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Old 04-13-2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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Hi from Southern Cali. We just bought a 1999 30 foot Bounder and drove it home this past Saturday from Temecula, Ca to Ventura County. It drove just fine all the way home. We took it out for a short drive today and after it sat for just a few minutes, we tried to start it again and it wouldn't start.

Any thoughts what that could be from?

We are sure hoping we made a good choice in buying this motorhome. It has a Ford V10 motor with 77,000 miles on it and previous owners just put in a brand new Ford Transmission with a 3 year warranty from Ford.
The inside is clean and beautiful shape. The outside decals and stripes are very oxidized and faded...we would like to see if we can scrape them off and have new ones applied (don't know if it's worth all the elbow grease and effort....thoughts out there?).

Our goal is to take it across the United States this coming summer with our 16 year old son and 2 teenage granddaughters. We will be carravanning with one of our married daughters and her husband and children. Hoping to take the RV out a few times locally along the Pacific Coast and learn about our motorhome.

Do you think we made a good choice with such an old Bounder? We sure hope so.

Nice to find this Forum and look forward to being a part of your community.
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:25 PM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2.

Sorry you're here with problems .

Could be just about anything , bad connections at the battery , bad battery, starter or starter relay or ignition switch.

Do you own a multi meter for checking volatges?
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:28 PM   #3
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If it worked fine on he way home, I doubt it is a battery problem especially if you only had it stopped for a few minutes. I would look to the battery connections first. Then check the starter solenoid.

As Skip asked do you have a multi meter?
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I forgot to mention, neutral safety switch, did you try both park & neutral while trying to start?
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:09 AM   #7
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Wow! Being new to your community, I am already grateful to those who took time to respond to my concerns. After work last night, my husband was able to check the battery connections and found a loose connection. He also put his battery tester on the battery and finds it to be good.
We started it up last night and it started right up so it might have been that simple.


We are beginning to stock the motorhome with things we need in it and hope to take it out overnight this Friday.


Thanks for being there. We will check in often to see what we can also offer this new community and hope we don't just check in when we need advice or help. Thanks again for being there.


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Glad it was easy. You might check the age of your tires. Manufacture week is printed on the sidewall. That would be important for safety. Six years is the accepted age limit.
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Glad it was easy. You might check the age of your tires. Manufacture week is printed on the sidewall. That would be important for safety. Six years is the accepted age limit.
I will check that date on the tires right now.

Can anyone give me suggestion of what kind of Auto Club to join with our RV? We are members of AAA. Do they take care of us in our RV, as well? Such as coming out to change one of those big tires? Our Bounder has two tires on the rear axle and so I know it would be extremely hard to change those ourselves, if not dangerous. Just wondered if our AAA covers our RV. Maybe I need to call them to check on that. Also, while I'm asking...what is Good Sam Club all about? Is that the same as AAA?

Thanks again for answering all my new questions.
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