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Old 11-11-2015, 01:03 PM   #1
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Hey yall. PLEASE help. I am getting conflicting answers from an RV Outlet I called and the owner I purchased my new 1989 Fleetwood Pace Arrow does not remember....so.... This morning I plugged into the 30 AMP shore power pole at the RV Park. Went inside trying to get the steps down turned on the Auxilliary Battery AND the MAIN Battery. Never did get the steps down but every thing else is working. So I left the AC AND Batteries on and locked up and headed for work.
Here is my question.
#1 When connected to shore power Am I supposed to leave the Auxillary Battery Button ON ?
#2 When connected to shore power am I supposed to leave the MAIN Battery Button ON?
#3 Which battery is the ENGINE battery ? The Auxillary or the MAIN ?
I THOT the MAIN was the engine one but the lady who answered the phone at the RV place says the auxillary battery is the one that starts the engine.
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:14 PM   #2
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From My 92 pace arrow:
#1 yes, otherwise your converter won't charge them.

#2 maybe, supposedly the t-bird will activate the solenoid to charge. Mine never worked so I always disconnected MAIN (engine).

#3 see #2
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:15 PM   #3
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Hey yall. PLEASE help. I am getting conflicting answers from an RV Outlet I called and the owner I purchased my new 1989 Fleetwood Pace Arrow does not remember....so.... This morning I plugged into the 30 AMP shore power pole at the RV Park. Went inside trying to get the steps down turned on the Auxilliary Battery AND the MAIN Battery. Never did get the steps down but every thing else is working. So I left the AC AND Batteries on and locked up and headed for work.
Here is my question.
#1 When connected to shore power Am I supposed to leave the Auxillary Battery Button ON ?
#2 When connected to shore power am I supposed to leave the MAIN Battery Button ON?
#3 Which battery is the ENGINE battery ? The Auxillary or the MAIN ?
I THOT the MAIN was the engine one but the lady who answered the phone at the RV place says the auxillary battery is the one that starts the engine.
Usually all battery switches are in the on position when hooked up to shore power so they can get a charge. Not sure what kind of charger your older coach has though so you would have to do some more research on that. Some older units will not stop charging and can over charge batteries. Most of us have house batteries and chassis batteries so I can not accurately tell you what your main and auxiliary battery are. House batteries power the living area and the chassis is what starts your engine and you should be able to figure that out by looking at wires or simply disconnecting them to see what shuts down.
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Old 11-11-2015, 08:17 PM   #4
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On my '89 Pace Arrow, the main or chassis (engine starting)battery did not charge when the rig was hooked up to 30 amp service. To compensate,I had a jumper wire with alligator clips on each end with which I connected the positive terminals of the auxiliary battery to the positive terminal of the chassis battery. Unless it has been replaced,your converter is not a "smart" battery maintainer. It was under the refrigerator. We never experienced any overcharge issues. Leave both battery switches in the ON position.

Your steps are probably another issue. If the step linkage on the ends of the steps are rusty or just a little bit sticky,the step motor will sense the situation and just not even try. Penetrating oil then Fluid Film on the linkage.

You are in the right place to get your answers
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exrench is right, the step motor stops and starts by sensing amperage draw. If the steps are rusty or dirty, the motor stalls; clean them up and lubricate every moving point. Use caution working on the steps as they have constant voltage available, and can mangle fingers if they move unexpectedly.
Kwikee steps recommend monthly cleaning and lubricating.
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on the step issue, mine has a button that the door pushes that tells the step to go in and out, sometimes this switch get dirty, might just be a ground as well, look in the door frame and find the switch, sometimes just working it with your finger will free it up enough to work.
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If there are three or more batteries, the chassis battery is the one not hooked in parallel with the others. The house batteries will have large cables connecting the + terminals together and large cables connection the - terminals together as well.
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