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Vent fan only works when door open
#761572 May 29th 2020 11:56 am
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Hi all,
I’ve had my 83 B250 camper van for about a year and can quite seem to figure this out. My cabin lights and vent fan only seem to turn on when I have the door slightly ajar. No matter if I’m on the main battery, switched to the leisure, or connected to shore power. The previous owner had added a stereo and messed with the wiring up front, but apart from that I have no idea where to try and find the disconnect. It obviously receives power, if the switch associated with the door is triggered (or untriggered) as it may be.
HELP!!

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Welcome to the site BDon.

Sounds like your door switch is faulty, IMO.

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SeattleVanDude #761585 May 29th 2020 3:45 pm
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Sounds like the fan is wired to the light which is made to work on the door switch.


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BDon #761603 May 29th 2020 7:31 pm
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It's most likely a misplaced ground wire. The door switches provide a ground (-) for the factory interior lights. Sounds like someone mistook that door switch wiring for a good spot to tap the vent fan and cabin lights onto. You'll need to trace and find a better, solid ground connection. Sounds like, from what you say, that the "hot" or power side is okay.


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