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Old 04-11-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Battery bugs

Went out this morning after driving my (new to me) Cambria home from the dealer. All of the batteries were flat out dead. Both coach batteries are brand new NAPA deep cycles, the starter battery is a heavy duty OEM type. What is the likely culprit, a stuck isolater? This coach only has 3600 miles on it. Of course it may have sit for a long time discharged, however the coach batts are new . They are taking a charge and will know soon if they will hold a charge. Interested in all points of view.
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Homer, check to be sure the engine altenator charges the house battery bank. It may not be designed to do so. Also I think there was a service bulletin put out as to a flaw in design of the battery boost solenoid and a kit will correct the chassis battery drain from this circuitry. Good luck and keep us posted as to what you find.
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Homer, check to be sure the engine altenator charges the house battery bank. It may not be designed to do so. Also I think there was a service bulletin put out as to a flaw in design of the battery boost solenoid and a kit will correct the chassis battery drain from this circuitry. Good luck and keep us posted as to what you find.
Thank you RV Wizard: I will do some checking today and try to find the problem. Then we go into some lousy weather for a few days and not much will get done until it clears up again. Appreciate your response.
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Why are you not having the dealer address this??? You just bought it, right?
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Why are you not having the dealer address this??? You just bought it, right?
Dealer not really involved. I purchased at a bank re-po auction. Even if he were involved it would be a Ford problem, their battery warranties are not strong.
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Even if he were involved it would be a Ford problem, their battery warranties are not strong.
If you had bought from a dealer, they would likely have covered the batteries. It's kind of assumed that when you buy a MH that it'll start or power the coach. The coach batteries have nothing to do with Ford. Anytime I've bought an RV or vehicle, the starting system and/or house system was checked over.

That said, as Homer posted, should find the problem.
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If you had bought from a dealer, they would likely have covered the batteries. It's kind of assumed that when you buy a MH that it'll start or power the coach. The coach batteries have nothing to do with Ford. Anytime I've bought an RV or vehicle, the starting system and/or house system was checked over.

That said, as Homer posted, should find the problem.
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The house batteries are brand new deep cycle, they are ok. Just needed to be re-charged. Chassis battery is shot, left on complete discharge too long. For the money I saved buying at a re-po auction, I can buy many batteries. I still need to be sure something else isn't killing the batts however, but it set around for a long time, it only has 3600 miles on it. The deep cycles are holding their charge ok now. The chassis battery is OEM Ford, Winnebago or the auction house has anything to do with that.
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Hello Homer. I found you need to keep a charger of some type on the chassis batt. If you leave it set for long periods of non use.

I use the Battery Minder Plus. Connected through the Cigg. conn on the dash. Than conn. the charger to an outlet inside the MH.

My chassis batt is a sealed cover.
My 2 house batts had caps to remove to check the water level.
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Hello Homer. I found you need to keep a charger of some type on the chassis batt. If you leave it set for long periods of non use.

I use the Battery Minder Plus. Connected through the Cigg. conn on the dash. Than conn. the charger to an outlet inside the MH.

My chassis batt is a sealed cover.
My 2 house batts had caps to remove to check the water level.
Tom, I have always used battery minders on all my batteries and will on this one to. However, the previous owner probably allowed it to discharge to the point it will not come back. I think the warranty may still be in effect. I will see my Flord dealer today about it. I have already installed the battery minders for all the batteries. Hope that is all it turns out to be, just one dead battery from storage.
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