What’s the Deal with the Battery Disconnect Switch?

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We recently had to replace both the engine and coach batteries on our RV. There is a button on the door for battery use or store. What is that button supposed to be on? We’re newbies to the big RV.

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Welcome to the wonderful world of RVing! This switch is commonly called the Battery Disconnect Switch and is designed to disconnect your house batteries while being stored.

Pushing it to the Storage side is like taking off the battery cable. It ensures that if you have left a light on in a compartment or anything inside, it will not drain your house batteries. Some RV manufacturers connect the LP Leak Detector directly to the battery bypassing the disconnect, so you may still have a draw even with the switch on Storage.

To find out if this is the case with your rig, get a 12-volt test light, push the switch to Storage, then disconnect the negative terminal on one of the batteries. Touch the probe to the post and the alligator clip to the cable. If the light comes on, you have a draw.

Safe travels,
David Solberg


Related:
RV Battery Basics: A Beginner’s Guide
Testing RV Battery for Charge & Condition
Improving RV Battery Charge and Extending Battery Life

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623 Responses to “What’s the Deal with the Battery Disconnect Switch?”

  1. Floyd

    Just joined and was looking for a video on replacing RV toilet and can’t seem to find one. Should be a simple video, am I doing something wrong?

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    • Customer Service

      Over the past year we have been shooting content almost every month trying to get a wide variety of topics and cover the most frequently asked questions. Batteries, refrigerators, 120-volt electric, and general maintenance were the hot topics so they got priority. We do not have an actual video on the site of removing and replacing a toilet, however there is one in the Black & Gray Water Class. It’s a fairly easy procedure depending on the brand and model you have. Typically there is a cover flange around the base of the unit that is held together with a couple of screws. Remove that and you should see 4 nuts on the base that hold it in place. If you can provide the make, model, and year of the toilet I can get you a diagram.

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    • Dan dassing

      My rv has two disconnect switchs and a disconnect solenoid. Would both switchs be hooked to the same solenoid? Have another solenoid in the battery compartment??

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      • Jeannie

        Seem to have issues with engine battery. Replaced battery and put battery tender on for trickle charge. I left disconnect switches on. Should I flip disconnect switches in off position? Also, should I leave rv plugged in? I’m not sure what I did wrong.

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  2. tom

    battery won’t last more than 8 hrs with only fridg running [ 18 ft rv fridg ] is this normal or do I have something drawing power. had fusion before and it would last much longer

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Tom. You could have something else running that will draw the batteries, however I suspect your batteries are not operating at maximum capacity due to sulfation? Lead acid batteries must be charge each month with a multi-stage charge that boils the acid with a high voltage charge during the bulk stage charge to break up the sulphur and then into a float and equalizing stage. Most converters do not have this capability unless you have a very expensive 2000 watt inverter or take the batteries out and use a professional multi-stage charger! Just leaving it plugged in does nothing more than topping them off and letting sulphur collect on the plates and limit the amount of energy storage. A sulfated batter will show a full 12.5 volt charge after charging, but will not last the intended amp hours so your refrigerator which probably only draws a few amps on the LP mode should last for a couple days, only last 8 hours. I would suggest getting the Battery Minder from Northern Tool which will send high impact waves to your battery and break up the sulfation and condition the battery. They claim to extend the battery “cycles” by 200 times which is 2-3 years longer life. but will be able to store more energy and provide longer power when dry camping.

      To check for any other drains on the battery, disconnect the refrigerator by pulling the 12-volt fuse and then take a multimeter set to DC voltage, disconnect the negative post of the house battery, place one probe on the terminal, the other on the empty battery post. If you see a reading, you have something that is drawing power. Usually it’s the LP leak detector or CO2.

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      • Rand

        Issue: Power loss when not plugged into shore power.
        My house entry power steps and auto leveling system does not work on the house batteries when unit is not plugged into shore power.. Lights and Winegard satelitte dish function. Low voltage indicator comes on and panel lights flash on the leveler system. Batteries show 12.5 volts on multimeter. Batteries are 3 months old could they be sulfated? I have a 2000 watt inverter that is left on always. Problem started when main disconnect switch and inverter were left on for 5 days with the unit unplugged. Took RV to independent repair shop, they say batteries are fine and they could not find the problem. They wanted to change the leveler function panel. That will not make the power steps work as well. Taking it back to dealer next week. Just curious as to what your thoughts might be. Called Jayco and one tech rep says it is the auto transfer switch (?). Called again trying to get info on where the switch was and the second rep said it cannot be the auto transfer switch and he thinks the batteries were drained over the five day period. However, batteries test out normal. Thank you.

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        • Robert Rapp

          Battery disconnect not working. Everything works with 120 hookup. Switch makes no sound when moving to use or store. Both batteries show 12.4 volts. Was running fresh water from tank to toilet then stopped.fuses and breakers good. Any ideas. Thanks

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        • Bill slumka

          I have the problem also.also the engine does not charge the house batteries when it is running I am away on vacation so trying to figure out what to do any help ?

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          • Jim

            I have the same issue. No charge to the house batteries from the alternator. Engine battery charges just fine.

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      • Joe

        Dave, battery condition is like black magic to many of us – we can’t see anything moving or loosening and so is difficult to diagnose and treat the real issue. With the chassis batteries in our rig, they have suddenly (over the past 6 months or so) began dying! I can’t seem to keep the3m charged up and so the big diesel engine is just too much for them after about 3 days in storage or parked in the KOA park. Question is this – I think our charger is a higher end one that has bulk charge and float charge cycles for the house batteries. Can I attach some jumper cables from the house batteries (all are 12 volts) to the chassis batteries so that all batteries are tied together and all will be bulk charged and float charged while connected to park shore power? Thanks!

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        • Customer Service

          Hi Joe,

          The multi-stage charge of your converter would not be good for your engine batteries as they require a constant charge to keep them at 12.6 volts. Your bulk charge could put out as much as 16 volts! Since you have access to 120-volt power, I would recommend getting a Battery Minder just for your engine batteries and leaving that plugged in? You can get them at http://www.northerntool.com

          Thanks,

          David
          RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  3. Ray

    light comes on battery disconnect switch but no power in coach,how do I get a repair manuel for 2001 airstream motorhome

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Ray. Thor Industries is the parent company for Airstream, however they have not manufactured a motorized version for several years. They do have some great documentation available on their website and a great customer service organization. Start by going to this website: https://www.airstream.com/service/manuals/

      I doubt the manual will provide much troubleshooting info, however, if you can provide more specifics we might be able to help? Here are some questions:
      Most battery disconnect switches do not have lights? Is this a rocker switch that can be pushed up and down and where is it located?
      No power to the coach? 120-volt or 12-volt?
      Do you have the unit plugged in?
      If it’s plugged in, do you have 120-volt power to appliances? I usually check the microwave first!

      If the unit is not plugged in, your are trying to use appliances off the 12-volt house batteries and if the disconnect switch is off, nothing will work. If the switch is on and the batteries are dead, again…nothing.

      Let us know what you find and we can troubleshoot further.

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  4. Brian

    Would like to put a front and rear sway bar on the class c Ford E350 V-10 due to the swaying and steering down the hwy is some what challenging to say the least. What manufacture rates high in your experience?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Brian.

      Definitely Roadmaster in Vancouver WA! They have been in the business for over three decades and have certified dealers and distributors all over the country. They start by inspecting the chassis first rather than just slapping on an aftermarket system that may not solve your problems. Go to http://www.roadmasterinc.com to find a location near you.

      Thanks
      RVRC Video Membership

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  5. Myron

    I have a 95watt solar panel that charges the coach batteries (two six volt). I leave the battery disconnect switch on when the coach is in storage and the batteries stay charged. Will this keep them from sulfating?

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    • Customer Service

      The 95 watt solar panel will keep the batteries charged or “topped off” during storage, but will not keep them from sulfating if they are lead acid batteries. Lead acid batteries require a multi-stage charge every month which starts with a bulk charge that is high voltage (16 volts sometimes) that boils the acid and breaks up the sulpher. Then it goes into a float and equalizing stage. Simply applying a constant charge or even a trickle charge will not reduce sulfation. Since you have the solar panel, I would suggest contacting Battery Minder to work with their technicians to incorporate the solar panel mode with yours. The Battery Minder sends high impact waves into the battery as needed to condition the battery with no boiling, gassing, or loss of acid. They claim this product will extend the life of your batteries by 200 cycles, that could be 2-3 years for the average RVer! They love to talk to RVers, contact them here:

      http://www.batteryminders.com/contact/

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  6. Barry Shannon

    My coach is only a few months old and the hot water was fine until last trip. I had hot water, albeit slowly, in all sinks but not in shower. Any ideas?

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    • Ronnie Harsh

      Check to make sure all hot and cold water taps are turned off. Especially the outside shower/sprayer hot and cold shut off valves. (Not just the one on the hand held sprayer but the valves that supply water to the sprayer).

      Reply
  7. JL Wood

    I have two battery cut-off switches. One for the Main and one for Aux. When I turn off the Aux, I still have battery operated lights at some locations even though I also cut the main. Is that normal and how can it be changed to completely cut electricity at those locations, or can it?

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    • Customer Service

      You probably have the dual switch just inside the entrance door with the Aux switch designed to shut off a drain on the house battery and the main for the chassis battery? If you shut both switches off, there should be no 12-volt operation other than possibly the LP Leak Detector and CO2/Smoke alarm? If you have lights on, they were wired directly to the batteries, bypassing the switch. You can rewire them by tracing the wire to the power source. My guess is there is a terminal switch in the battery compartment for add ons that these are wired to. Another option is to install a spade switch in-line of the negative cable which will shut everything off. You can get these at any auto parts stores.

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  8. richard

    when I stored my rv I put switch in store mode, 3 weeks later I went to start and all batterys where dead including the starting battery, dealer is telling me to keep it plugged in and in use mode on switch. is this common practice and will it damage my batterys keeping the rv plugged in all the time

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    • Gary

      Battery disconnect does nothing when pressed. No 12 volt power to coach. Installed 2 new deep cycle batteries.

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      • Allen

        I had the same problem. I replaced the batteries and no response. I push the switch and i hear the relay activate, but no power.

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        • kandice erickson

          We are fairly new to rv-ing! We do seem to have a draw on the batteries even when plugged in but my main concern is now inside its says internal fault and nothing is working or running

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  9. Randy Coleman

    Reviewing your info had me wondering. I’ve had battery draw issues and have (1 yr ago) replaced my 2YO batteries with AGM. My manual states if rig is stored for 1 month or more, disconnect batteries. Although my rig can be plugged in on shore power (when available) is is not normally stored hooked up. The manual states the charger (while plugged in) charges either high, medium, or constant “Trickle”charge when complete. I’m questioning this. Shouldn’t the batteries use a “Maintainer” to cycle the batteries, in addition to whats onboard? My Inverter is only 1000w, per your article requires 2000w min. to cycle battery. Please advise (email)! Thanks Randy

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Randy. Thanks for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your battery storage question. Lead acid batteries require a multi-stage charge every month which starts with a high voltage bulk stage charge that boils the batteries and breaks up sulfation. Then it goes into an equalizing and float stage. Most RV distribution centers have a converter that simply recognizes the state of charge and “dumps” energy to the battery to be stored. This does not condition the battery and will cause sulfation. Many of the larger inverters do have a multi-stage charger and my comment on the 2000 watt was not a requirement as minimal size, just a reference to the typical 2000 watt has this feature. Your 1000 watt may have this feature, however if the manual states “High, medium, low”, it probably does not have the multi-stage, rather just reads the voltage and sends the power it thinks the battery needs? I would check the manual and maybe call the company to see if it has the bulk, equalizing, and float. Going with the AGM will reduce the sulfation as they require less conditioning but still need some. I would suggest getting a Battery Minder which sends high impact waves into the battery to break up sulfation and condition the battery. They have models designed for AGM such as your and it’s an easy plug in. I get mine at Northern Tool as they sell them cheaper than Battery Minders corporate store!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, George. With a 50 amp system I assume your inverter is the larger 2000 watt type which has a built in charger for the batteries. If so, you will want to leave it on to charge the batteries as several appliances will operate on the 12-volt system and the batteries need to be recharged. Check your owner’s manual of the inverter, not the rig to make sure this is the system you have.

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  10. Linda

    My battery disconnect switch says “On” or “Off”…so how does this relate to the “Storage” position? (I live in my RV.)
    Thanks!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Linda. To provide more specific troubleshooting information we need to know the make, model, and year of your RV. Typically the battery disconnect switch is designed to disconnect the house batteries similar to pulling the negative cable off the battery so nothing can drain it when the unit is not in use or in storage. If your disconnect has the “On or Off” switch, it means that pushing it to the “On” position means the batteries are connected to the rig and everything should work. Switching to the “Off” position disconnects the batteries which would be the best for the times your unit is in storage. You can test this by pushing the switch to “Off” and see if the interior lights work.

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  11. Greg

    We are new to RVing and we need some advice. I have a 36 ft Jayco Seneca and I am towing a 1976 CJ 5 Jeep. We are planning a cross country trip from Arizona to Florida. The Jeep is a standard shift. Do I need to do anything else besides putting the transmission and four wheel drive in neutral?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Greg. Check your owner’s manual on towing to make sure that year Jeep model can be towed on all fours for a long period of time. I believe it will be ok, however I do not have tow guides that go back that far. There is more you need to be aware of when towing such as turning the ignition to acc to unlock the wheel if applicable. Check out the Roadmaster site and instructions on the proper tow bar for vehicle and proper procedure in connecting. It’s important to connect the safety chains correctly as well as the electrical cable to keep it from stretching. Another consideration is a supplemental braking system like the Roadmaster Evenbrake. Most states require a supplemental braking system and brake away system at certain weights with some states like New Jersey requiring any towed car to have brakes hooked up. Visit: http://www.roadmasterinc.com for articles about the various brake controllers and towing safely.

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      • Tonya Cavaner

        We can’t get our 12 volt power to work and battery say they are charged.
        can’t get our generator to start.
        Our tip out went in fine but we can’t get it back out not even manually

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  12. Terrell

    The large slide will not move in or out. There is a humming sound when I push the button

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Terrell. To provide more specific troubleshooting information we need to know the make, model, and year of your RV as well as the type of slide mechanism. If it’s the larger through the rail hydraulic system it could be a binding gear or weak motor. I would suggest checking inside to make sure nothing is blocking the slide and nothing fell on the floor and got wedged underneath? You should have a manual over ride which we featured in the video section. Find the motor hand look for a hex slot that you can put a chuck into and use a portable screw gun to bring the room in and out. With the before listed information we should be able to assist further.

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  13. Jo ellerbrock

    Should battery disconnect switch be turned off when you’re plugged into electric at a park? Are only turned off when it is in storage and not being used

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  14. Roy

    My rig charges the house batteries via (1) Land Line, (2) Engine excess charge after Vehicle battery is charged, and (3) Generator. If I add 2 solar panels to top off charge on my 2 6-volt golf cart batteries connected in series will I be at risk of overcharging the batteries? IF the Solar Panels are connected and wife decides to run the generator to operate AC Appliances at the same time? Other conditions I should avoid?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Roy. If you install solar panels to the rig you need to add a charge controller to any system that is over 12 volts. This will monitor the battery voltage and prevent overcharging. I would recommend visiting Nature Power Products site to get a better idea of how the solar panels work with your system.

      http://www.naturepowerproducts.com/

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    • Gerald

      System does not fire in propane mode but works on ac/dc attempts to fire then igniter then stops it does not appear to have gas to burner jet how to proceed with trouble shoot?

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  15. Ellen

    Some things on the RV run off the chassis battery. (Propane leak detector, etc, some electronics I think. When dry camping, will this eventually drain the battery so I won’t be able to start the engine, out in the boondocks? It has a generator for house batteries

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  16. Don

    about winter storage below freezing temps… if I turn off the pump, open all the faucets hot and cold, then drain the water lines from below, at the lowest point will I drain ALL the water from the lines to avoid freezing? I am particularly concerned about the hot water heater tank. Will it drain also? or not? Interested in your advice. ‘Regards, Don

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Don. Not knowing what make, model, and year of RV you have I can not say for certain that all water lines will be drained by just opening the lowest valves as some water lines are hidden and can be deceiving. I would first take the drain plug out of the water heater and let that drain completely. Next, open the drain for the fresh water tank. The best way to ensure you get all water out of the system is to connect an air hose to the city water fill and open the farthest faucet first and all other faucets after that. Don’t forget the toilet and sprayer, shower, and outside shower if applicable.

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  17. Richard

    It appears that the converter/charger is not sending voltage to the batteries when shore power or a generator is connected. I have found and replaced an 8A/250V fuse that was blown. The cover of the unit says American on it and the date of manufacture sticker says 1 Mar 2003. Should I just order a replacement converter/charger?

