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Old 11-29-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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I am brand new to this forum and was hoping someone could help me out on a problem I am experiencing w/ my 1972 Winnebago 18' Brave motorhome. After driving it around the mountains all day yesterday (all was going well, no problems to speak of)... this morning I went outside to fire her up and am getting nothing at all. The starter is not turning over and i'm not getting the 'dead battery' click. The engine is the original Dodge 318 w/ 86k miles and just had a full tune up 2 weeks ago and was running smooth and starting w/ great ease up until this morning. Can someone lead me in the right direction of what the cause of this could be?? I'm a little stumped right now. The previous owner of the vehicle had of course did some shade tree wiring and i've been trying to work out all of the bugs in that aspect - could this be the cause of something grounding out? If so where should I start?
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If you have a volt meter, check to make sure you battery has over 12 volts. If you were running off batteries and the engine and house battery are not isolated, you probably ran the battery down. Try to find some one that can provide a jump to get you started.

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I am brand new to this forum and was hoping someone could help me out on a problem I am experiencing w/ my 1972 Winnebago 18' Brave motorhome. After driving it around the mountains all day yesterday (all was going well, no problems to speak of)... this morning I went outside to fire her up and am getting nothing at all. The starter is not turning over and i'm not getting the 'dead battery' click. The engine is the original Dodge 318 w/ 86k miles and just had a full tune up 2 weeks ago and was running smooth and starting w/ great ease up until this morning. Can someone lead me in the right direction of what the cause of this could be?? I'm a little stumped right now. The previous owner of the vehicle had of course did some shade tree wiring and i've been trying to work out all of the bugs in that aspect - could this be the cause of something grounding out? If so where should I start?
Great to see another vintage Winnebago member here, welcome. As for your problem, you will need to start with the battery and then work your way right on thru the wires and various parts to the starter.
So let us know what you have found out that works. Does the battery have power and are the cables good, clean and tight on the battery and on the starter? Do the lights work?
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