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Old 09-20-2019, 09:12 AM   #1
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Self Induced Breakdown-need help

I have a 2013 Winn. Tour on a freightliner XCL Chassis. Upon leaving the fuel station yesterday I noticed the step was down and would not retract. Stopped the coach and could not get the step to retract. Open the fuse panel (on the DS) to look for a possible loose wire or bad fuse but since i forgot to switch off the main chassis switch it caused a spark/short and now I have no power to the dash, engine etc. when turning the key. I checked all fuses on the DS, front and back including the 300amp in line fuse and all have continuity. Called Freightliner and we swapped a number of the relays related to ignition with other relays that matched the specs, like left turn signal etc still nothing. Moved the coach (house) wiring harness from the main switch to the Chassis switch and it lit up, so to me, says the switch is not the problem. Any additions ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!!
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First, you stated you were looking for a loose wire. What happen? What caused the spark?
What were you touching?

Now since you have NO power to the front, I would call Winnie, why? as the Mfg will cut the main lead to the fuse panel and install a battery disconnect circuit with another fuse.
I would also ask for diagrams. By the way, you can go online to the Winnie Support and download all the diagrams/drawing for your unit.
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First, you stated you were looking for a loose wire. What happen? What caused the spark?
What were you touching?

Now since you have NO power to the front, I would call Winnie, why? as the Mfg will cut the main lead to the fuse panel and install a battery disconnect circuit with another fuse.
I would also ask for diagrams. By the way, you can go online to the Winnie Support and download all the diagrams/drawing for your unit.
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I was opening the front fuse panel to see if my step fuse/wire had an issue when the bus (I think that is the name) that goes across the back of the fuses touched the sheet metal causing alot of sparking and subsequently no 12v dash power. I'll look for a battery disconnect circut/fuse.

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And then there's your step. I had a problem with the motor not working while all fuses were good. In my case I was stuck with the steps retracted. During the course of repairing it, I learned that a few gentle taps on the motor with a hammer got it off a 'dead spot' and it would work until it happened to stop at the dead spot again. The cure was a replacement motor assembly which you can get matched at an automotive store for a lot less money than buying the RV part. The motor assemblies are re-purposed power window motors from cars.
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