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Old 12-13-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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Ideas of where to start looking?

I've had the MH sitting in the driveway for a few weeks and decided to plug the MH into shore power (the house) so that I could do a couple of things inside and nothing happened. The coach batteries are stone dead and the charging unit seems to be non-functioning. Ususally when I plug it in I can hear a couple of clicks and then the hum of the charger but this time nothing. No lights inside the coach, nothing. Anyone with ideas of where to start looking? Thank you.

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Old 12-13-2011, 04:22 PM   #2
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Mikeso Post more details--what are you pluging into ,are you using a reg cord from a recpt or a GFI. The first place would be the power source,then the cord,if power is good at these,Check the line side of your panals. If good check breaker to charger.there is a reset botton on your charger some where. Try it.Your lights should work off the conveter even with dead batterys. Hope this helps,post again if it does not and please be careful.

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Old 12-13-2011, 04:37 PM   #3
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If you have power, try cranking the engine. Yes I know it doesn't make since, mine is in the shop for this very reason. I was plugged into 50amp at the house when I cranked the engine, everything started working.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:56 PM   #4
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Get a multi-tester. I suggest you start at the batteries and work backwards.
1. At your shore power, make sure you have power. Depending on your service (20, 30 or 50 amp) you will have 120 or 220 volts. If the power is good,
2. Plug into shore power.
3. Go to your battery compartment. Make sure your house battery disconnect switch is on. Physically turn it OFF and then back on. Still no power to the batteries?
4. Many battery systems have a breaker switch on the wall where the power enters going to the batteries. See if that breaker switch is thrown. If not, trip and reset it anyway. This most often cures a problem. Still no power to batteries?
5. Go to the compartment where your coach power cord goes to your (presumably 50 amp) shore service. You should have a Transfer Switch. There should be "In" and "Out" labels on the transfer switch.
6. Before you take the cover off the Transfer Switch, ask yourself, am I an electrician (or "am I prepared to be shocked to death"). If the answer is "No," please call a mobile RV repair center if you can't start the coach.
7. If the answers to both of these questions is "yes," remove the cover of the transfer switch.
8. Still plugged into shore power, on the "Out" side you should see a large red corded wire and a large black corded wire.
9. If your Transfer Switch has no "Out" power, the switch is probably bad. This can happen from turning off the generator or unplugging shore power while an electrical load is turned on - like the A/C.
10. The Transfer Switch is ea$y enough to replace, but if you are out of your comfort zone, please refer to #6.
11. Good Luck. My guess is that you have a bad case of #4.

BTW, I'm not an electrician. This is what I observed when I watched an RV electrician fix my problem. It was #4. He said that is the most common problem.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:13 PM   #5
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I plugged into a 20amp service using a suitable extension. It's one that I've used for months. I will try and start the motor to see if that makes a difference but since those are on the chassis batteries it does seem strange they would have an impact. Will post when I find out if that made a difference. Appreciate everyones input.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:44 PM   #6
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If you house are totally dead the disconnect switch may not energize to the use position.

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