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Old 09-20-2016, 12:41 PM   #15
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A lot of replies but I have had this happen before and pretty much like you described it. Ended up a very easy fix. The battery cables were loose. See if you can move the cables on top of the battery. If you just bought it and the previous owner happened to swap out the battery, chances are they did not tighten them down. You had current which turned on the lights but as soon as there was a heavy draw, trying to start, there was a break in the connection. It does happen a good bit. The fact that you plugged in and thing worked is because they weren't working off the battery.
If the cable connection on top of the battery are tight already then check the ground wire to the chassis and then the power wire to the starter, both coming off the battery (thick wires).
Just my 2 cents as this is easily checked and at no cost and has been the culprit many times in my life.

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Old 09-21-2016, 06:41 PM   #16
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I asked him and he said he didn't spray the engine area, only around the fender wells. The house power is on now. The roadside service guy said there is very low voltage going to the power distribution box and that we needed to trace that back towards the battery. My son had to go to work so we haven't gotten to that yet. Seems complicated. (I'm a 60 year old woman &#128521

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I went to the website and printed them all out. Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:18 PM   #18
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Problem fixed!!! Thank you all for the great information.

We did nearly everything everyone suggested. The problem was the silonoid (sp?) which my son replaced, and that brought the instrument panel back up and then we figured out we needed to push the gear shifter up more to the park position and she started right up. We learned a lot from this and want to thank everyone for all the great advice. I have printed all the wiring diagrams from the Winnebago website just in case we ever have any more electricial problems. 😃

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