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Old 12-16-2009, 11:33 PM   #1
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Store Mode Switch Problem?

I just noticed that the Switch used to activate the Storage Mode is not working! I'm not 100% sure where the Solenoid is located on My 98 Dutch Star, but I imagine that is where the problem lies!

Not sure what caused the problem and Everything Else seems to be working OK , Except I can't put it into Storage Mode!
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If its a gas coach should be located on drivers side firewall. The solenoid maybe have pitted contacts or could be the switch as Brigadoon found, This link may help.
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:51 AM   #3
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I had the same problem last year. It turned out that it was the store/use switch that was bad. It was an easy change out and the problem was solved.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:33 AM   #4
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I had the same problem.. Well sort of.. My STORE switch worked great.. The USE side. however... Not so good.

Now.. this is switch fix 0.01 (The very first step)

I should mention, I know exactly where the solenoid itself is and where I had to hook up a jumper to get 12 volt back

But here is what I did when I got the old round-tuit

I removed the switch, unhoked the wires from the back. and operated the switch, perhaps 50-100 times WITH NO WIRES ATTACHED.

Then I tried it again

Now, I know.. the switch don't work so why would I try it again.. Here is why

Many of the switches in use today are what is called "Self Cleaning" this means as you switch them on and off the contacts wipe against each other and clean themselves off

now.. IF power is applied, and there is some debris on the contact, there will be arching, possibly pitting, and the damage will offset the benefit.. But by removing the wires (And thus all power) and then operating the switch "Dry" as it were, The contacts wiped across each other 50-100 times. and cleaned themselves of whatever was preventing operation.

It is still (As of last use) working 100%
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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I should have stated that the Unit is a Dutch Star Diesel on a Spartan Chassis!

I will try the Dry switch Trick as well as do a continuity Test.

I am glad it is stuck On rather than Off so I may leave it alone until the Planned Winter Trip is over!

With Solar Panels it is best to Not disconnect the Batteries anyway!
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The relay is in the electric compartment (where the power cord comes in) and it is behind a large plastic cover.
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