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Old 02-25-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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Hi: This is my first posting, im usually just reading others and trying to learn what I can, but today I need a bit og help. I was sitting up in Ventura on whats called Rincon Highway for a few days when I went to start my motor home today and the battery was dead. I was able to start the engine by using the coach batteries, even after driving home for about 90 minutes the battery was dead. I also noticed that the coach betteries had not been charged during my ride. Does anyone have any advise. What would "kill the battery and prevent the coach batteries from being charges by the engine running. If I turn the generator on the batteries will charge. Any idea? Thanks very much. My motor home is 3 months old. 2008 Voyage.
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Hi: This is my first posting, im usually just reading others and trying to learn what I can, but today I need a bit og help. I was sitting up in Ventura on whats called Rincon Highway for a few days when I went to start my motor home today and the battery was dead. I was able to start the engine by using the coach batteries, even after driving home for about 90 minutes the battery was dead. I also noticed that the coach betteries had not been charged during my ride. Does anyone have any advise. What would "kill the battery and prevent the coach batteries from being charges by the engine running. If I turn the generator on the batteries will charge. Any idea? Thanks very much. My motor home is 3 months old. 2008 Voyage.
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Old 02-25-2008, 05:55 PM   #3
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Sounds to me like your alternator is not puting out or you have a bad batt. connection.
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Sounds like a bad alternator. To check if you have a multimeter put it on the battery with the engine shut off. You should be reading around 12.3 volts DC. Start the engine and you should read over 14 volts. If not your alternator is not working correctly. You have a new coach get it in for warranty work.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Mr.Steve:
Hi: This is my first posting, im usually just reading others and trying to learn what I can, but today I need a bit og help. I was sitting up in Ventura on whats called Rincon Highway for a few days when I went to start my motor home today and the battery was dead. I was able to start the engine by using the coach batteries, even after driving home for about 90 minutes the battery was dead. I also noticed that the coach betteries had not been charged during my ride. Does anyone have any advise. What would "kill the battery and prevent the coach batteries from being charges by the engine running. If I turn the generator on the batteries will charge. Any idea? Thanks very much. My motor home is 3 months old. 2008 Voyage. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You don't have to worry about that it is under warranty. It could be any component in the chassis' charging system. Bring it in for service and get it fixed and the incident on the books.
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Before you get to carried away thinking you have a bad alternator check the connections to the battery. If either the positive or negative cable has become loose corrosion can build up and even though it might appear okay the starter needs a good clean and tight connection. I can't remember how many times someone had thought they had a bad battery or alternator only to find out it was a loose battery cable.
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Check alternator belt.
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Mr. Steve , Welcome to iRv2.com .
Those are good advice . just make sure you put on a 10 amp battery charger on your chassis battery and after that is fully charge do the same on your coach battery.
then start it up and use your volt meter to see if it is showing at least 14 volts on the chassis battery. maybe the plug behind the alternator pop lose. being a new 2008 model something is not making the connection.
have you check all the fuses. My bet is in the INTELLIC distribution box by the motor.maybe need to hit the RESET BUTTON.
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May also want to make sure you don't have a battery disconnect switch stuck in a turned off mode somewhere.
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Christmas night at SeaTac airport, I found my Jeep Cherokee's new battery was dead. called out road service and jumped the battery to start the engine. Discussed potential problems with the tow truck operator and thought the alternator was bad, but the ammmeter indicated a charge. He suggested that I disconnect the positive battery terminal with the engine running. If the engine died, the alternator was not putting out. I did, and the engine kept running. Has not stopped since, don't know why the new battery died. Did find out, however, after many years, how to eliminate/diagnose one potential electrical problem....
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If you disconnect your battery with the engine running you will blow out your alternator. Very bad advice.
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well heres the update...after initially dying in my driveway the battery now works , but the battery light stays on each time I start the engine. As I was driving to the dealer the light finally went out. Now my dealer is saying they can find no problem and they have had the motor home for a week now. Everything checks out. Any ideas? The symptom was the battery died after driving 90 miles home from a trip, the next day the motor home starts and the battery light stays on. I drive to the dealer and the light goes out and everything is fine. Drives me nuts. Thanks for any help.
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It sounds like a loose battery connection or cable (possibly on the alternator) or a bad alternator (as other have said).
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