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Old 07-17-2018, 02:34 PM   #1
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Battery Switch

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I have 2004 Georgetown XL 308, and I have a question about the battery switch near the exit stairs.

When I turned it to "store", the only thing that stops from working is the stairs: everything else that runs on battery still work (pump, lights, slide-outs,etc).

In addition, I left it in storage for about one week (battery switch on "use"), and we used a couple of the battery-operated items (slides, light) when we cleaned it up before our first trip, and when I went to start the engine, the chassis battery was dead, I had to use the booster function to jump the chassis using using the house batteries.

When I took ownership of it a month ago (I bought it used from a dealer), the generator wouldn't start due to poor ground. They worked on it for a little while and the gen started to work again. Could they have messed up the wiring and cut out the switch?

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Maurice
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:27 PM   #2
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Can you take a picture of this battery switch.

Here is what mine looks like but may be different than your as yours is older version.
When the light is on you have batteries hooked up to all.
Press it and light goes out and you hear the big relay de-energize in the battery control center.

Here's some pictures and the wiring of the switch.
You just may have a blown fuse in the Battery Control Center that may cause your problems.

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Old 07-18-2018, 10:39 AM   #3
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Thanks,
Although looking different, the functionalities on mine are the same. When I press the "Use/Storage" switch, I can hear the relay clicking on or off. But what worries me is that every battery-powered apparatus still work in the "Storage" position.
I'll use the schematic you sent to try and decipher the wiring in the battery compartment.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:48 AM   #4
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On my 2016 335DS, the 12 V appliances continue to work with the switch in the "Disconnect" position when the battery charger, "Converter" is on (connected to external power). Try turning off the "Converter" AC breaker, or unplug the coach and see if it behaves differently.

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Old 07-18-2018, 11:04 AM   #5
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are you sure that is a battery switch and not just a switch to disable the stairs? The label and location sound suspicious to me.
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Old 07-18-2018, 11:08 AM   #6
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Actually, I was off the grid when I tried the switch yesterday. I have an inkling that that something is wrong with the wiring.
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:49 PM   #7
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Update on the Battery Switch question:
Yesterday I made few tests. I'm off the grid, no external source of power. A picture of the actual switch is attached.

1- Battery Disconnect in "USE" position:
All 12V systems run normally, chassis engine starts normally.

2- Battery Disconnect in "STORE" position:
All 12V systems run normally, chassis engine starts normally. Stairs don't retract when I close the door. I have to turn the switch to "STORE" after the stairs retract, with the door close.


I also took some measurements with my voltmeter, and frankly not knowing what I was doing exactly, I gave up.

I'm at a lost, I think I will have to take the rig down to an RV place to have it diagnosed and fixed.
Thanks to everyone who offered advice.
Maurice
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:03 PM   #8
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Kind of sounds normal. The 12 volt items working all probably require a switch actuation and would not be a drain on the battery if the switch is open. The steps issue sounds normal for Lippert steps and I think normal for early versions of Kwikee steps. I usually reached through the screen door to actuate the battery disconnect switch with Lippert steps. Could be wrong.
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Thanks. If everything I describe sounds normal, what is that switch useful for then?
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Well, it does not have anything to do with the chassis battery (the switch will not disconnect the cassis battery) so the "able to start the engine" is definitely normal. No point in mentioning that. I'm not saying that there is not an issue but then again maybe there isn't. Sounds as though your disconnect may be an Intellitec type install and I'm not really familiar with the differences (if any) between that system and the type disconnect the Georgetown uses today. Is this similar to your disconnect?
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