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Old 11-28-2018, 09:47 AM   #1
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2014 Sunstar, accessing chassis fuses?

When we bought this unit, the power mirrors didn'trk and the used RV dealer techs couldn't figure it out.

The chassis fuse panel is above the breaker panel, in front of the driver's left foot. For me at 6'4" they are impossible to get to normally from underneath.

I had the dash cover off to remove and clean up the P.O's wiring mess (a story for another thread) and noticed that I could see the top of the fuse block, and that the top right fuse was blown. A quick check of the chassis manual showed that it was the body mfr's accessory fuse. I managed to pop it out and replace it with needle nose pliers and the mirrors now work.

Which brings me to this: If the fuse had been in the middle of the block instead of the top row, I never would have found it. How is one supposed to access those fuses?

At times like this I really miss having a driver's door, like our old Suncruiser. I'd trade the slideout for one if I could.
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:28 AM   #2
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When one is that large and unable to get to the job, consider having a 5' 4" wife?
No matter what the situation, there are times when we will not be the right size to get there.
I have quite the opposite problem. I can't really get a good look at the distribution panel under the hood but really find the panel inside to be great as I can lay down and study it without being out in the rain!
Maybe that "big planner" in the sky has a real funny sense of humor?
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Old 11-28-2018, 10:34 AM   #3
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How is one supposed to access those fuses? With great difficulty. The only way to make it easy is to unbolt the driver's seat from the floor and move it out of the way. Good news is the need to access them is rare. Once you get your new to you unit sorted chances are you won't be accessing them again.
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Old 11-28-2018, 11:27 AM   #4
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Now I understand why my dad was always having me reach my "skinny little arm in there" when he was working on something. Unfortunately, we didn't have kids, and, in any case, after 36 years of marriage, they would be full grown by now anyway.

I thought of removing the seat. That'll be my fallback if I ever need to reach that panel.
(I even thought of cutting in an access door from the outside. )
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Old 12-13-2018, 10:13 AM   #5
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On my 2016 Sunstar, I wanted to check the fuse for the towing connector, at 6' and 200 lbs, I couldn't get in there either even with the seat all the way back. I found that if I rotated the seat and then moved it all the way forward and leaned the back forward I had a lot more room. Still a little uncomfortable, but more accessible. Easier than unbolting the seat.
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