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Old 09-08-2019, 10:29 PM   #1
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2003 Adventurer 35U Will not turn over.

The coach was running yesterday. Installed new water pump and also had direct tv installed. Plugged into shoreline all night. Got up this morning tried to start it up. Nothing! All batteries show fully charged. It just clicks when we try to start it. Left it plugged in all day today. Still won't start. Yes, we did check the AUX switch it was on. We just bought this used about 2 weeks ago. Had a Pace Arrow before and sold it about 8 years ago. But it's like learning all over again!
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I am not sure, but I don't believe being plugged-in to shore power will charge your main motor battery. My class C has a <Boost> switch on the dash to connect your house batteries to your main motor battery. If you do not have this, check your cranking voltage with a multi-meter. If you drop below 11 volts while cranking, your battery is probably shot. Alternatively, most auto parts stores will load-test your battery for you.
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Yes, Ha! This is the wife! Husband just told me that is not why he has the shoreline plugged in. Sorry! Oops!
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:48 PM   #4
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He says it doesn't crank period. We get lights etc. when he turns the key on but it will not crank.
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It probably is a bad battery. The lights draw very little amperage compared to the starting motor. That is why you check the voltage while cranking. If you get the battery checked and it is good, then try a new starter motor. I have not had good luck with rebuilt starter motors, so I would opt for a brand new starter motor. Good luck!
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If you can see the starter have someone turn the key while you tap on the starter.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:31 AM   #7
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What will that do? Or what is that supposed to do? Thanks Sorry this is the wife asking.
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If the solenoid is sticking, it could free it, thereby allowing the starting gear to slide-out and engage the flywheel.
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Thank you we are going to try it. Will let you know.
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:52 AM   #10
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We bought this about two weeks ago and didn't have any problem getting it started. The last thing we did was have direct tv set up and install wiring in the cockpit etc. And husband installed a new water pump. Could he have hooked up something wrong?
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Would not tink so.
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No luck with the tapping and starter.
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Go get the battery checked at an auto parts store.
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Do you have a multimeter handy so you can hook it up to the battery wire to the starter. Ypu should have about 12.5 volts at the postive terminal. When you try to crank voltage should drop a little but not below 11 volts. If voltage boes not drop at all their is a problem with the starter. If voltage drops off then you don't have enough voltage coming from the battiers and it could be poor connections or just weak batteries.
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What part of the country are you in?
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I am not sure, but I don't believe being plugged-in to shore power will charge your main motor battery. My class C has a <Boost> switch on the dash to connect your house batteries to your main motor battery. If you do not have this, check your cranking voltage with a multi-meter. If you drop below 11 volts while cranking, your battery is probably shot. Alternatively, most auto parts stores will load-test your battery for you.
Your 35U does have a battery boost switch that should help if the problem is a low chassis battery. Check page 2-14 of your owners manual. If you don't have a manual, here's a link to it:

https://winnebagoind.com/resources/m...Adventurer.pdf
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Ok thank you everyone. It looks like we are back on. the repair man came back and checked everything and said "the electrical (batteries) everything was ok." He messed with the ignition several times and all of a sudden (of course) it started right up. It was sticking for some reason, he doesn't know why. Can you believe it? This was after DH tried it over and over and could get nothing! Aaargh.
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Probably have a bad starter solenoid if it "clicks" when you try to start it. If that is the problem you will not see any drop in voltage or dimming of the lights as it is failing to complete the connection between the starter and the battery. The solenoid is usually mounted on the starter where the heavy battery cable attaches that supplies power to the chassis part of the coach, not the coach part.
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OK, so now go to the connection where the battery cable attached to the starter (that would be the solenoid) and remove and clean the attachments. Be sure to disconnect the battery positive cable at the battery before you start as it is usually tight quarters in that area and potential short to ground while working with a live cable is possible. I had the same trouble on our last trip. The connection was loose and arching resulted in loss of connection
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I would agree with Matterbery. I've had starters that would "hang up" on a dead spot. I'd carry a long 1/2" extension, and when the starter didn't start, I'd hit the starter housing (firmly), and then it would crank. BUT, that's a very temporary fix.
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