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    • Customer Service

      Before changing out an expensive converter/charger make sure you have verified with a multimeter that the converter is not providing a charge rather than your batteries will not accept or hold a charge? Check out the video in the Electrical Segment here: https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/rv-battery-maintenance-checking-battery-charge-007937/

      I am not familiar with an American brand converter, however without knowing the make, model, and year of your RV it’s difficult to provide more specific troubleshooting information. Since it does have a date of 2003, it’s at least into the second generation of distribution centers? Some models have a single unit distribution center that has the 120-volt circuit breakers and 12-volt fuses with the converter underneath while others have the converter in a separate location to keep the noise and heat down. If your converter is not working, I would recommend looking at Progressive Dynamics models that would match your application and fairly easy to replace. Again, check out the videos on the website where our RVIA Certified Master Technician, Steve Albright changed out the older style converter in a single application.

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  18. Allen

    I am getting a lot of play in my steering wheel. Any suggestions for tightening it up?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Allen. To provide more specific troubleshooting information on your steering wheel issue we need the make, model and year of your rig as well as the chassis model and size. Steering wheel play can be several things, but I would start with an alignment which will tell you if the tie rods and bushings are getting sloppy. This will give you a direction for looking at the steering column, axle connections, or suspension.

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  19. Jon

    Morning, I parked the coach and turned the disconnect switch after parking. This was two days ago. All inside lights worked. Picked up the coach this morning. Checked all of the fuses 3 amp, 5, 15,20,30 to make sure none had blown because my radio has no power. Went and tried to turn on inside lights. Nothing! Double checked all of the fuses. Hit the disconnect both in and out. No outside power, just parked in front of the house. Obviously new rv owner. BTW there is a battery light next to the disconnect switch. In the past, while checking out the coach, that light was lit even after hitting the disconnect. That light is dark. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated

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    • Jon

      Found out what had happened from above! House batteries were dead! I HAD hit the Disconnect. I have been told to check the Disconnect solenoid…………where is it? LOL

      Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi, Jon. To provide more specific troubleshooting information about your battery
      situation we need the make, model, and year of your rig. In the mean
      time, I’m not sure what type of “battery light” you have in the stepwell
      next to your disconnect switch? This could possibly be an indicator
      light for the solar panel providing a charge to the batteries? I do
      not know of any other light, possibly a photo would help identify
      it? As for the dead batteries, you have either a parasitic drain or
      bad batteries? A parasitic drain is something that is drawing from
      the batteries and even though you have the disconnect off, it might be
      wired direct such as the LP leak detector or CO detector? Check out
      the parasitic drain video in the electrical section of the site and you
      can identify the drain. If you have batteries that are badly
      sulfated, they will go dead with nothing on in a few days. This you
      will need to have verified by a qualified battery dealer.

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  20. Harold w smith jr

    My Rv and outlets will not work. I’m thinking it’s the fuse. How do I know which fuse to buy

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Harold. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. What is the year/make/model of your RV?

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      • Cindy

        Had a dead battery. Replaced battery. Now my connect/disconnect battery switch will only stay on when I start the engine. Would it be the switch? Or something else?

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  21. Ernie

    Does the power converter for this model go to a float condition after the battery charges up.
    ?

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  22. Edward

    If you keep on/off water lines on the heater in the on position will you get warm water while showing? The water connectors are the three located on the water heater. I believe the middle one should be off when using the heater and off when you winterize.

    Reply
  23. Gary

    Where is fuse located and how Labeled? I found fuses by generator but unable to i.d. which one?

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  24. Kevin Mcgarey

    My fifth wheel has external lights for the canopy and outside speakers, They will not turn off with the switch on the control panel, any ideas?

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  25. Rick Barnes

    37c with triple slide. Bedroom slide does not respond when pressing the open close switch. Other slides work fine? Checked fuses, but found non blown. Unable to find the motor and or any breaker panel applicable to this slide. Any ideas would be most helpful.

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  26. Mike

    just plugged in hydro everything is dim lack of power I have 30 amp. 5th wheel plugged site can service 50 checked fuse inverter changed cord stumped in Canada

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  27. jeff

    I’m installing solar panels on my rv and it said to connect charge controller to battery’s I’m ok with that but when I drive the rv the alternator charge the battery’s too? do I disconnect solar when driving or will the charge controller take care of it? don’t want to over charge batt, or back feed controller.

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  28. SAMUEL

    “Types Of RV Toilets: Drawbacks And Advantages” – I wanted to read or see the video of this but my screen had a message asking me if it answered my question. I never got to see the video! And when I try to see any other video I get asked to join. What’s up?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Samuel,

      We are sorry to hear that you are not able to view the videos. We have sent you an email with some troubleshooting tips.

      Thanks,
      Becky
      RVRC Video Membership

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  29. JERRY

    I think my power gear leveling system is in a Zero Mode. All lights are blinking together. I tried cycling the ignition key off and on as to the troubleshooting Information on Power Gear leveling system. Lights stay blinking. I don’t know what to do next. Jerry,

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  30. Yvonne

    Just new to RVing
    And already p robably broke the first rule
    Didn’t read manual alll the way
    So started using the van this weekend and the water wouldn’t come through after we filled the water by the drivers door, the pump ran but didn’t flow
    Went camping anyway because we thought someone would be there to help
    Long story short
    We have a waterless water heater and the pump runs but water flows all out near this copper connection
    Then the new toilet leaked
    We stayed camping and heated water
    We were able to connect directly but as soon as the handle was turned the water runs out
    I can send a picture
    So then the other was we couldn’t use to the toilet for bowel movement (sorry so graffic )

    How do we repair this so it doesn’t cost arm and leg
    Had a licensed plumber look and confirm broken because didn’t winterized properly
    So not covered by warranty
    And the components aren’t covered by warranty anyhow
    Thanks
    I have the model numbers for the items

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  31. Sean

    I am having trouble locating the converter for my rv. the owner’s manual briefly mentions it being under the refrigerator but no luck so far. any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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  32. Barrett

    Do you have any videos on LED external light conversion for replacement of standard incandescent bulbs with LEDs for park/turn, brake and clearance lights?

    If not…could you do one showing how to resolve Hyper Flashing, No Flashing, Loss of Brake Lights while turn signals are on etc. This may involve the installation of resistors and/or LED low draw flashers and when they may be needed and how to tell.

    These are problems a lot of people experience and too little accurate information on line.

    Thanks!

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  33. Randall

    I installed (2) new 12 V. batteries on our RV and when disconnected from shore power we have no 12V power at all. Batteries are installed in parallel as before and my battery disconnect is in the on possition

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  34. Greg

    Our steps wouldn’t go down but after several tries finally went down. After they went down and it took several tries to retract the and then only retracted about 75%. Is there any way to retract them fully? I’m afraid to put them down again in case they won’t come back up. We traveling and all the service centers I contacted are booked for several days.

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    • Gary

      If your steps won’t go down properly spray WD-40 or a good oil on the step joints works everytime if the motorhome sits for awhile they rust and need oil sprayed on them.

      Reply
  35. Jose

    We have a question about well water systems. We recently purchased some property and are planning to set it up as our RV home base. We had to have a well drilled for water. We were told the water appears to have sulfur. Does anyone have a recommendation as far as filtration for this situation?

    Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions!

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  36. Patrick

    I have had my travel trailer since 2010 and the dealer replaced the unit once 6/17/14.” differential between High pressure and Low pressure line are not correct” ” Diagnosis is A/C compressor worn out”. Replaced A/C unit and sent me home. The unit stopped working again in October 2016 they troubleshot the unit and replaced the antifreeze sensor and sent it me home. Unit still blowing hot air. In May it got warm enough to test the unit so I took it back and they the compressor is worn out again. To me this is not normal. How can I troubleshoot the unit?

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  37. Linda

    Should the red light be on when the battery disconnect switch is in store position?

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    • hector

      my battery disconnect not getting power,so is the board for the big foot and the electric starter for my generator any help will be appreciater

      Reply
  38. Ron

    What additional components would you add to the suspension system to help in wind gusts, truck gusts, pot holes to make for an easier drive

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  39. Retired FF

    Wiring diagram for interfacing Intellitec latching solenoid battery disconnect system w/ 8-prong Winnebago momentary dual pole-dual throw switch … have solenoid wire details, searching for switch input/output diagram

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  40. Paul Whalen

    Apparently my disconnect switch is not functioning. For now, can I disconnect the battery cables to preserve voltage in batteries until I can get it into a shop? Is this a bad idea? Thanks- from a brand new motorhome owner.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Paul. The battery disconnect switch is designed to shut off any draw from the house batteries when not in use such as storage compartment lights, interior lights, and others. Some manufacturers use a separate lead from the batteries to the LP leak detector which bypasses the disconnect so that can draw the batteries down as well. Simply disconnect the negative cable from whatever negative cable goes to the distribution center or relay and it will prevent a draw. Since you stated batteries, they are either connected in series (6-volt) or parallel (12-volt) and one positive and one negative terminal is the feed to the coach.
      Dave-RVRC

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  41. Dave D.

    Our Winnebago Brave 34d, W22 workhorse chassis, 8.1 litre GM.
    The Allison transmission seems to “wander” maybe 200 rpm with overdrive off or on at 2200 to 3000 rpm. A noticeable shifting can be heard and felt.

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  42. Big T

    While hooked up to 50 amp in r.v. park in the night i woke up to my generator running, if we lost a.c. power during the night could the generator start itself? The air cams and refer were on before this happend, on a.c. power. Thank you.

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  43. Robert

    How can I tell if the inverter is the cause of the battery draining when not plugged into 110 power?

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  44. glenn gibson

    Coach battery dead after storage. Measured .25 A drain, with the coach battery switch open. Installed switch on the ground side of the battery. Engine already had a switch that disconnected the battery

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  45. glenn gibson

    Thermal Pain Windows fogged up, seal broken. Recommendation is to replace all three windows.
    Here is a one trip fix. Drill hole in soft seal, insert basket ball needle, connect to a vacuum pump. A couple hours later the window is clear. (Seal is broken in the first place, so drilling a small hole will have little effect on future water condensation) Refill drill hole with a sealant.

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  46. ROBERT P.

    WE HAVE RV POWER,12.5 VOLTS AND ENGINE START IS DEAD AND THE STEP WONT COME OUT HOW DO YOU START ENGINE WITH HOUSE BATTERY

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Robert,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information on jump starting a dead chassis battery from the house batteries we need the make, model, and year of your RV. Typically there is a momentary switch located on the dash that is spring loaded which provided power from the house batteries to the chassis battery? If the step will not come out, you might also have a battery disconnect switch that cuts off the house batteries so when you store it, there isn’t a drain on the house batteries from something left on like compartment lights? This is usually located on the side of the step well entering the rig. Make sure the disconnect is on by checking interior lights, if they come on, the batteries are connected and you should be able to jump the chassis battery. If all else fails, get a set of jumper cables and connect the house batteries to the chassis battery.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  47. David L.

    I want to connect a battery disconnect on my new travel trailer but with it having to 12volt batteries and an inverter, I’m not sure which negative cable I’m supposed to hook up to the switch. There are 3 negative cables hooked up to the battery. One of the neg cables is going directly to the inverter in the storage compartment, another neg cable goes to a grounding block mounted under the coach on the frame and the third neg cable goes to the second battery. The second battery has 1 positive cable hooked up to the other battery. Which cable would I use to go to the switch? If I turn off all my circuit breakers inside the coach, would that cut off all loads too and serve the same purpose if the battery switch doesn’t work out?

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  48. Breck

    I am installing an Onan propane generator in my unit and the Precision circuits Mini-Power Control System only allows my generator 30 amps of output. The unit came ” generator prep” and the generator is connected to a LPI generator genie. So I can remote start, stop from the display, also has an hour meter. But am not able to run both A/C’s. Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Breck. To provide more specific troubleshooting information on the Onan generator you are installing we need the make, model, and year of your rig as well as the Onan model. Typically the Onan generator will have two circuits a 30 amp that goes to the distribution center and a 20 amp that goes to the second air conditioner circuit breaker separate from the main bus bar. This way you can run both off the genset. You will need to get a wiring diagram of your coach distribution center and contact the company that makes the generator genie.
      Thanks
      Dave-RVRC

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      • Breck

        The wiring dia. that came with it from Onan is connected the the transfer switch. 3 pole, central neutral and a line on each side.

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  49. LILY JOHNSON

    My slide and auto levelers stopped working. I had electrician check all fuses and breakers. When I tried to use slides they went out half way and stopped. No more power to them. When I tried to level coach the 12v motor came on but burnt up. I got a new motor and an RV technician to come out and put on new motor to hydraulic system. Still no power to slides and levelers just make 12v motor hot. I have checked hydraulic fluid and is OK. Don’t know what to do next. When I push the slide button, nothing happens. Not a click or sound. Just dead. I heard there is a fuse or breaker between the ignition and the slide buttons. Is this true? I checked the 100 amp breaker in the battery compartment and it is OK. The battery shutoff just inside the door works fine. Please help me.

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  50. Wayne

    My unit is new. My wife and I have only taken it out 3 – 4 times. The kitchen sink has been slow to drain since the start. I’ve used baking soda and white distilled vinegar along with hot water and a plunger. I find it hard to believe that the drain is clogged. Any suggestions? Could it be a venting problem?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Wayne. Since the unit is that new, I would not believe it’s a venting problem more like a clog? But it’s hard to tell without seeing the unit. Since it is new, I would suggest taking it to the dealer to have it looked at? If that is not an option, you could take the “P” trap off under the sink to see if it’s clogged. During the build of your RV it’s not uncommon for sawdust, plastic, and other materials to fall into the sink and plug it up. Baking soda and even a plunger might not be enough. Maybe get a plastic “snake” from a home improvement store and run it down the drain? I would also check the roof vents to make sure they are clear.
      Thanks
      Dave-RVRC

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  51. Dave

    The dinette slide out has always been sketchy. It barely makes it out every time. We don’t have any items on it and I keep the gears lubricated. I was curious if a more powerful motor is an option? And is that something I can do? I just replaced the motor on my automatic step, it was pretty simple.

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  52. Boutell Charles

    Many inverters are hard wired directly to the battery and as a result they continue to draw current even with the disconnect switch in the off position. We had that problem in our 2013 Itasca Meridian and also have it in our 2015 Phaeton that replaced the Meridian. There is a high amp switch from Blue Sea that can be wired into the circuit that totally disconnects the inverter from the battery.

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  53. Chuck Vroman

    I have had a continuous problem with the batteries being nearly totally discharged after being left in storage. The period of time can be two days to one month.

    One battery is for normal house loads; the other is supposed to be dedicated to the inverter for the refrigerator. I have a Battery Isolation switch installed to disconnect the batteries when not in use, and I position it to Disconnect when I park it. Every time I go to pick th trailer up from storage, the house battery is boiled nearly dry, and the refrigerator battery is about half boiled dry. The time of year does not appear to matter. I have to add distilled water to both batteries and attach jumper cables from my truck to the house battery to charge it enough to operate the jack to attach it to my truck. (We have had the trailer for a little over a year now.)

    I turn the disconnect switch on when I hook up my truck to the trailer. This provides lights, but does nothing for the jack. Attaching shore power provides all the power I need for parking the trailer at the house for maintenance or getting ready for a trip. I find that the main battery gets boiled dry while attached to shore power and does not really hold a charge that long.

    I have addressed this problem numerous times with the dealer and they do not seem able to find any problem. They say both batteries are good and they cannot find any grounds or spurious loads. I have tried charging the batteries on shore power and isolating loads in the trailer at the fuse box, but have had no luck.

    Any suggestions?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Chuck,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information regarding your battery issue we need the make, model, and year of your rig. Also, it would be helpful to know what type of batteries you have and the amp hour rating? I’m surprised you dealer has found nothing wrong, however they are probably just throwing a typical charge on the batteries and hooking up a simple tester which shows they are good. They only way you can verify deep cycle battery capacity is to do a multistage charge which throw a high voltage charge and breaks up the sulfation, then goes into a float and equalizing stage. Then the battery should sit for several hours and then connected to a 25 amp draw machine to calculate the hours it lasts to draw down to 10.5 amps. I’m guessing the dealer did not do that!
      You stated that one battery is dedicated to the house systems, the other to the inverter and the refrigerator? If you have one battery connected to an inverter supplying the refrigerator it will not last much more than a few hours!
      I would suggest doing some verification on your own by starting with a parasitic draw test. If you think everything is shut off and the batteries are disconnected by the switch, pull off the negative cable from the post and use a 12-volt light tester to see if there is a draw. Place the wire clip on the cable and touch the light tester to the terminal. If it lights up, you have something drawing from the battery, usually the LP leak detector!
      I would suspect your batteries are probably sulfated to the point they will not hold energy for any amount of time. This is a common issue with RVs as very few owners know how to properly charge a deep cylce battery. Once a month they require a multistage charge as indicated earlier and that very seldom happens. Plus, leaving them just sitting in storage will drain the batteries and create sulfation.
      You stated when the rig is in storage you disconnect the batteries but when you go to pick it up, the batteries are “boiled” dry and “half boiled dry”? Are you connected to an electrical source when in storage? The only way the batteries can loose fluid is if the converter is on pumping the normal 14+ volts for charging which will gas or “boil” the fluid out? If you have disconnected the batteries or do not have the rig plugged in, there is no way for fluid to be lost unless you have a cracked case?

