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Old 01-09-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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I stored my coach briefly at my daughter's farm just south of us. A few days before we moved it we discovered that some mice had moved in. We found and plugged their entry, then caught six of them in two days. There were no more.

The day before it was due for it's fridge recall I went out there and plugged it in. Next morning it started fine, but I noticed that the "Wait To Start" light came on as usual, but went out in a couple of seconds. I waited the usual 10-15 seconds and it started fine.

After the service centre did their work it wouldn't start. They charged the batteries overnight and it still wouldn't go. It's next stop was at Cummins Western Canada for an oil change, so I had Coach Net tow it there. They did nothing for over three weeks so Coach Net moved it again last Friday, to a big truck bodyshop managed by a friend of mine.

My batteries seem fine, the headlights are bright. I suspect the mice have chewed a wire, and although it started fine for me, the vibration in the drive into the city may have allowed the wire to separate enough that it won't go now? Tomorrow we'll try to find out. The coach is in a heated shop now and has been plugged in all weekend, so I'll have fully charged batteries.

Has anyone had a similiar experience? The "Wait To Start" light is still coming on just briefly, and that's the only clue we have apart from the fact that the voltmeter never even twinges when I turn the key to start.
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It might be your chassis batteries have a dead short in it...what happens if you hit the batt boost...does that help it? Does it turnover but not start? It could even be the starter solenoid and a good tap on that might get it going...More information would be helpful.
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:07 PM   #3
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When I turn the key, there is no life whatsoever. I could be a shorted battery or the starter solenoid? We'll be beginning with those tomorrow morning. The only "change" is the mice, which is why I'm prone to giving them the credit. I'de much prefer the batteries or the solenoid is the problem.
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It doesn't turn over, even with the battery boost. The RV shop tried that, but I'm not sure they did it according to the Monaco instructions, so we'll also try that tomorrow too. I did try my headlights, and they are nice and bright, which should indicate the batteries are OK.
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Check the breakers (12v) in the rear run box. The one maked IGN controls all those functions. Maybe just in/out or change with one next to it. They are cheap at NAPA and control your whole life. Same thing happened on my buddies' Cayman '08...maybe a bad batch of breakers.

Good luck... hope it's that simple.
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Kinds interesting. Usually if the starter solenoid goes bad you get a clicking sound when the key is turned. Not sure that there are any breakers in the starter solenoid circuit from the ignition switch to the solenoid. What can cause that is the neutral saftey switch in the Allison transmission ECU. Does the Allision transmission pushbutton control box light up and look and act normal?
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Has anyone tried jumping it at the starter solenoid itself?

I'm betting the mice got the one wire from the ignition switch to the solenoid and had a good lunch and/or supper on it. It may have well started the one time for you as the then smaller diameter wire core left after "lunch" burned up with the excessive power going through what was left of the wire.

It seems they might have gotten the pre heat wires also which are now recycling fast because there is no resistance from the glow plugs.

I'm surprised what should be obvious dame to the wiring has not been spotted already.
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Thanks, guys, you ideas will help us as we diagnose the problem tomorrow. Nothing has been spotted so far, because Cummins never even looked at my coach. The just left it parked in thier unsecured back lot for over three weeks and kept making up BS excuses for not getting it into their shop!

The tow truck didn't remove my rear flap either, and it's a pretzel now! Coach Net is dealing with them. I really like Coach Nets attitude and service level.
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I sure hope they removed your driveshaft while it was towed.

Check that transmission neutral lock function.
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I'm not sure they removed the driveshaft either, I suspect they didn't?

The good news is that the tow was less than two miles and at no speeds over 30 MPH. Our streets are slippery as well, so they probably didn't even get going that fast? Would a slow, short tow like that cause any problems?
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The good news is that it doesn't look like any chewed wires, thank God for that!

We found two totally dead chassis batteries and replaced them. The batteries we took out were too small in any case, 750 CCA; the new ones are 925 CCS. Nobody even stocks the little ones here in Saskatoon.

Then we discovered a dead starter. A new one is on order from Cummins, it will be installed tomorrow. And with any luck we should be on the road again! It sure will be nice to hear that thing crank over and start that glorious rumbling again!

I've made a claim with Coach-Net regarding my mud flap and my transmission. We suspect the tranny is OK, given the very short tow and very slow speeds, but we really won't know until I drive it awhile.

Hopefully we have things sorted out?
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I've made a claim with Coach-Net regarding my mud flap and my transmission. We suspect the tranny is OK
I really have to ask what was the claim in regards to the transmission?
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Poor choice of words on my part, sorry. We have made a NOTE of the fact that this towing company towed my coach without removing the driveshaft, just in case, down the road I have problems as a result.

The great minds are certain there will not be any problems as they only towed it about a mile and at very slow speeds.

It turns out I know the manager of this towing firm and he has already ordered me a new mud flap. I did him a favour too and pointed out the www.futuresalerv.com website, and cut his cost at least in 1/2.
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Thank you I was half thinking that but then that's what normally gets me in trouble "thinking".
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