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 Post subject: Electrical problem
PostPosted: February 15th, 2018, 4:58 pm 
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Location: Burlington, Washington
Hello all, I am a new owner of a 2001 Chinook Destiny (on a 2000 chassis) with a 7.4 L engine.
I removed the house battery’s to clean the terminals and add water, when I replaced the battery’s nothing works in the rv. The starter battery is fine, everything in the cab works.
No electricity at the lvd. Any help would be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Electrical problem
PostPosted: February 16th, 2018, 8:02 pm 
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First off welcome and hello. My Chinook Premier was originally purchased in Burlington by my cousin and her husband in 2004. I live a bit south but am also from Washington.

I am not great on the electrical side and just suggest you go back over all your work and make sure things are correctly wired and all breakers are on. Do you have a coach battery switch on the cab ceiling? Hopefully you have a manual. Not sure if this is the correct one but... http://www.chinookrvclub.net/CareandMai ... se2000.pdf

Hopefully Blue Go or one of the more knowledgeable members will chime in. I'm sure you'll get it figured out. Be sure to use the search function here and you may come up with some good suggestions. There is a reference section that also has some good info, manuals and diagrams.

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PostPosted: February 16th, 2018, 11:28 pm 
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I suggest you start from the house batteries, and trouble shoot to the LVD. Did you connect them together correctly? Is there 12 V at each battery? Test the voltage at the start of the wiring to the LVD to confirm there are power sending to the device.

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PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 2:27 am 
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Welcome!

It’s not uncommon for it to turn out that a major wire or two fell behind the battery box while you had everything undone.

You might need to create a hook out of a coat hanger and see if a wire dropped back and is hidden.

Did you photograph all the wires beforehand as a reference? If not, perhaps someone here can post a photo if their circa 2001 battery wiring.

Luck!
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PostPosted: February 17th, 2018, 9:34 am 
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Hello, welcome, and congrats on your new Destiny!

As was said above, if the power worked before, and you un-hooked and re-hooked, I'd look to be sure everything is back onboard, and in the right places. On my Concourse, well.... let me think back to how it was originally... Granted yours might not be the same, but maybe this will help.

I had two house batteries. Positive leads included the jumper (to the other battery), the lead in from the start battery (via the separator which was under the hood), and the lead in from the brown box/charger/load center (via the LVD). Also a small wire with an inline fuse from the solar panel (via the solar controller). I think that was all. On the negative side, there was a jumper, a cable leading to chassis ground (on the driver's side frame rail inboard of the battery box area), and the small negative solar wire. Obviously make sure there are no positives that go to negative or vice-versa.

My house system had two little automotive style self-resetting breakers on the main positive cables that were tucked up underneath the coach, just forward of the battery box in a white molded fiberglass cover. Those are known to rust/die (so maybe they wouldn't re-set?) (you may have different ones as I know they went to thermal breakers later).

I have also read (years ago) of someone's LVD breaking/dying when a mechanic had disconnected/re-connected the house batteries, but I have no idea how or why that happened (and I have eliminated mine so I didn't have a big reason to delve into it). I presume you didn't remove anything from the LVD in the process, but if all else fails you could try bypassing it to see if that makes any difference. Basically (at least on mine), the large wires come in/go out top and bottom, and all the other/small wires do various little functions (one goes to "store" switch; one goes to the buzzer to tell you to take it out of store when you are charging; one goes to the self-jump-start switch, etc.). So you could jumper the two large wires together, bypassing the LVD to see if that brings things alive.

(Oh, as was mentioned above, the "store" switch is on, right? Presuming you have one?)

As usual, I should say I'm not an electrician, don't do anything with electricity you're not comfortable with, etc.

Also, of course your Destiny may be different. But I don't think the 2001 Concourse wiring was much different than in my '99, so perhaps yours follows a similar theme.

Let's see if we can turn your "fiberglass tent" back into an RV with power :D

BG

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