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Old 02-16-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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DSDP Chassis Battery Disconnect

Brought my new to me 2000 DSDP home last week. 330 Cat on Freightliner. Owners manual says there is a chassis battery disconnect switch at the rear engine hatch. I can't find it. Can anyone help on this? Thanks, Art.
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I have a 2002 3852 Dutchstar and the battery disconnect switch is a big red marine type nob on right when you open rear engine access.
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You will love the Dutchstar.
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Mystery, we love the Dutchstar already & have only driven it 200 Mi. We had a couple gas Southwinds before,we enjoyed them thouroughly, but this feels like another plane. Ours is a 3883. I still can't find the chassis disconnect, I'm familiar with marine switches, we also previously had a 38' sloop. There's still a lot of systems to figure out on this bus. I'm a professional fixit guy and not knowing what something is or does just buggs the heck out of me.
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Our 2000 DSDP has the Cummins engine so ours may be different; however, our disconnect switch is in the compartment where the inverter is located... compartment forward of the battery compartment on the passenger side. It is a silver twist-switch mounted on the back wall of the compartment.
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When you do find it you realize that all driving habits info ECM & TCM learned from you will have to be all relearned by it when you drive coach again.
If your able and can plug your shore line into a 110 outlet the Bird System will maintain all the batteries in your coach.
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007,Thanks, I think I may have seen the BIRD. I have to clean all the battery connections anyway, so the ECM & TCM are going to start over regardless. Big motor wouldn't start yesterday,I thought battery discharged, but it was just bad battery connections. Next thing to figure out is what that Vickers MCD Hydraulic valve controls. Just got to know.
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I have a HR Endeavor and it has 2 disconnect rotary marine type switches. 1 for chassis and 1 for house. They are within sight of their respective battery banks (relatively short cable lengths from battery). They are all usually within an easy reach of the cargo hatch.
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I cleaned all my Battery connections and figured out I have no Chassis disconnect. There are 3 Large cables from the chassis battery bank + terminals,and 2 large ground cables, so no master disconnect. Thanks everyone for your help.
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...There are 3 Large cables from the chassis battery bank + terminals,and 2 large ground cables, so no master disconnect...
I would find that very unlikely...

The disconnect switch would not, necessarily, be in the same compartment as the batteries, as I mentioned above.
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