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Old 04-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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Looking for a good electrical RV shop in Seattle/Bellevue,WA

Do any of you Washington based folks have a recommendation for a good RV shop that can help diagnose electrical problems?

I am thinking there is a intermittent short or a bigger problem (inverter or battery separator).

I believe this because the most recent failure was at the end of the day after we had been on the road for 4 hours or so. I should have had a good charge on a relatively new 4D battery (less than 6 months).
Everything electrical was off in the van and we were trying to raise the roof. This failed with the Christmas tree light display on the inverter display. Voltage was 11.4.
After plugging in, everything was fine and the roof raised as expected.

SMB has said they can offer backup support but I need someone that knows what they are doing. I'll take it to Camper World in Tacoma if nothing else comes up.

Thanks for any advice.


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Old 04-16-2009, 05:07 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for a good electrical RV shop in Seattle/Bellevue,WA

Sounds similar to a problem I had. Driving the van every week seemed like enough. But, when I went to use the house batteries, they were nearly dead.

Turns out I had a bad connection at the battery separator. A little bit of unseen corrosion.

Here is where you have to be carefull. Both the big wires go to the batteries (one may have a circuit breaker, the one to the starting batteries doesn't seem to). I had to remove the big wires, wire brush them and the terminals, being careful not to touch anything else, grease the clean connections and reassemble. The grease keeps out air and prevents further corrosion.

After that, everything worked as intended. Except for the fact the house batteries had been killed from the lack of charging for too long. Another long story with much anguish followed.

That issue prompted me to finally buy and install a solar panel. If a similar problem should occur, the solar will keep my house batteries charged, and without any problems the solar also keeps the starting batteries charged.


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Old 04-17-2009, 01:42 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for a good electrical RV shop in Seattle/Bellevue,WA


Sorry to hear about your electrical troubles. I don't have any first had experience with any shops as the only electrical problems we have had with our van I have been able to take care of myself. I know there is a big RV shop here in Burien (5 corners RV) but I have no personal experience with them.

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