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Old 06-03-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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I am having problems starting my rv. It started at first try but when I try again it only makes a clicking sound. I have replaced the starter and it still will not work. I HAVE DISCONNECTED THE OTHER 2 BATTERIES AND ONLY HAVE THE ONE HOOKED UP. I cannot figure this out . Does anyone know what could be causing this ?


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Old 06-03-2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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Have you tried jumper cables to another vehicle so that you can eliminate the battery as the problem? All your battery connections corrosion free? Do your headlights and radio turn on OK?
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:59 AM   #3
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Starter problem

I had a similar problem on my 2002 challenger and spent 2 hours trying to find the problem, then it just started. This happened several times, so I started carrying around jumper cables and connected the battery to the starter with the cables to get it running. Never did find the problem until I replaced the battery and found that Damon put to long of a bolt in the battery to hold the terminals on the positive side and they sometimes didn't make contact. Since I replaced the battery and corrected the (to long bolt) problem, I've never had the problem again. I would start there and check all there connection, assuming the battery is in good condition.

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:52 AM   #4
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Generally if all your getting is a clicking, it is the battery. Had to replace mine in April for the same reason. If the battery is too far gone a jump won't help. Take the battery out and bring it to either Advance or Auto Zone and get it tested. Chances are you need a new battery. Hope that helps

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:19 AM   #5
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It's most likely the battery is bad or, you have bad connections on the battery terminals and/or the NEG ground connection on the frame. Corroded frame connection on older MHs are quite common.

I would clean/check all this first. Then you can take the battery to any battery shop and have it load tested.

Your Damon should have Start/Boost switch on the dash. If either the chassis or house battery gets too low, operating that switch will connect both to each other. Generally it's used to start the coach with a boost from the house batteries. However, if your house batts are down, you can use the chassis batt to boost them to start the genny.
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I am having problems starting my rv. It started at first try but when I try again it only makes a clicking sound. I have replaced the starter and it still will not work. I HAVE DISCONNECTED THE OTHER 2 BATTERIES AND ONLY HAVE THE ONE HOOKED UP. I cannot figure this out . Does anyone know what could be causing this ?

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Have you tried totally disconnecting all batteries then overnight charging them individually? Of course when reconnecting them, carefully clean (sandpaper or wire brush) all terminals, cable ends, and grounding point stud.

To keep my four 12v engine start batteries at peak charge, I have a battery maintainer on all the time. A good maintainer won't overcharge batteries, and it goes into "float" mode which pulses after the bulk charge phase is complete. That adds years to battery life.
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Thanks for all the input . I found the problem. Even after cleaning the starter and mounting surfaces thoroughly, it still did not work. I connected a ground cable from the negative battery terminal to the starter body and it worked perfectly. Go figure
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Bad ground connection on the NEG cable to the frame.
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