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Old 07-30-2021, 10:00 AM   #1
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Safari Cheetah chassis electric issue

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I have a year model 2000 Safari Cheetah with the 3126 Cat engine. Yesterday I made a stop at the grocery the Coach was acting normal, upon returning, I started the engine and out of nowhere the volt meter on the dash pegged (beyond 18v) is this an indication of a bad voltage regulator for the engines alternator? If so, is the voltage regulator integrated within the Alternator, or is there an external regulator that can be replaced?.

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Old 07-30-2021, 01:02 PM   #2
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Sounds like a bad alternator.

Pretty sure that a 2000 model year would have an alternator with the built in regulator. You'd have to go back to the '70's to find one that doesn't I think.

So yeah, pull the alternator, and either go to a repair shop and have it tested and rebuilt, or use it as core and go to a Truck Parks store to have it tested and get a new one.

I will mention that my '94 Bounder did have a wire from the IGN switch up at the dash go all the way back (diesel pusher) to the alternator and connect to the FIELD terminal and the symptom when the diode open circuited was that the dash gauge jumped all around, and eventually fell to zero. And my batts were going dead too quickly. But the alternator was going bad too. Likely from the stress of the field voltage jumping all over the place for many weeks before failure.
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Hello Jim:
Thank you for your reply. Your thoughts are exactly what came to mind but, thought I would ask around first, iam going to grab my VOM and Polk around, I have a feeling this will be a costly repair, I'll go Ave to search around my neighborhood and try to find someone who has one or can rebuild one.

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I had no problem finding one in the industrial district of McAllen Texas as there were many semi truck repair shops around the area so naturally, there was a truck parts store. My alternator was a 155 amp heavy duty as I recall. Since it was a diesel engine, those are considered able to run all day every day so...heavy duty. I'd imagine a RV with a gas engine would be considered that too but you never know. Anyway, ask for heavy duty and look for a truck parts store. Take your chassis brand and model number. Also take the VIN.
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If you have a DUVAC alternator (has a SENSE wire to tell the regulator true chassis battery voltage), it may be nothing more than a poor connection of the sense wire. Resistance will convey a false "low voltage" signal and the alternator will put out more.


Certainly check connections first.
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I agree with above most alternators don't start over charging due to failed regulators. Check voltage and voltage drop and connections on and through diode battery isolator.
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