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Old 06-05-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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RV will not switch to battery power

I have and 88 W.Superchief,When I hit the button to switch it to the house batteries it will not activate,I use to hear the solonoid click and now hear nothing,I have good clean cables and full charges on both batteries,I have checked all the fuses I can find also,I tried jumping the solonoid and it still did nothing.

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Old 06-05-2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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I have and 88 W.Superchief,When I hit the button to switch it to the house batteries it will not activate,I use to hear the solonoid click and now hear nothing,I have good clean cables and full charges on both batteries,I have checked all the fuses I can find also,I tried jumping the solonoid and it still did nothing.

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Do you have 12v on one of the large cable lugs on the solenoid?
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So we know exactly what you are reffering to, what is the switch labled?

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Old 06-05-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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The switch is marked AUX.BATT

And I will test for 12 volts ,

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Old 06-05-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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There is a solenoid connected to the house batteries and another one on the firewall hooked to the main battery,is the one on the firewall for the starter or does it have anything to do with the house batteries?It's a Big block chevy motor.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #6
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I really can't help you with locations of solenoids on your rig. Wat I can say is that the AUX BATT switch is typically used for tying the house batteries and the chassis batteries together. The switch is momentary and is used to start the engine when the chassis batteries are too weak. So, with that in mind the solenoid that is activated when pressing the AUX BATT switch will have house batteries on one large lug and the chassis batteries on the other lug. I can't see any purpose to have either house or chassis batteries connected to both sides of the solenoid. Hope this helps
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #7
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I have a seperate switch that say's dual and mom ,I have had to use it to start it up when the main battery went dead.The AUX. switch is the one on mine that runs the lights and lets the generator start off the house batteries,It helps a ton cause at least now I know which one it is.

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Sorry, didn't mean to mislead you.
Glad it helped you find the one you were looking for.
Now the question is did you find the problem?
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Thanks,I am getting re-aquainted with my voltmeter now.I'll run it down,it may just take awhile.
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What you may be hearing is a pilot relay to trigger the larger contactor. When you have someone trip the switch, feel the contactor and see if that is what is clicking. Also, the contactors will go bad and not make the circuit.

Your best buddy with an RV is a decent volt ohm meter.

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Were not getting any clicking when hitting the switch,going thru it with a voltmeter now,it looks like the swtch itself is junk.

Thanks for the advice Guys!
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You can jump across the two large lugs on the solenoid to determine the purpose of that solenoid that doesn't work when pushing the dash switch. Use heavy cable like auto jumper cable. By doing that you can "prove" the solenoid is the problem.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:31 AM   #13
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Sounds familure.. Some years ago, low on propane, I pulled into a J and to make sure everything was off I hit the STORE switch, CLUNK and all 12 volt died.

Leaving the propane fueling station I hit "USE" nothing I mean NOTHING happened.

I bypassed the soleonid and later fixed the switch.. Here is how, 2 ways.

I removed the switch assembly (entire place) and disconnected it.. IF I were doing it over I'd simply pull the fuse that feeds it.

CYCLE the switch a whole bunch of times, 2-5 dozen both sides.

Reconnect (replace fuse) and it worked.

Does not always work that easy.. but I got lucky.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:11 PM   #14
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I have the same problem with mine. Isn't it the charger/converter failing to switch-over from shore power to house batteries? I'll know better when my new PD 4560 shows up. There's a contact that gets corroded.
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