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 on: October 25, 2014, 06:50:26 pm 
Started by bhgareau - Last post by gl1500
One other thought I forgot to mention.  There is a bank of fuses behind the slide out tray for the batteries.  It is mounted  on the frame directly behind the batteries.  That is something to check.  But I am confused as what you say is the primer and primer light works and the lights on the jack system works but there is not enough power to operate the systems.  I find it hard to believe there could be that much voltage line loss and I am thinking you have lost a ground line someplace and the system is feeding through another circuit.  I sure will be interested in what you find.
   Bob

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 on: October 25, 2014, 06:13:26 pm 
Started by bhgareau - Last post by bhgareau
The coach batteries are showing a full charge and all other coach systems are operational. I connected to shore power for two days and both the generator and jacks were still not operable. I'm heading to find an electrical repair person on Monday. Thanks for the suggestions.

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 on: October 25, 2014, 01:36:32 pm 
Started by bhgareau - Last post by bobojay
There should be no connection between the truck battery and the coach systems.  If the Gen. and Jacks do not work, it should be the coach batteries.  It sounds like the coach batteries voltage is too low to activate the Jacks or Gen.  There is enough voltage/amperage to activate the lights and fuel pump on the Gen., but not enough to operate the two items.  I would first check the battery voltage of the coach batteries with a voltmeter.  Another possible drain on the coach batteries is the switch on the dashboard for bleeding off some voltage to the truck battery.  If for some reason it is stuck in the transfer position, it would try to drain the coach batteries in to the truck battery, that is if you have that switch on your unit.
     On one of my previous M/H's, I found my coach batteries cables and securing straps were badly corroded.  I believe the straps and cables were corroded with the outgassing from the batteries.  So, now I clean and treat the cables, straps and metal tray to prevent this corrosion.
     These are just my thoughts on your problem.  Hope it helps.
     Bob

I agree with what Bob says....

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 on: October 25, 2014, 12:57:31 pm 
Started by bhgareau - Last post by gl1500
There should be no connection between the truck battery and the coach systems.  If the Gen. and Jacks do not work, it should be the coach batteries.  It sounds like the coach batteries voltage is too low to activate the Jacks or Gen.  There is enough voltage/amperage to activate the lights and fuel pump on the Gen., but not enough to operate the two items.  I would first check the battery voltage of the coach batteries with a voltmeter.  Another possible drain on the coach batteries is the switch on the dashboard for bleeding off some voltage to the truck battery.  If for some reason it is stuck in the transfer position, it would try to drain the coach batteries in to the truck battery, that is if you have that switch on your unit.
     On one of my previous M/H's, I found my coach batteries cables and securing straps were badly corroded.  I believe the straps and cables were corroded with the outgassing from the batteries.  So, now I clean and treat the cables, straps and metal tray to prevent this corrosion.
     These are just my thoughts on your problem.  Hope it helps.
     Bob

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 on: October 25, 2014, 10:50:52 am 
Started by bhgareau - Last post by bobander
Looks perfect for your needs, he did a nice job on design and welding.  I wish I had a bumper on the back when I accidentally backed into my Jeep when trying to reposition in a camp spot, long story, luckily not much damage.

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 on: October 25, 2014, 02:31:04 am 
Started by bhgareau - Last post by JimDenny
EXCELLENT!! ThumbsUp

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 on: October 25, 2014, 01:06:50 am 
Started by bhgareau - Last post by bhgareau
Last summer we had a grill guard installed on our PC. The motivation was more than a couple close calls with moose and caribou up here and deer while traveling thru Ohio and Pennsylvania. While searching for a grill guard we kept looking for side steps. Our PC is four wheel drive and a good 6-8 inches more ground clearance than a standard PC, that makes getting in and out of the cab a challenge. We also wanted a rear bumper to offer a little additional protection when backing up or when parking on ferries. We couldn't find anything commercially available in spite of hour upon hour of searching the internet and talking to a bunch of truck/van customizers. Finally I stopped into a couple of local boat builders who pointed me to a local weld shop. We met with the young owner and explained what we wanted. He specializes in working with aluminum. Both the sidesteps and bumper in the attached photos are made with aluminum plate so they are light weight but very strong. We left it up to him to come up with the design. We are very pleased with the results.

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 on: October 24, 2014, 11:33:45 pm 
Started by bhgareau - Last post by bhgareau
While getting the PC ready for winter I noticed some "crud" built up around the truck battery posts. I proceeded to take off the cables and cleaned them and the posts as I have done on this and other vehicles over the years. When I finished and started the truck all seemed good. Later I tried to lower the HWH leveling jacks and the panel was lit but when I pressed any button all I heard was a click. I checked under the coach and all the lights on the control unit were also lit but no reaction when I pushed the panel buttons. I pulled the panel next to the emergency brake and all the fuses looked ok. I checked the coach circuit breakers and all was fine. I checked the ford fuses under the hood and they all seem to be good. I checked the rest of the truck and coach systems and everything seemed ok except for the leveling jacks and the generator. The generator has the same problem as the jacks. When I push the switch to prime the generator the light goes on and your can hear it priming. When I tried to start the generator all it did was click like a car with a dead battery. Since finding this issue I've checked all the battery connections and rechecked all the fuses in the truck and for the coach. Today, I even changed all the fuses inside the coach with no improvement. I know it has to be something simple, but its got me baffled. Both the jacks and generator worked fine before I decided to clean the battery posts. Any thoughts on what might be causing the problems? Thanks.

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 on: October 24, 2014, 07:31:55 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by Carol
Thanks for the info, Frecklestweety, and I hope your PC's last Fall trip is wonderful.  Drive safely!

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 on: October 24, 2014, 04:21:46 pm 
Started by frecklestweety - Last post by frecklestweety
Freckles--I was in that part of PA at the end of Sept and met a couple of the ladies from that group at the small campground I was staying at.  If I had taken them up on their invitation to attend the rally, there would have been FOUR PCs there.  Maybe next year!
Carol
Their next convention is October 2015 in Shawnee Oklahoma.   there are many chapters all over the US and I'M with Mid-Atlantic Chapter and have one more trip November 7th in Lancaster for the weekend at the Old Mill Stream Campground. It is their annual Thanksgiving feast.   After that the MH goes to bed until March.
They have a Solo's chapter which I am considering joining next season.   Most are widows like me and travel solo.   Very Friendly group like Cruisers.

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