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Old 08-22-2019, 05:14 AM   #1
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I am a RV novice. I have a 2000 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37S that won’t begin to start. It has the Ford Triton V10 6.8L engine.
I am sitting in the driver’s seat with transmission in “park”, the emergency brake set and the brake pedal depressed. I turn the key and nothing happens. No clicks or attempts to start.....nothing. I have a new and charged chassis battery. What am I doing wrong? Also, which way should the toggle switches (located above the entrance/exit door as you are exiting) be pushed for the main and house batteries?
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:41 AM   #2
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The chassis battery switch needs to be pushed to " Use ", " ON " or something like that.
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Old 08-22-2019, 07:01 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum.

I believe your "Battery Disconnects" are identical to mine. There are two switches, one for the chassis battery (MAIN) and one for the coach (AUX) battery. The purpose is to disconnect the batteries during long periods of storage.

Momentary press the top part of the switch to connect the battery(s). You should hear a "thunk" coming from the front of the motorhome as the solenoid connects the battery.

To disconnect, simply press the bottom part of the switch, NOTE that there is a safety feature for the chassis battery so you cannot accidentally disconnect the battery while the engine is running.

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Old 08-22-2019, 01:02 PM   #4
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There should be several cables on the Positive post, make sure 1 or more did not get connected during the battery change.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:10 PM   #5
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I did that recently, one of the wires fell down in the fender changing the battery, it took me hours to find it.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:11 PM   #6
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Do any of the warning lights on the instrument panel (brake, abs, etc.) come on when you turn the ignition on? If not, the problem may be in the ignition switch (assuming you have the battery disconnect switches on and all cables are in place). If they do, the problem could be with the starter solenoid or the wiring to it.
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Yes, the dashboard warning lights do come on like everything is normal. I’ll check the starter and starter solenoid. Thank you! Your opinion/ help is appreciated.
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Old 08-24-2019, 12:03 AM   #8
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Probably wouldn't hurt to put it in gear then slam it back into park.
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Old 08-24-2019, 12:13 AM   #9
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I just went through the exact same thing... and made a video about it.
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Try starting in neutral, if it fires up then the sensor for 'park' is the problem, ours just needed several squirts of penetrating oil at the tyranny end of the cable and lots of back and forth in and out of park to make that contact. rust build up during storage or no use.
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This terminal has the wire from your battery


Make sure you have 12 volts to ground here, If not, follow it to your engine battery and see why you have no power to it. This was my problem when I had changed the battery. That wire had fell into the front bumper area and I didn't reconnect it to the + terminal on the battery. My problem sounded just like yours. Also, If I plugged in the 120 volt, it would start and run until I unplugged, then it would die.
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Hey Jyrocharlie

Hate to be "that guy" but you 'might' want to consider cleaning those connections a little...
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Baking soda is your friend....
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no acid there: just 20 year old wire and nut. but thanks for the tips
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