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Old 12-22-2013, 08:26 AM   #29
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Haha.. the image I linked to above is of a non-automatic resettable breaker, it was as your picture - don't know what happened there! Gotta love the internets!

More often than not, auto-resetting breakers on high amperage connection points are generally not used, and instead the breaker type that I pictured above. It certainly sounds like that breaker was your problem - once replaced you should be good to go.

P.S. Gemini5362 - yes indeed DC clamp on ammeters exist, I have a Fluke 325 just for this purpose ;-)
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For both of you that corrected me I would claim a senior moment but I actually had not seen the DC clamp on amp meters before. It has been quite a while since I have worked on anything that required high current detection capability. Before I was retired I spent the last 20 years working with mostly computers and networks. I worked on some machinery but it was all computer controlled and we rarely measured DC current. According to what I was reading the clamp on DC meters use a hall effect circuit to measure current. Gentlemen I stand corrected and appreciate the new knowledge you have given me. My only regret is that I did not know about this earlier in the month so I could have asked Santa Clause for a 325. My birthday is in a little over 6 months so that should give me time to start leaving hints for the birthday gift giver.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:27 PM   #31
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I just had similar problems. It would run for a while then shut down. Then it would run fine or it would shut down. No power to any of the dash lights when I turned the key and none of the normal start up sounds. I replaced my ignition switch and that wasn't the problem. It was the "ignition solenoid" on my coach. Ours was in the compartment with the fuses and breakers for the the chassis. I also have another solenoid at the back of the coach that is the same type of solenoid. That one controls the starter. I'm going to pick up a new one of those before I hit the road again. Good Luck.
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Glad to see everyone got their problems fixed. Pumper, those two solenoids may look identical but have different ratings. Typically the starter solenoid is rated for a much higher amperage, but is only intended to be engaged for a short amount of time, and an ignition solenoid will be rated for a much lower amperage but will be rated for continuous duty. Unfortunately, they aren't interchangeable.
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