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Old 09-19-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
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thought it was altenator

fuel, temperature and battery gauges were not working, i was trying to get home when radio cut off, thought i had an alternator malfunction,stopped at rest stop and vehicle would not start towed to chevydealer, replaced in house batteries along with engine battery, gauges still do not work vehicle starts but the problem of the gauges is not solved the dealer has reached out to the manufacturer but still no success. the dealer is well intensioned but it is a manufacturer problem now. should i have it towed to a monaco service center or can i just drive it there?

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Old 09-19-2015, 05:11 PM   #2
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Drive it.
Towing is exspensive and can damage front end.
Towing should be a last resort.


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Old 09-19-2015, 05:16 PM   #3
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Well if your battery was drained dead you probably still have a alt. or charging problem. After changing the battery did they check your charging system.
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:26 AM   #4
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You are right to be worried.

There should be a good Auto(or Marine) Electric shop-with a long standing reputation- in your area. Preferably Owner operated.

Your problem can be resolved.
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Old 09-20-2015, 06:31 AM   #5
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thought it was the atenator

thank you for the excellent advice, will go up tuesday and make decision then, they have had it for a month!
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:06 AM   #6
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If you have an onboard generator you can run that to keep you batteries charged while driving to the service center.
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:25 AM   #7
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If battery going dead and dash dead it sounds major but could be simple.

The power source is isolated from the loads.

There are disconnect systems and fuses that need to be checked.

20 minutes with a voltmeter would determine "general direction"

If they have had it for a month that is not acceptable unless they can document 30 hours of warranty time.

Likely it is in a place where folks are paid related to task and nobody has touched it.

Contact manufacturer if a warranty issue or seek a service facility who is capable of rv work.

There are also independent mobile folks of which few are members here that could come out and get you going.
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:47 AM   #8
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Is it all of the gauges that are not working. You just mentioned fuel, temp, and battery, What about the oil pressure or if you have it transmission temp or air pressure etc. If all gauges are not working I would imagine that it is a fuse. Still might be a fuse if gauges are in seperate power clusters. Who makes monaco chasis you should be able to call them and get some help there. It would be a shame to tow it to a dealer and find out that it was a blown fuse.

My experience with fuses are that they hide them everywhere. I have the electrical diagrams for it. When my lights in my 7 pin connector for the tow vehicle went out I looked in the wiring diagram and could not find any fuses for that. There is a converter that converts the wiring on the bus to a 7 pin connection. I assumed that was bad and it was under warranty so I took it in to get it replaced. when I went to pick it up they told me I had a blown fuse and showed me where it was. There is not any mention anywhere of that set of fuses. I strongly recommend calling the chassis manufacturer and ask them Gauges will be a chassis issue.
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Old 09-20-2015, 10:13 AM   #9
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I would drive it. Lack of gauges is a major problem that needs prompt attention, but does not indicate that the coach is unsafe or unsuitable to drive.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:47 PM   #10
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thought it was altenator

the response i am getting is amazing i want to thank you all again. the trek is 100 miles away from me so it is hard to get there because i still have to work. i call constantly and get no response even after last week when i went there and spoke with a cordial concerned service supervisor who has been in charge since the beginning. he said he would call me but. the gas, fuel temp, gauges were not working the speedometer worked they say the air conditioner blower is not working. i was traveling during the day so i dont know if the lights worked but they did on the way up. i guess i panicked when the radio went out . it was 95 and my wife and gs dog were with me sure seemed like an altenator could anatenator malfunction when it reaches a certain temp? and then work later? if i drive it i will let it warm up and see if it is still charging the batteries . my wife and i love the rv and were able to visit my son in cal. last year ,saw the grand canyon and zion national parks fantastic! 1998 trek with three bears painted on the back. first major problem for me thank you all again
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:26 AM   #11
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One all important gauge you can substitute for (Speedometer) by a smart phone app or GPS unit.

But the rest.. I can not help you with, All gauges not working suggests that like so many RVers you have a screw loose.. This one holds a ground wire to the metal chassis somewhere.. This is kind of unusual because normally when I speak about RVers having a few screws loose I mean in the power distribution panel.. not "Mental" screws but in this case it is a "mental" screw (As well as a metal screw) just the motor home's brain.. not yours.
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Originally Posted by peter finn View Post
.... 1998 trek with three bears painted on the back....
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:40 AM   #13
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Question well,it was the altenator

first,i lost gauges, then i heard noise from area of in house batteries, wanted to stop but nowhere to stop, when radio cut off i knew it was altenator and was very lucky to make it to rest stop. towed to chevy dealor 5 miles away and told them the story and my suspicion of altenator failure. they are a very busy place they replaced the house batteries and engine battery,replaced isolator and finally altenator. drove it home yesterday after 42 days. i was very happy they were very fair with the amount of money they charged me from our disscusions i was expecting the bill to be 50% to 100% higher . after i paid the bill i went out the veheicle and i did think it was strange that they had already started it , at least ten minutes prior, it was hot, so i got in and drove it two hours home no problem. when i turned the motor off the abs brake light, check gauges light came on an are still on! have it plugged in and my batteries are charged from my house.they admitted they had problems understanding the trek they did their best from our conversations and the amount of money they charged me they lost money and they were very fair with me ,any suggestions on how to get those lights off? i think it is pointless to take it back to them
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Reread post #12 those guys know all about Treks! They will help you!

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