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  54. James Taylor

    I was cooking and had too much pluged in to electric. I thought I kicked the breaker, but I checked those and the fuse, I tried to check the gfi plug but it wouldn’t stay in. Could that be bad

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  55. Dan Allen

    My slide out sometimes works and sometimes won’t. I have replaced the controller but it still does this. Is there a way to test the switch? Or any ideas on my problem?

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  56. Marvin Foster

    Being new to RV’ing I’m confused on my shut off switches. There are two switches but the problem is they only say “off” or “on.” What I can’t decide is if the batteries are disconnected when the switch is turned to “on” or “off.” When flipped to the “on” position do I assume the switch is activated shutting the batteries off or does it mean I’m turning the batteries on. Sure wish they would have labels them “connect” and “disconnect.”

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Marvin,

      Typically the “On” position means the batteries are connected to the system and the “Off” is disconnected, however I learned very early in my RV career to never say “Always”! With all the variables in manufacturers, aftermarket providers, installers on the line, and such the only way I would be sure what position your switches operate is to test them! Since you did not provide a make, model, and year of the rig I can only guess that if you have two switches, one is probably for the engine battery, the other for the house batteries on a motorhome? To verify, make sure your all your batteries are properly charged, then with both switches “On” turn on a few interior lights or roof vents. If they do not turn on, change the switches to “Off” to verify. They should work on one of the positions. Then turn one switch to the opposite position it was working on to see if the lights go off. If they don’t, do the same for the other switch, this will identify which switch is for the house batteries and now you should know what connects and disconnects. The same can be done for the engine battery, just try starting with the same sequence.

      I agree, they should say connect and disconnect, however I’ve found the smallest items are driven by $$$. It costs more to stamp print 15 letters vs 5 which seems insane, but if you make a million of these switches every year, it does add up!

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  57. william Tate

    I have a black wire hanging down from group of wires that comes from the Trailer Plug in. All the coach lights work great, but the trailer Turn signals don’t work? My thought are if I can find out where the Black wire attaches, then the trailer light would work. Any Ideas?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello William,

      You need to verify the wiring from the vehicle if it’s a 4 pin, 6 pin, or 7 pin connector which should be in the owner’s manual. Typically the black wire is for 12-volt power on a 7 pin? Or you might have a 7 pin trailer connector and a 6 pin vehicle outlet so the black was not used? Another place to check is the vehicle fuse block. We’ve had several trailers with turn signal issues and found the fuse blown for the trailer plug!

      Hope this helps!
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  58. Breck

    Mini Power Control System will not indicate gen mode when running on generator power, indicates 30A hence will not run both A/C units. Generator is wired to a LCI Generator Genie.

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  59. James

    My chassis (main) battery disconnect switch seems to be giving problems. Request to know how to troubleshoot switch. Thanks in advance.

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    • Tim Scott

      The battery disconnect switch is not clicking on to provide house battery power. The switch is a Wesco #0269215. I had the battery voltage checked one was 6.5 and 5.5. Should I replace it. theswitch?

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  60. Paul

    I have a 2013 jayco Seneca 37fk. Lately my house batteries have been really hot while connected to shore power. When disconnected from shore power they drain rapidly. Maybe an hour or so. Now the battery disconnect won’t shut off. Ideas? Maybe overcharging?

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  61. Gary

    Off pos side of battery got a heavy wire goes to big fuse other side of fuse goes to what looks like a starter solinoid what is all this and were can i get a fuse that big

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  62. Ron

    Alarm sounds when traveling down the road AC shuts off along with other things we continue but touching the auxiliary start switch puts everything back on. It will happen again but it’s intermittent ever heard of this before.

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  63. Richard

    This question concerns the “Coach Batt” rocker switch just above the footwell. I believe it is used to disconnect the coach batteries from the 12V accessories during storage. This switch has a green pilot light and I cannot turn it off. Further, I cannot find a replacement switch anywhere on the Internet. I removed the switch assembly from the wall, turned it around and found the manufacturer’s name “Carling” on it. I am unsure if the switch is bad, or possibly something downstream from it has failed. Any advice is appreciated.

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  64. Mike

    Chassis disconnect; when the unit is disconnect position, the engine can be started & driven. Also stabilizers function ,radio, headlights etc on chassis side function. Steps do not. Is this a faulty solinoid or design intent?

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  65. Gary

    12 volt converter will only operate when red wire from batteries is disconnected at converter. This wire measures direct short to ground. At disconnect it reads 13.7 volts. Camper is equipped with solar charger. Do I have a pinched wire or could there be another problem

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Gary,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information on your converter
      issue, we need to know the make, model, and year of the converter. I
      believe you have some type of short as pulling the positive wire off the
      battery (red wire) should not allow the converter to work? Is the
      converter part of the distribution center or a stand alone model? If
      it’s a stand alone, I would start by removing it and bench testing the
      converter away from all other components. You should be able to
      measure the voltage output?

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  66. Domingo

    ignition and starter problems.I have the starter check (ok) the batteries check(ok).when I turn the ignition switch the rv will not start?won’t even crank the starter?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Domingo,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information regarding your
      starting issue we need the make, model, and year of the RV and the
      chassis. If you had the starter and the battery verified, then it is
      probably a crank sensor for the engine in conjunction with the CPU?
      Whoever checked your battery and starter should have gone to this
      next? It needs to go to a qualified mechanic and checked on the code
      machine.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  67. Carroll

    elect water htr will not heat after 120V disconnected and re-plugged. gas works fine, breakers are on, switch is on, can you help Thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Carroll,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information we need the make, model, and year of your water heater. It’s either an Atwood or Suburban and both have a relay on the back side of the unit that directs it to start on 120-volt AC current. Disconnect the 120-volt plug and plug it back in and listen for a click. You can check voltage in and out of the relay during operation to determine if it’s the relay, or if there is no click, it could be the heat element which you can check Ohm readings.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  68. Scott

    I am having the same problem with my chassis battery as well as the house battery. I had the disconnect off on the house battery and in less than two weeks they both were totally drained down. Could the two problems be related? I can not find anything I have left on to drain the chassis battery down. Could the chassis battery drain down if the house battery is draining down by LP sensor being directly connected to the battery like was discussed. Thanks.

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  69. Carolyn Kardos

    New to RVing. We used out new RV for a weekend camp, every great. It was then parked for 2 weeks. Went out to start today and all batteries are dead. I am not sure of the steps I need to do when parking for a while to be sure everything is off so this does not happen again. Can not find actual steps to turning things on and off in the mountain for manuals that came with it. Batteries are charging now, how it starts tomorrow.

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  70. Jeff

    Total newbie, took RV on maiden voyage and all was perfect. Except at last stop we stayed for 6 nights connected to shore power (30 amp). We got up to leave at 0530 and chassis battery completely dead. We were able to hit the button and use house batteries to crank it up but the chassis battery still won’t hold a charge. Several questions, a) should I have had the inverter turned on while connected to keep chassis battery charged? b) We did not leave on any lights or dash outlets. There was a usb adapter plugged into the cigarette lighter but nothing attached. What would be draining the chassis battery? c) Is there any way to save a chassis battery or just replace? Any chance this could be a warranty issue? Thank you for any guidance!!

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Jeff,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information on what is happening with your chassis battery we need the make, model, and year of your RV. Since you indicated a chassis battery issue and were able to hit a button and jump start it with a house battery it tells me you have a motorhome. The engine battery for your rigs is an automotive type battery that is designed to stay charged all the time and is rated in CCA which is cold cranking amps meaning the ability to start the engine without being plugged in. Your house batteries are deep cycle which are designed to be drained to a specific percent and recharged which is called “cycling”. In the typical motorhome configuration, you will have one engine battery and one or two deep cycle house batteries. Often times these are placed in the same compartment either under an entry step or in a compartment. The engine battery is only charged by the engine alternator while the engine is running. The house batteries are charged by an on-board converter when plugged into shoreline power, running a generator, or by solar panels. In your case, they are also being charged by the engine alternator with the engine running through a solenoid typically placed in the house battery compartment. This solenoid is designed to allow a charge from the alternator to go to the house batteries, but will not allow any house or RV 12-volt functions to draw power from the engine battery. So using an inverter or anything else on the RV side would not drain the engine battery. It also allows a temporary “jump” from the house batteries to the engine battery but is spring loaded so it will not stay on once you release the switch.

      If after 6 nights your engine battery was dead, you have either a weak engine battery, or something draining the battery on the engine side of your rig. First, disconnect the USB adapter at the cigarette lighter connection as this will draw from the engine battery. If you are connected to shoreline power, get a USB that connects to a 120-volt outlet and get the free charge that will not draw from the engine battery. Next, find out what type of draw you have on the engine battery! The engines CPU (computer) will draw some to remember various engine information for fuel mixture, transmission shift points and other driving calibrations but that should not draw enough to deplete the battery in 6 days? I would suggest doing a parasitic drain test by removing the negative cable from the battery and using a multi-meter to test DC voltage by placing one probe on the negative cable and the other on the post. You should see what type of draw you have. If there is no draw, you have a weak battery.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  71. Mark

    I have no power to the electrical outlets from the tv outlet to all the front outlets. I do have power to the gfci outlet at the bathroom sink. I was told there are two fuse centers in my trailer, but I can’t seem to locate the second. I have checked the fuses and breakers in the fuse center under the frig.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Mark,

      The 120-volt shoreline power comes into your rig to the distribution center which has a main breaker and then circuit breakers for 120-volt appliances, outlets, and the converter. Check the circuit breakers at the distribution center as some manufacturers have one circuit for the outlets that are near a water source and require a GFCI breaker and another for outlets such as the bedroom and living room. Also, it could be you have two separate GFCI circuits going in different directions. Typically you will have one electrical wire referred to as “Romex” running from the circuit breaker at the distribution center to a main GFCI outlet with the test button and reset either in the bathroom or kitchen. Then another Romex wire is connected to that same GFCI outlet on the second set of terminals and is routed to other outlets which is called “ganged” as there could be several outlets connected in this same fashion just like the outlets in your garage or living room of your home. If you have a GFCI outlet at the first connection, all other outlets on the circuit are protected by the GFCI but will usually not have the test/reset button and are known as “dummy plates”. They should have a GFCI Protected sticker on them, but that does not always stay on.

      So what this means is…you could have one or two GFCI test/reset outlets on different circuits and if that outlets trips, or becomes defective, the other outlets on that “gang” or circuit will not get power. Get a non-contact voltage tester from any home improvement store and test the power coming in and out! You may have power to the outlet, but if it has an “open” situation from the connecting points on the outlet, you will not have power going to the next outlet. This can be verified with a non-contact voltage meter by simply testing the wire coming into the outlet, checking the outlet itself, and testing the wire coming out. Do this for all outlets that are not working.

      Check out the videos on the site on testing power with a non-contact voltage tester on GFCI here:
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/when-was-the-last-time-that-you-tested-your-rv-gfci-outlets-007834/

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  72. Doug and Jane

    We have lost all DC power and air conditioning but 120 volt circuits are still working off of ground power. Tried resetting everything and checking everything. Have a brand new inverter and a recent checkup. This event took place a minute or so after starting the heater.three cold nights ago on a weekend so have not had it looked at appointment in the morning. wheelchair bound husband no additional transpotation so we have been pretty isolated, food spoiling and one freezing night. Any ideas?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Doug & Jane,

      It sounds like you have several things going on as the air conditioner runs on 120-volt AC power only and has nothing to do with the house batteries, inverter, or heater? 120-volt power comes into the rig via shoreline power and goes to the distribution center. A circuit breaker is installed for the air conditioner as well as other 120-volt AC appliances and wiring goes up to the unit. You would need to verify 120-volt power coming out of the breaker and going to the unit. If you have a thermostat that controls both the heat and the air conditioner than it’s possible that is bad? The heater runs off 12-volt DC power and LP so your 12-volt DC issue could be the inverter has had some type of issue. It’s best to get it into a RVIA certified technician so they can check everything with the proper meters.

      David RVRC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Ralph. To provide more specific troubleshooting information on your slide room issue we need the make, model, and year of your RV. It could be low fluid level or in the case of an HWH mechanism a weak extend solenoid. I would suggest starting with checking the fluid level in the reservoir and checking for any leaks in the system. Most hydraulic slide mechanisms also run the jacks so check everything. HWH does have test listed on their site if this is the type you have. You can find them here: http://hwhcorp.com/
      Thanks
      David-RVRC

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  73. greg

    is it ok to put a trickle charger o. the chassis battery when hooked to shore power when storing?

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    • Roger

      Check the power to everything. Everything has power except the solenoid switch on the pump motor.

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  74. steve

    Sometimes my fridge wont light when i switch over to LP when I disconnect the shoreline power. The igniter is intermittent and always lights when it clicks, it just doesnt always work. I havent been able to find any loose/bad connections and sometimes it takes several plug/unplug sequences to get the igniter to fire.

    Thanks for your time

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Steve. To provide more specific troubleshooting information we need the make, model, and year of the refrigerator. Have you tried running it on LP when connected to shoreline? You should have a switch inside that is either auto or gas. When it’s on the auto mode, it will run on 120-volt electricity if available. When you unplug, it switches to gas mode which you have described. When the switch is on the gas mode, it will only run on LP. Try putting it on the gas setting while plugged in and see if you still have the intermittent issues? The reason for trying this is when you are plugged in, the converter of your rig will be supplying 12-volt DC power through the batteries. If it works fine while plugged in, I suspect your batteries are sulfated or have a bad cell? The refrigerator needs at least 10.5-volts or more depending on the model to open the gas valve and power the spark ignitor.

      If you have an intermittent attempt to light and do not hear any clicking at times and your batteries are good, it sounds like a module issue which could be a cold crack in a solder point that opens at a certain temperature?
      Thanks
      Dave-RVRC

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  75. Wayne

    This question has nothing to do with Battery Disconnect switches, but I do not see a section specific to my question, so I will ask here. Regarding RV slides, I have a slide out that needs alignment, so I started to inspect the underside to determine adjustment procedure. In the process, I discovered a support roller where the shaft has come out of what appears to be a brass bushing; in effect, that roller is doing nothing to help support the slide weight, and, it may be a contributing factor in my misalignment. Currently, the slide, when extended, has about 1 and a quarter inch greater gap on the bottom than on the top, so I suspect a previous owner may have adjusted the slide as high as he could to get the weight off the roller??? Anyway, I am wondering if you have an tips as to how to repair or replace this roller. It is almost impossible to access. I have tried to realign the shaft to the bushing, and tap it back into place, but since I do not have a clear view to the bushing and shaft, I am basically working by feel! And, if I did succeed in getting it back together, I do not see what is supposed to keep the shaft in place, unless it is a friction fit (shaft to bushing), which I doubt. Any suggestions on repair or replacement procedure will be much appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Wayne

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Wayne. To provide more specific troubleshooting information on your issue with the slide room roller we need the make, model, and year of your RV and what slide room it pertains to? Also, if you could provide a photo of what you can see, we should be able to identify the component and provide more in information.
      Thanks
      Dave-RVRC

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      • Wayne

        The make, model, and year of the motorhome are as noted in this email. The slide out is for the salon area i.e. front, driver’s side. It is what I would call a rack and pinion drive mechanism. I believe the rollers are to support the weight of the slide out. To update, I was able to get the roller shaft back in the bushing, but I am still curious as to why it came apart; I expect there is a failed cotter pin or some method of holding the shaft in position, as otherwise, it will continue to come apart. Diagnosis is difficult due to limited access. It appears that the complete slide out may have to come out to gain access for replacement or repair of this roller design, as the plates that hold it are welded in place; alternatively, it would have to be assembled piece by piece on the shaft, and then the shaft tapped into the brass bushings. This would be an almost impossible task given the access with the slide out in place. I will forward a picture as you have requested. I do not know if this was built by Coachmen or whether it was a purchased mechanism for these motorhomes. Is there any technical help from Coachmen? I had asked a previous question to the Coachmen internet site, on another subject; the result was not encouraging, in that they replied that they were not the builders in 2001, and had no knowledge to help on that issue. I guess Coachmen were bought out by another company after 2001? Appreciate whatever help you can offer.
        Regards,
        Wayne

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  76. Terri Teutsch

    ReplaceD the starter, still won’t start. Might be bad starter? 2nd run generator but no power in side???? We’re new to just don’t understand. Thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Gary,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information on your running light staying on, we need the make, model, and year of your rig as well as the chassis brand. The running lights would have nothing to do with the battery disconnect switch as they run off the chassis battery and the disconnect is for the house batteries. If the light stays on, you have power coming to the fixture from a wire touching after the light switch? Trace the positive wire from that fixture back to the switch to find the issue.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  77. Jerome Imbriani

    We keep our camper on a lot with no electricity available. When I’m there I connect the camper to my truck and leave my truck running to save the camper battery. I do this to prevent battery drain When I open my slideouts. When I check the monitor it indicates the battery is half charged. Is there any benifit to connecting and running my truck to the camper.

