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Old 06-14-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Replaced batteries

We have a Four Winds 2002 Hurricane.

We were about to pack up and head home, when our slide out would not come back in (and the hand pump did not work worth a dam). We finally figure out that it was the batteries. We replaced the batteries and reconnected everything. As far as I know I reconnected everything correctly, and the slide out worked just fine, and we're able to start up the generator so I know I connected something correctly.

However, NOTHING works in the cabin. We have no power anywhere. It's as if something is not connected correctly. Or there is a fuse that has blown.

How are the batteries suppose to be connected? and is there some fuse or breaker I need to flip?

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Old 06-14-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Hopefully some of our Hurricane experts will be along soon to chime in but in the meantime some questions you might want to answer are:

* How did you finally come to the conclusion that the batteries were bad?

* How many house batteries and what voltage?

* How did you approach the wiring of the new batteries? Take a photo or make a diagram of the original wiring?

* Do you have an EMS electrical control panel inside the coach and if so, what reading are you getting for house battery voltage?

* Are your symptoms the same whether or not you're hooked to shore power?

Good luck.


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Old 06-14-2014, 01:53 PM   #3
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There are two things that come to mind.. possibly 3 but let me re-read 2002 limits it to 2.

First; There is a device called a battery disconnect, these come in several flavors but most involve a solenoid type device (Basically a big relay) located somewhere in between the battery and the house, It is possible that it is in the OFF/Disconnected/Store position.. Check your disconnect.. See note below.

Second, it is also possibly you have multiple connections usually to the battery positive.. I have modified my system so I have only one but many motor homes have 2, 3 or 4 such connections.

We have had many posters who missed a cable when they re-connected, or even who hooked a cable to the wrong post.

The third thing is a specific type of converter but I do not belive you'd have one of those in a 2002. (Magnetek)
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I agree it is most likely your disconnect switch. If you have a power management panel it is most likely in there.
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