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Old 12-25-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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Battery Problems - need help

I have a 2008 373 Georgetown. I recently start having engine battery problems which I had to use the battery boost. I took it in to the dealer and they too had problems starting it. They took it to Ford because the battery is warrantee under them. Ford tested the unit and sent back to dealer saying nothing is wrong with the unit. I just picked it up from dealer two weeks ago and it cranked right up. I went to crank it on Sunday and again, I had to use the battery boost. I drove it around to charge up the battery and on Wednesday I went to crank it battery dead and had a really hard time trying to use the battery boost. Well, I got it started and drove it again and went to visit a friend in my town and now it will not start. My son works for Merchant Auto so I had him come and test the engine battery and it showed Low voltage from the alternator and the battery had 139 CCA cold cranking amps out of 750. We attempted to get a new battery, but due to being Christmas Eve everything closed early. The unit is under warranty and I called Coach Net and asked for service on Friday the 26th.

In my brainstorming effort my son tested the coach batteries which had a good charge on both batteries. My thinking with these batteries being fully charged I should have inside lights, slide outs working, command center should function, generator should fire-up, and steps should work. That is not the case EVERYTHING is dead...no generator....nothing. I know I have a service call in for Friday, but I thought I would at least get the group brain storming to help me have some clue as to what possibly could cause this problem. I requested the service call for Friday because I want everyone to have a merry Christmas, Friday works for me. I was suppose to be leaving Friday am heading to Cleveland GA and other places and ending in Melbourne FL for New Years eve, but looks like my plans just went down the drain. Any help or ideas are truly welcome.
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Old 12-25-2008, 11:11 PM   #2
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I had a problem with an old Chevy Nova, the battery kept on discharging, come to find out it was a bad ground wire on the starter. Check all you connections and make sure the are clean and tight. The other thing that could kill your battery is a bad starter. Just a few Ideas, hope it helps good luck.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:14 AM   #3
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Check your coach battery disconnect button by your door. It may be lit but it may be switched off. If both coach batteries are good you should have lights in the coach. I've experienced a bad ground on the coach in regards to my headlights. One morning they would not come on. FR used an aluminum trim self-tapping screw to make the ground to the frame without removing any of the paint to expose the metal to the terminal end.
As for the starter battery I would trace out the ground from the battery and check it as well as the wiring to the starter. Any chance the radio is on but the volume is off and draining the battery?
Good luck and let us know what they find. Some of us may need this info for future reference, Charlie
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Old 12-26-2008, 04:14 PM   #4
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I just took it to the Chesaco dealership today, they will look at it on Monday. I will give a big kudos to Coach Net for the fantastic service and follow-up. The tow truck guy came and jumped the RV and tested the alternator and said that it was working fine and charging the battery. He told me that something on the unit is draining the battery. I took it back to the dealership for them to research and correct. I will keep you all posted on their findings.
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Old 12-27-2008, 08:43 AM   #5
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It's funny after posting on the Christmas day about your problem, my son toke a family member home that night and he ended up with a dead battery as soon as he returned home, What luck!
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:03 PM   #6
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I feel for you man. I once had a Ford Mustang that would or would not start and the battery was fine. Come to find out it was the cylinder where to put your key into. Sometimes it would make connection and start and other times it would not but a jump would make it start (and remember the battery was fine).

If you have a toad you pull check the wires running from your coach to the toad. A bad ground will also discharge your battery. Had that problem on a EL CAMINO. The wires rubed on the bumper and it had a bald spot on the wires. It took forever to find the problem - all for a small piece of electrical tape to fix the problem.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:06 PM   #7
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Oh and most important my wifes C240 Mercedes has a battery charger on it every time she pulls up into the drive way. It has a drain (5 months and still cant find the problem) and this is the only way we can drive it. Getting rid of it next month so I dont want to spend anymore money fixing someone elses problem. Oh those electrical problems.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:21 PM   #8
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Problem solved!!!! It appears that a wire in the driver seat was always left on somehow. It came from the factory like that which was causing the drain. I do have a question for u all. If this has been the problem for a while Should I request them to replace the battery, it is still under warranty?
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I would give it a shot. The dealer will get his money back from the manufacture because of the warrenty. This might be a good test to see how your dealer handles customer satifaction.
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Definitely agree. The more a battery is drained the weaker it becomes over the long haul and since you've had it drain down to the point where your motorhome wouldn't start more than once I would pursue it. First check with your dealer and if they can't help email Mike Burns at Forest River and explain your situation.
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