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Old 01-26-2017, 01:00 PM   #1
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Ground Cable Not Connected to Anything

Hello. I just purchased a 2008 Voyage with the Ford V-10 engine. I have found a cable behind the battery box that is not connected to anything. It runs from the area behind the battery box and runs forward along the frame where it is connected to a post grounded to the frame. It is a heavy duty battery cable and has an eyelet on it.

I am wondering if this should be connected to the engine starting battery or one of the coach batteries.

I just replaced the engine battery and everything in the coach seems to work fine. The engine battery has a clamp type battery connector on the negative post.

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Hello. I just purchased a 2008 Voyage with the Ford V-10 engine. I have found a cable behind the battery box that is not connected to anything. It runs from the area behind the battery box and runs forward along the frame where it is connected to a post grounded to the frame. It is a heavy duty battery cable and has an eyelet on it.

I am wondering if this should be connected to the engine starting battery or one of the coach batteries.

I just replaced the engine battery and everything in the coach seems to work fine. The engine battery has a clamp type battery connector on the negative post.
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I can't tell you where that cable should be connected...(or if it should be connected at all).
One never knows what changes/modifications have been made to a 9 year old coach...and why those changes where made.

Until you, (or someone else), determines what cable is for... (aka: why, where and if it should be connected)...DO NOT CONNECT IT ANYWHERE.

If as you say: "everything in the coach seems to work fine" it's probably no longer needed.
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I have found, with several motorhomes, that all electrical cables and connections provided by the chassis manufacturer are not always used by a every coach manufacturer. You may have just found such an "orphan" cable.
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Old 01-26-2017, 05:55 PM   #4
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Depending on the battery terminal.. I'd go with conneciton to the starting battery. The biggest current sucker on an RV is either the starter or the inverter.. The negative cable from the inverter will connecte direct to house batteries, NOT to the chassis.. So if that's a chassis cable it is for the starting battery.

May not be needed, but if it connects (if you have the right type of terminal) won't hurt. If battery terminals do not match.. May have been used for shipping only.
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I looked at the 2008 Voyage Electrical Drawing and if you are sure it is the cable from the ground stud on the chassis that the engine ground is also connected to then it is supposed to be on the negative ground bar behind the step box by the batteries on the chassis . The diagram shows it on the same stud as the negative chassis battery cable and the negative coach battery cable.

You can find it yourself on the winnebagoind.com web site if you like.
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Appreciate your effort. Thank you.
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