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Old 02-21-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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Wiring Diagram

Well I guess I need a wiring diagram to troubleshoot why my flood lights wont work.

I'm not sure they ever did.

When I turned them on (flood lights) the front step light came on but not the floods. Back step light did not.

Checked the fuses and breakers, everything is good. I pulled the main switch panel and checked power with a multimeter and everything checks out. I switched the wires on the flood and step switch, now the step light comes on with the step light switch but only the front, not the back.

Flood lights still do not work. Odd thing is, when I pull the fuse I do not get a red light. Fuse is good, I even switched them. I checked power to the fuse and it is good. I even pulled the wire from the fuse box and moved it to a spare, still nothing.

So, I need to see if the correct wire is even hooked up and I need a wiring diagram to do that.

I dont know how I missed the lights during the PDI but I really do not want to drag the RV back to the dealer.

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:08 PM   #2
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Well I guess I need a wiring diagram to troubleshoot why my flood lights wont work.

I'm not sure they ever did.

When I turned them on (flood lights) the front step light came on but not the floods. Back step light did not.

Checked the fuses and breakers, everything is good. I pulled the main switch panel and checked power with a multimeter and everything checks out. I switched the wires on the flood and step switch, now the step light comes on with the step light switch but only the front, not the back.

Flood lights still do not work. Odd thing is, when I pull the fuse I do not get a red light. Fuse is good, I even switched them. I checked power to the fuse and it is good. I even pulled the wire from the fuse box and moved it to a spare, still nothing.

So, I need to see if the correct wire is even hooked up and I need a wiring diagram to do that.

I dont know how I missed the lights during the PDI but I really do not want to drag the RV back to the dealer.

Any suggestions?
Whats a wiring diagram? What do you mean about a red light when pulling a fuse. I think a fuse has to be blown to light the red light. I don't have step lights; is that factory? Do you have 3 switches just inside the front door? Several members have reported factory mis-wiring of these. But easy to fix. You didn't say if you checked the bulbs(?).
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:12 PM   #3
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Wiring schematic/diagram/blue print.

When a fuse is blown or removed (open circuit) a red led light comes on next to the corresponding fuse. When I pulled other fuses the light came on.

The step lights I am referring to are over the door(s). The flood lights are mounted on the top of the sides, 2 on each side and the two in the back.

Have not checked the bulbs, 6 different lights would not be bad on a new unit.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:58 PM   #4
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I believe you will find that WolfWhistle is being facetious when asking what a wiring diagram is. Forest River keeps their wiring diagrams in a vault, never to be seen by their rv buyers. ( now I am being facetious, but it could be true )

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Someone at the factory may have forgot to or incorrectly crimped the wires at the lights just a thought.
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Did you just change your signature, I swear it showed 29HFS when I replied? Or, I'm worse off than I thought. OK, the entrance door lights you call step lights (we're on the same page now). My back "step" light switch is located just inside the garage in the garage... closer to the back step light.

My rear flood light switch is in that same 3 gang housing for switches... in the Garage.

Interesting that you did have to make a wiring change to get the switch operating the correct light. Probably a stupid question on my part, but how did you know which switch was for the step?

I remember what one of the owners (29HFS) found on their new unit, to get the outside... errr, step light to work, they originally only had a step light when the interior lights were on... so by moving a wire or two it was solved. It seems that it would be easy for that to happen. Lots of the same color wires behind that plate.

I only have 2 floods, not knowing you have 6, so it was just a bad idea. I agree 6 lamps being out at the same time, would be cause to drink... and drink heavily. I think I would peek into one and feel better if I saw a bulb... I know, I'm hard headed, sorry.

Why don't you PM Bulletbob and ask him about it, I am not sure what he does at the factory, but unofficially, he helps us XLR guys out.
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This diagram has helped me over the years, it works for FR, Airstream and Prevost, as well.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:42 PM   #8
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Wolfwhistle,

No, I didnt change the signature

I have a series of switches by the radio in the garage, one for the vent fan, one for the interior lights and then two others that dont do anything.

None are marked.

As for the front panel, I have two lighted rocker switches, one marked "flood" and the other marked "Steps". I turned on the flood switch and the step light over the door came on, turn on the step switch and nothing. Thats why I changed them.

I'm beginning to wonder if the rear door step light and the rear floods over the ramp are on the series of rockers in the garage. If so, then I have a different problem in that several circuits have issues.

I will give Bulletbob a shout, he helped me with another issue already.
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Tx, I have one switch that doesn't do anything, as my options are, but someone tells me it would have been for tank heaters, if I had the Extreme Pkg.

(No, I didnt change the signature) I am loosing it!

(I have a series of switches by the radio in the garage, one for the vent fan, one for the interior lights and then two others that dont do anything.) I bet of those two, one is for the rear step light the other for the rear flood (wild guess)

That is strange that all these lights don't work. On my little unit, there is one fuse that runs the rear set of switches.

Did you just take delivery of your Thunderbolt? Nice unit!

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I read where the Thunderbolt comes with reverse activated rear flood lamps?
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