The Rear Running Lights On Our 1976 Coachman Leprechaun Motorhome Do Not Work

by Steve
(Baltimore, MD.)

The running lights and tail lights in the rear (only) do not work. Running lights in front work, and brake lights work. All fuses in the boxes in the front and under the stove are fine, and the bulbs are all new in the lights.

Any help, as well as where I cam find an owner's manual and an electrical diagram for it.



ANSWER: Greetings Steve thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

From what you describe it still sounds like you have a blown fuse or possibly a bad ground on that circuit. You may have missed a fuse panel somewhere. Recheck the engine compartment for any fuse blocks you may have missed. Also check underneath the dashboard as there could be a fuse panel there. Also check in the Glove Box (if you have one) as I have seen fuse panels in those areas as well.

Since you have an older RV someone could have installed an inline fuse on the wiring leading to the rear of your RV. So you may have to crawl under the motorhome to trace the wiring and look for an in-line fuse. While you are under the motorhome check for any loose or dirty ground wires attached to the chassis of the RV.

As far as getting a Owner’s Manual and wiring diagram for your Coachman RV, the best place to find out if they are available is by contacting Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Company, LLC which is a division of Forest River, Inc. Their contact information is below.

Sales: (800) 353-7383
Service: (800) 453-6064

Sales Information:
Service Information: Service Support E-assistance

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30
Middlebury, IN 46540

Shipping Address:
423 North Main
Middlebury, IN 46540

Sometimes the Owner's Manuals can be ordered through an RV dealership. With the age of your RV do not be surprised if they no longer have the Owner's Manuals or Wiring Diagrams available. You could also Search as I see Owner's Manuals pop up there all the time.

I hope that this information has been helpful to you.

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Running ,tail lights, etc.
by: Anonymous

I have a 1987 Coachman Leprechaun 27" Motorhome and found that most of the time the problem was a poor ground. I always take the bulb out, clean the terminals and the wire and reinstall. Has always worked for me. Bulbs can always go out so be sure to check them.

Mysterious missing fuse
by: Steve

Hey Steve, I was wondering if you ever solved your issue. Did you ever find the mysteriously missing fuse? We have been fighting the same issue in a 1977 Coachmen Leprechaun.

Interestingly, my name is also Steve. Imagine my surprise when Googled, only to find out I had somehow already asked this question.

Much thanks for any experience you can share,


tail lights
by: mechanic 1

hi steve
when you say they do not work . does that mean nothing works reverse lights markers brake lights you have to narrow it down . pretty basic i have a 1977 ford motorhome 24 ft i have relaced all my clearence lights with led lights .what a difference . but going back to your problem . tail light wiring is pretty basic remember brake and turn signal is on one wire it may be green or yellow you will have two of these one for each side the brown or tan wire is usally the parking lights depending on the factory if there color coded correctly you will have a ground wire and a reverse light wire . now if you have markers on the front of your coach this tells you you have a broken wire or a poor connection to the tail lights .if you do not have theam up front more and likely you have a bad fuse or a bad ground like the other gentelmen spoke about . if you have turn signals up front and nothing in the rear start tracing from the front to the back you will need a good 12 volt test light if your markers work on the front of the coach and down both sides you have a broken wire or a bad connection at the tail light or both. mine act up like that on the right side i have to pull the covers of and push on the wires with a screw driver it was a bad design by the tail light mfg when i can find led tail lights for mine those factory ones are goin bye bye last thing i want to do is get slammed in the gas hole . if you need more help you can email me at hope this helps you steve

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