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Old 01-01-2005, 12:44 PM   #1
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I have a weird prob with my 2004 Vectra. Some time ago I had a problem with my coach batteries running low on water, and my chassis batteries going dead.
I topped off the coach batts and installed a BatteryMindr for my chassis batts. All looked good for a while. In fact, all looked good last night.
Woke up this morning and my tank levels on the OneStop panel don't work and the battery voltage gauge says the coach batts are at 14.9 volts and the chassis batts show nothing.
I tried disconnecting shore power, toggling the Auto Batt Disconnect switch, tripping GFI, cycling all the breakers.
I started and ran the coach - the engine starter cranked very healthily, altho the ammeter wavered slightly even tho the rpm was constant.
Even running on the engine, the battery gauge on the OneStop panel may/may not show a reading. The tank levels are still dead at the OneStop panel, altho they work fine down in the water compartment.
Sometimes the chassis batt will indicate 13.7 volts, most of the time I get nothing.
Everything inside the coach seems to work OK.
Any ideas?
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Old 01-01-2005, 12:44 PM   #2
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I have a weird prob with my 2004 Vectra. Some time ago I had a problem with my coach batteries running low on water, and my chassis batteries going dead.
I topped off the coach batts and installed a BatteryMindr for my chassis batts. All looked good for a while. In fact, all looked good last night.
Woke up this morning and my tank levels on the OneStop panel don't work and the battery voltage gauge says the coach batts are at 14.9 volts and the chassis batts show nothing.
I tried disconnecting shore power, toggling the Auto Batt Disconnect switch, tripping GFI, cycling all the breakers.
I started and ran the coach - the engine starter cranked very healthily, altho the ammeter wavered slightly even tho the rpm was constant.
Even running on the engine, the battery gauge on the OneStop panel may/may not show a reading. The tank levels are still dead at the OneStop panel, altho they work fine down in the water compartment.
Sometimes the chassis batt will indicate 13.7 volts, most of the time I get nothing.
Everything inside the coach seems to work OK.
Any ideas?
Thanks.
Paul
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Old 01-01-2005, 03:13 PM   #3
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Since everything seems to be actually working despite the gauge readings, I'd guess the problem is in the OnePlace panel, its power source or its ground. However, a bad ground elsewhere in the electrical system can have all kinds of strange effects, sometimes unexplainable even by the engineers who designed it. Have you inspected all the battery connections and removed/cleaned any that look even remotely suspicious?
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The only thing that is common to all of those indications is the ground lead to your indicator pannel. You can probably find it if your pull the pannel out and look. It may well be marked as gd or if not, it can be located by tracing the foil on the circuit board to see which lead is connected to all of the different indicators. It may be as simple as a bad connection at the pannel, but more likely it is a bad connection at the point that the ground lead connects to the motorhome chassis. It might prove to be easier to run a new lead, rather than to trace the old one to it's connection to the chassis.
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