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Old 09-27-2012, 03:59 AM   #1
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NooB in need of assistance please. Fuse issue...

Greetings and salutations,

First off I'd like to say thank you for the assistance and advice given to me on my last minor issue. That problem has been corrected but am now facing another minor problem.
I'll start by telling you about my unit. It's a 25' 2011 Monaco Montclair. I purchased barely used, like new some three months ago, it had 5900 miles on it. It is my daily driver so it does get used but not abused. I travel 12 miles a day with it.

Here's the problem. Three weeks ago I put the slide out to do usual weekly cleaning. ( Vacuuming, dusting, etc.) The slide was out for most of the day. Upon returning the slide it now blows the fuse that controls the light over my dinette. If I put the slide out and replace the fuse all is well until I return the slide when once again it pops the fuse. It does not hinder me from using the rig but it is annoying. I've tried following the wiring to see if there were any issues but have had no luck correcting the problem. Since my rig is now out of the dealer warrantee so I'd like to try and fix the issue without returning it to the dealer. Any suggestions of what to look for? Any and all help/suggestions greatly appreciated...

With sincere gratitude,

Rob
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:47 AM   #2
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One thing comes to mind but check your manual or fuse holder and see if perhaps it could be that someone put a lower amp fuse in at one time. It may be to low [someone put in] causing it to blow. Just a thought.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:59 AM   #3
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What size fuse is in it now, the thing is if it drops down instead of staying on top of the main floor it takes a lot of amps to get that box in
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:26 AM   #4
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One thing comes to mind but check your manual or fuse holder and see if perhaps it could be that someone put a lower amp fuse in at one time. It may be to low [someone put in] causing it to blow. Just a thought.
It's a 15 amp fuse in there. That is what was i there when I obtained the coach and it had been working fine until the day I left the slide out for most of the day.

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Is the light located in the slide you're moving? It's possible a wiring is grounding out when you retract it, you may have to look there.
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Is the light located in the slide you're moving? It's possible a wiring is grounding out when you retract it, you may have to look there.

Indeed, the dinette and light is in the slide. Everything worked fine until about three weeks ago. I thought it might be a grounding issue but I'm not electrically inclined so I'm not all that sure what to look for.

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The movement of the slide has somehow removed the insulation from the dinette wires and are causing a direct short. Or has lossened a connection in a way to cause a short. It's unlikely this would be inside the slide itself.

I would extend the slide then go outside and look underneath. You should have one, maybe two cords which are coiled like a phone cord.

If you have a 110v outlet in the slide the cord will be carrying high voltage, so be careful. The 12v wires could be in the same cord or in a separate one.

Just thoroughly inspect all cords/wiring for any kind of wear or rubbing on the slide mechanism.

I'm suspecting when the slide comes in the cord droops and contacts the slide frame.
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The movement of the slide has somehow removed the insulation from the dinette wires and are causing a direct short. Or has lossened a connection in a way to cause a short. It's unlikely this would be inside the slide itself.

I would extend the slide then go outside and look underneath. You should have one, maybe two cords which are coiled like a phone cord.

If you have a 110v outlet in the slide the cord will be carrying high voltage, so be careful. The 12v wires could be in the same cord or in a separate one.

Just thoroughly inspect all cords/wiring for any kind of wear or rubbing on the slide mechanism.

I'm suspecting when the slide comes in the cord droops and contacts the slide frame.
Thank you for the informative reply. I just extended the slide to look for any type of wiring like you mentioned. Nada. Looked under and above the slide. There is wiring on the inside of the slide that looks like it should run to the light fixture but I can only follow it for a short distance. Back to the idea board again. I was really hoping I could get this fixed without having to return it to the dealer.

Many thanks for the help.

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Still pondering!!!!!!!!!
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Hmm.. I'm certainly not familiar with the slide on an '11 Monaco. However, the wiring must come from the coach into that moving slide somehow and the movement is causing a dead short. Did you look for any removable panels under there that may expose the wiring?

Failing that, I would post this in the Monaco forum where you would probably get more specific help. Good Luck.
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