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Old 03-31-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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battery connection issues

Hi again. ok I bought this rv recently and the previous owner had all the battery connections. 4 pos. cables and 3ground cables all on one battery. He explained to me that to start it I needed to go under the hood and touch a hanging wire to the hot side of what looks like a ford starter relay. doing so energizes the starting circuit and the ignition circuit . there is no way I can determine the origional configuration without a diagram.. can anyone please help me with this . I cant realy afford to have it done at a shop. and I would hate to buy new batteries and ruin them if they are not hooked up right..
it's a 1988 pace arrow 454 john deere chassis
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:46 PM   #2
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From what you have described it sounds like the starter solenoid is bad and that is the reason you have to hook the wire to the positive side of what looks like a Ford starter relay (which is probably a Ford starter solenoid).

As far as all of the positives and negatives being hooked to one battery there is no telling what is going on without looking at it. A lot of coach builders will run added on accessory wire connections to the chassis battery.


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Old 03-31-2012, 08:57 PM   #3
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yea Im just not sure. I believe the wireing is just all wrong. drom what I have found there should be 3 batteries 1 for the engine and 2 for the coach. I Found that the starter solonoid is not wired directly to the battery. it is running from the aux relay to another relay.. ( the one I am jumping) and then the starter relay. should the main engine power be controlled by 2 relays. or should it just go to a battery directly?

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Old 03-31-2012, 11:17 PM   #4
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got it figured out

well afer days of looking for a diagram searching for just that I got nothing. tonight I got lucky and found my disconect panel @ intelitec.. explaining the functions and complete legible diagrams.. the mystery wire was the bi directional isolator... lol I feel stupid. the wire I was touching is the 12+ to the( bird) next light I will hook up the batteries correctly. if the (bird) is not damaged all should be good.. I can Rest now. Thanks for the posts

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Old 04-01-2012, 04:37 AM   #5
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I hear ya about legible diagrams. You have to be a mind reader with some of them. The wiring section of my Dodge factory manual is pretty good at taking you from connection to connection and page to page.
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Glad to see you have it figured out. Hope you can enjoy your future travels. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!

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