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Old 03-23-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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basement lights

tried to turn on the 12 volt lights in some of the basement compartments and they dont work. i cant find were the power is coming from. can someone help please .


i have a 1988-89 fleetwood pace arrow
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Do some of them work? May be bulbs burnt out? Not sure on your MH, but mine has switches on each and also work off a door plunger.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:54 PM   #3
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look for master switch usually by th door that is so u can kill all at oncw in case u forget to turn ea off
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #4
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YUP - our basement light master switch is in a switch panel inside nest to the door, along with several other similar switches - and yes, each individual basement bulb also has it's own switch as well.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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I have a1989 fleetwood southwind. My master switch for the basement lights is on the dash.
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i checked the bulbs and they are good. looked for a switch but cant find any that are marked. i'm at a point were i have no clue were else to look
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i checked the bulbs and they are good. looked for a switch but cant find any that are marked. i'm at a point were i have no clue were else to look
My switch on the dash is not marked. I can't tell you if it is on the left or right side of the steering column as I am not near my MH, but I had the same problem and that is where I found mine.
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i checked the bulbs and they are good. looked for a switch but cant find any that are marked. i'm at a point were i have no clue were else to look
IF you have a switch in a somewhat prominent spot that doesn't seem to control anything visible INSIDE the living area, THAT may be the one for the basement lights...
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i went out today and tunrned on all the switches on my dash and everywhere else i could find and still no lights in the basement. no blown fuses or bad bulbs. any more suggestions????????
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WELL, assuming you have already checked all fuses - which is pointless if you didn't find any non-working switches, it appears yours is a basement light setup without a master switch - and the remaining chore is to either trace out the hot lead of the 12 volts, or run a new one, and splice into the most convenient point of the existing wiring you can get access to...
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if this was your unit were would you start? drivers side or passenger side?????
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if this was your unit were would you start? drivers side or passenger side?????
Have you tried to use a test meter to verify 12 volts is or is not getting to the basement bulbs - and also check for ground side continuity at each fixture...

I'd try to locate the point in wiring leading somewhere to the front area of the coach to trace out - sounds like a disconnected or broken 12 volt wire. If I found it impossible to trace the wire, I'd run a new, fused lead from the battery to the hot side of the lights wiring - they are undoubtedly all on a common hot lead, so if you get power to one, they'll all get power - installing a master switch in an easily convenient spot is a good idea too...

Not the best way to restore power, but....
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thanks for the advice. i will try this out over the weekend
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