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Old 01-14-2010, 11:48 PM   #1
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First trip in the RV

So we left this morning to go to death valley to test out the RV. But didn't make it far.( about 50 miles out of town) I was driving and a puff of smoke came out of the dash board. And then the engine died, the signals didn't work, and the radio didn't work. I thought ok its probably a fuse a relay or a grounded out wire. So I checked the wires and fuses and everything was ok. In the end I had to call a tow truck. Its probably something simple that I overlooked, or maybe something to do with the ignition since the radio and turn signals don't work unless the ignition is on. Anyone have any ideas on what it could be?
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Sounds like a fusable link blew. Trace your fuse block wires back to their source, there's likely a fusable link in the circuit. Too much load = blow fusable link.
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:51 PM   #3
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Lots of possibilities here. Could be wiring to the ignition switch, or the switch itself. The backs tend to loosen up on them and they lose contact.
There is alot of added on wiring so it is going to take a thorough visual inspection. If there was smoke there should be burnt wiring someplace.
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it was some of the wires going to the ignition. they we burn really bad.
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Sounds like a short or too much load. How many times has the Dubsmobile been driven long distance?
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The only long distance trip was when I first picked it up and that was about 150 miles, and thats not that long. I think we are going to give it a go again next weekend. But this time im going to get Good Sam emergency roadside assistance. just in case, its only 90 dollars.
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Bummer about your first trip after all of the remodeling.

If you haven't bought the Good Sam service yet, you might want to look at Coach.net and compare the two programs.

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The only long distance trip was when I first picked it up and that was about 150 miles, and thats not that long. I think we are going to give it a go again next weekend. But this time im going to get Good Sam emergency roadside assistance. just in case, its only 90 dollars.
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