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Old 12-21-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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A newbie needs help!

Our coach (we have had it for about 2 months) a 1999 Dutchstar diesel, has been parked (on a concrete slab) for about 3 weeks. Went out today to run the generator for a little while and pushed the button and nothing happened. Then tried the key and again nothing. No lights, no radio nothing. If this was a car, I would say dead battery but this coach has so many batteries I don't know where to start. One thing on the control panel, the "use or store" button does work and we get inside lights with it. My husband is recovering from knee replacement surgery, so if you have any advice or recommendations, please remember I don't know much about batteries, engines and such
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
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Is your coach at home parked on concrete slab?
If it is than you need to charge your chassis batteries with a 12v battery charger.
Normally when my coach is home the coach is always plugged into a 120 outlet.
If your not at home and a storage unit than the batteries will have to be pulled out of coach and brought some place to get fully charged.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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There should be 2 disconnects or the use/store button one for the house which is the reason the lights inside work. Should be one for the chassis to power it up too make sure it's on some have a big red knob that has off/on settings if the disconnect is working and on then find the AUX button what it does is tie the two sets of batterys together see if it will start the gen or the engine
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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Your batteries are divided into 2 groups. House and chassis. You likely have 2 chassis batteries which start the engine and the generator and 4 house batteries that supply 12 volt power to the house. It sounds like your chassis batteries have lost their charge while your house batteries still have at least some charge in them. Look on the dash to the left of the steering wheel and see if you see a switch labeled battery boost. Push that switch in and hold it while you attempt to start the engine or the generator. This switch allows the coach to use the power in the house batteries to supply power the the engine and I believe the generator also. If you can start the generator or plug into shore power this will allow all of the batteries to begin charging. You should have all of the batteries checked to see if they are good and check the water in each if them.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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It is parked at our home but not plugged into any power. We plan to have a dedicated outlet install at a later date but haven't gotten to that yet. Also we haven't tried to plug it into the house since we got so much conflicting advice about that. I found the battery booster switch but using that did nothing. I could only find one disconnect switch. It is on the control panel over the passenger seat. Would one for the chassis be in a different place?
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:11 PM   #6
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I would say all your batteries are dead or not charge enough to do anything right now.
You need to charge the chassis batteries so the Gen will start on DP coach.
The battery boost button will not help because the house batteries are dead.
You can plug the coach into a 120 outlet with the proper cord adapters to brake down 50 amp cord to a 120 plug on end of cord.
The battery cut off switch has to be on to charge any of your batteries plus it has to be on to use your boost button on dash.
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There is no disconnect switch for the chassis batteries. There is a main breaker in the engine compartment but I'm not 100% sure of what happens when it is tripped. You might check it and perhaps someone else can weigh in in exactly what it does.
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On my 2000 MADP there is a chassis battery disconnect in the storage bay behind the passenger side rear wheel. It is a big silver knob.
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Thats correct you need to turn it on than try the boost button you may have enough power in house batteries to start coach.
It would still be advisable to get a battery charger and hook it up on your chassis batteries.
The coach is not going anywhere tonight.
Let the chassis batteries charge overnight and your engine may start in morning plus the Gen.
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Newmar coach's have a charging system in them and as long as the shore power cord is plugged in 120 v the Bird System will maintain all your batteries to full charge but you need 120v and the battery cut off switch on all the time..
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When you decide to add a electric outlet outside for your coach make sure the electrician follows the instructions in this link or any other way wired will destroy the electronics in your coach.
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The only way right now is to use a stand alone battery charger the charge will be quicker than the Gen or your inverter/converter to get them up to full charge.
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The reason your batteries will go dead you have a LP Detector off the chassis battery that if you do not throw the LP switch off in your display area it will drain the chassis battery plus you have the ECM,TCM and radio also draining the same battery.
Your slides and all control boards,water heater, fridge, water pump work off the house batteries
You need some help from son, neighbor or a Mobile repair man possibly to get your batteries back in working order and hooking up battery charger.

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That unit should have the big shut off also you just need to get it plugged in all the advice is spot on but get a 12 gage drop cord and adapt in down from 50 amp to plug in to the cord just tell the people at the RV place what your doing, one end will plug into the coach the other in the drop cord.
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