Fleetwood Southwind electric problem

Discussion in 'Beginning RVing' started by wing, May 19, 2006.

  1. wing

    wing New Member

    Hello out there
    I think I have a problem with my '93. Fleetwood Southwind Diesel Pusher. Is the charging system from the engine(Cummins)for the coach 12v with some delay or should it come on immediately after start up, it is working fine for the chassis. Is there some breaker for the coach charge?
    excuse my english
    regards
    Hjortur
     
  2. Johnny-O

    Johnny-O New Member

    Fleetwood Southwind electric problem

    Keep in mind some coaches don't charge off the engine. If your coach did charge the batteries, you would have a battery isolater or a relay to isolate the chassis battery when parked. Either one of these could be bad.LOL
    The Boz
     
  3. wing

    wing New Member

    Fleetwood Southwind electric problem

    Thanks for the advise Boz, the manual says that the engine will charge the coach on the road, so I will try to follow your suggestion.
    Hjortur
     
  4. ARCHER

    ARCHER Senior Member

    Fleetwood Southwind electric problem

    Wing, my house batteries charge while driving, as long as, I turn a dash switch to "dual", meaning the alternator will charge the engine and coach (two) batteries while I am under way on the road. I don't have a Southwind, but bet you may have a switch somewhere that is similar to what I have (mine is a Winnebago 1989). ;)
     
  5. wing

    wing New Member

    Fleetwood Southwind electric problem

    Thanks for the advise Archer, I hawe a switch in the dash, but I have to hold it in, and then the chassis and coach are connected together,
    Hjortur
     
  6. Kirk

    Kirk Senior Member

    Fleetwood Southwind electric problem

    There should be an isolator of either the realy type of a solid state device that prevents any discharge of the chassis battery by the coach loads. It sounds like that isolator has probably failed. The switch you are speaking of is probably the "emergency start" switch.
     
  7. rlmurraysr59

    rlmurraysr59 New Member

    Re: Fleetwood Southwind electric problem

    I have a Southwind and there are two little black switches located in a cabinet where the slide out key is located. There is also a button on the information center that tells me how much charge is in both coach batteries. If I push the buttons in the cabinet it turns the power off from the batteries. There is also a button on the dash that I can push if the engine battery goes dead that transfers power to the chassis so I can start the engine. Might want to e-mail Fleetwood and pose the question to their techs.
     
  8. s.harrington

    s.harrington Senior Member

    RE: Fleetwood Southwind electric problem

    In your coach you should have a power control center. The gas ones had it in the nose of the coach. If I remember right, the diesels had them in the compartment just ahead of the batteries but that might be in a newer model. Inside the power center are all your relays and isolators. Check all of your isolators for proper operation.
     

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