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Old 06-08-2021, 05:25 PM   #1
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Basement / utility lights out

Discovered in my annual re-commissioning that several basement lights have stopped working on our 2014 Georgetown 351DS... Of course, I don't have a wiring diagram, so am trying to figure out where to even begin.

Affected fixtures are wet bay, large rear compartment, and underhood light. I am guessing they are all on the same circuit and either a fuse is gone or a connection is corroded / broken. But in a 35' rig, it is hard to know what and where. I have not found anything else to be non-functional yet.

I pulled the wet bay fixture, which turned out to be bad all on its own, but the new one (which tests out fine) does not work when wired in. It does not appear to be getting any positive voltage, and neither is at least one other fixture.

As far as I know there are only two fuse panels: the Ford chassis unit under the dash, and the house unit under the master bed. Based on how few fuses there are I'd be surprised if these three lights are by themselves on a fuse....
There are random inline fuse holders here and there, but no way to know what they do...

Posting this on the random chance someone has been down this rabbit hole before me...
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I don't have any answers, but would be interested since I have the same issue in the 2013 FR3 we just acquired. Several of the bays work and several don't. Hopefully someone has some suggestions.
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Thanks for the support Steve!

What makes the problem worse is that the wires disappear either into large split-looms or inaccessible locations.

Still hoping someone can throw us some bread crumbs to follow, but if not, sometime this year I plan to take apart all of the connections near the battery management center and thoroughly clean them. There are a number of post terminals there that aren't awful, but they are completely exposed to weather, sooo.... Maybe I'll get lucky and my lights will revive...

I don't understand why Forest River chose to put the house batteries and battery management center in a completely open (not enclosed) bay directly behind the front tire. I mean, how much would one more molded plastic bay have cost them?
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Thanks for the support Steve!

What makes the problem worse is that the wires disappear either into large split-looms or inaccessible locations.

Still hoping someone can throw us some bread crumbs to follow, but if not, sometime this year I plan to take apart all of the connections near the battery management center and thoroughly clean them. There are a number of post terminals there that aren't awful, but they are completely exposed to weather, sooo.... Maybe I'll get lucky and my lights will revive...

I don't understand why Forest River chose to put the house batteries and battery management center in a completely open (not enclosed) bay directly behind the front tire. I mean, how much would one more molded plastic bay have cost them?
Steverino (which I was called more than once in my growing up years), I thought the same when I first opened that bay door, and, my goodness, what a mass of wires coming into those batteries. Our last RV was a Dolphin, with the two house batteries under one of the entry steps and just a few cables attached to them. And it's not like you can easily access the batteries from the compartment door--you have to crawl under the side and kneel in the open area inside. Interesting design and engineering, indeed.
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