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Old 03-30-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!
I have read through a few of the forums online and decided it would be advantages to join the forum. Our family just purchased our first RV. We are very excited about the journeys ahead. Although the RV isn't new, it is new to us and we are excited about any work to be done and how to make it ours. The RV we just purchased is a '97 Damon Intruder 532B. It is a 53' coach on a Ford chassis with the 7.5L 460.

Although i have done a lot of research and found a good bit of info on the internet, manuals and such, there are some things that i'm still having problems with. I've been able to fix a few of the items i'm having problems with but there is one still plaguing me! I can't get anything to work off of the coach batteries. The shore power works, generator works(once i fix the transfer switch) but nothing from the coach batteries. I have replaced the 2 batteries so i know they are good. Many people have told me to look for the battery disconnect switch. can't find that for the life of me. Any help with this coach power problem will be greatly appreciated!!!

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Look around the entrance door and there should be a 12V switch. Make sure it is in the on position.

Your coach is probably a 35' coach since it is on a gas chassis and the longest they make now are 45' diesel pushers.

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Ooops, i meant 35', don't know why it came out 53'!

Anyway, i have been told that too, and the only thing i find there is a step light that doesn't work and 2 small metal switches. One is for the "porch lights" and the other turns the steps on and off. There is another hole on that panel like there was something there at one time, but nothing about the batteries?
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Hello everyone!
I have read through a few of the forums online and decided it would be advantages to join the forum. Our family just purchased our first RV. We are very excited about the journeys ahead. Although the RV isn't new, it is new to us and we are excited about any work to be done and how to make it ours. The RV we just purchased is a '97 Damon Intruder 532B. It is a 53' coach on a Ford chassis with the 7.5L 460.

Although i have done a lot of research and found a good bit of info on the internet, manuals and such, there are some things that i'm still having problems with. I've been able to fix a few of the items i'm having problems with but there is one still plaguing me! I can't get anything to work off of the coach batteries. The shore power works, generator works(once i fix the transfer switch) but nothing from the coach batteries. I have replaced the 2 batteries so i know they are good. Many people have told me to look for the battery disconnect switch. can't find that for the life of me. Any help with this coach power problem will be greatly appreciated!!!
Thank you!
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Many, (most?), RVs have a switch near the entry door that shuts off the 12V to the house lights and appliances.
Also some inverters have both 120V and 12V circuit breakers, (on the inverter itself)...you might have a tripped 12V breaker.
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Second post in thread from this forum might be of help.

http://https://www.rv.net/forum/inde...print/true.cfm
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Dean,
the link didn't seam to work???
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Ooops, i meant 35', don't know why it came out 53'!

Anyway, i have been told that too, and the only thing i find there is a step light that doesn't work and 2 small metal switches. One is for the "porch lights" and the other turns the steps on and off. There is another hole on that panel like there was something there at one time, but nothing about the batteries?

I am so glad for that typo as I couldn't imagine driving a 53'! LOL!

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My battery disconnect switch is on the dash, check there.
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When you say nothing works on batteries, do the coach lights work?

Outlets do not run off batteries, shore power or generator only (Maybe inverter if you have one)

I ask this because you specifically said you were new to this. A common error made by fresh newcomers is thinking the batteries supply power to the wall outlets.
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I had a '97 Damon Daybreak. Battery disconnect was on the dash left side of steering wheel. It was a toggle - no indication of which position was "connect" or "disconnect".
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Welcome to the forum. Hope someone can help locate the switch. If you have the manual it may help locate the switch. Good luck and great adventures. You will find help here.
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Dean,
the link didn't seam to work???
Note.....you can do your own search. I found about 5 threads on this forum with the search words, "Damon Intruder Battery Switch".

Another try at the link failed.....

Evidently one cannot copy and paste a web address from the forum history into the link function of a post and expect it to work.
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FWIW I would start by tracing the big wire from the battery. It will probably go to a can type relay. Looks like (but is not) the kind Ford uses for the starter. It is probably off and is the disconnect for storage. You can check it with a meter or test light to ground. Should be a nominal 12 VDC on each big terminal. Start flipping switches until it happens. Is sounds like the "salesman's switch" or storage switch is on the dash or was moved somewhere else by a previous owner. You can try following the leads on the small terminals if you are desperate.
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