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Old 11-04-2007, 06:30 PM   #1
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Imagine driving down highway 151 in North Carolina on a four lane highway, only a first quarter moon night with no other cars in sight, heading toward a week vacation in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Talking with your wife on what a beautiful night it is and how lucky you are to be driving this 2007 HR Endeavor that had been purchased in April 2007. You only have about 5900 miles on the unite and all seems to be well, when all of a sudden the LIGHTS GO OUT. The head lights, the dash lights and the engine SHUTS DOWN. No warning lights or buzzer, just total DARKNESS. Did I forget to say that you are traveling at 60 MPH and a tow vehicle behind.
This did happen to me and my wife on Oct. 15, 2007. By the time I managed to get the unit stopped I was on the guard rail. Luckily it was there to keep us from going off the highway and possibly over a hill. This was without a doubt the most frightening experience I have ever been in while driving.
We were towed 5 times in two days until we finally got to a repair certer in Charlotte, NC. Truck Tech Truck and RV Repair Center discovered that the positive cable from the battery in the rear of the home that runs between the rails to the main computer in the front of the home had either been cut, seperated, or had been screwed into causing a short. This was the cause for the total chassis shut down. So far Holiday Rambler does not want to know the exact cause for this failure. I would like to know if anyone else out there has had this happen to them? If so, what was the cause in your case? Let me KNOW.
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Old 11-04-2007, 06:30 PM   #2
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Imagine driving down highway 151 in North Carolina on a four lane highway, only a first quarter moon night with no other cars in sight, heading toward a week vacation in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Talking with your wife on what a beautiful night it is and how lucky you are to be driving this 2007 HR Endeavor that had been purchased in April 2007. You only have about 5900 miles on the unite and all seems to be well, when all of a sudden the LIGHTS GO OUT. The head lights, the dash lights and the engine SHUTS DOWN. No warning lights or buzzer, just total DARKNESS. Did I forget to say that you are traveling at 60 MPH and a tow vehicle behind.
This did happen to me and my wife on Oct. 15, 2007. By the time I managed to get the unit stopped I was on the guard rail. Luckily it was there to keep us from going off the highway and possibly over a hill. This was without a doubt the most frightening experience I have ever been in while driving.
We were towed 5 times in two days until we finally got to a repair certer in Charlotte, NC. Truck Tech Truck and RV Repair Center discovered that the positive cable from the battery in the rear of the home that runs between the rails to the main computer in the front of the home had either been cut, seperated, or had been screwed into causing a short. This was the cause for the total chassis shut down. So far Holiday Rambler does not want to know the exact cause for this failure. I would like to know if anyone else out there has had this happen to them? If so, what was the cause in your case? Let me KNOW.
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Old 11-04-2007, 10:12 PM   #3
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Scott,

It happened to me on my first trip with the Diplomat. A ground wire between the front run bay and the transmission pad came apart at a splice. That shut down the transmission, which in turn shut down the engine. Fortunately it happened in daylight, but during a snow storm. (We were headed south to the FMCA Rally in Macon GA last March.)

We hadn't gotten far from home, so I called the dealer. They came out and diagnosed the problem, and jury rigged it enough to drive back to their shop. Our trip was cancelled.

I can imagine how scary that must have been at night with no lights. Did the guard rail do much damage to your coach?
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:18 PM   #4
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Not sure it is still in the body shop. Should have a estimate this week. If you are into racing, I have a 40 foot Darlington strip. The hardest hit was on the front right corner. It withstood the crash mush better than I expected. Since it is fiberglass, they should be able to repair it. Three of the storage doors need to be replaced. The rest can be repaired. As damage goes really not so bad. It could have been a lot worse.
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Scott & Jo Ellen R...I am so sorry to hear of your breakdown and what you went through on the road. Please keep us posted on what they find.
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Old 11-13-2007, 03:19 PM   #6
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I got the estimate. Got off better than I thought,$12,000.00. I was expecting 20+. So far there has been no interest from HR to be sure of the cause of the power failure and shut down. I will be asking a lot more questions. I will keep you informed.

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Old 11-14-2007, 12:30 PM   #7
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Chirohand,

That's good news, for sure. Please do keep the group informed as to what caused the problem when you get more details.
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Old 12-26-2007, 07:58 AM   #8
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Well it has been 2 months and all the damage is about to be repaired. Terry Labonte RV Center in Greensboro did the repairs. I'll let you know how it looks when we pick it up in mid January. We are hopping to go to the beach to get the vacation we did not get in October. We have seen some othe body work that this center has done and it looked very good. They have been great to work with. Progressive Ins. has also been great to this point.
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Since this is a new 2007 coach (bought in April of 2007)and it sure sounds like a warranty issue to me, I believe I would have been after HR to pick up all of the repairs. I wouldn't want the black mark against me with the insurance company.
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Yes, exactly what cb5300 said!!! I'd be jumping up and down at HR! How terribly scary, so glad you are safe, but I really think you need to push, push, push HR. That is not acceptable!
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:51 PM   #11
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Talked to HR today about the expenses from the accident. They told me to have my Insurance company contact their legal department. Sure hope we don't have go that way. HR said that was just the procedure we had to go thru. More later.
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How can I get a picture of our MH on the posts? I'm a proud owner also.

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