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Old 10-19-2015, 09:38 PM   #1
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House battery to start engine

I have had several Class C and Class A M/H's they all had a switch to start the Engine with the House battery, in case of dead engine battery- I now own a 2008 Class B PleasureWay Excel. I can not find such a switch on this unit. Is there suppose to be one ? or is there another way to connect the batteries together in case of one going dead.? The generator starts from the House battery, same problem if that battery went dead. Anyone know the answer to this ???
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:29 PM   #2
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Hi

It is possible that instead of a battery crossover switch a 110V battery charger run off the generator may charge the engine battery.

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jtbuilds- yes, that would work-- I was thinking more on the line of a crossover switch.
Thanks for your reply.
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Yeah, the odds say you won't need it.
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I just carry a set of good battery jumper cables, if the distance is feasible (is in my case with 12 ft cables) to connect the batteries. I run my radio off the vehicle battery and have only depleted it that far once, so now carry the jumpers "just in case". That said, your house batteries don't like being used to start the engine as they're not designed typically for the high amp draw load the engine needs, but in a pinch.....
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If your coach doesn't have one, the circuit is a simple one, so installing one would be a pretty easy do it yourself project.
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That's the easies way , for something I will probably not need to worry about, may never happen. I am going to check my jumper cables for length. Thanks for the input
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I have had several Class C and Class A M/H's they all had a switch to start the Engine with the House battery, in case of dead engine battery- I now own a 2008 Class B PleasureWay Excel. I can not find such a switch on this unit. Is there suppose to be one ? or is there another way to connect the batteries together in case of one going dead.? The generator starts from the House battery, same problem if that battery went dead. Anyone know the answer to this ???
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Why not simply contact Pleasure-Way and ask them??
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You might look at these:
http://www.intellitec.com/assets/pdf...-01000-100.pdf
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http://www.colehersee.com/assets/fil...tteryIsoHF.pdf
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I just carry a set of good battery jumper cables, if the distance is feasible (is in my case with 12 ft cables) to connect the batteries. I run my radio off the vehicle battery and have only depleted it that far once, so now carry the jumpers "just in case". That said, your house batteries don't like being used to start the engine as they're not designed typically for the high amp draw load the engine needs, but in a pinch.....
If the chassis is common negative you'll only need to buy 1/2 a set of jumper cables......just some FREE advice.

I've seen people tie jumper cables in from battery to battery and leave the clamps disconnected to next to the batteries for emergency use.
There are a few times I've gone to use my jumper cable only to find they've been borrowed and not returned.

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jtbuilds--are you saying you only have to run one cable, + to + because both batteries are already grounded to the chassis ? Am I understanding that right ?
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MEL S-- I did contact PW, waiting for answer. Thanks for the suggestion
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jtbuilds--are you saying you only have to run one cable, + to + because both batteries are already grounded to the chassis ? Am I understanding that right ?
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Yes one cable + to + ....but I'll add a CYA and say make sure to check the neg cables &connections and both batteries are 12V.

Here is a chart to select correct wire size for the length of the wire.



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If the chassis is common negative you'll only need to buy 1/2 a set of jumper cables......just some FREE advice.
This actually brings up the point that you can double the usable length of the jumper cable set by attaching end to end.

Back in the days when cars had solid steel chromed bumpers, one trick we used to extend the reach of jumper cables was to bump the cars together to create a common ground path, then do the end-to-end trick with the cables. Obviously could not mix 6 and 12 volt systems, or the European positive ground vehicles.


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