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Adam

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    Big Stone Gap, VA
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  1. Adam

    Battery Drain

    I'm hoping that in the near future that the learning curve isn't so difficult! 🙂
  2. Adam

    Battery Drain

    I did not need to replace the starter . . . I took some insulation (fiberglass and wrapped it around the starter to ward off heat from the adjacent header and exhaust pipe. After running it for approx 20-30 minutes, I turned off the engine and restarted it with ease! Twice! In all my life, I never realized that heat will affect the windings in your starter! I'm elated!!! Part of the learning curve.
  3. Adam

    Battery Drain

    I will have that checked (again). Hopefully, the hardest part is behind me . . . checked the battery last night and it is holding a charge! Wish me well.
  4. Adam

    Battery Drain

    Well the shakedown cruise was a bust . . . whenever I turned off the engine . . . even after 34 miles to gas up, my rig did not want to start . . . finally did (with help from the generator and a battery charger) . . . then later in the day, I inadvertently shut off the engine . . . same thing . . . did manage to get to my destination. A week later, when driving home, I resolved to leave the engine running all the way home (400+ miles). To no avail . . . I lost power going down a mountain (whee)! Switched out the battery and drove the rest of the way home (2 1/2 hours). So . . . . the next day, I resolved to isolate the house batteries from the engine battery . . . Voila! No phantom drain! I've checked and double-checked the (new) chassis battery . . . no drop in voltage. I'm going to take the old battery to Walmart and see if that was the problem. (I would like to know for sure what the deal was.) Happy to see the engine battery maintain its' charge . . . but puzzled why it is still hard to crank after it warms up . . . going to change out the starter . . . Thanking the good Lord to get home safely!
  5. Adam

    Battery Drain

    Thanks Kirk . . . you are so helpful . . . We are headed to Edisto Beach, SC and I will have an opportunity to look for something added on with an inline fuse . . . I remember seeing one . . . Yes! I did buy the knife type battery isolator several days ago and installed it . . . I can see a big difference already. Ready for a shakedown cruise! I'll let you know how it goes.
  6. Adam

    Battery Drain

    Kirk, I measured from the negative battery post to the negative battery cable after I removed the battery cable. The amp draw is 2.20 . . . when the ignition is off. Should not have said ohms.
  7. Adam

    Battery Drain

    Thanks Kirk . . . I'll read this article . . . I'll get back with you later today . . . +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Good article . . . (I noticed that you may have been a sub sailor, which explains your familiarization with batteries, i.e. Gould 53A). When I put a meter on the house batteries, my observation is that the reading is 13.65 . . . and when I check the engine battery, it is normally 12.65 . . . When testing the circuits with the ground cable disconnected, I get a reading of -2.20 . . . when I pull the fuses, on one circuit, it drops to -1.42.
  8. Adam

    Battery Drain

    Thanks Kirk . . . I'll read this article . . . I'll get back with you later today . . .
  9. Adam

    Battery Drain

    Thanks Linda . . . I do keep the radio off . . . it lights up when I turn on the key, even when it is off. When I pulled the fuse to the circuit with the radio, I still had the phantom drain.
  10. Adam

    Battery Drain

    In that, I don't have an adequate working knowledge of electrical matters, I can't say . . . I did "take a shot" and changed out one of the solenoids with a new continuous 200 amp solenoid (the one closest to the engine battery) . . . and cleaned up the terminals and cables to the other one on the firewall . . . just to see. Radio seems to be off until I turn on the ignition . . . then it lights up. I have not checked to see if it's leaking to the coach batteries (2) . . . I would need some guidance. (What are controllers used for?)
  11. Adam

    Battery Drain

    I bought an old 1990 Winnebago Warrior this summer and have been fixing it up so that it is will be "road worthy" . . . this process has gone fairly well, but now I'm dealing with a phantom battery drain issue . . . the multi-meter shows a drain of 1.42 on the engine battery when the ignition is off . . . I have checked the obvious things (switches, lights, etc.) Any suggestions? (The battery is new and tested OK). I put a "kill-switch" on the battery for now, until I can locate the problem . . . the battery does not lose voltage when disconnected. Engine battery charges when running the RV down the road . . . just can't let it "sit" with the battery connected. My hopes are that someone has hit this bump in the road with this particular model and found the "fix". It's a Ford chassis . . .
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