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Old 03-01-2016, 09:02 AM   #1
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Alarm sound in coach after changing batteries

Hi all,

We are new owners of a 2000 Magna and on the 60 miles drive home I learned that there is a lot to learn.

I already knew it need new coach batteries so immediately drove to a battery shop. They replaced what was in there - regular 8 D - with regular 8D. Immediately upon starting the engine I got a rapid chirping alarm sound. I couldn't locate the exact source of the alarm but it is coming from the ceiling in the center of the coach near the fridge. In order to shut it up I flipped the coach battery disconnect.

I don't have a lot of confidence in the Interstate Battery tech that installed the batteries so I have contacted another shop to see if they have more info on the battery that should be used. Waiting to hear back from them. Hopefully I can change out the batteries they put in with the right ones. At $225 each and I needed 2, I am not happy.

But what causes the chirping alarm? Any clues?

I know I'll be tackling multiple issues as I go through the systems. The previous owner had fairly good records up to 2010 but apparently he got sick and the remaining records can't be located by his wife. He died a couple of years ago.

I've never had a diesel before so I have an additional learning curve.


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Old 03-01-2016, 09:22 AM   #2
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Probably the propane detector (installed low in coach) powering up and it goes into alarm. Mine is located under the fridge (black panel) with a sliding switch on the front. It is reset by sliding the switch back and then on again. It goes off when I cycle my house battery switch by the door.

Hope this helps,

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Old 03-01-2016, 09:43 AM   #3
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Yep, that was it. First issue dealt with and now it will be onto the overheating alarm. But that will be another post after I research some more.

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Old 03-01-2016, 09:45 AM   #4
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Bingo on the Propane Detector switch. Had the same problem and after hunting down the switch and turning it off and then on, problem solved. Also, on my rig, if the propane detector switch is off there is no propane to the stove top.
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