Motorhome non starter

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  1. Btg

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    Just been to try an start motorhome but everything dead no hab electric no cab electric won't start on jump leads ??
     
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    This might sound like a very odd question but..

    When you attached the jump leads did the dash light up and did the engine turn over ok ( but not start ) ?
     
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    I had dash lights first day and a clicking but now nothing no lights on dash won't even open doors on cab
     
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    have you blown a fuse //or not on battery right
     
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    When you tried to jump it where did you connect the jump leads to ?
    Fiat/ Pug / Renault all use a big multi connector thing on the positive terminal of the battery
    If you connected the jump lead to somewhere on the big connector plate rather than on the actual battery terminal you have almost certainly blown one of the big plate fuses on the connection plate.
    An easy mistake to make ( lost count of the times I have been called to sort the same issue out over the years ! )
     
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    Help also needed
    Renault started but no revs
    Dont want to hijack thread so please pm me.
    Just thought Jaws sounded right.
     
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    Don't no where I went wrong but hope to call fiat camper aid out on Tuesday I've got call out but as might be my b up they might charge me or do I say it just won't start ?
     
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    totally flat engine battery, maybe even too flat to take a charge. jump starting a fiat is done using the terminal under the bonnet, not direct to the battery under the floor for the reasons stated, plus its a right royal pita to get at
     
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    Oh dear hope they can start it on Tuesday think I'll act dumb cos that's what I think I was should have known better ,
     
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    It will almost certainly be a good idea to put the battery on charge (even if you have blown the fuse you will be better off trying for the restart with a charged battery and once it's been replaced)

    You never know the fuse may be ok and it's simply a dead flat battery
     
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    Wot Micky sed, must have a battery with at least a little charge in it.(y)
     
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    Ok I'll see what happens on Tuesday thanks all
     
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    Got it started after leaving jump leads on for about 20 min fiat man said was only 2amp in battery so should have left leads on longer before trying to start I no better now but thanks all
     
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    After getting mh going all good went to start again after couple of days started up first time went to check hab status no panel checked fuses blown 20amp fuse fitted new one all ok started up blew 20amp fuse this time behind cab changed that now seems ok but can't work out what blew them in first case ??
     
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    It was when you tried to jump the thing..
    Must have connected to the wrong place and most of the feed went to the hab battery(s) rather than the cab one

    You do need to be VERY careful where you connect the jump leads to on a Fiat.. As mentioned, there is a tab under the bonnet on later models and it is the only really safe thing to use if you are unsure.
     
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    Just as an aside and may help if you need to do this in the future.
    You should always clip the earth lead to the engine, near the starter, then you are using the slave battery as a starter battery, and not trying to charge the vehicle battery through it.
    Hope that makes sense. A tip given by a Scania instructor a long time ago.
     
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    Absolutely, have made a mental note to RTFM before ever performing a jump start, as the negative jump start terminal on mine is right under the windscreen in the engine bay!
     
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    Ye good points made just found out that if hab battery very low the two 20amp fuses will blow to save the battery's from too faster charge
     
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    no the fuse is to protect the wiring
     
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    The fuse is to protect the battery from charging too quick as the mh battery can only take a slow charge when empty
     
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