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Old 06-05-2011, 11:26 AM   #1
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Exclamation Help...Batteries or what?

I winterized my 345 almost according to instruction manual. When batteries were reinstalled, the main one (and others likely) were drained. Took to town, had recharged and tested good. Reinstalled. MH will still not even begin to turn over.

Any suggestions? Charging the other two house batteries and using that switch in the glove compartment? Getting someone out here? Is this a battery problem or maybe something else?

All suggestions appreciated.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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Did you clean the terminals on the battery and cables. It it a Diesel or gas engine? Is there any noise at all?
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:16 PM   #3
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Did you clean the terminals on the battery and cables. It it a Diesel or gas engine? Is there any noise at all?
Yep...charge the batteries fully (got a charger?), Clean all the cables, including starter cable and grounds, a strong click,click sound may indicate a good charge but faulty starter, Could go on but better to start with the obvious.
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Old 06-05-2011, 04:09 PM   #4
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Did you clean the terminals on the battery and cables. It it a Diesel or gas engine? Is there any noise at all?
What he said.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:58 AM   #5
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Just finished a 1,300 mile trip (we took the long way) from San Antonio to Knoxville. When we were getting ready to go at our son's in San Antonio, had problems like this. Our son found the problem. The cable terminals at the batteries were good, but following the positive chassis battery cable to its other end in the back of the battery box found that the terminal had broken from too many drawer open/close cycles, and it was alternately making contact, not making contact, or shorting everything out. New terminal, and all is good.
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Just finished a 1,300 mile trip (we took the long way) from San Antonio to Knoxville. When we were getting ready to go at our son's in San Antonio, had problems like this. Our son found the problem. The cable terminals at the batteries were good, but following the positive chassis battery cable to its other end in the back of the battery box found that the terminal had broken from too many drawer open/close cycles, and it was alternately making contact, not making contact, or shorting everything out. New terminal, and all is good.

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I'm having similar problems with my engine battery. Have to keep in on a trickle charger all the time when Motorhome is sitting.
Was told by mechanic friend of mine, disconnect either cable, set up a test-light (attached to battery, other end to cable) If light is 'lit', go pull fuses one at a time until light goes out. At that point, you've at least isolated the problem.
Still there may be something more than what I've just described. Cables for battery drawer going in and out could be a problem as well.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:37 PM   #8
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Didnt you have a non starting issue before?
Did you press the boost battery button?
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Didnt you have a non starting issue before?
Did you press the boost battery button?
"Boost Battery Button"? I can't seem to find this magical switch. Location? I've looked in glovebox, but never found it.
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Geez, I was not aware that the electrics on the Airstream motorhomes were made by Lucas (the Prince of Darkness, if you must know). Just more proof that there's a strong affinity between Airstream and MG. Or maybe just between Airstream owners and MG owners.

Come to think of it, maybe it is Lucas wiring. In that case, be sure to check to make sure that the wires are properly filled with smoke.


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I'm having similar problems with my engine battery. Have to keep in on a trickle charger all the time when Motorhome is sitting. ...Thanks, Derek
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Help... batteries or what?

Greetings Lynn!

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Geez, I was not aware that the electrics on the Airstream motorhomes were made by Lucas (the Prince of Darkness, if you must know). Just more proof that there's a strong affinity between Airstream and MG. Or maybe just between Airstream owners and MG owners.

Come to think of it, maybe it is Lucas wiring. In that case, be sure to check to make sure that the wires are properly filled with smoke.


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GM has also had a relationship with Lucas. My dealer told me that it was Lucas that designed the electronic controls for the transfer case in my 1999 GMC K2500 Suburban . . . . that electronic control has a 12,000 to 15,000 life expectancy and the part costs around $750. I have owned the truck since it was new (in fact, I special ordered the truck), so I have been through the routine something like 14 times now. The last time it failed, the transfer case was also deemed unrepairable so my plan is to have the truck converted to 2-wheel drive -- should have had the conversion done years ago rather than at 200,000 miles.

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Geez, I was not aware that the electrics on the Airstream motorhomes were made by Lucas (the Prince of Darkness, if you must know). Just more proof that there's a strong affinity between Airstream and MG. Or maybe just between Airstream owners and MG owners.

Come to think of it, maybe it is Lucas wiring. In that case, be sure to check to make sure that the wires are properly filled with smoke.


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Old 12-02-2011, 10:27 AM   #14
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Voltage regulator.
Battery cables from terminal to solenoid will sometimes wear holes from drawer sliding in/out.
Cut-off switch on wall just inside door...this one is a hard-to-find puppy if it needs replacement.
Ignition(key) switch.
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This might not apply but a commonly overlooked problem, especially on vehicles that sit a lot, is a dirty battery. Dust, salt, ect... can cause conduction paths that will drain a battery over time. Especially in humid climates.
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Get a cheap amp meter and put one lead on the battery then on the frame. If you get a reading. Clean the top of your battery. It has a draw
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