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Old 04-18-2008, 04:09 PM   #1
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Keep reading about these. How do you rig them up. Hubby is good with wiring. We looked at the Honda CRV but requires detaching large panel and standing on your head with a flashlight to pull the fuse.
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Keep reading about these. How do you rig them up. Hubby is good with wiring. We looked at the Honda CRV but requires detaching large panel and standing on your head with a flashlight to pull the fuse.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:16 PM   #3
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Make sure that it does not really 'by pass' the fuse (switch is in parallel with the fuse), as that would put you at risk of fire and/or wire damage if you get a short in the circuit.

A proper setup would have the 'switch' in SERIES with the 'fuse' This way, when the switch is closed, the fuse is still providing protection.

If you have room in the fuse box, I'd get an inline fuse holder with the proper amperage fuse. Solder 1 wire of the fuse holder to a spade lug which fits into one leg of the fuse block and the other wire of the fuse holder to one pin of a SPST switch capable of handling the fused current. Solder a separate piece of wire to the other pin of the switch and finally another spade lug on the other end of the wire.

Drill a hole in an out of the way place in the fuse compartment so that the switch is accessible when the fuse box is closed, and install the switch. Plug the 2 spade lugs into the fuse position, close up and there you are.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:12 PM   #4
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We did our VUE switch exactly like John66 except crimped the lugs on rather than soldering.
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I did the same as Paulin. Make sure the switch and the wires are rated for more amperage than the fuse. In my case the fuse was 30 amp. So I used a 50 amp switch and 10 gauge wire. I got everything I needed, including larger spade connectors, at autozone. If you're a contortionist you can run the wires through the firewall and mount the switch inside the car. I mounted mine on the fender well under the hood. This sure beats the heck out of removing the fuse each time you tow and reinstalling it each time you unhook from you rig.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by ChasA:
I did the same as Paulin. Make sure the switch and the wires are rated for more amperage than the fuse. In my case the fuse was 30 amp. So I used a 50 amp switch and 10 gauge wire. I got everything I needed, including larger spade connectors, at autozone. If you're a contortionist you can run the wires through the firewall and mount the switch inside the car. I mounted mine on the fender well under the hood. This sure beats the heck out of removing the fuse each time you tow and reinstalling it each time you unhook from you rig.
Chas </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I considered putting the switch inside the car, but running a 30A circuit inside left me feeling very uncomfortable. I looped a plastic tye around the fuse and just pull, my "KISS" solution.

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I had a charge line run from the motorhome to our CRV to charge the battery while we were running. It has a fuse and isolator similar to the way a trailer is wired to a tow vehicle. Works great and I do not pull the fuse.
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Just make sure you check the fuse before you leave or you will have a dead battery. I problem is sometimes the fuse needs to be pulled or it will build up miles?
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Fuse Switch Application on 2005 and Newer Saturn Vue

Saturn recommends removing a 30 Amp (IGN) fuse in the under hood fusebox. We do not make a

FuseSwitch for this application. Generally speaking, based on our experience, you do not need to

remove this fuse. If are removing a 10 Amp fuse in the passenger console panel area then we have a

FuseSwitch that will eliminate removing this fuse.

When the 30 Amp fuse is pulled and the key is in the first position away from lock ( the Accessory

position) the following components receive power:

Windshield Wiper (turn off)

Radio and clock display (remove CD and turn off radio)

Four power window Switch LED's and

Mirror Compass.

Under these normal circumstances these components will be drawing between 0.6 and 0.7 amps. Thus in

7 hours of towing, you will draw the battery down by about 5 amps. (Since Saturn recommends starting

the V6 models every 7 hours clock time we use this limit) Certainly not enough to require you to pull a

fuse, in our opinion.

We recommend checking the current draw by reversing the fuse in the fuse box so that one leg overlaps

exterior of the fuse box. Using a Volt Ohm Meter set to measure Amps (usually a 10 amp scale with the

leads plugged into a different place on the meter), connect one lead to the exposed fuse leg and the other

to the other connection in the fuse box. Check the current draw when the key is turned to the first

(Accessory) position. If it is in this range then you can safely leave the fuse in.

Remember to turn off the switch after towing since you will continue to draw down the battery if

you do not.

This information is supplied to assist you, and in no way is suggesting that Saturn approves this

procedure, however there are many Saturn Vue's operating as Tow Cars without removing the specified

fuse. Always check your car first since production changes can and do occur!

I trust you find this information useful. Should your Vue have you pulling the 10 AMP fuse in the

passenger compartment fuse box then contact us for the appropriate FuseSwitch
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