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Old 12-24-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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moving in 4 days and rv wont start please help!

I am moving into my RV to Florida in 4 days! And it started just fine a week ago. It has been plugged in because it kind of cold a few days and was worried it was going to freeze my water lines. I tried to start it yesterday and a black wire to my windsheild wiper motor melted. And now it won't start?? Please help maybe I could get it started by running juice to the starter? I just need to get it to Florida. It also makes a clicking humming sound when I try to start it?
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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With the minimal information, it is hard to start with suggestions, how about:
Manufacturer
Chassis
DP or Gas
Battery set up and voltage.

I would not attempt to go on the road until you get this problem resolved. You may need to call a mobile road service specializing in RVs.

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Old 12-24-2012, 07:46 PM   #3
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What did you have it plugged into ?
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:47 PM   #4
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With the minimal information, it is hard to start with suggestions, how about:
Manufacturer
Chassis
DP or Gas
Battery set up and voltage.

I would not attempt to go on the road until you get this problem resolved. You may need to call a mobile road service specializing in RVs.

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I am new to this Rving you will have to forgive me. It is a 91 Fleetwood Bounder 35ft. I am not sure of the battery set up at this moment, besides there are 3 batteries hooked up together. but i will go check. I dont think it is a battery problem because all the lights turn signals and air work good. Not sure what you mean by dp or gas either, ha. I have the rv hooked up to the house with a 30 amp adapter to a courd plugged into an outlet.
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Gee, it is very rare that there is enough information in the first post on a question of this type to be sure of the problem

Bad ground conneciton, main (Chassis battery) I do not know if it is the connection at the battery or the frame but one end or the other of that wire needs cleaning and polishing and re-attachment.

How do I know this?

Your motor home has two power systems both have their own ground point .. You said the black wire on the wiper motor melted.. USUALLY on chassis parts black is negative (Chassis ground) Somehow power was trying to get back to ground... Via that wire. The 10-20 amps the wipers pull, that wire has no tribble.. The 100 or so of the starter,,, Turned it into a fuse.

Might Check all your grounds.. Also check engine grounds (Ground wires to the engine block).
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:59 PM   #6
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Do you have slide outs? Are any out? Do have leveling jacks? Are they down? Did you try using the Aux Start switch?
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:22 PM   #7
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wa8yxm thank you I am going to check it out tomorrow morning. I did hit the aux switch. And there are no slid outs. jacks are up. I started it a week ago while it was plugged in so that didnt effect it before. And I am hoping i can get it going because i am in Georgia right and just got laid off work. A good job is set up in Florida so holding the move off would not be the benefit me much.
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I agree with the ground problem. The starter circuit which includes the ground from the engine to the chassis and from the chassis to the negative post on the battery has a dirty or loose connection so it found a ground through the wiper motor wire. I have seen that happen before. Most likely it is a bad ground cable from the engine and that is why your lights work ok.
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Good answers remove and clean all your battery post check the water level while you are at it. We have the same problems on semi trucks a lot of time it is the main ground to the frame. Good Luck
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You said 3 batteries tied together - I don't know anything about a 91 coach - but are your house and chasis batteries not seperate? Your starter would be off the chassis battery unless connected by a "boost start" button. I am confused about the reference to 3 batteries connected together when refering to the starter function.

Sounds like discharged batteries, a bad connection resulting in low voltage to the starter, a bad solonoid or bad spot on the starter motor. The click is likely the starter solonoid trying to engage the bendix on the starter. Give the starter a wack with a hammer while trying to crank the engine and see if it works, after having checked all connections and ensuring your chassis battery is charged
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I agree that the ground from the starter motor is not getting to the chassis and battery ground. Unless the starter is falling off, it would get a ground from the motor, but if the motor is not properly grounded to the chassis and battery, it will take the path of least resistance - the wiper motor, which did not have a large enough wire to carry the 100s of amps the starter needed. Your battery ground is probably ok, but the ground from the battery to the chassis and to the motor my not be good. The easiest way to test them is to take them off, wire brush the connectors and frame/engine and reconnect them. Might as well clean both battery posts while you're at it.
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DP=diesel (pusher)... Gas is obvious.

With 3 batteries and an "aux" switch, you obviously have 2 "house batteries" and one start (engine) battery. The 2 house batteries might be 2 twelve volt connected in parallel or 2 six volt connected in series.
When did the wiper wire melt? Before, after or during the aux switch use?
I would determine the start battery (it is 12 volts and not wired to the other two except thru a large solenoid - aux sw.). Then check/clean that battery's grounds and hot wires. After that, go to all the suggestions above.
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Hitting the starter motor is a bad Idea. It was good advice in the past but many motors including starters are now using permanent magnets for the stater poles and can be destroyed by a physical impact. Do NOT hit the motor and please do not recommend this unless you know the motor uses the old style wire wound stator assembly.

As recommended check ALL wires bolted to the frame and clean them so that bare metal is showing at the frame and wire terminal. I am constantly finding more bad grounds on my coach every time I get under neath it for any reason. Even if I am not having any problems I clean the newly discovered connection. I also use Silicone Dielectric Grease on the connection when I put it back together to prevent future problems. Good Luck and happy travels. Ed
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