Originally Posted by joeplazek
What was the fix?
It's amazing what a little sleep will do for your brain.
There's a box in the back with switches so you can start the engine from the rear of the coach if you're working on it.
One switch is a three position switch. (Front - Off - Rear) The other is a momentary switch which engages the starter.
When I was working with it, the ASSUMPTION was the switch box would be able to start the engine. Switch it to the rear position, bump the momentary switch and the engine should start. However, in my case, this did not happen. I found out later, there's one caveat to that entire process...the KEY MUST BE IN THE ON POSITION inside the coach.
Now the switch is in the rear position, and the KEY UP FRONT WON'T START THE COACH.
So it was a basic misunderstanding of the concept of the system, along with a dead or dying battery, being stranded in a state 1200 miles from home on a time crunch to try and be home in 2 days, in the dark, with very little sleep.
The alternator still doesn't charge the chassis battery so there IS a problem, it just wasn't as big as it seemed in that Target parking lot.