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  78. Barry Hankewich

    We run with two batteries. One in service and one on standby. After one incident of finding a dead battery upon hooking up, we’ve added a second battery along side the first and have installed a disconnect at the batteries.
    The electric jack is powered from the tow vehicle instead of the on-board source there by eliminating the problem of not being able to power the jack incase of a power drain! So far the set-up has proved to be very satisfying as it has eliminated a lot of teeth grinding!!!!

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  79. Ralph

    I bought my Lance 1685 travel trailer about 6 weeks ago. I just noticed today that the red LED running lights at the back of the trailer won’t turn off. These lights are supposed to be off when the trailer is not connected to the tow vehicle…..correct? The yellow running lights at the front of the trailer only come on when the trailer umbilical cord is connected to the tow vehicle. The red running LED lights only go off when I disconnect the electrical power cord. Do you know what could be causing this issue?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Ralph,

      The running lights are supposed to be powered by the tow vehicle power
      through the 7 pin power cord. If they stay on while disconnected,
      somewhere you have a 12-volt wire from the house batteries powering the
      lights which is incorrect If you just bought it, take it back and
      have it corrected.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  80. Bill

    Feeling the need to replace all batteries, there a few years old, trying to figure out what to buy, I currently have 2 12 V start batteries, Maintenance free, and 4 6V house, non maintenance free, could you advise me on what I should be doing and of course, trying to be economical, my current batteries are Econo Power, wondering if I should go maintenance free on house also ??
    Thanks
    Bill

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Bill,

      Since you indicated these are Econo-Power, I would bet they are not original as most of the house batteries don’t last much longer than 2-3 years due to improper charging and storing which results in sulfation. There are a lot of cheap deep cycle batteries out there so be careful about what you buy. Winnebago went to the NAPA brand as the plates are thicker so they hold up longer during “cycling” and the welds are superior than most batteries they have tested. If you are looking for lead acid batteries, I would suggest the NAPA brand or Trojan but make sure you charge and store them properly! Lead acid batteries require a multistage charge every month which starts with a high voltage bulk charge and then an equalizing and float stage. Larger inverters have this feature, otherwise I would suggest getting a Battery Minder from Northern Tool. If you do not do a lot of dry camping, I would suggest getting the lead acid batteries and match the amp/hr rating of your current batteries. If you want to step it up, then look at a higher “group” rating which is more amp/hrs or you can opt for the worry free Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries from Lifeline. You will still need to consider the amount of amp/hrs required for dry camping, however these will last much longer and will not sulfate as fast. Visit http://www.lifelinebatteries.com for more info and how to calculate what size you need.

      For the engine battery, I would suggest contacting a diesel truck service center to match the cold cranking amps (CCA) you need for your rig. Most of these service centers have a track record of what batteries are the best and last so there is less “junk” available from them.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  81. MICHAEL

    There is a faint buzzing noise throughout my 5th wheel that seems to come and go when I turn lights on and off. When I turn my batteries off it goes away completely. I’m in a 2016 Jaco 5th wheel on city power at RV Park.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Michael,

      Buzzing can be caused by several things inside an RV and it’s good you isolated it to the 12-volt side since it stops when the batteries are turned off. Most of the buzzing I have experienced has come from light fixtures and usually the fluorescent ceiling lights. I would start by having everything on and taking out individual bulbs to see if you can identify the actual source of the buzzing. It could also be feedback through speakers if you are using a surround sound that is powered by 12-volt. Also, check your TV as I have had feedback coming through the TV from a 12-volt source that causes interference.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  82. MICHAEL

    All my appliances have pilot light electronic ignition I think. The book says before you turn on the propane, you have to turn off the remote switch for the igniters. Is this the same as the battery disconnect switch. I am new to this and don’t want to explode with the RV igniting the appliances, furnace refrig and water heater/ stove? Manuals leave a lot to speculation. I’m confused?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Michael,

      I believe what they are trying to describe is the safest procedure to open the LP tank or cylinders in the case of a travel trailer. It is recommended that you shut off the battery with the disconnect switch and make sure the unit is not plugged into shoreline power. Then verify all LP valves to the appliances are off. If you have a stove top valve open, it will fill the rig with LP so make sure everything is off. Now open the valve slowly so there isn’t a fast rush of LP which would trigger the excess flow valve in the ACME connector at the cylinder or tank. Wait a few minutes and then go inside to see if the LP Leak detector is chirping or you smell LP. If there is a leak and the you smell the distinct odor of rotten eggs or the LP Leak Detector is chirping, immediately shut off the LP supply and call a dealer! If not, turn the house batteries back on and individually start the LP appliances. Most will have a Direct Spark Ignitor (DSI) which automatically opens the valve and sends a spark to light the burner assembly rather than a pilot light. The stove top generally has a manual spark ignitor commonly referred to as the Peizo just like your residential grill. You either turn a knob that sends a spark, or push a button. If you have an oven, this generally has a pilot light that needs to be lit.
      Hope this helps? For more info, check out the videos on the site pertaining to the overview of operations of specific appliances. Most of them are free!

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

      Reply
  83. Cindy

    One of my batteries exploded. Repair person could not find a reason. Suspects leveler motor emitted hydrogen may be the cause. Anyone know? Thanks

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    • Al

      Sometimes a battery will fail and the plates stick together causing a short and over charges and consequently explodes. Have seen before and our battery supplier said faulty battery.

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  84. James

    There are 2 rocker switches for Main and Aux batteries near the passenger seat. These I believe turn off the chassis & house battery banks. I have to have them on to get power from a solar panel to the batteries through the dash cig lighter type outlet.
    There is a rotary switch between the battery compartments labeled On & Off. They appear to connect the 2 battery banks in parallel because there is only 1 positive cable from each bank connected to it. Is that correct? When should it be in the Off position and why?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello James,

      To provide more specific information on your switches, we need the make, model, and year of your rig. I agree that the main and aux switches are for the chassis and house batteries, but the rotary switch has me a little confused? It sounds like it might have been installed aftermarket? I’m not aware of anyone putting in a shut off between two batteries connected parallel as you would want them both being drained and charged at the same rate?

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  85. Al

    Will mot crank.. Power light comes on but will not turn over. Tried jumping switch no difference. Getting power on battery cable at gen set.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Al,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information on what I believe is a non starting generator, we need the make, model, and year of your rig and the generator. If it’s a typical Onan, you need to verify 12-volt power coming to the starter and the switch. If you have 12-volts at the starter, it could be a stuck starter at which time you would need to pull it off and bench test.

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  86. Ray

    Squeak under the dashboard there’s a thin unit next to the emergency brake system just left of it looks like an iPad turned on its side when I push on it while driving the noise goes away / what is that unit and can I fix it

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  87. william tobyansen

    what are 2 fusible links from house battery for ? they are both corroded beyond use and I don’t know where they go or what to replace them with. thank you!!!!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi William. To provide more specific information on the best location of your battery disconnect switch we need the make, model, and year of your rig. If it’s a trailer, the battery would be outside on the tongue or front compartment, most Class A units are in the steps, and Class C units are in a front compartment so they would all have a different location. It’s best to mount it as close to the battery as possible but in an easy to access location. Also I would not recommend mounting it outside as moisture can get at the connections.
      Thanks
      Dave-RVRC

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  88. Renick

    Latch on basement door for access to propane tank will not release. From under side, I removed the handle to be able to pull the rods to the catch. One side released, other will not even with the rod extended. Any secrets to get latch to release?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Renick,

      It seems as though the arm has bent or stuck on something? Since
      it’s the propane door, you should have access to the hinge from underneath
      as it is an open compartment? I would suggest going through the
      bottom/back side and see if you can remove the actual latch on the side of
      the compartment? Or can you get to the hinge and take the door
      off? This would make it easier to work on the door on a bench and
      you will probably need to take the door apart?

      Thanks,
      David RVRC Video Membership

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  89. Charles W Tillinghast

    Just bought a 2006 Salem camping trailer with a leak in the roof, all I need to know is what material the roof is composed of. Can anyone help ?

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  90. Tino

    battery in my RV went dead so I replaced it with a new Optima blue marine battery connected positive and negative and I have no lights in my rig do you know where the reset button is or Or what do I replace or inspect

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  91. William

    generator stalls when starting for 3 times then the 4 time it starts runs great what would cause the stalling

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    • Customer Service

      Hello William,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information we need the make, model, and year of your generator. If it’s a permanently mounted version, it’s probably an Onan? If so, the first thing I would check is if it has a winter/summer lever or an altitude adjustment? This will change the air to fuel ratio which might be your issue. Then I would change the oil and air cleaner to make sure you are starting with a clean system. Then add some fuel additive like SeaFoam or Onan’s brand. If it still does it, it probably varnish starting to form in the carburetor. Gas generators need to be run for 30 minutes once a month under at least 1/2 load to burn out the varnish.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  92. William

    generator stalls the first 3 times to start the4 time it starts and runs great whats the cause

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  93. Bounthanome

    Flip the switch to USE on the battery disconnect, after about 20min lost power as a burning smell appears. Was not able to pin point the location of the smell. As of now no power to lights or monitoring center. However, during shore power I get power on the 110 outlets, including microwave, and tv, and still no interior lights. On generator no interior lights power no outlets no microwave. No fuse blown on power distributions no power in the DC PD fuse. NO DC 12v power. GFCI working fine on 110 shore power. Could it be my convertor or solenoid?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Bounthanome,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information we need the make, model, and year of your RV. If you have a battery disconnect switch you probably have a Battery Isolation Manager or BIM that is usually located in the battery compartment. This not only disconnects the battery when they get charged, but also provides a jump start for the engine battery in the case of a motorhome. Otherwise you have a simple battery disconnect solenoid that has probably shorted out and is not allowing 12-volt power to pass through to the distribution center. I would take a simple 12-volt light meter and start at the batteries and find where the power stops?

      Thanks,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  94. Scott Whitlock

    Out of Storage today…batteries dead…tried everything (including charging) :-).,
    Freightliner M2 Business Class Chassis with Cummins ISB.

    Could only get the coach to start/stay running when the 2 battery terminals on the fusebox under the hood were connected. We stumbled onto this when jumping it to get it started. The jumper cables were connected over the 2 terminals, and then when we removed them, the coach died. I used the vice-grips to get her to the dealer.

    I supposed we could have hurt something while jumping?
    We tried everything to get it started:
    – jumping house batteries and using the override relay to start coach with house batteries
    – putting jump on coach batteries (under driver seat – what a pain)
    – putting jump on these terminals in engine area marked “Battery +”

    Finally got her started when these connections were made…

    Any ideas? Thanks so much,

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  95. Art

    There is a battery disconnect switch on the cupboard side wall next to the door. There is no ON/OFF indication on the plate for the switches???
    How can I tell if the switches are on or off? They operate solenoids in the electrical control box under the hood. The solenoids switch from one side to another and are not spring return. I hear them click when I operate the switch back and forth but don’t know if the switches are on or off.
    If I unplug the external 110v power, would I have a reading on the volt meters in the electricall control panel in the hallway?
    I will appreciate any help with this
    Thank you,, Art P

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  96. Wayne

    I have just purchased my first RV, a 2002 Coachmen Mirada 340MBS. The first trip went well, but on the second trip the house battery switch wouldn’t stay connected, The light came on and there was the usual click click sound from under the step and a whir sound from up the front, but when I released the switch the light goes out and the battery is not connected. If I hold the switch, the light stays on and I can press the ‘Step In ‘ switch and the step will store, so it’s getting power, but when I release it the light goes out and nothing is powered. The house battery is only a month old and is a 150AHr Gel battery, It measures 12.8 volts. Please advise thanks.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Wayne,

      Sounds like you have a bad switch? If you have to manually hold the switch down and it works, there must be a broken tab inside that doesn’t hold it in the on position, rather back to an open circuit? I would start by taking out the switch to see if there is any obvious broken part and change it first.

      Thanks,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  97. Tim

    i have two questions i recently purchased this rv it is my first one the first question is in the compartment where the generator is i have a junction box with 2 110 wires in it do they both connect to the generator also there is a solenoid mounted on the frame of the rv about half way from the starter to the generator what does this do thanks

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  98. Craig

    Where are the sensors for the grey and black tanks? They don’t seem easy to access for replacement.

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  99. Joe Fairbourn

    Living at koa in slc . Power went out . No ac.or dc . Power in pole is working . I am not jooked up to a vehicle. Two days ago power would flicker on and off . If I used one appliance at a time it would work fine . Do I need good batties while hooked up to shore power ?

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  100. Sheryll

    Looking for battery disconnect have power to power lift only nothing to interior camper

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  101. John Jimerson

    Why does my onan gas gen. Shutdown when i turn battery switch off,thanks.

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  102. Daryl

    I have a fifth wheel, 50 amp. I have my 50 amp cord with an adaptor plugged into a 110 house outlet. When the furnace ignites it causes the LED lights in the living room portion of the rv to flash on briefly and then they go off. Ideas as to what might be causing this and solutions would be helpful.

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  103. Dwight

    I am driving on the interstate and my auto leveler has a light flashing on the jacks down (they are not down) and a beeping alarm that comes and goes. Any ideas what we need to do?

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  104. David

    RV Newbie and wondering where the house battery is located on my RV? There’s one in the front where the hydraulic system is located. I can’t get my slides to work except manually. Is there supposed to be another battery besides the one? Thanks

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  105. Joseph

    Innition turns, motor wouldn’t start. Battery is charged. Can jump start with connected power to the syonoid.

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  106. Floyd Rogers

    I need to know the location of the hydraulic pump that operates the slide-out. Maint check says check oil level etc. and to know how operate manually if the pump fails.

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  107. Jonny Lindberg

    wath can i paint the outer roof with, canyou tell me where i can by that coler ?

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  108. Darcey Davidson

    Generac propane generator motor and all mechanical checked and good, no power getting to generator

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  109. dashwaabradley

    This mallard camper has sat for 9 years. Have cleaned the orifice in the gas line. I also blew out the exterior compartment and cleaned the stack. I have a brand new deep cell battery. When the fridge is on 110 both the freezer and fridge work well. when I am on lp the igniter pops and I see a nice blue flame and the stack gets warm. the freezer is ice cold and the fridge is warm. the freezer has a temp slider on the right side of the box and it is all the way up. Please send your solution to dashwaabradley@yaoo.com

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      If it works on 120-volt power for both the freezer and refrigerator then your cooling unit is not blocked and you will need to verify 12-volt power and LP pressure? When you are connected to shoreline power, your converter is keeping your battery charged. I assume when you are using the LP mode of the refrigerator you are dry camping so you are drawing off the battery? Even though it’s brand new, doesn’t mean it’s holding the amp hours your rig is drawing? It will start out good, but then can drop fast if the plates are sulfated which could happen as soon as a couple months! Have you tried running on the LP mode with the rig plugged into shoreline power? This would tell you that the batteries were not providing enough amp hours? You may need to get a larger amp hour battery or a second one? Then you need to verify LP pressure. Even though you have a nice steady blue flame, when the water heater kicks on, or any other LP appliance, does the pressure drop and not provide enough flame/heat? Try this method of testing:
      Lite one of the stove top burners and verify a nice steady blue flame. Open second one and see if the flame stays up on both. Next the third. Now run the refrigerator on LP mode and see what happens to the flames. If the unit sat for 9 years, the regulator may be to weak to supply enough pressure for multiple operations?

      Hope this helps,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  110. Ed

    I have 2 batteries in my Travel Trailer and I want to hook up a disconnect switch. I got a switch from Amazon which has 2 posts. Can I hook the 2 batteries up to 1 post?

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  111. Julie Roberts

    Hi all we have just brought a gulfstream sun sport rv 1989. And on arriving home it broke down, on restarted it melted the red cable that comes out of the battery. We are based in the uk and have no idea how to fix it. Can anyone give us a idea of why this has happened. Thanks Julie

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  112. Ray

    Won’t start, apply brake unit makes noise, battery is fully charged. Any ideals?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Ray,

      Can you please supply us with the year, make, and model of your RV and we will look further into this for you.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  113. Robert Young

    Vin: 1F6NF53Y570A00382. Problem I’m having is the house batteries are not charging up over 50% they are less than six months old they are 24 ‘s – 750. Dash booster will click but won’t light or start batteries. Camera, dash fans won’t come on. Generator will click, click because bats are low. tried recharge batts for 15 minutes but won’t increase. Engine battery works fine. Slides/awnings work fine. Jacks have power but won’t come down Believe it’s the battery isolator. Help

    Thank You for your assist

    Robert Young
    985-640-2574

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  114. John Mills

    Driving down the road an audible alarm started going off. I pulled over, checked all components but found both. I did find the oil was a qt low, so I filled it. Alarm temporarily cleared, but came on again within 5 minutes. Our refrigerator will or light on propane, but didn’t know if that was on the circuit. Only solution I found to silence alarm was by shutting off disconnect switch. Problem I was towing and lost rear dolly lights and brakes.

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  115. stevevernelson

    I have to replace my toggle/rocker switch for the main power, auxiliary battery inside motorhome. There are no screws on outside to remove cover plate.how do I get plate off to replace switch?

