RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Gulf Stream Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-04-2018, 09:57 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 40
Coach battery charging issue

My Coach Battery has begun to run down after about 4 hours in-route

By jump starting the generator, I was able to re-charge the Coach Battery while driving. The battery charges correctly when attached to shore power. The only problem appears to be charging of the Coach Battery by the alternator.

Where might I find the solenoid, if my 2005 Cresendo uses such a device?

Where might I find the fuse that enables Coach Battery charging by the alternator?

Other ideas would be appreciated.
__________________

__________________
Paul Mears
36' 2005 Gulfstream Cresendo, 350 Cat, Freightliner
2002 Jeep TJ toad, +2", Smittybuilt, MT and BFG all around
PaulMears is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-04-2018, 10:05 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Busskipper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Grasonville, MD -- Golden, CO
Posts: 3,929
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulMears View Post
My Coach Battery has begun to run down after about 4 hours in-route

By jump starting the generator, I was able to re-charge the Coach Battery while driving. The battery charges correctly when attached to shore power. The only problem appears to be charging of the Coach Battery by the alternator.

Where might I find the solenoid, if my 2005 Cresendo uses such a device?

Where might I find the fuse that enables Coach Battery charging by the alternator?

Other ideas would be appreciated.
By Coach I'm guessing you mean the House Batteries? if they are being run as you are driving, down you must have something running or a Bad Battery or connection?

KISS - just check to see first that all connections are good - then batteries are good - is the Charger working? Did you change or turn something on to cause the issue?

Not knowing your coach all I can suggest id to Follow the Wires to locate the issue.

Best of Luck,
__________________

__________________
Busskipper
Location - Arnold, Maryland-Sold - Grasonville, Maryland - and/or - Superior, Colorado
2005 Travel Supreme 42DS04 - GX470 toad
Busskipper is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2018, 12:01 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 19,672
Push the boost switch on and off and listen for a solenoid clunking. That's the isolation/charging solenoid.

Although it may be clunking, they often develops bad internal contact and don't connect the 2 battery banks together.

Start the engine, shore cord un plugged, and check for 13.4 volts on both sides of that solenoid.
If not on both sides of the solenoid, check for 12 volts at one of the small terminals. If one has power, the solenoid is most likely bad.
twinboat is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2018, 02:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
winniman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Muskoka Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,557
I am assuming you have tested the alternator for output power. If so, Im with Twinboat.
__________________
2000 coachmen santara 370 5.9 cummins isb
winniman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2018, 06:44 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Claremont NH
Posts: 86
charge

Check solenoid. Took me some work before I found it.
beeman12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2018, 12:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Gulf Streamers Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 972
If class-c, I would expect solenoid and an auto reset breaker to both be near the coach battery, (maybe under step?) but (esp. on many older) solenoid maybe on firewall in engine compartment, and maybe additional breaker too? (you need to protect in both directions when running two batteries) Hope this helps; again the voltmeter will tell w/ higher (13.2-14.4vdc) voltage (engine running) on one side, but lower voltage on other, whether solenoid or breaker.
__________________
2000-GS Conquest Limited 6266 Class-C on 99-E450SD
THenne1713 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2018, 11:24 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 40
Boost Switch location??

sorry for the slow feed back folks.

Cleaned all of the solenoid, circuit breaker, and battery connections today. Will check the voltage on the batteries with engine running tomorrow.

Where is the boost switch on the dash. I have a switch in the middle of the dash, but it only changes the data going to the odometer output.
__________________
Paul Mears
36' 2005 Gulfstream Cresendo, 350 Cat, Freightliner
2002 Jeep TJ toad, +2", Smittybuilt, MT and BFG all around
PaulMears is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2018, 08:13 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Frutza's Avatar


 
Gulf Streamers Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Crown Point, In
Posts: 402
The boost switch is on the dash with the other switches below the back up camera, mine has a picture of a battery on it, but, mine did not charge the coach/house batteries from the engine. I had to add a B.I.R.D relay, I also put one of those volt meters in the cigarette lighter to monitor the batteries
__________________
Mike & Becky
2005 Gulfstream Crescendo 8356
Frutza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2018, 11:38 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 40
Coach battery not charging enroute

Thanks.

Raining today. Will check the boost and voltages tomorrow.
__________________
Paul Mears
36' 2005 Gulfstream Cresendo, 350 Cat, Freightliner
2002 Jeep TJ toad, +2", Smittybuilt, MT and BFG all around
PaulMears is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2019, 05:42 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 40
My annual inspection mechanic found my batteries to be bad. Fixed!!!!
__________________
Paul Mears
36' 2005 Gulfstream Cresendo, 350 Cat, Freightliner
2002 Jeep TJ toad, +2", Smittybuilt, MT and BFG all around
PaulMears is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2019, 08:43 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 133
Battery Issue

I have the same problem, not charging while driving, did u find problem ?
Thanks
__________________

Bukiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, charging



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Battery Charging Issue chrisday RV Systems & Appliances 4 09-16-2014 10:04 AM
Chassis Battery Charging Issue (I think) apexer MH-General Discussions & Problems 17 07-25-2014 03:19 PM
Battery charging issue Allante300 Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 2 01-31-2014 04:57 PM
Battery charging issue 927palmetto Newmar Owner's Forum 15 03-09-2011 08:08 AM
House Battery Charging Issue Blue Ribbon MH-General Discussions & Problems 2 03-07-2008 03:37 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×