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Old 08-10-2021, 04:18 PM   #1
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2008 Camelot, suddenly won't start

Stopping after a day's drive, my husband tried to restart the coach to allow it to level itself. Now it won't start. He had connected to electric pedestal and AC's are working, but some electrical circuits are not.
Both ranks of battery test to have plenty of power, but the sounds when he tries to start are those of a dead battery.
His best guess is a selenoid that is not working.
Don't know if this is significant, but today is very hot and the engine area is very hot.
Does anyone have any idea where or what else to check?
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Old 08-10-2021, 04:39 PM   #2
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Addendum: he found the faulty fuse and shorted around it. It was inside the engine compartment on the passenger side, part of a circuit that went from the key switch to the selenoid on the starter.
Hope you never need this information, or can remember it if you do.
Grateful it happened in an rv park and not on the side of the road!
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Old 08-10-2021, 08:20 PM   #3
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Good to hear he got it sorted !

Now ya got me curious where and what this fuse is for.
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Old 08-11-2021, 08:34 AM   #4
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It's for protection in the circuit between the starter and the ignition and the batteries. Not sure exactly what it was protecting.
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Old 08-13-2021, 12:50 AM   #5
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On the 08 & 09 Camelotís, Contessaís and Scepterís go to the rear run panel inside the gray box. At the rearward end of the PCB is a terminal bar with white wires connected to it. The screws come loose. When the second one to the bottom, going to the starter solenoids, is loose, it will intermittently not start.

Iíve found several of these loose. While in there, see which screws are loose, back them out, reseat the wires and tighten them back up. Then finish snugging the all.

Put this on your annual maintenance routine to tighten, along with the wires in the transfer switch and circuit breaker panel.

The VEC-1 fuse that blew could have been caused by that loose screw. Take a look.

VEC-1 fuse feeds one of the wires in the plug to the right of the fuse. The wire is printed with VEC-1 all the way to power the ignition switch. Then the start wire (I forget the wire label) runs back to the plug connector on the PCB, and the trace goes to the black terminal strip.

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Thanks Harry !
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Thank you Harry. That will be added to the maintenance checks.

Update as of 5 days later. Reflecting on the situation, my Husband decided that the problem was more likely the solenoid (damaged by the heat) than the fuse. Since we were in Carthage MO, near a large salvage shop, he was able to pick up a matching solenoid to carry, just in case.
The next morning the engine (cool) started, but at the end of the driving day, it wouldn't. He installed the spare solenoid, and it started.
Since then it has given us no problem.
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