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Old 06-28-2017, 09:32 AM   #1
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Electrical problems FR3

We are new to RVing. Purchased a 2017 FR3 in December
We are having issues with fuses, headlights, etc. also the shocks are rather pitiful. When we had the oil changed, our mechanic said his Suburban has better shocks than this RV!
We have called our dealer (rather useless) and they tell us this is not an RV problem but a Ford Problem.
The fuses keep blowing out on the 12 volt outlets. The lights behind dash are not working. The unit seems to be drawing from alternator when driving instead of truck battery. Headlights are dim when driving unless we are excellerating and then they brighten and flicker

Since our RV dealer is rather useless we are unsure what to do. Do we take to another RV dealer or to a Ford dealer. We called a Ford dealer and they said they can't handle an RV.

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Old 06-28-2017, 10:11 AM   #2
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Thumbs up Feel your pain

Ok if the lights in dash are out its a ford problem. make sure the dimmer for dash lights is rotated to the up position.
Head light s from FR are not good and they will replace them. ( see other post) But if they are dim then bright Sounds like a ground problem. ( Ford)

Shocks are pretty good but all FR3 need Cheap handling fix . which is adjusting front and rear sway bars to stiffer settings. ( see post on chf )

Ford says sway bar fr problem fr says ford problem. But it needs to be done. You can do it your self its ez. see post.
On mind i add on timbren rubber lifts on all four corners of front and rear axles . but the chf makes a world of difference .
You need to find a ford dealer who will work on f-53 chassis ,call Ford number in manual.
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Old 06-28-2017, 10:17 AM   #3
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Any unit should run off the alternator not the battery. Sounds to me like a ground issue or an alternator problem.
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All so call forestriver they are pretty good helping out . I dont have number but it should be on sticker inside of rv in cabinets '
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Old 06-28-2017, 10:47 AM   #5
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Electrical issues fr3

We cannot locate the Fuses for 12 volt outlets. They don't seem to be in fuse panel under the bed. Our mechanic replaced the first time this happened. We want to figure out WHY they keep blowing out. All we had plugged in was a Garmin
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Unhappy Fuse

The fuse for 12 volt plugs should be in the ford fuse panel under the drivers side dash or panel out side drivers side.
But they could all so be buy coach battery in line holders. They are where fr put them, but not in back for sure.
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Not sure what you mean by running off alternator ? But it sounds like a ground problem see where battery grounds to frame and there a few more small grounds up front you can check . Make sure battery cables are not lose.
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What I mean is once your engine is started you can disconnect your battery and the vehicle will still run. That is an old way of testing if your alternator is working. Don't recommend doing that have Ford test it for you
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Problem ???

Well Freddie how did you make out, Like to know if problems fix .
Dont disconnect Battery cables when engine running this could and would take out engine computer with voltage spike.
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We haven't had a chance to get fixed yet. Looking for a ford dealer who works on trucks. I will say our RV dealer has lost a customer. Eager to make sale but short on customer service
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