Question about Ford E-350
I have owned this motorhome for 4 years. it had been in the family since purchase. it has less than 200 hrs on the generator. in october i took it in for repair and service (generator). i would almost bet my life that it was charging the coach battery when plugged in. i never thought twice about it when i began having battery problems when i would do my monthly propane purchase. oooh yeah, i live in my motorhome. i thought that i had a bad battery. it was purchased in nov 2008. since the batterys only seem to last 1 year or so i ahve been buying reconditioned batterys from interstate battery for 1/3 of the price of a brand new one. i use the deep cycle rv/marine battery that has been used all along. i thought that i had a defective battry and had a year warranty so i was in no hurry to exchange it since no trip was planned soon. i exchanged the battery in january, we never checked to see if it did have a dead cell. the replacement battery was down to 4 volts when i unplugged from 125V. --------------------I EXERCISE THE GENERATOR EVERY TIME I GET PROPANE, AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH---------------- this is how i know that the battry is low.
since the generator was ''fixed'' and the battery was replaced and the replacement recharged when it went low was also tested. no dead cells.
the repair shop looked at teh generator because i thought that it had something to do with my charging problem. well they tell me it is an inverter problem. my one of many questions is why if i have over 12 volts to all my 12 volt fuses in and out, why is it still not charging the battery?
i have been told that the generator does not charge the coach battery.................... when i was dry docking around time when times were tight i would check my battery voltage every other day and if low i would run the generator and my coach battery would get charged if low by the generator running. the repair shop insists that it does not charge when the generator is running. was there an existing problem that wouild have let it charge---put at least 12 volts to coach battery while the generator is running...... I HAVE QUICK DISCONNECTS ON THE BATTERYS. that is how i discovered i had a bad cell in a previous battery. testing with it connected then disconnected to make sure that it was ''charging'' while the generator was running.
as i understand it there are 3 ways to charge the battery if the options were installed. i again would bet my life that i have used alll 3 since purchase.......... am i losing my mind, lol, or could the repair shop have screwed something up when it was being repaired/any possible replacement parts put in that were not the same as original equipment?
that is the ''short version''. any email or even a telephone call would be most appreciated........ i told the repair shop that i needed the motorhome back........ they had it a week and they either did not have the time to look at it or were they doing something else possibley shady? i am supposed to take it back tomorrow 3/12/2009.. until i hear from ANYONE who can make heads or tails of my ramblings i am not taking it back. it has cost me too much to be without my motorhome and it not be fixed properly.
if you made it this far, WOW!!!! i dont even know if i could have made it.......... my cell # is 951 317 3532 if an immdeiate response can be made..... any time of the day or night is ok..
U have a simple problem If uare not holding charge...... u have a leak some where man. did u install ne thing new? are thier different things applyed to the battery that could run it dead or not allow u to get the correct amount of ampigze.
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
Do you have automatic switch over in your system, or is there a receptacle where power cord stores, that you need to plug power cord into, for power from generator?
Posted on Oct 13, 2009
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