Full Time RV Living–Tips and Tricks–Electrical Schematics

Posted by on November 12, 2011

Although we’ve owned RVs for thirty years, and lived in this one for eight, last month we learned something new:

 

You NEED the schematic for your electrical system. . .the entire thing. . .not just the bits and pieces that show the electrical wiring diagrams for various and sundry appliances and such.

 

How do we know. . .well, look at the wire in the pic. . .see that little tiny black place. . .

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Somehow, this wire got pinched, or maybe rubbed up against something, until it wore this hole in the outer cover. . .at which point the wire must have been rubbing against metal or something that was causing the fuse to blow due to a short. . .and since this happened to be the wire providing power to the appliances, specifically the refrigerators, it was imperative that we figure out what the problem was. . .pronto.

 

Mobile tech to the rescue. . .he asked for the wiring schematic right away. . .ha. . .that was when I discovered that all we had were wiring diagrams. . .not very helpful. . . so, next solution, a call to the Alfa Techs in California. . .who were very, very helpful, and walked the mobile tech through the wiring sequence.  He was then able to diagnose where the short was. . .Lord knows, electrical issues are beyond me. . .I just expect it to work correctly when I plug something in. . .however, the point being. . .having the schematics might have saved a lot of time.  . .he eventually found this tiny little spot above the axle on the street side of the coach!  Like hunting for a needle in a haystack. . .

 

So. . .the tip for the day is:  Go ahead and order a wiring schematic from your RV manufacturer. . .at some point, you are going to need it!

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4 Responses to Full Time RV Living–Tips and Tricks–Electrical Schematics

  1. Marsha

    Glad nothing bad happened. And thank goodness all the appliances are working! Tiffin gives a complete book with all the wiring schematics in it. Thanks for the heads up though.

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  2. Janice L Evans`

    awww. ..well if you have complete schematics, I think you must be one of the lucky ones. I knew we had the wiring diagrams for all of the appliances. . .never even crossed my mind that I might need to know where all the wires went for the entire coach. . .lesson learned.

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  3. TravelingOnTheOutskirts

    Glad everything is alright – that little wire could have caused a lot of trouble! Our “owners manual” is useless – I’ve been looking into buying a full service manual for a while now. When I’m broken down on the side of the road I don’t want to look at my users manual and see “call an authorized service technician”. :D

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  4. Janice

    So true TOTO. . .we are so thankful the fuse was doing exactly what it was supposed to do. . .and we were only checking fuses because our seven way plug wasn’t connecting properly, otherwise no telling how long the wire may have been exposed, and how many problems it may have caused down the road. . .one of those little miracles to be thankful for. When I pulled that fuse to check it, and then reinstall it. . .it was obvious there was a problem. . .it would blow the fuse immediately. . .I’d get a new one. . .same thing. . .and we can fix so many things, but we just looked at each other. . .no clue where to start. . .thus the call to the mobile tech.

    I haven’t even heard of a full service manual. . .well other than the one Bob from Trailer Life wrote. . .we have that one. . .very basic. Would love more info on that please!

    Hubby did take an online RV Technician class from http://www.MobileRVAcademy.com. . .very worth it. We more than recouped the cost of the class when he was able to install a new hot water heater, and a new air conditioner himself. . .rather than taking it to the shop.

    Thanks for reading our blog. . .we appreciate it!

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