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  116. ggagnon23

    The outlets that are connected to the GFCI outlet are not working but the GFCI outlet is not tripped and this outlet is working. Any answers to resolve this problem would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      If a GFCI outlet gets overloaded and trips several times, the outlet becomes defective and will some times work but has the connecting plate at the screws for the other outlets “fried” or creates an open circuit which means no power going out. Shut off the main breaker, pull the GFCI out of the wall and inspect the wires and terminals. You should be able to do a continuity test to see if there is a closed circuit coming into and out of the outlet. Otherwise, you can turn the breaker back on and use a multimeter to check voltage coming out. My guess is you have no 120-volt power coming out of the GFCI.

      Thanks,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  117. Terilynn

    Having an issue with a breakaway switch. When the pin is pulled on it should I hear the brake magnets humming. I hear them when I apply the brakes by way of the TV, but not when the pin is pilled on the breakaway switch. Batteries are fully charged, switch is applying power all the way back to the magnets.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Terilynn,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information on your breakaway switch, we need the make, model, and year of your rig. You should not “hear” the magnets when the brakes are applied and if you are getting something through the TV, then it’s probably interference from the electrical system of the brakes? Not sure why you hear something in the TV when the brakes are applied and not when the pin is pulled as they should be doing the same thing? Have you tested the brakeaway pin to see if it’s working? You can pull the pin and slowly pull the trailer ahead to see if the tires skid? I would suggest pulling the hubs off to see what’s going on or have a trailer expert work on it.

      Thanks,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  118. George Ayers

    My RV has two switches as you come in the door. One is for chassis battery one for coach battery. Even when I put in off position the battery goes dead. Am I not doing something right by pushing the switch to the off position?

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  119. fred prince

    in the rv there is a on/off switch in front of sink below counter, what exactly does this switch control

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  120. Mary Armstrong

    I need help covering out what I have did wrong connecting my coach to its 50 amp plug

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  121. Len Sousa

    The dash air conditioner stopped working along with the blower. Checked all the fuses, good. Unable to check the Air relays. Could this be the issue.

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  122. Betty Maire

    We bought our RV 2006. Had in the shop for accumlative 2 months. Long list. I would like to upgrade drawers guides with sliders. Fix window noise. fix slider came out. Hydrolic does not work. Fix whistle noise in grill.

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  123. Betty Maire

    Need to replace glide on drawers with gliders. stop rattle on driver and passenger side window. Fix driver side slider. Did not hold and slipped out while driving. Check hydrolic fuild. Grill has whistle noise. Window shade.

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  124. jthuds1633

    New to the site and RV ownership. I am looking forward to a long relationship with RV repair club.

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  125. Larry Skora

    My batteries are good but I have no power to the coach. It starts fine, all switches are on, checked fuses and circuit breakers but no juice in the coach. No radio, power seats, no interior lights etc…HELP!!!

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  126. greg

    I just purchased this 1996 jayco 2831b. a switch is located beside steering wheel that says 12volt master. what is this,and what is it for.

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  127. Joseph Schmitt

    when the battery disconnect is in storage are the lights and awning still suppose to work or should they be disconnected because mine still all function when in storage mood

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  128. Doug

    We’re is the batter disconnect located not the switch the disconnect with the 5amp fues

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  129. Charlie McCullough

    RV won’t start. No electricity driver information center, parking lights, headlights, or leveling system. Chassis & house switches appear to cause a relay to click, but the chassis indicate light does not light. Asile light switch works on dash. I have checked many fuses which are ok. Please help! Thank you!!!

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  130. shumadiya

    after I change house battery nothing work inside motorhome but everything work on genset what is problem

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Check the voltage at the batteries and make sure they are connected properly, not connected on the wrong posts. Check to see if there is an in-line fuse or breaker that might be tripped. The can also be a fuse on the distribution center preventing battery voltage from coming in. Also make sure the battery connections aren’t rusty. Check the chassis ground too, the battery negative might go directly to the frame and if the screw is busted or rusted would cause the battery not to work.

      Hope this helps,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Are you plugged into an outlet? Do you have a good battery connected to the RV? If you are plugged into an outlet, depending on how old your converter is, there should still be 12v without a battery on the RV. I would check the converter and make sure there isn’t a blown fuse, they can be on the front by the fuse panel or on the converter itself which can be behind the distribution center. If you are just running off a battery I would check the voltage coming out of the battery. A good battery would read around 12.6VDC. If the battery has voltage, check for an in-line fuse. They are usually 30amp and can be blade fuses, reset breakers or thermal fuses. Make sure your battery connections are correct as well. If you have a motorhome, check the battery disconnect switch and if it can run off of the chassis battery to work.

      Hope this helps,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  131. James stewart

    What are the two red wires for and Theresa a brown and yellow,I had to order a latching control switch as there wasn’t one in it,and I’m not sure how to hook it up

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  132. Russell Heck

    We have a water leak somewhere around the freshwater pump and cannot pull all of that at this time.There is no shutoff valve between the back of the pump and the city waterline that prevents back flow that I can see. Is there a temp fix for this or anything?

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  133. Dave

    My unit would only start using emergency start switch. Solution was the “chassis” switch on the Battery connect panel was in Off position. Spent all morning testing batteries, wires, fuses, etc, geeez.

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  134. fish4it44

    I recently had my generator stop working while on a trip could not get started back, the refrigerator quit as well. I checked the house battery and it was fried (not a deep cycle) replaced it with new deep cycle and the generator still would not run (it turns over but will not start) I checked all fuses that i know about all good. do you have a step by step trobleshooting guide.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      You have to make sure it is a deep cycle battery and check the water levels often. Have you checked the oil level? Air filter? How old was the gas used? What generator do you have? Onan has a good manual with a troubleshooting guide that can be used to check other models as well. I will provide a link to it below. If the fridge was running when the genset was on, check the fuse on the control board on the back of the fridge (usually has one depending on the model). If your fridge gas and electric? Does it not work on both? If I could get the make and model of the fridge and generator I can help you troubleshoot better. https://power.cummins.com/sites/default/files/literature/rv/F-1123-EN.pdf

      Hope this helps,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  135. spankymark

    where is the battery disconnect switch I can’t find it also I can’t find which fuse controls map lights please help thanks mark

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  136. Robin.Handelman

    Looking for a “how to” on diagnosing chassis grounding/shorting issues, under powered alternator, and upgrade to higher current alternator with external diodes. Do you have any suggestions/videos/how to’s?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Robin,

      Have you added anything to the vehicle that would require a higher current alternator? The alternators that come with the vehicle are able to cover everything with some extra room as well. If your alternator is weak, it may just need replaced. If you are having grounding issues you just have to trace the chassis ground from the negative on the battery and make sure it isn’t loose or rusted. It may just need reset. The case to the alternator is the ground usually and the mounting bolts need a good solid connection as well. If you upgrade, you may have to run higher gauge wires to be able to handle the higher amps. Unfortunately we don’t have any videos on this but unless you have an upgraded sound system or have added other accessories that need more power, I would stick with what came with the chassis to be safe.

      Hope this helps,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  137. WILLIAM TOBYANSEN

    2 wires with fusable links AND in line fuses, 15A and 3A, HAVE corroded and fallen from house battery positive. what could they be for ? they go into a conduit and are untraceable.

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  138. amen59ta

    I have 2 battery disconnect switches in my rv. One is house battery, the other is chassis battery. When staying at a campground for an extended amount of time, what position should these switches be in. I am connected to 50amp service.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Typically you would want them to be on so your converter is charging the house batteries while plugged into an outlet. You have to check the water levels on the batteries often though. You don’t really want to turn them off, if you lose 120v power and only left with battery power you want to make sure they are charged. Chassis battery should be off but if your converter can charge the chassis battery, depending on what RV make and model you have, it can be turned on periodically to make sure you don’t have a dead battery when trying to leave the site.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  139. Denise Richardson

    The campground we have a permanent site at was having electrical issues,so decided to unplug our camper and went home several hours later.We returned three weeks later and plugged in our camper and the slideout and awning would not open.Wondering if the battery was to low. I did not leave it plugged in.

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  140. shirley cox

    lights won’t come on inside without generator now, so replaced disconnect switch and new battery under coach still won’t work have ordered new battery disconnect relay, if that doesn’t work what can it be? Shirley

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  141. Jennifer Burns

    My house/couch disconnect switch doesn’t disconnect. The green light remains on when switched to off position and house lights remain on unless I turn them off myself. The RV is not plugged in.

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  142. SAMUEL

    How do I empty the 2nd Black Water Tank? How do I turn on the pump on the pump on the passenger side to empty the tank? Obviously, new at this!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Samuel,

      I’m going to need some more information to assist you. Having the make, model and year of you RV would be a big help. Are you able to empty the other black and gray tanks? Do you have a macerater pump that sends the tanks contents out of a hose? Some units have these as well as the standard termination drain. Most of the time, there are gate valves that need to be opened to send the contents to the pump or gravity drain. There will be a valve for each individual tank. All black tanks have a 3″ valve, the smaller valves are only for gray tanks. If you have the pump, all of the tanks will go to it when draining. All of the tanks will go to the standard gravity termination valve as well. Usually there is a valve at the termination that needs to be closed and one at the pump that needs to be opened. The pump will have a switch by the hose. I have never heard of a pump on the passenger side to empty tanks, are you talking about the water pump for the fresh water system? That does not need to be turned on when draining the tanks. If you could provide some more information on what RV you have I can see how the system is set up and what you need to do to empty the tanks.

      Thanks,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  143. Marta Torra Escalona

    I disconnected the battery disconnect inside the bus. when I went to connected back it did not work. I bypass the batter disconnect and did not work. checked the converter, 12 v out , check the solenoid 12 in and 12 out, nothing working inside. check the fuse panel all are off but have continuity. I need to have the inside of the rv, fridge aircond, and light working

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  144. Philip Redding

    My battery disconnect isn’t working so I replaced the switch with a new one and it still isn’t working. There is power to the switch because the little green light is on. Any suggestions on this?

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  145. Joseph

    When using a 30 amp breaker at a campground with a 30 amp to 50 amp adapter, are both legs of the 50 amp service in the RV powered (through the same 30 amp breaker)?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Joseph,

      You are correct. On a 50 amp service there are two hot legs coming into the RV, they are actually 50 amp for each leg. In the RV, if you look at the distribution panel you will see 2-50 amp breakers on a connected switch. The left side of the breakers is all on one leg and the right side of the breakers is on the other leg. This means 50 amps is going to each side. When you use an adapter for a 30 amp connection, it only brings one hot leg into the system and splits it to both legs of the RV. So when you use the adapter, there will be a shared 30 amp service to the whole RV. You have to be careful on what you use inside the RV when doing this because the total load capacity has now dropped.

      I hope this makes sense and helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  146. Mac

    Battery use / store or battery disconnect is not working properly. It stays in use mode not matter if I switch it to store mode. What’s wrong why will it not work. Is there a fuse or something preventing the switch to occur. I noticed when I attempt to switch it to store mode a single overhead light flickers but it stays in use mode. Help me please.

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  147. MARTIN

    TV cable. The problem is when I connect to campground cable that is digital I can not get a signal for TV’s to run. Both TV;s are digital capable. I only have one cable connection to trailer.
    Earlier I got a dish TV antenna and that to would not play through trailer cable. I fixed this problem by running new cable along frame and up through floor to Dish TV box then to TV and it works fine.
    Now back this not running on the digital TV signal. Using cable I ran for Sat dish both TVs would play well on the campground digital signal.
    At this campground they also have a shop that they will install or work om you trailer. I talked with them and they said it was a common problem they have been seeing. The problem they say is not the cable but the spliters use in the cable. The signal will not pass through the type spliter they ate and they need to be change. I found one behind stereo un big screen TV. splits there and goes to that set and then back up into wall where I assume it runs across bathroom ceiling coming in bedroom ceiling. After changing this still no signal. Now they tell the other spliter could be anyplace in a ceiling or even a side wall. Does them seam right or am I just chasing my tail here.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Martin,

      Normally splitters will only be used directly behind the main living area TV. The cable connection outside goes directly to the main entertainment center and then into an antenna booster on most models. There is usually a selector switch for antenna or cable. Out from there it will go to the main TV, on the back there will be a line for a bedroom TV and a splitter used to send it to another source. If you have this setup there could be a problem with the antenna booster not sending an output. If you don’t have this and the cable coming in just comes to a splitter, it should be the only splitter unless you have other cable outputs. If you only have the main TV and another with no outside outputs, there won’t be another splitter. See how for down the cable you can see off that splitter, if there is another one it will usually be near by. With the new splitter not working, it is possible there is a problem with the cable line or the coax connections themselves. You could always test the splitter on the coax you ran to see if the splitter is OK. If it works fine there, you know the problem lies withing the cable lines. It could start at the outside connection or a break in the cable inside a wall. If you have a multi meter and some extra cable, you can preform a continuity test from the outside connection and the inside connection to make sure the line is OK. These problems can be tough to trace, but the best thing to do is check and make sure the cable is sending through and the connections are good.

      I hope this helps some!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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      • MARTIN

        Thanks for your info. I now know I’ll be headed in right direction working on this. This all started in a campground in South Carolina. I had like two rain days with this and took easy way out by asking the people there. Changing splitter did not make much sense to me but it was inside out of rain 🙂 I being from New York State put it into storage down there till I get back in Jan. I then will be living in it for a month or so. Should have plenty of time to test cables. Like you stated I believe it has to be an open between splitter and outside connection point or a bad connection. I hoping for bad connection. It would be a real bear to route cable through ceiling from one end to the other.
        Thanks again for the reply.

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  148. Larry W Kennedy

    How do we turn the 12V disconnect back on? The button is a spring action type button. You just press it for the disconnect and then the button returns to its original position. We don’t see any way to turn it back to “connect”. Batteries are charged, but nothing works unless we are on shore power. We have an inverter also.

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  149. matt.caldwell2201

    If I hit the House Battery disconnect switch, do my Inverters still take some charge from the batteries? If so, do I need to turn them off “before” I hit the switch?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Matt,

      It depends on how the switch is set up, they are different on all RV’s and the manufactures wire them differently. Some use the switch as a complete “kill switch” from the system and shuts everything down while others only disconnect the battery from the converter, leaving things connected to the battery still operable link an inverter. The best way to check is turn off the switch and then turn on the inverter to see if it still has power. With the inverter off, there should not be any power drain anyway. It’s better to turn off the inverters when not in use anyways just in case there is a load on the inverter you don’t want to cause any high amp issues by cutting the power out.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  150. mdrich63

    Batteries are getting very hot. Checked voltage it was 12.5 when opening the door there was a strong odor that’s when I found they were very hot.

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  151. samsflounder

    I just need to know if the battery disconnect should be on or off. I lice in my rv year round.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      I would leave it in the “on” position. If you left it off, after a while your battery shelf life would get low and loose it’s charge. By leaving it plugged in, it will be getting a charge from the converter. Most converters have a trickle stage and after the battery is full it will drop the charge to maintain the battery. This is also good in case there is a power outage, the battery can be used to operate the fridge on gas or inverter and you can also use things like lights, furnace and water heater just in case the power is out.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  152. Bob Isbell

    I am having trouble putting the coach batteries into storage mode. When I put them into storage mode, I can hear the relay(s) click and the switch panel light stays on but nothing else happens. Batteries end up dying if I’m not connected to shore power.

    I found a bad fuse next to the Relays in the box behind the batteries (not 1 of the 2 on the relays itself but next to it), replaced the fuse and I was able to place them in storage mode at that point BUT when they go into storage mode.

    The small LED light above the switch panel flickers and if I turn on a light inside the coach to verify the power is off, it flickers as well. While this flicker is happening, I’ve checked the Battery Disconnect Relay underneath the coach behind the batteries and it is not making any noise at all. If I switch out of storage mode, I have a solid switch panel LED and full lights in the coach.

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  153. frederick reichard

    store ,,inuse light wont turn off..COULD it be broken green ground wire broken causing back feed ?

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  154. melvin cooper jr

    we just put in a new house battery ,but we don’t know which connector goes to the terminals help ,or will anything happen if they are connected wrong, thanks

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  155. Steve

    When I switch my battery disconnect switch either way it trips my 40amp Coach breaker and I don’t know why, I replaced my Converter because it went bad but now dealing with this

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  156. daniel

    i own a 2014 thor outlaw ive had to replace the house batteries but for some reason even with the new ones i cant dry camp i have no lights and the batteries want stay charged what could be the problem

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Daniel,

      Do the lights work at first and then turn off quickly? What do you use to charge the batteries? Depending on the size of batteries and what you are using, they could only last a few days during dry camping. How many batteries do you have and are they connected properly? 12v batteries need to be parallel and 6v batteries need to be in series. If you connected the new batteries and nothing turned on, I would check the fuses and the battery connections. There could be an inline fuse, one on the panel/converter and if you have a disconnect switch there could be a problem there too. If the batteries die really fast there could be a short in the wiring or something in the system draining them quickly. If the last batteries you had went bad, there could be something faulty in the wiring or the converter that could be causing the batteries to fail and nothing to work. Checking the connections would be the best place to start, then tracing the voltage back from the batteries and wee where the voltage loss is would be the next step.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
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  157. jess

    my MH won’t start lights do not come on dash gauges do not come on.
    new engine battery new battery cables no click just like if no battery was installed.
    is there a engine battery disconnect switch?

