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Old 02-20-2011, 08:26 PM   #15
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Jump-starting a DP is not even close to doing so for a gas engine. One auto 12V battery hasn't enough cranking amps for a DP, and low amperage kills a starter rapidly.
That statement could not be anymore true except to add diesel starters cost substantially more than for a gas unit.

Call around your local wrecker services to see if they have the capability to jump start diesel, expect to pay more for the jump start of that diesel compared to a gas job also.

If you have a mobile truck service in your area there is a very small chance they might be less expensive to do a jump start.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:02 PM   #16
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First if the batteries are that far gone, they sure as hell are not going to start my generator. Believe me I tried.

And yes it takes more than just a jumper cable from the car battery to start and jump these 950 CCA Diesel batteries this far gone.

And yes they do get more of a boost when the auto engine is running at over 2000 RPM's Thatis how I got it going last year.

And yes, I am using my house batteries as a booster battery from my switch.

Maybe a good idea to get a price form a truck service and see how much they charge for a jump start for a DP. Never thought of that one.

As a last resort, if I have to I will buy new batteries and go over and install them myself. I just wanted to get it started and drop it off at the RV center to install the new batteries anyway.

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Old 02-21-2011, 02:33 PM   #17
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I pulled my batteries out (10 minutes work) went to Interstate batteries purchased two new 31 MHD's and installed in 10 minutes. Super easy in the Meridian 39K. Couldn't see paying for an hour service charge.

If I'm not going to use the coach for a month or more I disconnect the batteries (5 minutes work) and velcro loop tie the positive leads.
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I forgot to ask before do you have road service coverage which would cover jump starts as well?
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Hey JohnR:

Why yes I do with Good Sam for towing? I wonder if that includes a jump start?

I have to check and see. It could't be this easy, could it?

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Why yes I do with Good Sam for towing? I wonder if that includes a jump start?

I have to check and see. It could't be this easy, could it?

Jim P.
Why yes it could be that easy! Normally road service covers, jump starts, fuel delivery (usually not the cost of the fuel itself), lock outs**, winch outs, as well as towing. Not being 100% familiar with MH road service there are other benefits offered as well like tire changes with a few options.

I'm more familiar with dealing with cars and light trucks on a daily basis.

** lock outs may be on a limited basis depending on people available to accomplish the task.
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