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Old 06-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #1
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12 volt system, need help

My first rv and getting very frustrated, haven't even used it yet(remodeling inside) 1999 winnebago adventurer. I took out all the batteries when i stored it, everything worked great. Then in spring i hooked up the main battery and the engine turned right over. I have had it plugged in a few times and everything works great...until today. My 2 house batteries are fully charged, even had them tested to be sure that wasnt the problem, but tried to start the generator and nothing at all happened. Then I tried some of the 12v lights, nothing. Checked the circuit panel, all the flip fuses looked fine. I am sooo frustrated because this is so foreign to me being a first time owner. I marked all the wires to the batteries before I took them off. I am pretty sure I have it hooked up correctly but cant find anything(I have read every manual) and thought I could find an explination or picture of proper hookup. Assuming I do have it hooked up correctly, what else should I check.....frustrating..could really use some veteran help!! thank you
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My first rv and getting very frustrated, haven't even used it yet(remodeling inside) 1999 winnebago adventurer. I took out all the batteries when i stored it, everything worked great. Then in spring i hooked up the main battery and the engine turned right over. I have had it plugged in a few times and everything works great...until today. My 2 house batteries are fully charged, even had them tested to be sure that wasnt the problem, but tried to start the generator and nothing at all happened. Then I tried some of the 12v lights, nothing. Checked the circuit panel, all the flip fuses looked fine. I am sooo frustrated because this is so foreign to me being a first time owner. I marked all the wires to the batteries before I took them off. I am pretty sure I have it hooked up correctly but cant find anything(I have read every manual) and thought I could find an explination or picture of proper hookup. Assuming I do have it hooked up correctly, what else should I check.....frustrating..could really use some veteran help!! thank you
I hate to ask this but did you check the battery main switch on the dash to make sure it is turned on? If so try cycling it a few times. Mine did that once and I cycled it a few times and the power came on.
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Did you turn on the 12 volt house switch located by the entry door? Sometimes called a salesman switch this switch controls your house batteries.
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what does the 12v house switch look like...there are so many switches and panels/circuits on this thing I get so confused thanks
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RYLONS, great but simple suggestion, will check that first, thanks
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It's usually a rocker type switch. There maybe more than one right at the entrance door, Ours has three--Chasis, house and electric step.
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1. go to your chassis batteries and follow the ground wire to where it connects. mine is bolted to the frame. mine came loose and I lost the 12v.
2. start your coach and on your dash see if you have a button labeled aux start. If you do press it and see if your lights work. pressing the button ties both set of batteries together.
3. do you have a battery control center . there are red circuit breakers inside that can be reset. my gen get it power from my battery control center.
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After all the above suggestions and still no power, recheck the battery hook up and if you have a small voltmeter, then check that your ground (negative) is really grounded to the frame. If you don't have a voltmeter, that might be a good investment, as it will be very useful for future trouble shooting.
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