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  158. RICK

    Improving Ride , Sway , Steering , : i’m putting on Sumosprings soon , so i’m wandering if the next step might be a Steering stabilizer and what brand is the best ?

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  159. Kelwin

    New to truck camping so sorry if I sound silly. I was wondering what the best place to install a battery isolator for my setup, and how does a person install the isolator when using a 7-way plug?
    Thanks for any input.

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  160. Paul Lesslie

    I have a battery disconnect solenoid but cannot find the disconnect switch. Is it the one marked Aux batt on/off?

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  161. Ralph

    The frig . draws 11 to 12 volts even when the frig. power switch is turned off?

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  162. vic1

    My FIN# is 739W67169629, Model W. Where would I find the ac to dc converter on this coach?

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  163. Larry

    The coach power connect disconnect switch has a green light that is on when you turn the connect on then goes off when you turn the disconnect on. What does it mean when the green light goes off then comes back on when you hit the disconnect?

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  164. Calvin E Williams

    I have no power after replacing chassis battery this spring where is the vehicle battery cutout located 5.7 leather v8

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  165. David Spence

    my battery is dead. unit is connected to electric power but my electric awning will not work. wondering if battery has to be good for awning to work.

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  166. Shelly

    I have a push pull switch to disconnect battery. But not sure which is which…when pulled Out is it disconnected ( pushed in means it is connected)? Seems silly question, but I can’t find info on this little detail.

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  167. Paul

    My fresh water tank fills up over night when connected to city water connection
    How does that happen

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  168. JAMES

    Need info on how to help me control handling issues with my F53 chassis. Constant steering corrections while driving, bow wave from passing trucks cause issues, etc. Installed a SafeT Steer and it does help a little, but need to know what I could do next to get the best improvement in steering control. Thank you.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear James,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      Since you already have the steering stabilizer I would look into the anti-sway bars. These help and lot and can make for a much better driving experience. They offer both front and rear and the front ones help a great deal with the steering while the rears help a lot with the sway control of passing trucks and side wind. I will post a link below that shows the different makes and models for the sway control for the F53. I hope this helps!
      https://www.etrailer.com/tv-best-2018-ford-f53-suspension-upgrades.aspx

      https://www.etrailer.com/vm/Ford/F-53/swaybars

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  169. James Holder

    Hello,when I press main disconnect switch to on I have no power to dash or panel over range hood. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks……

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  170. MARCEL LESSARD

    no electrical power in my sprinter do not start no light nothing whork in the cab batterie is 13.4 volts Help!

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  171. Gardner Leighton

    My husband is replacing our battery in the 5th wheel and how do the wires hook up? He said looks like they are crossed black to pos. white to neg need help before he blows himself up!!!

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Gardner,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      Well hopefully I can help so that doesn’t happen! You do want to pay attention to the wire coloring. Unfortunately there is no set color code for the wires. Usually is they are black and white, the black is positive and the white is negative. If they are red and black, the black will be the negative. If you still aren’t sure you would have to trace the wires. Usually the negative goes to a chassis ground, screwed into the metal of the frame somewhere. The positive usually goes to a disconnect switch, fuse or breaker. There is usually a safety fuse on the power distribution center that has a reverse polarity fuse. This fuse will blow if you accidentally hook up the battery cables backwards. So if you hook up the battery and nothing works, check for this fuse and if it blows reverse the battery connections. I hope this helps!

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  172. Deborah Voelkel

    Do you have a video, which I can’t seem to find, on ignition switch?

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  173. Richard Waldron

    I full time RV in my 5th wheel for work. I am currently in a mobile home park and am providing my own power. I would like to connect a Communicating Thermostat to my AC system. I have been through the C wire issue and have solved that problem with a converter. I guess the question is how have people been able to connect Programmable residential thermostats and they work but this Communicating one won’t? Honeywell will not help and says will not work but I have seen it with mine own eyes that it will. Is the power sent to the relay different in a camper than a residential if so how do other RVers make their programmable work. Dazed and confused. BTW I do have WiFi internet. I have pics of wiring and am a prolific DIYer.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Richard,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      The problem might be that the communicating thermostats need a constant power of 24VAC, which you said you have fixed. As long as you have 24VAC to power the thermostat you should be able to set up the rest like a regular RV thermostat. The 12v power coming in will be be connected to the R and Rc, for the output power of the furnace and AC. If you have a one speed fan thermostat you can only connect one speed of the AC, either green or gray unless you install a toggle switch or have a thermostat with two fan speeds. You then connect the output wires for the furnace and AC. As long as the thermostat doesn’t try to send out 24VAC to the furnace or AC it should work since you have the 12VDC for the power inputs. I have not seen anyone try to use a communicating thermostat with the converter. Most of the time people just use thermostats that run off of batteries so they don’t have to worry about the C, but all communicating thermostats need that constant power and I have yet to find out how they work in RV systems. Theoretically it should be fine as long at the 24VAC to the thermostat is only to power the controls and it doesn’t send it to anything else.

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  174. Robert Alexander

    what would cause my appliance breaker to make a humming noise even when appliances are off?

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  175. LORI MARTIN

    The Battery Disconnect Switch won’t work…it won’t turn the 12 volt system back on.

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  176. Edmund.swanson

    where do I refill the hydraulic levelers on the 2000 workhorse V32. I read blogs that say it is in the right front wheelwell of some, but I don’t find it in mine. thanks

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  177. Beverley Plummer

    I have a 1991 Jayco slide in truck camper, it’s in good shape except for the chipboard in the roof that got wet from an open seam in the front. I’m wondering if that could be repaired from the inside because the outer wind up walls and roof are good. Tks Bev

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Beverly,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      If you are just talking about the ceiling panel, then yes this should be repairable from the inside. If you are talking about the roof flooring then this would have to be done from the outside. The ceiling panels can usually be cut out and new ones installed. The ceiling panels are installed over the walls so they usually have to be cut around the edges to be removed. You can then add more supports along the ceiling framing with 2×4’s to be able to attach the new panels too. Depending on the look and area you can sometimes get away with just overlaying with another panel without having to remove the old panel. This would make for an easier repair. If you have to replace the flooring on the roof, this can only be done from outside and the roofing material and components would have to come off. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Eugene. The battery disconnect switch would be the main power switch needed to turn off when not in use for the 12v system. The only way to shut down the 120v side would be to unplug the shore cord or turn off the main breaker to the RV.
      Thanks
      Dan RV Repair Club

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      • Colodios

        I retracted the Jack’s on the hwh system but my rear suspension will not inflate

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  178. Patrick

    Outside porch lights wouldn’t work found online fuse in behind light switch under cupboard by door

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    • Customer Service

      Hey Patrick!

      In regards to your issue, we’d love to help! Could you please supply us with the following information:
      -Year
      -Make
      -Model of your RV
      -What you’ve already done to attempt to fix the issue

      Once we have those bits of information, we’d be more than happy to forward your issue onto our experts!

      Sincerely,

      Jessica
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  179. Don Brindamour

    reconnection of cables to 1 single 12volt battery forgot to take pictures and want to hook up correctly

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    • Customer Service

      Dear William,

      We’d love to assist you! Would you be able to provide the year and make of your RV so we can assist you further! Any details you can provide is appreciated!

      Sincerely,

      Jessica
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  180. JAMES

    Our 2014 Winnebago 3500 diesel sprinter with 4 cyl turbocharged mercedes engine has 3 AGM batteries. How long does this type of battery typically last?

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    • Customer Service

      James,

      AGM batteries if properly maintained can last upwards of 6-8 years. They have the longest lifespan out of the different kinds of deep cycle batteries. As long as they have a good charging system, which your RV does, the terminals are kept in good clean shape and you use a battery tender while they are in storage it will keep them running for years to come. If you don’t remove the batteries when in storage but are able to keep the RV plugged in, this works just as well since the charger you have in the converter will keep the batteries well maintained.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  181. Ray Gilmore

    I have three 12V battery with multi-battery isolator Sure Power model 24023A. I do not think the battery are wired right. Look for a diagram. Right now all three are wired together in parallel. I think one should be To auxiliary equipment
    stereo, lights, refrigerator,
    winch, etc.

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    • Customer Service

      Ray,

      You are correct by connecting them in parallel. You want to make sure that the negative from the RV is at the start of the run and the positive from the RV is at the end. This allows for even drain and charge to the batteries. I have a diagram showing two batteries in parallel, it would be the same with three just make sure the RV connections are at the ends. As for the isolater switch, I will also provide a link to the install instructions. Essentially you will have the alternator connected to a terminal input and the output will be connected to the RV positive cable as well. That model does have the option for a second output but unless you have another battery for a different purpose, you wouldn’t need another output. The auxiliary output will be the main connection from the RV positive wires. I hope this helps!
      http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/dam/public/bussmann/Transportation/Resources/instructions/BUS_CBT_INST_180012q.pdf

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  182. Roger Cline

    I am stored in a lot that has no electricity. Need to go in occasionally and move out slides, run air, etc.
    What additional power source should I consider? Inverter? Generator? etc.

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    • Customer Service

      Roger,

      You would want to get a generator if you want to operate the 120v system like the AC or use the outlets. Inverters take a lot more time to install and need a very large battery bank to be able to run the AC and this will drain the batteries. If you use a generator you will be able to run everything and it will also charge the batteries. If you only plan to run one AC and maybe a few other things a 3500w generator would be plenty. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  183. Patrick Strasser

    What charges the 2 auxiliary batteries located under steps of our 2017 Coachmen Leprechaun motorhome?

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    • Customer Service

      Patrick,

      Those batteries will receive a charge when you are plugged into shore power at the campground or when the vehicle engine is running. The shower power sends voltage to a converter that has a built in charging system for the batteries and is usually a multi stage charger. When traveling, the alternator will send a charge to the batteries as well. The converter charging system will only work when the battery disconnect switch is in the “ON” position too. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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    • Customer Service

      Andrea,

      There are many different brands and manufactures of batteries. Whatever you choose, just make sure it is a deep cycle battery. There are some manufactures that claim they have a “true” deep cycle and it works better than others. I don’t know how true it is but I can tell you that Crown says this about their batteries and they do work really well have last a long time. Their wet cell batteries are great and they do offer AGM batteries as well. You can typically get a longer life out of AGM and they are maintenance free but you will pay a premium price for them. They can also be mounted in any direction and don’t have to be vented so adding more batteries to a system is much easier with these. There are other great batteries out there but I would personally recommend Crown. I hope this was helpful!

      https://www.crownbattery.com/products

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  184. Dennis

    Hi there. Just had a quick question about levelers. We purchased this 2003 unit recently, and have it in our driveway which is pretty much level. We have the slideout extended currently and the levelers deployed while we are working on the inside a bit tweaking things. We are due to leave on an extended trip out of the country soon, and I wondered if we should go ahead and retract the levelers and chock the wheels before we leave. We will be gone a month. I was going to go ahead and bring the slideout in before we left of course, but wondered if there was a need to retract the leveling jacks or would it cause any harm to leave them lowered.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Dennis. Leaving your leveling jacks down for extended periods of time shouldn’t have any negative effect on the system. These are made to support the RV for long periods of time and will be fine being left down. The legs go get more exposed to the elements so when you return you might just want to visually inspect them before retracting to make sure there isn’t a lot of dirt or debris on them. Depending on what type of ground you are on, like gravel or grass, having the legs down will help distribute the weight more evenly and prevent the tires from sinking too far down making a tough rut to get out of. You should be fine leaving them down. I hope you have a great trip!
      Thanks
      Dan-RV Repair Club

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  185. Jim O

    need to get power to the 7 wire tow plug, found a black and a orange wire at the tow plug, in the harness. where do they go forward to? fuse block? relay? really don’t want to run a separate chassis batt to tow plug

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Jim. The power to the 7-way is usually red or black. The colors are typically black or red-12v+, white-12v-, brown-running, green-right turn, yellow-left turn, blue-trailer brakes, and the center is AUX or backup lights which I have seen many colors. These colors can change between manufactures. There is no color code for the wires, some choose to use others so it can be really hard to distinguish what operates which function. It is best to test each wire and see what they operate. Using a probe light tester can help with this. If there are two wires not in the plug, they could be for another accessory. All wires should already be connected to the 7-way. If the vehicle came with the 7-way from the factory and there is no power to it, you might want to check the fuses up front. These will tie into the fuses for the chassis. The owners manual usually indicates the fuse with “trailer” or “tow” in the name. Most of the time if there is a 7-way, there is a hot wire to it. It might just need a fuse or relay installed to make it work. I know there are Ford models from 2013-2017 that did not install the fuse or relay but would sometimes put them in the glove box. Installing these would make it work. Again, every manufactures does something different so you might have to dig into the system and see what you have and would need. I hope this was helpful!
      Thanks
      Dan RV Repair Club

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    • Customer Service

      George,

      They will be at the main power distribution center. You will see a set of breakers for everything on 120v and there should be a fuse panel nearby for everything on the 12v side. These centers can be in many different places but are usually in a lower cabinet typically in the center of the RV. I have seen them under rear beds and they can sometimes be in closets or cabinets. Typically they are visible but can sometimes be behind something. Every RV is different so if you are having trouble locating the distribution center it would be best to contact the manufacture and see if they can provide a diagram of where it is located.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  186. Tom Chuss

    Does this model have a “battery disconnect switch”? If yes, where is it located?

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    • Customer Service

      Hey Tom!

      Thank you for contacting us.

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      Judith,

      It is either leaking at a fluid line, the connection to the actuator or on the actuator itself from a faulty seal. You would have to thoroughly inspect the entire assembly to know for sure where the leak is coming from. There is a good chance it is leaking out of the actuator itself since you found the fluid on the channel but it also could just be the line or a connection. You may have to gain access to all areas around the slide underneath to trace where it could be coming from. These are high pressure systems so it is usually easy to spot the area where it is coming from. I would start at the slide actuator.

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  187. Robert Conner

    I have a 2014 Winnebago Adventurer V10 for the Engine. I have an parking brake light and ABS light on the dash that will not go out. I have tried pushing and releasing the parking brake, but this seems not to be the problem. Was wondering if maybe this might be tied to a wheel sensor, not sure. Had my local mechanic put the diagnostic machine and it does come up with a ABS code, but since this is a bigger vehicle the machine will not tell you exactly what the code is with the ABS code. Any help would be great. Thanks Robert

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  188. John McConnell

    Monitor display switches between wiring ok and wiring error disconnect from external power even though wiring is correct

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  189. Chuck Forrest

    My battery disconnect switch does not shut off. I no longer hear the relay click so am assuming the relay is the problem. Where would such a beast be located?

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  190. Ken Manske

    My steering column mounted starter ignition system had a failure and I had to have it bypassed by a new dash starter. After repairs I was told that “the plug to ignition switch pigtail was melted causing no connection between the computer and key switch”. Analysis and repair to that switch cost me over $1600!! Then I found out after bringing the unit home that the main battery disconnect switch, the automatic door step and lights on warning did not work. The repair facility so far has not answered by question as to should those features have been restored to working conditions and can they? This has greatly reduced my resell value and disconnecting the battery has been a real hassle. Can this be repaired and how costly should it be?

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      Most likely those issues aren’t connected to the ignition switch. If the ignition had melted wires, it is possible that some others ones were damaged as well. The battery disconnect switch should really only be inline with the battery positive wire. If the switch doesn’t work, either the plunger is stuck or there is a stuck relay depending on the type of switch you have. The steps could have some wiring near the ignition but also typically has sensors at the door, either a switch or magnet, and can also have other secondary safety switches as well. It is possible there are connected together by the same issue but you would really have to dig into the system to find out what is going on. This is where it gets costly because of the labor it could take to trace down all of the issues. Especially in the dash area, the wiring is very difficult to trace sometimes and could take hours to locate issues.

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  191. Mark Hayes

    Batter disconnect stayed on all the time. Ordered a new one and the parts guy took all the wiring off and we put the new one on and it doesn’t work at all now. Not sure if wires are on correct now. Don’t know where to go from here.

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  192. Chuck Hymel

    I lost 12 volt power in my coach, when I push the battery disconnect switch the lights come on but when release the button the lights go out. What do you think the problem could be?

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  193. Tony Crozier

    I have three small wires brown, yellow and red and a large red wire. How do they connect to battery

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  194. Brian kirk

    Motor battery is disconnected, coach batteries send 12 volts to starter solenoid while parked and plugged into shore power. When travelling coach batteries engage starter motor burning out engine starter. Question, could this be a faulty disconnect solenoid or interconnect solenoid.

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  195. Jon R. Lewis

    I am storing my RV and plugged into 110volt…do I need to turn on the invertor to charges the chassis battery.?

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  196. Kevin Clapp

    On a recent boondocking trip we had to use our generator due to the sun not being present to charge via solar. When we attempted to start the rv our starting battery was dead. We have a cut off switch on the negative terminal of the starting battery which we usually have in the off or disconnected position when parked for long periods. The problem is when disconnected the generator will not start or run. The other problem is the generator does not charge the starting battery while running. Is this a normal set up. Or did the previous owners rewire the system?

