, (40x60 pole building).

We are planning on moving the coach into the garage this weekend and delving into the gauge issue in the spring. Thanks again for all of your help. We will keep you posted.
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