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Old 05-18-2008, 03:11 AM   #1
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Just the other day, putting the MH back in storage for a couple of weeks, I went to the "battery disconnect" switch to, well, disconnect the coach batteries.

The switch, when either turning the batteries on or off...has a loud "clunk" sound. The loud "clunk" sound is still there...but the batteries will not get turned off. The switch indicator light stays on...the "monitor board" stays on...and I guess for practical reasons, it' better to have the circuit ON...rather than OFF and not usuable...

So, despite the "clunk", the switch is not switching...or a wire fell off.

Any ideas?
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Just the other day, putting the MH back in storage for a couple of weeks, I went to the "battery disconnect" switch to, well, disconnect the coach batteries.

The switch, when either turning the batteries on or off...has a loud "clunk" sound. The loud "clunk" sound is still there...but the batteries will not get turned off. The switch indicator light stays on...the "monitor board" stays on...and I guess for practical reasons, it' better to have the circuit ON...rather than OFF and not usuable...

So, despite the "clunk", the switch is not switching...or a wire fell off.

Any ideas?
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:16 PM   #3
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I would think that the momentary switch is bad.

In addition to the switch, I put battery quick disconnects on both the house and car battery in the coach. Below is a link. They are dirt cheap and work like a dream. Guarantees no leakage.

my 2 cents....

Z

http://cgi.ebay.com/Battery-Quick-Disconnect_W0QQitemZ1...p1638Q2em118Q2el1247
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:22 AM   #4
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Thanks for your input...but the problem seems to have fixed itself...just last nite.

As is my habit, the evening before a trip, I turn the frig on (gas) to let it cool. After a few hours, I decided to bring the MH up to the house, where I plugged in electricity.

Now...it's about 9PM....it's dark. The switch would still not work (off/on). I plugged into my electric and went back inside to make sure the frig had switched itself. (it did). While setting the clock on the microwave...imagine my surprise when the whole coach went dark! I immediately went over to the battery "disconnect" switch...no light...so I flipped it...and low and behold..it worked!
Now...back to "normal", I guess. What you call a "momentary" I would call a circuit breaker...that when plugged into shore power reset itself. All told...maybe 20 seconds.

The National RV books are something...I could find no mention of this circuit breaker...nor could I find any mention of a 5AMP fuse that controls the gas ignitor on the frig.
Especailly the diagrams of the fuseboxes have no relation to the layouts of the actual fuseboxes. And how about the 2 30AMP fuses conntected to the 2 slideout relays...one for "open" and the other for "close"...in addition to the "main" 30AMP fuse in the fusebox! The dealer mechanic didn't know about these two fuses/relays...had to make a phone call to National...when despite all my (and his) testing could not get the slide to open.

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