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Old 03-12-2021, 10:09 AM   #1
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Fog lights problem

Today when i went out to the RV (2005 Monaco Knight 37PBD), the fog lights were on. There’s was not a key in the ignition. The fog light switch is in the off position. Chassis and house battery masters on.
I switched the fog light switch on and off, no change. They stayed on. I put the key in and started the engine, the fog lights went out and their switch works correctly with the engine running. Turned the fog light switch off and shut the engine down and the fog lights went on, with their switch still off.
Everything else seems to working normally.

Any ideas on why the fog lights go on with the ignition off and the fog light switch off?
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Old 03-12-2021, 10:22 AM   #2
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You probably have a relay staying energized.

Try and find a wiring diagram and it should show you how the fog lights are wired in. While the light is still on touch every relay, the one that's energized may be warm to the touch.
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Old 03-12-2021, 12:19 PM   #3
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You probably have a relay staying energized.

Try and find a wiring diagram and it should show you how the fog lights are wired in. While the light is still on touch every relay, the one that's energized may be warm to the touch.


I found a mouse nest in the electrical compartment outside under the drivers seat. 2 wires chewed through, one went to the fog light relay. I repaired it, and the lights work properly now.
Off to Walmart to buy a dozen mouse traps. I will place them everywhere and see how many get sacrificed in the name of the great Motorhome in the sky.
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Might try placing mouse bait in cargo bins, battery box area etc, if they have nests it helps to clear out new borns.
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Old 03-14-2021, 08:37 AM   #5
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Glad you found your problem and good luck with the mice. We can't use bait dut to the dogs.



We lived in the city for ~30 years had during the ~20 years we had motorhomes there never had a mouse problem.

We (I mean my wife) then decided build a new house in the country on a heavily grown up lot. I spent a year clearing the property and then we started to build. At the point I started to install plumbing and wiring I pulled the motorhome onto the lot and started staying in it for security.

That's when the fun began, mice. I had mouse traps set, caught some but there were many more. Had some success using the mouse deterrent that smells like peppermint, I put some of these up in the ceiling.

Well we (I mean I) mostly finished the house and I had the motorhome parked on a large gravel pad where I intended to build a garage. In 2020 once I got the house done I moved my attention to building the garage and had to park our (I mean mine) coach off to the side in a grassy area and the mice were back with a vengeance.

Guess what they like to eat, the wires on ear buds, I had an accumulation of them in my bedside drawer from traveling. The mice probably chewed up a dozen pairs. I have not found any other wiring problems yet but it's only a mater of time.

Once I got the pad poured and while I was waiting for the garage to delivered (~3 months) I moved the coach onto the concrete and spend a week cleaning out the entire coach and found multiple nests. One mistake I made was leaving some food stuffs in a cabinet the mice could into. The upper cabinets we fine.

At that point I bought a large bag of mothballs (yes they say that they don't work but I was desperate) and put multiple pouches in lower cabinets, drawers and cubby holes in the living area but not in the basement. I have not caught anymore mice in the living area and only one in the basement.

The downside is the smell of the mothballs in the coach but I intend to move the pouches to the basement once we ( I mean I) get ready to leave on a trip.

But I finally got my garage done and the coach will have a pretty secure parking area.
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