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Old 01-01-2018, 07:46 PM   #1
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Cargo Compartment Lights

I'm having a problem with the lights in my cargo compartments (2006 Southwind 32vs, Workhorse) All of the bulbs are good. I checked the fuses in the battery distribution center, they are also good. I also checked voltage at the board where the wire is connected and have 12 volts. But I don't have voltage out to the lights (except for 1 in the wet bay).

Is the another fuse somewhere that I missed? Any suggestions?
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Do you have the luggage compartment switch on? There are a bank of switches on the side of your lower kitchen cabinet in the entry stairwell. One of them is marked "Luggage". That has to be on for your compartment lights to work.

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That's it, a friggin switch! I feel like such an idiot. I had the fluke meter out, checking voltage, continuity, I was tracing wires, etc...

I have had this coach for a little over 2 years and never really noticed the switch labeled "luggage lights". Guess I'll need to pay more attention!

Thanks for the tip!
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Hey, we've all been there. Sometimes the easiest solution is the hardest one to find.

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Hahaha yeah we have a switch labeled comp lights. For the longest time I never noticed it. Took me a bit to connect the dots when the lights quit working.

Well yesterdayís project was exercising the genset. Flick the prime switch, no light. Iím mentally going through the horrible scenario of troubleshooting in *21 temps.

I decide to give it a go from the house panel. I find I canít see crap, flick the hall light switch and no light. Think hmmm this narrows things down. Grrr I hate electrical problems. Planning on dealing with it when itís warmer. Then I realized the salesman switch was off. Gave it a flick and all was right in the world.
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Just a hint. Replace bulbs in compartments with led bulbs. If you accidently leave a light on, they will not heat the plastic lens, and they will not draw a lot of current. I have seen plastic lens with a hole burned in it from the regular bulbs heat.
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Hahaha yeah we have a switch labeled comp lights. For the longest time I never noticed it. Took me a bit to connect the dots when the lights quit working.

Well yesterdayís project was exercising the genset. Flick the prime switch, no light. Iím mentally going through the horrible scenario of troubleshooting in *21 temps.

I decide to give it a go from the house panel. I find I canít see crap, flick the hall light switch and no light. Think hmmm this narrows things down. Grrr I hate electrical problems. Planning on dealing with it when itís warmer. Then I realized the salesman switch was off. Gave it a flick and all was right in the world.

I had the same exact scenario with one step further. After I slapped my head and flipped the battery disconnect switch and got the genny running I noticed no AC power! Went back out in 20 degree weather and checked the breaker on the genset - it was on. Flipped if off then back on just to be sure - still no AC power. Went back in and started looking at the dist. panel breakers. Then it occurred to me I just had the coach in for servicing and thought to check the wet bay. Lo and behold, someone "did me a favor" and unplugged the cord from the generator outlet. Plugged it back in and all was good once more.

But I'm blaming it on the cold!

Interesting though, the first thought is oh no, something's wrong.
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