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Old 02-07-2016, 01:40 PM   #1
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hello....I have a 2004 adventurer.....the batteries are charged but motor will not turn over and slides will not work......there ia a clicking sound when I try to start the motor, but not enough juice.....also,the slides will not work.....they make a sound , but will not work.....all batteries are new.....any ideas????
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hello....I have a 2004 adventurer.....the batteries are charged but motor will not turn over and slides will not work......there ia a clicking sound when I try to start the motor, but not enough juice.....also,the slides will not work.....they make a sound , but will not work.....all batteries are new.....any ideas????
Well Sir,
First off, a tad bit more info would help. Have you owned this coach for a while? If so, did this problem just start? If you haven't owned it and you just purchased it, how did you get it home? Did it start fine when you were looking at it or, just purchasing it?

Or, did you do any work on the coach just prior to this problem popping up? If so, what kind of work? You see, this is why a little more info would help us, help you in trying to resolve this issue.

Or, did you just go out to it one day and, it won't start and, your slides will not operate?


Are the battery cable connections all clean and tight? IF so, what are the readings on any and all batteries, 11 volts, 12, 13 what? Do you have an "Auxiliary Battery" start switch? That's the one that will connect your house batteries to your chassis batteries to augment cranking power to start the engine. So, let us know what you find out.
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Well Sir,
First off, a tad bit more info would help. Have you owned this coach for a while? If so, did this problem just start? If you haven't owned it and you just purchased it, how did you get it home? Did it start fine when you were looking at it or, just purchasing it?

Or, did you do any work on the coach just prior to this problem popping up? If so, what kind of work? You see, this is why a little more info would help us, help you in trying to resolve this issue.

Or, did you just go out to it one day and, it won't start and, your slides will not operate?


Are the battery cable connections all clean and tight? IF so, what are the readings on any and all batteries, 11 volts, 12, 13 what? Do you have an "Auxiliary Battery" start switch? That's the one that will connect your house batteries to your chassis batteries to augment cranking power to start the engine. So, let us know what you find out.
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hello....I have owned this coach for 9 months.....I put 11,000 miles on it driving around the usa without a single problem........I plugged a 12 volt to 110 adapter in the lighter to charge my laptop......I think it was too much draw, and something got fried.....all batteries are new and the cables cleaned..........what do you think
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I think your house batteries are charged but your start battery is dead.

The adaptor probably ran down the start battery. That's the battery that most likely runs the slide.

Most MHs in that era didn't charge the start battery while plugged in and charging the house bank.

Look for a boost switch, push it and hold it for a few minutes and then try to start it.

Don't use that lighter plug to prevent this from happening again. You can also buy a small device ( Tri-L- Start ) that will charge the start battery anytime the house bank is charging from short power.
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I can turn on the headlights and they are very bright.......
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I can turn on the headlights and they are very bright.......
If they stay bright when you turn the key, it's an electrical problem.

If they go very dim or out, it's a bad connection on the battery post or ground cable.
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"hello....I have owned this coach for 9 months.....I put 11,000 miles on it driving around the usa without a single problem........I plugged a 12 volt to 110 adapter in the lighter to charge my laptop......I think it was too much draw, and something got fried.....all batteries are new and the cables cleaned..........what do you think"

I surely thank you for providing info that may help here in determining your problem. So, at this time, your coach, and its starting system for the engine, has been operating just fine, all up until you plugged in the "Adapter" to charge your laptop, correct?

I suspect that your ADAPTER, is a form of an INVERTER. It might be a small one but, none the less, an inverter. Now, also, did you charge your laptop from dead, to a full charge and, if so, how long did it take? Most chassis batteries, will have plenty of reserve power left after using them for something like you did. Now some smaller inverters, will display an alarm, if the battery they are using for power supply, reaches a critically low state of charge. Not all, but some.

I also don't think you "fried" anything simply because you were using a power outlet to run an inverter, to charge a laptop battery. . Now, at worst, you MAY have run your chassis battery down to a point that it was not strong enough to crank the engine. I don't know the dash layout of all the coaches on the planet so, yours may, or may not, have a "Battery Boost" switch on your dash, that you would use if your chassis batteries are too low in voltage, to be able to crank the engine, by connecting the house batteries into the cranking system of the engine.

If it were me, I'd grab a volt-ohm meter and, set it to the 12V scale and, put the probes on the chassis battery terminals. Then, I'd have a helper, try and start the engine. If, the voltage drops severely at those terminals, you've got some sort of battery/cell issue maybe. If there's no voltage drop while attempting to crank the engine, there's an issue with the system that connects the battery to the starter because, there's no demand from the battery to turn the starter over.

So, if that's the case, then you'll have to see where the starter relay, start solenoid (if it's a remote solenoid like what's on ours) and anything else that's involved with cranking that engine over. It's hard to go any further here with a deeper analysis from my standpoint without getting down and dirty with some of the tests I suggested. Good luck.
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hello....when I push in the ''battery boost'' switch...it does not help at all.....must be the solenoid.......
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I charged the engine battery and everything seems to be back to normal.....I guess the engine battery was much lower in charge then I thought......but I still don't understand why the battery boost switch would not start the engine..????.....the motor starts now after I charged the battery......any ideas
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The battery boost switch uses a solenoid. They go bad all of the time.

Find it by hitting the switch and listen for the clunk. If no clunk, boost switch wiring could be bad.

If it clunks, the switch wires are ok.

Next, measure the volts on both big terminals.

Voltage should be different when not in boost and the same when boost switch is pushed and held.
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