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Old 07-24-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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Exclamation 1972 Winnebago brave, won't turn over

Hey, new to the forums

1972 Winnebago freshly charged battery put in. It ran out only 2 weeks ago. I had been driving it every day before that with no issues. Charged the battery an now it just makes a ticking sound but won't start even when I push the gas. I had a 1972 international before and when it did the same thing I would just put a bit of gas in the carb and it would go, but that did nothing in this case.

Any suggestions? If it means anything I did not hook up the accessory battery as I don't use them and don't want to buy a new one.

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Old 07-24-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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Have you tried cleaning your battery wires especially the ground wire where it bolts to the frame. Also look for any bulges or damaged spots in both wires. They may not be your problem but are a good place to start.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:31 PM   #3
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I am not an expert in this area ... but it is my understanding that you need both decent voltage and adequate amperage to make the starter work ...

... you need voltage to energize the solenoid on the starter ... and amps to turn the starter over ... Sounds to me like you have either "low voltage" arriving at the starter or low amperage ... maybe both
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Old 07-25-2014, 06:57 AM   #4
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Hey, new to the forums

1972 Winnebago freshly charged battery put in. It ran out only 2 weeks ago. I had been driving it every day before that with no issues. Charged the battery an now it just makes a ticking sound but won't start even when I push the gas. I had a 1972 international before and when it did the same thing I would just put a bit of gas in the carb and it would go, but that did nothing in this case.

Any suggestions? If it means anything I did not hook up the accessory battery as I don't use them and don't want to buy a new one.

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It is entirely possible that the new battery went bad. Have you tried simply jump starting the RV from a running vehicle?
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:36 PM   #5
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It is entirely possible that the new battery went bad. Have you tried simply jump starting the RV from a running vehicle?
If that works then your battery is either bad or you have a bad parasitic drain on your battery. There can be quite a parasitic drain on batteries in motorhomes. Do you have a disconnect switch on your engine battery?

If that doesn't work then the battery is not likely to be the problem ... and you have a bad cable someplace or the solenoid or starter itself is bad.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:40 PM   #6
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I doubt if any connection came loose just sitting there. It most likely is either a bad battery, or simply a loose connection between the battery terminals and the cables that run to it. The ticking sound usually means low current (amperage) at the starter solenoid and in my over 50 years of auto and truck repair, I'll bet 90% of these problems come from a loose battery terminal connection if the battery has been removed and charged.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:35 PM   #7
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Hey, new to the forums

1972 Winnebago freshly charged battery put in. It ran out only 2 weeks ago. I had been driving it every day before that with no issues. Charged the battery an now it just makes a ticking sound but won't start even when I push the gas. I had a 1972 international before and when it did the same thing I would just put a bit of gas in the carb and it would go, but that did nothing in this case.

Any suggestions? If it means anything I did not hook up the accessory battery as I don't use them and don't want to buy a new one.

If this post is in the wrong spot feel free to move it
Is the engine turning over? Or is the stater solenoid doing the ticking? I'm a little confused about the way you worded everything. More info will be a great help thanks Robert.
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Ok my bad a read the heading again it was the whole it ran out and putting gas in the carb.
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