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Old 04-13-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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Question Have No Idea - Oops we should Not Have

Hello Everyone.. I am Chris, and I own a marine business, and a Client brought me an RV and said those famous words "Would you trade?" Well, I have passed on about 30 RV's over the last 4 years, and This year at the right time, with the correct agenda that it makes sense to put my staff up in one at shows. I did the trade. Sounds great right ?

It was, and the person was coming back on a Monday, to show me how everything worked, I bought it at a price I can live with, and he died of a Heart attack. Seriously.. The family, and everyone, was as should be, no issues, flowers and time passes.

Now its April and we went out, cranked it up, plugged it into electric like I would any large vessel. And Low and Behold. - AC/Jacks/Genset/ Frig - Dont Work???

sigh.. the electric slides do, the outlets all have power, the Microwave/over work great... But nothing else.

So after my long winded Why above.. HELP - I figure its a Fuse, and all that I have found are in good shape.. then again, I am a Boat guy. I should never have done this. Before I take it to a RV shop.. Any Ideas?????

Suggestions Greatly Appreciated - Thank You

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Old 04-13-2014, 03:45 PM   #2
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Chris- All the equipment you listed requires 12 volts, either to operate or as control voltage. It may be weak battery or the battery disconnect switch. But I'm sure you can get a lot more info if you post the specifics of Make, model, year, chassis etc.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:59 PM   #3
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Could be numerous things...and just like with boats, different RV makes/models, their systems operate differently.

Salesman switch at the entrance door(kills all internal/external 12V power.

Battery shutoff switch(like the rotary switches in boats}

Most RVs, the parking brake has to be engaged, shifter in Park and engine running for the jacks to work...same applies for the slides, although some models, will not operate with the engine running. I've even heard of slides that won't operate if the driver's seat is not all he way in the forward position.

The A/Cs will not work without 12V control. If not on shore power, the generator must be running as well.

As mentioned, if the house batteries are not up to snuff, that will cause a lot the problems you described. Also would help the experts here to know the make/model of the RV you're dealing with.
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Boy this is a drag. Sorry about all the problems . How is it otherwise? sounds like a lot of other stuff still works which is a good thing. Could it be a breaker that has tripped? Yep on being along the same lines, as in boating but there called a Land Yacht or a Yacht on Wheels !!!!! I used too boat on the Mississippi back in the 80ies that too was a blast.



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If you are getting power to the AC appliances, I agree with the others that the salesman switch it turned off. You are not getting 12 volts, which either runs things or runs the controllers that run things.
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What kind of motorhome? The first thing is to see if you have 12 volt power. Quick check, do the 12 volt lights work? If they do, your main switch is on. If not it could be the switch or low battery voltage. There should be a battery monitor by your system monitor board. Could be combined with your tank monitors or separate. Let us know what make and model and if you have sufficient 12 volt power. From there we can walk you through the rest.
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Thank you all very much - we will charge the Batteries today and see where that gets us. They were new in December 2013 says the sticker on the side of the Batteries.

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They say Life is an adventure - Well here is another one for us, and we do appreciate the words of advice.

Have a great day

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After you charge them, see if you can get a voltage reading for us and check to see if you have power at the 12 volt stuff like interior lights ect. If you have hood voltage after charging but still nothing working you will have to look for a cut off to begin with.
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Gentleman, Thank you for your assistance, It seems the smallest things to look for are always the ones I personally look over. In such a complex situation.

Yes, the previous owner had hidden a Master Switch beyond the Disconnect and the switch, and Yes the Batteries were dead.

On 80% of the larger boats, everything like a motor-home is run thru the batteries, but the rare 20% is circuited another way. (ie me asking)

Thank you for your assistance, as it proved to be most valuable.

I wish everyone a great week, and look forward to chatting another day.

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Thanks for the update...always nice to hear what solves posted problems.
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Great New's. Hoping this was just a Hiccup you come across.
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