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Old 01-20-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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2005 journey with 350 cat....help with engine heater

Hello. I need help. I have to move my motorhome today and it is below freezing outside. It is currently plugged in to my house. I went and flipped the switch for the engine heater but there was no change in the amount of amps being drawn on the panel. Is it working??? I looked in the manual and it said the cord was in the power cord compartment but I couldn't fine any separate cord, plus the manual said if the motorhome was plugged in to shore power it should automatically work. When I flip the heater switch shouldn't there be a change in the amps being drawn??? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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On my MH the heater power cord is plugged in to a GFCI outlet. If yours is similar you may want to verify the GFCI is not tripped.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:32 PM   #3
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How you tried circuit breakers?
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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Engine should have glow plugs/ intake air heater. Cycle them several times.
Booster on the chassis batteries. Block heater will take time to warm it up.
How cold is below freezing?
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #5
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You should have a cord for your engine block heater in your electrical compartment outside. There is a receptacle in that compartment to which you plug in the cord. Somewhere you have a cord.....it is not automatic. Look carefully, it will be there. Once it is plugged in, then you turn on the switch in your panel (hallway). You should see it draw about 15 amps. Good luck
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In the compartment I see the phone and cable tv plug ins. On that box is an electrical receptacle. But nothing is plugged in to it. And I don't see any cord hanging anywhere etc. could it be located somewhere else?
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Mine is located at the rear of the coach.
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Just looked again. No cord can be seen. Anybody with a journey 39k or otherwise know where it is? And all the fuses are good to go. I also checked the rear engine compartment area, what there is of one in a rear rad coach, and didn't see a plug there either
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Deuce it,

You found the correct receptacle. On my 39K the cord enters that compartment from the open area above and behind the sheet metal divider the receptacle is attached to. Using a flashlight look up in that area for a black power cord. It may be coiled and tied back if it has never been used.
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I also think if you cycle the pre-heater a couple times it should start right up. As has been said what does below freezing mean, 31 degrees or -10 degrees. Mine starts good with the pre-heater as sometimes you don't have power to plug into. Jim
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Well I never did find it. It must be down behind the metal. I need to get a mirror to look for it cause I can't see behind the metal. In the end I guess I didn't need it. I started it and the wait to start light went out after about 10 seconds. It cranked for a while though, probably about 10 seconds. I almost stopped to give it a rest but then it fired right up. The outside temperature was +1(34) degrees. And the sun was shinning on the rear of the motorhome.
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Deucenut,

Glad you got it moved OK.

One more thought on locating the power cable. I have heard some say that theirs was never uncoiled at the factory and was found tied down coiled up in the engine compartment. So if the mirror and flashlight fail to find it, try accessing the engine compartment from under the bed.

Sorry you have had to go through all this, but you might as well keep at it so it is ready for next time.
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Mine is in electrical compartment coiled up at the top. Never have found a receptacle.

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Mine is in electrical compartment coiled up at the top. Never have found a receptacle.

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On mine, the receptacle is mounted in the same box tha holds the phone and cable tv hookups.
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