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Old 12-10-2016, 07:41 AM   #29
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Thats the issue, don't remember if it was on positive or negitive.
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Old 12-10-2016, 11:39 PM   #30
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Thats the issue, don't remember if it was on positive or negitive.

Ok then... here's what I would do, first, I wonder if it's something homemade as opposed to actual wire harness ( what gauge is wire roughly, thin or thick ) such as fog lights etc. If it were me, I would touch the end quickly to the positive side of battery if it's sparks drastically it's a ground, if it's just a slight draw or no draw at all it has to be hot.
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Old 12-15-2016, 04:53 PM   #31
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Yes, new battery cables and connectors. The barely turning over issue could be a corroded connection that drops the voltage when there is a high current draw. Check the battery grounds where they connect to the chassis as well. If there is still an issue with hard starting check the starter connections. Don't just look; loosen and re-tighten at least, or better yet remove, clean and re attach.
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:42 PM   #32
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Ok well after a few weeks of banging my head against the wall I have figured out my issue.

It is always the simple answer! So it turns out that my battery disconnect switch in my coach was the problem. I have a main and aux disconnect switch. For whatever reason it does not like it when I push both at the same time. What was happening was the main battery was not being switched back on! That was why when I turned the key nothing happened. The dash lights were not coming on......nothing.

So I started from the beginning and started checking everything all over again. I individually pressed both aux and main battery disconnect switches in the coach about 10 times each. Then went to my ignition and whatya know..........the engine turned over.

I also went to loosen and tighten all my battery cables and also found that one of my cables to the positive terminal on my house battery was very loose (which was why my house batteries were not being charged when I was plugged into shore power as well as why it struggled to turn over my engine while using my aux start button)

So my lesson learned is this.....buy a multimeter......always check to make sure the batteries are even getting power in the first place.........drink beer to celebrate.

Thanks for all the tips as well on the thread. I will be replacing my battery cables as well as my worn out house batteries in the spring before we head out. Today is a good day!
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Old 12-22-2016, 03:40 PM   #33
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There is no substitute for boots on the ground. A decent VOM will be a good investment. Don't leave home without it.
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There is no substitute for boots on the ground. A decent VOM will be a good investment. Don't leave home without it.
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Old 12-28-2016, 08:18 AM   #35
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Yes get a multimeter!
I have a good "Fluke" meter that has saved me countless hours of misery trying to find a bad wire or fuse. That said I also have a $3 meter that I keep in the glove box in the car that has also saved me countless hours.
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Old 12-28-2016, 08:49 AM   #36
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I would still look at New battery cables, your pictures show concern. Just replace as you can and if extra cable length, maybe New ends and dielectric grease. I have a good meter in the home and like three or four of the harbor freight free ones, not perfect but they do work.

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