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      Kevin,

      Well first, disconnect switches should always be on the positive terminal never the negative. Also I have never seen a disconnect switch directly at the chassis battery either. The disconnect switch we refer to is for the house batteries. The chassis battery can have a switch also but is usually inside on the dash or by the main controls, not at the actual battery. When the engine is off, there shouldn’t be anything drawing from the chassis battery so a switch there isn’t necessary as long as there isn’t an issue with something. The reason they usually give you a switch inside is to start a generator or operate slides when the house batteries are dead, to start the vehicle if the chassis battery is dead or to connect the chassis battery to the house batteries to receive a charge when plugged into shore or while running the generator. There are many generators that connect directly to the chassis battery. If you have to turn this on to operate the generator, then the battery should be getting a charge as well as long as the switch is on and connected. If the generator is starting from the chassis battery and the battery is not getting charged, there is a problem with the charging system of the generator and it should be looked into. Having that switch really isn’t a bad thing, just seems unnecessary as you would typically want that battery to always be connected to the system.

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  197. armen bagdasarian

    how to get to the coach battery. rear seat will not move, rocker switch curbside under control paner will not operate everything is dead

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  198. Doyle Wolfe

    Recently my inside lights went very dim. I replaced the battery (it was abt 12y/o). Two weeks from arriving back from Fla., today lights would not work. It’s parked in garage with 110 house current. The batt. disconnect switch is /has always been on. Before taking it 50 miles to have it checked, I thought it may be the inverter gone bad. ?? Would it be worthwhile to replace it just to determine if that’s the problem? Thank You!

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      Yes it sounds like the converter is the issue. This is what provides 12v to the system when plugged into shore power and will also charge the batteries. If the lights worked fine on the batteries and then they went out and aren’t working on shore power, most likely the converter is the issue. You will want to check the fuses before replacing though. The converter will have a fuse, sometimes on the main fuse panel but if you have a larger converter that is isolated from the rest of the distribution panel, usually directly behind it, it could have one or two fuses directly on it. If the fuses are bad, replace and see if it works now. If the fuses are fine then most likely you will have to replace the converter to fix the issue.

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      • Doyle Wolfe

        Thank you very much for your response to my earlier question. I will check the fuses. Please disregard that I submitted my question again in error.

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  199. Elysse Ann Orchard

    we have searched the manual for the battery cutoff. We need to replace our propane alarm and it was hardwired to the RV. we cut the wires to disconnect it but are concerned to replace the new one until we are sure there is no power to the RV. the panel in the RV manual downloaded from internet does not match any panels we have in the RV. Nothing is labeled as battery cutoff. How can I find the battery cutoff?

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  200. Mark House

    The former owner of this Allegro Bus complained that the house batteries were depleting even with the disconnect (pos side) thrown. The service place added a knife switch on the neg side to “solve” the problem. I’d like to share info regarding those knife switches. Their design has a serious flaw. The “cradles” can AND DO arc to the base they’re pulled down against by a philips-head screw thru a plastic insulator. Mine repeatedly lost good connection, so when I thought my generator was charging it was not. Just removed the switch until I can have the cradles soldered or brazed to the base to assure electrical continuity/capacity. Two points there: (should be obvious) remove the plastic insulator to do this, and don’t get the cradle hot enough the lose the temper/pinch on the blade.
    Now, my question: If I replace that switch must a switch on the negative side have the same current capacity as the one on the positive side?

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  201. Jim Lang

    While connected to Shore Power I hear a loud snapping coming from the battery box. Sounds like a solenoid opening and closing. I am concerned something will be damaged. Camping World has had it two times for several days and states they cannot duplicate the sound. It is annoying and I would like to have an expert opinion. Thank you for your reply.

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  202. Andrew Krozel

    digital thermostat not turning on, it happened before and the dealer replaced a circuit breaker

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      If the digital thermostat is not coming on you will have to check the voltage to it. You can remove the thermostat and check the wires and connections to it then check for voltage. If there is voltage then the thermostat display is bad. If there is no voltage you will have to trace where the voltage is lost. There are two areas where the thermostat can receive voltage. Either the voltage from the furnace incoming voltage or from the air conditioner control board. I would first start with the main fuse panel and make sure it isn’t something simple like a blown fuse. After that you have to trace where the voltage could be coming from. You said before it was a circuit board, if it was the AC circuit board then this is the best place to start. Some models even have a fuse on the board so make sure to check for that. You should be able to either see an indicated output for the thermostat or look at the wiring diagram attached to the AC to find the output and check the voltage as well. If the board you are talking about was on the furnace you will want to inspect this area. Again depending on how they wired it the could have the voltage output for the thermostat coming after the breaker on the furnace. This breaker protects the control board from a system short. Check this breaker and if it is fine you will have to check the input and output voltage from the furnace and thermostat connections. Really the only way of knowing is testing the voltage and seeing where it is lost. I hope this helps!

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  203. Patrick Bonito Sr

    Bought used. Will the engine alternator charge the two 12 volt batteries for the RV? I do have a switch under the dash that if turned on will allow me to start the engine if the truck battery is dead. Is there a way to use this switch to charge the RV batteries while driving?

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  204. Lisa McCutcheon

    Where are the 12v hose batteries and where is the disconnect switch?

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  205. John Hall

    I have no power in the coach since I had the vehicle battery changed.I keep reading about a battey disconnect switch but can’t find it. Help please.

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  206. Dave Fitzpatrick

    I have a leak from the shower drain. I can access the area right under the drain and it isn’t leaking there. I took the interior wall off in the bedroom, right next to the shower, and could not see a leak from there. It apparently is from lower down. Does anyone have an idea how to access that area?

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      Dave,

      It depends on how your RV is setup. Most of the plumbing can be behind wall panels. A lot of times it is behind panels within cabinets. They typically don’t run too many long ways through wall panels and usually have a way to access the areas where there are connections. Connections are typically where leaks happen. The shower plumbing usually meets up with the sink plumbing since they typically share the same holding tank. Most of the time they both meet at one point and then head to the tank. If you can see the direction of the plumbing, go to the other end and trace back. It might help give you a better understanding on how it was set up and maybe what to look for. You could also try contacting the manufacture as they might have a plumbing diagram that could help as well. Typically with water leaks you want to start where the leak is coming from and trace back. If it is leaking from underneath of the RV when taking a shower, it could even be the attachment on the tank and not from the plumbing of the shower directly.

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  207. Glenn Johnson

    Is there a shut off switch for the electrical. I replaced the batteries because I wasn’t getting juice to the coach but I still don’t have juice to the coach after battery replacement.

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  208. Tina

    My chassis battery keeps draining. I replaced it, the new one drained down to 2 v. Installed a trickle charger and as long as shore power is hooked up it is fine but if you unplug for a day it is drained. What am I missing?

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  209. Lawrence Plesser

    I can’t resecure the seals around the edges. The cover that secured the screwdrivers

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      If there is one on your trailer it can be by the battery, in a storage compartment near the front or in the main living area. Most trailers didn’t come with them in 2006 but some manufactures did use them and it is possible one was added later. Many don’t even come with them today when new. Most likely if you don’t see it near the batteries it doesn’t have one. The only way to find out is to trace the main battery positive wire and see where it leads. It should go to the main fuse panel but could hit a disconnect switch somewhere in between.

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  210. ken Bohanon

    on the floor next to the drivers seat is what looks like a large red Switch(?) has a dial that you can turn from on to off. what does that control?

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  211. Kenneth W Palmour

    The battery boost switch does not work. I presume that there is a realy connecting the house and coach batteries together but I can not find it.

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  212. Michael Mcnerney

    Where is the interior on off switch for the Onan generator located?

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  213. Timothy Wilson

    When I use shore power nothing in the motor-home works should”t it? When I switch the battery disconnect on then the lights in the motor-home will work what do I need to purchase where the lights and everything in the motor-home will work on shore power and not the batteries?

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      Whenever you are connected to shore power you want the disconnect switch to be set to the “on” position. The RV is equipped with a converter that charges the battery when plugged into shore. The battery will not get a charge if disconnected from the system. When plugged into shore power the converter will power most of the 12v items unless there is a large amp draw and the battery helps out. Some RV’s disconnected switches just remove the battery from the system, others disconnect the whole 12v system when the switch is set to off which is what yours is doing. It sounds like your disconnect switch is set up from the fuse panel to the battery and then to the converter. When you have it disconnected it cuts off the fuse panel all together. You will want the switch to be “on” whenever you are using it. It is not draining your battery as it is getting charged from the converter. The only time you want the switch to be off is during storage. You also want it on during travel so it receives a charge from the vehicles alternator as well. I hope this clears some things up!

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      Hello Maribel!

      We’d love to help! What brand of battery do you have and what is the year, make, and model of your RV?

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  214. DARLA PAULSON

    How do I identify the battery isolator switch and is it possible to replace it myself, or do I need a professional to do it, please and thanks 😉

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  215. Chris

    What is the basic lifespan of an electric tongue jack on a travel trailer? Is it prudent to purchase a back up?

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      There really isn’t a life span to the jacks. If taken care of they can last a very long time. Most electric jacks come with a way to manually operate them if something isn’t working properly. Usually it is a wrench being able to turn the arm manually. With this option there really isn’t a need to buy an extra jack. As long as they aren’t abused and get water inside they can last a very long time.

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  216. Raymond

    My use/storage switch does not disengage power to the coach when switched to the storage position. How do I problem-solve this issue? Thanks.

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  217. j miera

    I replaced both batteries on the coach and the reverse polarity fuse keeps burning. Can any body please send me a picture of the battery cable positions were they go.I was stupid and did not pay attention where each cable goes. if possible send it to -707-3693. Thank you

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  218. Duane Wittenburg

    The black water tank sensor panel indicates it is still 1/3 full even though I just emptied it after a weekend of camping. What is the best way to ensure the tank gets empty?

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      The most common issue for this happening is residue on the side walls of the tank. Your tank is most likely empty but there could still be some debris on the sensors causing it to read improperly. You want to make sure you are using the proper chemicals in the toilet when using it and only use RV rated toilet paper as well. Using these both can help ensure the contents get broken down and can help keep the sensors clean. They do make sensor cleaners that can be added to the tank to help keep them clean as well. There are other things as well like tank wands that can flush out the tank to get out more too. We do have a video going over proper chemical usage as well.

      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/rv-black-water-tank-chemicals-016763/

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  219. Rick Lane

    My house current from the brand new batteries is dead. What should I check?

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  220. Alan Jamka

    can you please tell me where the battery disconnect switch is located on my coach?

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      Hello Don!

      We’d love to help!

      Could you give us a little more information about the “No Chasis Power” as well as the year, make, and model of your RV?

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  221. Gerald Gallamore

    No power at refrigerator plugin. Would like a schematic of wiring path to plugin

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      Hi Gerald,

      Can you provide me more information, whats the year, make and model of your RV?

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  222. Terry Boone

    My husband pushed the kill switch. Now we do not have electricity from the battery. He’s pulled the switch back out, but the fridge and cabin lights, and the circuit board do not light up. What should I do?

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  223. Peter

    My 12v system went out. No fuses blown. I did plug a 300W inverter into the cigarette lighter. Which might have coincided with losing 12v power. There is a battery switch on the panel and it goes on. The battery is fully charged. Is there a second battery disconnect switch and where? Could I have fried the solenoid?

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  224. Teresa Baker

    In our travel trailer, just under the refrigerator on a panel is a large screw looking item that is labeled “Battery Disconnect Switch” on it and it had a small protruding piece that accidently got pushed in and now no power is working at all. How do I correct this situation?

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      Most of the time those switches have a lever or key that needs turned to put the battery in disconnect mode. The lever/key pushed contacts together to make a connection to allow power through, turned the other way removes the contact. Most likely you just set it to the off mode. If the lever is broken you might have to use pliers and try to set it back out to fix it or remove the switch from the wall and you should see the two terminal connections on the back. You can just disconnect the connections on the back and tie them together and it should work fine until you get a new switch. If you don’t ever want to use the switch you can always leave them connected.

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  225. Brian Clifton

    After I turn the engine off my 12 volt system (lights, fridge panel, etc..) work. Then in about 20 seconds I hear a click coming from the engine fuse box for the couch in the engine compartment and they call go off and stay off until I start the engine again. The click seems to come from a solionoid behind the circut board but I can’t get the circut board removed. I’ve removed three screws, don’t see any others, but it won’t budge. I think it’s the coach battery disconnet solinoid but I can’t get to it to confirm. Any ideas how to? Thanks, Brian

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  226. William Estes

    Where is the 12v power switch for propane water heater? I removed an Atwood 10ga but only used to electric on shore power. Disconnected from rear of old unit a 3 wire cord (BGBR) but no power.

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      The rear of the tank houses the 120v wires for the electric operation. There is a 12v wire that goes to the relay that activates the voltage to the heating element but there is no 12v power switch for the gas to this area. The 12v coming into the water heater goes directly to the control board on the outside of the tank. The wire coming from the switch inside at the control panel usually connects to the orange wire on the control board to start the propane operation.

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  227. dave sunkes

    We have purchased a used 2003 Ford R-Vision motor home and know very little about motorhomes. It is equipped with a battery use/storage system for the house batteries. This isn’t the problem, I don’t think. The place we want to store our unit during the winter requires we have a negative post disconnect switch on the ignition battery, so I installed a knife switch on the neg. post of the battery. The problem is open or closed, the chassis battery will not start the unit after sitting overnight. There is nothing, except when I put the key in the ignition the bell still rings . The cigarette lighter will still operate. Again the position of the knife switch ( open or closed) doesn’t matter and I don’t know where to start. Any suggestions? Thanks, Dave

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  228. K

    We recently killed our two year old 12 V house battery because it was parked too long without a trickle charger. During the pandemic we could not travel for 8 months and live in Alaska. We have not used a trickle charger b/c we had a cover on it due to the age of the paint, we wanted protection.
    Will the trickle charger work even with a cover on the vehicle? We had a new battery installed and purchased a solar charger to put in the windshield that will be plugged in to the house battery via a port. If we install a kill switch can we still trickle charge at the same time? At times there are flashing signals on the heat controller than we cannot get to turn off…but are working through that trying to figure it out. Thank you

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  229. Gerald Bennett

    Can anyone tell me how to turn on the fireplace in my Grand Junction 240RL? We bought it used, but it doesn’t seem to have come with a remote.

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      Hello Gerald!

      We will need more information in order to further assist you. What is the year, make, and model of you’re RV?

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  230. Jaylene Aasa

    Ticket 35304 We are new to this so I hope you can help. We have no side or rear outside lights. Thinking maybe a fuse we started checking and replacing fuses. While changing one in engine compartment, one sparked. Now we can’t start the engine. It says NO ENG. We disconnected the batteries from for 2 days thinking maybe it would reset itself but it didn’t work. Can you give any advise

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      Hello Jaylene,

      Thank you for contacting us. Here is the experts response:

      The NO ENG code means there is no communication to the ICU control board. Most likely because a fuse was blown from the spark. Make sure to use plastic pliers to remove fuses so you don’t accidentally touch metal and make a fuse blow. You will need to re check these fuses and test them to see what is wrong. There should be a fuse for the ICU so start with that and then one for the running lights. If the running lights still do not work it could be a wiring issue and most of the time if they are all out the wiring issue will be in the cluster of wires to the fuse panel.
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/article/whats-deal-battery-disconnect-switch/

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  231. Angela Nelson

    Ticket 35323 my RV won’t start my husband pushed the main and auxiliary battery switch and now the car won’t start at all we tried flipping it back a gentleman at a gas station helped us win this happened once before by moving around a wire we tried that but we are not getting the same results what should we do please help

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      Hello Angela,

      Thank you for contacting us. Here is the experts response:

      It sounds like there is a loose connection at the battery. A lot of times it can come down to a loose ground wire or weak battery. You would need to have someone inspect the wires from the batteries. It could be many things. There could also be an issue with the starter but from the sounds of it, it sounds like a voltage issue. The best thing to try first is to remove the battery terminal connections, clean any corrosion or debris off and re connect them. If it still doesn’t start you would have to trace the wires and see where a loose or bad connection is.

      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/article/whats-deal-battery-disconnect-switch/

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  232. RUDOLPH

    I am installing solar panels on my RV. I have (2) 12 volt batteries hooked in parallel. My question is do the cables running from the controller to the battery have to be connected to the last battery where the cables to the RV run or can I hook them to the first battery? I just have a lot of cable connections on the short threaded post

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  233. Michael Thompson

    My 12 volt system stopped working unless the rv is running. I know there is a battery isolater and a battery disconnect switch. How do i find the problem.

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  234. John Boggs

    I cant find the disconect but on my power panel there is a Main battery switch, Aux Battery switch, and an inverter switch, when I’m pluged into 120v power what switches should I leave on or off. Also when I am running what switches should I have switched on. Right now just setting and pluged into 120v I have all switches turned off??

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    • John Boggs

      I cant find the disconect but on my power panel there is a Main battery switch, Aux Battery switch, and an inverter switch, when I’m pluged into 120v power what switches should I leave on or off. Also when I am running what switches should I have switched on. Right now just setting and pluged into 120v I have all switches turned off??

