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Old 01-03-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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2003 Pace Arrow Battery Disconnects Not Engaging

I have 2003 37A Pace Arrow. I went today to check the coach and neither main or aux disconnects will energize. A few months ago it took several tries to get them to engage. I ran the coach for about 30 minutes and they worked fine. Now neither will engage. I checked the chassis battery has 12.6 volts the house batteries are down to 6 volts. I checked for fuses in the power center and looked around didn't see anything unusual. Would the house batteries being this low prevent both of the solenoids from engaging. Any suggestion on where to trouble shoot. I have had similar trouble in the past but after a few tries the solenoids came in. It has a RV Custom products power center under the hood.

I have searched through the forums and can not find a definitive answer.

The temperature just dropped here for the first time this year into the low 30's. We are supposed to leave for a trip in a few weeks and I need to figure this out asap.

Are the solenoids in the power center or under the chassis some where?

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House batteries are down to 6 volts? Sounds suspect.
If house batts are in the cold and under 12.1 volts; I would check the cells for a short and specific gravity; replace both batteries, if necessary.
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The previous owner of my 2003 Pace Arrow had the same problem, so he kept it plugged into shore power all the time at his home.
The dealer I purchased the PA from corrected the problem before I drove it off the lot last year. My dealer replaced a board to correct the problem.
PS-I talked to the previous after I purchased the PA.

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Thanks! I'm replacing the batteries first thing tomorrow. The problem occurs only after the coach sits for a few months. I need to get it running so I can get it home from the storage to work on it on concrete. There is no shore power at my storage facility on the covered storage.I still want to find the solenoids so I can test them.
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Thanks! I'm replacing the batteries first thing tomorrow. The problem occurs only after the coach sits for a few months. I need to get it running so I can get it home from the storage to work on it on concrete. There is no shore power at my storage facility on the covered storage.I still want to find the solenoids so I can test them.
Replacing your house batteries should solve your problem, but for future reference, here's the documentation you need to troubleshoot any problem with the RV-CP BCC.

The solenoids you are looking for are behind the circuit board in the BCC.

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Thank You! That is just what I was looking for.
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Just remembered that after they replace my board they found out there was a bad solenoid. Not sure if both needed to be replaced or not.

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No problems with disconnects or board. Batteries were bad. Only 6.2 v in the house batteries and 2v in the chassis battery. The chassis battery is under warranty so off to Harrisions I go Monday. I will be putting a solar system on the shelter I keep it under and will be putting real disconnects on the batteries at the battery.
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No problems with disconnects or board. Batteries were bad. Only 6.2 v in the house batteries and 2v in the chassis battery. The chassis battery is under warranty so off to Harrisions I go Monday. I will be putting a solar system on the shelter I keep it under and will be putting real disconnects on the batteries at the battery.
Happy we could help; battery disconnects at batteries always works.
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I joined IRV2 when I purchased my coach 5 yrs ago have received so much help and advice. Many times just searching and reading the forums the answer is there!

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I joined IRV2 when I purchased my coach 5 yrs ago have received so much help and advice. Many times just searching and reading the forums the answer is there!

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Just to close the loop, many of the disconnects require a minimum voltage to latch. In other words, you can hear them clunk, but they won't stay engaged without battery voltage at a minimum level.
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Just to close the loop, many of the disconnects require a minimum voltage to latch. In other words, you can hear them clunk, but they won't stay engaged without battery voltage at a minimum level.
I have never heard of this being a characteristic or problem on any disconnect solenoids. The latching action is a magnetic and mechanical function. It is not an electrical function,as such. If there is enough voltage to make the solenoid "clunk", it will latch unless it is mechanically defective.
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I have never heard of this being a characteristic or problem on any disconnect solenoids. The latching action is a magnetic and mechanical function. It is not an electrical function,as such. If there is enough voltage to make the solenoid "clunk", it will latch unless it is mechanically defective.
RV Custom BCC troubleshooting - pull in of relay requires minimum 13.2 volts, drop out of relay requires minimum 12.2 volts. Personal experience on this.
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