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      We would be glad to submit this question to our experts. Can you let us know what the year, make, and model of your RV?

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  235. Michael Carey

    Just read your response to the battery disconnect switch question. When I put my motor home in storage, I plug the power cord into a 110 outlet. In that case, should I leave the house batteries connected to help keep the house batteries charged or should I turn it to disconnect?

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  236. Charles Boehnke

    Good afternoon, I have 4 Power Sonic Lithium ion 125ah batteries that are connected via a battery disconnect switch (and battery fuse connected between the battery and inverters positive side) to a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter that I would like to use as a emergency power to run a fan or essential devices should there be an issue with shore power or if I need to boondock ( I do have a furrion solar panel connection and 2, 100 watt solar panels I’d love to connect in for recharge purposes. How can I enable this to be switched over without causing issues such as a fire or damage to the onboard electrical system? I can provide pictures of the current setup for clarifications if need be for clarification. Thank you.

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      Hi Charles. Actually there really isn’t a way to connect it wrong to the system and cause an issue. All you have to do with the Furrion system is to tie it to the main 12v battery connections. It can be anywhere inline from the batteries to the converter but typically at the batteries is best. You will want to install a 20amp fuse from the connection but that is all that is really needed. You will want a controller, could be Furrion or other brand. This will prevent over charging and will tell you the condition. You don’t want to just install panels directly inline unless they have over charge protection. You can install a disconnect switch at the battery connection to make sure it is only sending voltage when you want to.
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  237. Fred Young

    We are new owners and I recently purchased a 20′ Rhino sewer drain hose and tried to stow it away in the 4″ rear bumper and it won’t fit. I tried rotating both ends in every conceivable position and no go. On the Rhino box it says it will fit 4″ bumpers. The bumper’s outside measurement is 4″. What’s wrong here and what’s the remedy? Thanks.

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      Hi Fred. This is a common issue I have heard about these hoses. The inside needs to be at least 4″ for them to fit. Not all bumpers are made the same. I have even seen articles where Rhino said some modifications might be needed like grinding down parts of the collar to make it fit. I know on a lot of Rhino products the collar end does twist off which would make it fit better. Other than that though it might not work. There are other things that can be done like adding the Valterra sewer hose storage tube on top of the bumper. These allow for more room for certain sewer hoses. Unfortunately these are really the only options other than using a different set of hose ends.
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  238. Douglas Wen

    I am a beginner to RV. The question is if the RV is left unused for extended period of time (such as when I travel out of the country), should I keep the RV plugged or disconnect both house and engine batteries?

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  239. Dale Lucas

    what type of battery should i use for the chassis battery? wet cell or lithium. and what would be the best

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  240. May

    Just replaced the 3 batteries on my first ever RV ( ‘85 Southwind,27 foot). I didn’t pay enough attention to wiring and now batteries are not charging and I don’t have access to their power. I can not find an exact wiring diagram(inc color code for wires),and anything I’ve found so far, is for a 2 battery system and doesn’t mention color of wires. Or, it could be a power switch over switch, but haven’t managed to locate one if there is… thanks for any helpful info :0) I am a 100% RV “virgin” 😂

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  241. Dennis G Green

    i have components air cond wiper swich side mirror ajusments sun visers sometimes work sometimes dont .Is this my battery disconnect swiitch

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      Hello Dennis,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      All of those are dash components and shouldn’t be affected by the disconnect switch. The disconnect switch just turns off the house battery connection to the system to prevent battery drain. The chassis components will always be connected to the chassis battery system. With that many faulty components there could be a bad wiring issue under the dash. It could be a larger wire harness or maybe some wires have frayed but you will have to gain access to under the dash and inspect the areas. All of these are most likely on different circuits but the one thing they could share is a ground connection. Make sure to check all negative wires and wire bundles. A bad or loose ground connection through the negative wire is the most common wiring issue. Also check the battery terminal connections and the ground connection from the negative terminal to the chassis bare metal ground.

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  242. Jimmie Smith

    While packing for a trip, My RV is plugged into a 20 amp circuit. The only thing running in the RV is the TV. For some reason the power shuts off sometimes it will come back on. I’ve been doing this for the 3 years I’ve had the RV with know problem. Any ideal as to what could be happening
    Thanks
    Jimmie

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      Hello Jimmie,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      This happens most from a loose connection or power failure at the outlet you are plugged into. It is possible there is just something loose. It could be the prongs inside the outlet, adapter, shore cord or at the main power center. Most of the time it is an issue with the adapter you are using or the outlet you are plugged into. You just want to make sure to check all connections you can. Start with the main wires coming in to the breakers at the power center. Tighten all connections. Next check the shore cord end where you have it plugged into. Make sure it doesn’t have any play, it needs to be tight at all connections. If you are still having issues it is either the outlet you are plugged into or the adapter you are using.

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  243. Robert Sisson

    I have a problem with the battery disconnect switch. There is a short in it. It has drained the engine battery and most of the 12vt does not work. what is going on? Is there a breaker somewhere for it? Thanks

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  244. Tatyana& Rudy

    Recently bought this rv and we got it going drove it home and now there’s no power when I turn the key ? Battery disconnect over the door but the switches don’t stay in either position. Sorry new to the RV world thank you for your time

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  245. dennis

    Just replaced the four house batteries (I’m told they are) and now I don’t have power to the dash and can’t start the rig now. I made a small error when reconnecting the new batteries and got a hot spark. I think I have tripped something and don’t know where to look to reset the system. can someone please help me???

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  246. Bill

    When my camper is not in use, it is plugged into the electricity at my house. Should I leave the batteries connected or turned off?

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  247. Steven Bartholomew

    I am new here so I want to say thank you in advance for any help. I just bought a 97 georgie boy cruise master 2 brand new house batteries hooked them up came of shore line and I have nothing? We had power only when key was one for about 3 minutes then lost everything . Notice we burn a 5 amp fuse replaced it now when have nothing only on shore line?

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      Hello Steven. You will have to check the battery connections and the wires from the batteries going inside of the RV. There is another protection device for the batteries you will need to trace. This is usually a 30 amp fuse or resettable breaker. It is typically near the batteries or in the same area. You will have to trace the positive wires from the batteries and see where they go to find this. You also want to check the negative wire from the batteries as well. This connects to the chassis for a ground connection at some point. If this ground is bad or loose, it will prevent the batteries from working at all. You said you check the fuses but make sure you are checking the fuses at the main power center with the breakers inside the living area, this is where the batteries send voltage. Really tracing the wires and checking every connection and safety device between them is the best way to trace where the voltage might be lost. Also check for a battery disconnect switch. It is possible you have a bad switch it is in the “off” position. I hope this helps!
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  248. Sharon Swendner

    how does the rv battery charge? It has an on and off switch which I left on for a few days and now the battery is dead. I have it connected to electric. Do I need the switch off for it to charge?

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      Hello Sharon,
      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      You want the switch to be “on” when the RV is in use. This is so the battery can get a charge from the converter while connected to shore power and also during travel. When the switch is set to “off” they battery should not get a charge and should also not drain. This is a battery disconnect switch and with the switch set to “off” the battery should be isolated from the system. You set it to “off” when not in use to prevent the battery from draining. There is always a constant draw from the battery so you want to make sure to turn the switch off when not in use so it doesn’t drain the battery. When using the RV, always leave the switch “on”.

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  249. Tony Hajek

    Is there a chassis battery disconnect switch and where is it. There is a battery disconnect in the inverter compartment but it is for all batteries or just the coach batteries?

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      Hello Tony,
      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      There aren’t technically chassis disconnect switches. There are switches to use the chassis battery to operate something temporarily in the living area to either run a slide in or start a generator but there isn’t a switch to kill the battery from everything. There are many RV’s with an isolator switch that connects the chassis and house batteries during travel and when the ignition is turned off the switch closes the connection to prevent the chassis battery from draining when using the house batteries. The switch you mentioned by the disconnect switch is just for the house batteries to prevent them from draining from things like the LP detector when not in use.

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      Dan
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  250. John bucsko

    With the generator running, if I hit the battery disconnect switch, the generator kills. Is this normal? And why would the generator need the coach battery to run once it has been started?

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      Hello John,
      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      The generator has a battery rectifier that produces 12v while it is running to charge the battery and to keep the generator running. The battery is only really needed to start the generator. Once it is started it could be removed and the generator would keep running with the rectifier powering the components needed. If it dies when the battery is removed, most likely there is an issue with the rectifier.

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  251. Sandra

    My coach battery is good (73%), however, battery disconnect shows on but all monitors read 0. Have not enough juice to retract Murphy bed.

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  252. Jacques Poirier

    ac wont come on fan works but 20 amp breaker trips when we go to ac on thermostat.

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      Hello Jacques,

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      Most likely there is an issue with the compressor on the AC shorting out. You would have to test the compressor to see if the readings are within specs. You have to disconnect the terminals, three of them, and check the Ohm readings between C+R and C+S then compare it to R+S and it should be about equal. If really off, the compressor is bad. You can also check continuity from any of the terminals to bare metal on the housing and there should not be any. If there is continuity then the compressor is bad. It is possible there is is a wiring issue at the capacitors or somewhere else around the controls but typically this issue means the compressor is bad and the AC needs replaced.

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  253. Dave Johnson

    Ticket 38396 Have lost all power to items from the front battery. Camping, plugged into constant 50A service everything worked in the afternoon (dome lights, 12v cell phone charger etc) and later nothing off engine battery gets power. Battery shows 12.4v on it. Is there a main breaker or fuse?
    Also, engine does not start with generator on and battery boost button depresses while turning the key.

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      Hello Dave,

      Here is what our experts had to say:

      The house batteries will have some sort of protective device near the batteries, either a fuse or a breaker. There could also be a bad connection as well that is preventing the batteries from working. You will want to start by checking the batteries and around that area as there should be a fuse near them. It is possible there is a problem with the wiring since you are experiencing the other symptoms as well with the switch and generator.

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  254. Thomas Verriden

    I am new to this and want to feel more comfortable , I have installed 50 amp and have it plugged in , is their a another switch because I need to have a trickle charge on the engine batteries or they go dead. I do have a battery disconnect and it is turned off while not in service. thanks in advance.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Thomas. Normally the chassis battery doesn’t get a charge while plugged into shore power unless a switch is turned on. They isolate the chassis battery from the house batteries so it doesn’t drain when using the living area when not plugged in. The systems are usually only connected when the engine is running or a switch is turned on. The disconnect switch you have is for the house batteries, it is to disconnect the house batteries when not in use so they don’t drain. Some RV’s have a switch to combine the system of batteries to get them all charged but not all have that option. The switch is usually by the dash if you have this. If not, you will have to set up a separate charger for the engine battery.
      Dan
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      • Gary Barnes

        Yes I understand that the switch is for the house batteries only, however I’ve check all the fuses I can find and nothing is durning on my lights. I had a problem a couple of years ago, that I had to hit the on side of the switch a few times and then my lights went on for the remainder of the season. Could it be just a switch problem.

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  255. Gary Barnes

    I shut my aux disconnect switch off last fall and now it won’t connect to allow me to use my lights or start my gen. I have 110 volets to my Ref. Micro. and coffee maker, but nothing in 12V. where would I start to check this problem.

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      Hi Gary. The two best places to start checking would be at the battery and converter to make sure there is good voltage at both of these. If the converter is not putting out voltage or the battery is bad then these would have to be fixed first. If there is voltage at both then you have to trace the connections to see where voltage is lost. It is possible the switch you mentioned is bad. I would remove the switch and test for continuity on the terminals to make sure it is working properly. There could be other bad connections or components as well so really the best thing to do is trace the circuit and see where the voltage is not getting through.
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  256. john Foose

    I am not getting any heat from the dash, but the heater hoses are hot.

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  257. David Lindahl

    Just installed both chassic and house batteries and can not get the disconnect switch on the dash to work. The chassic battery is connect and working find but when I push the house disconnect switch to on the house batteries will still not connect. I have check the fuse at the solonoid and it is still good. Is there any videos on how to check the solonoid to see if it is good. Is that also video on how to check the switch to make sure there is no problems with it.

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      Hello David,

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      We don’t have a video for this just yet. To test a solenoid you just need to test the output voltage when activated. You can use the housing as a ground and test for voltage on all of the terminals when activated. If there is no voltage going through, the solenoid is bad. To test a switch you can do the same but can also test the switch terminals for continuity. Just testing to see if voltage can pass through is the best way of knowing if they work or not. I would test these but also check all connections to make sure they are good as well.

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  258. Dave

    We replaced the battery disconnect, and the inside lights come on now, but battery disconnect will not turn off and the step will not go in. ( Nothing wrong with step, all moving parts recently replaced). Is there a diagram of the electrical relays available for our rig?

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  259. steve h.

    is the ON/OFF switch at the tongue only used when you are storing the camper with no 110 volt connected?

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  260. Rick Glenn

    Why do I have to jump Start my Cummins Onan 5500,generator every morning? I just replaced the battery.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Customer,

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      Most likely you will have to replace the visor. They don’t sell the motors for these separately and typically once they go bad there isn’t much that can be done other than replacement. I have heard of people taking them apart and trying to fashion a different motor to work or rebuild the existing one but from what I have seen, replacement is the best option.

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  261. Casey Begin

    When I disconnect 120volts, none of my 12 volt systems work. The battery shows full charge. Is there a switch I’m Missing? I see nothing in the battery compartment.

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  262. James

    Lost 12 v power except when engine running turn off key no 12 v, isolator relay delay working intermittently . Used jumper to positive side of solenoid got power back but is a temporary fix any ideas what’s going on this all started while using auxiliary start switch

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  263. Carl Cronk

    New to us unit. All of the double-pane, thermo windows are fogged to full-of-water-dropplets.
    Glass is tempered. SI-GEI claims they have to be replaced through Winnebago. I have to believe someone either has a repair kit, or a process that can drill, clean, dry, and reseal all of these windows.

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  264. Dean Cates

    we high pressure washed our coach also getting the generator, now it tries to turn over but wont start. is there some sort of switch off or what would you suggest we do. It happened months ago and still wont start.

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  265. Jenny Bendily

    Red light is on master bath toilet. Black tank is about full but other restroom still flushes.

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  266. Robert Beatrice

    I just purchased this 2006 Winnebago 31c and replaced the two coach batteries (they are wired in parallel, of course) The problem is the only situation that the time the coach house lights work (lights, or anything else in the coach) is when the motorhome is plugged in to house 110v ac . Now when the motorhome starts or when the unit is plugged into house current, the voltage to either battery rises, which indicates the charging circuit is operating normally. When either source is turned off, the coach lights go off immediately. Is there some master switch that is hidden that will not allow coach lights to operate when either power source is turned off and the coach portion lighting must operate from the two deep cycle batteries? Again, the only time anything in the house section works is when the unit is plugged into 110v AC source. What am I missing? Thanks, Bob

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  267. gewillshop2

    My chassis battery runs down frequently–after sitting for a couple days. Nothing is left on as far as I can tell. 1)What is the best type rv chassis battery to avoid this or 2) could something be draining energy that I overlooked?

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  268. Arna Frittita

    Turned off Motor Home to add gas, turns over but won’t start up. Is there a fuel switch or a inertia rollover switch to reset. If so where

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Margaret,

      Thank you for contacting us.
      I would first check to see if anything else works off of 12v and check the battery monitor to see if there is voltage coming in. If not, you want to start by checking the battery and connections. If there are other 12v items working like the furnace, water pump, vent fans and slide outs, then you want to check the fuses next. Look for a blow fuse and replace if needed. If the fuses are fine then you want to check the wall switch, could be a loose connection behind it. After that you would have to remove the lights and check the connections going to them. Many lights are connected off of one main source from another light and if that connection is bad it can prevent the rest of the lights from working.

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  269. Mellissa

    Both tvs in our motorhome just went out. Checked fuses and breakers. They’re good. Everything else works except the plugs in the front. Ideas???

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  270. Joseph J Hesketh III

    Can the flat communication wire from battery to volt meter panel be cut and stripped and a new end attached, or is it a have to replace the whole thing?

    Than is in advance, im having to replace all old house batteries and cables, the ends had deteriorated and broke off

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  271. Warren Williams

    Freight liner chassie New alternator don’t charge starter batteries cummings engine new ECM computer

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  272. Jeff

    My coach has a switch for disconnecting house batteries when not using the coach for extended periods of time. It has a small LED displaying whether it is in the on position or off. The switch no longer disconnects the house batteries and the light remains lit all the time and there is still 12 volt power in the coach, obviously draining the house batteries when not in use. What can the problem be?

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  273. Keith Derby

    reconnecting house battery, which cable goes where? Red, 4 black, one with white tape, two with yellow, one just black

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  274. Jim

    Just replace the chassis batteries and all the coach batteries everything is wired up correctly however we don’t have power in the coach now. We’re looking for that magical switch that turns everything back on tried everything can’t figure it out. The motor home will start it will charge but we don’t have any radio the backup camera doesn’t work the generator won’t start the fans up on the windows won’t start the automatic sun shades won’t work. We are stumped.

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