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Rocket

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Emergency Start
« on: January 30, 2011, 10:58:17 AM »
My Allegro Bus doesn't seem to have an emergency start system that temporarily ties the coach batteries to the start system if the chassis start batteries are down. My previous MH had a momentary switch on the dash that was very handy. For some reason my start system batteries have lost charge over the last month and I have the Suburban jumpered to it right now to charge enough to start.
Could I tie the coach and start batteries in series with 4 gauge wire and a battery cut-off switch to isolate them during normal running? It would also let me keep the start batteries charged with the converter during storage. I would appreciate your input. I have no idea why the batteries discharged. They are fresh, and this has not been a problem before. 

Tom

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Re: Emergency Start
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011, 11:07:45 AM »
Quote from: Rocket
Could I tie the coach and start batteries in series with 4 gauge wire and a battery cut-off switch to isolate them during normal running?

Do not connect them in series! If you were to connect them together, connect them in parallel, which is what an emergency start switch and relay would do.

I have to believe you have an emergency start switch though. It might be labeled something else, such as Battery Boost. We have other Allegro owners here, and one of them might be able to tell you where to find the switch.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2011, 11:09:23 AM by Tom »
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Marsha/CA

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Re: Emergency Start
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011, 11:33:06 AM »
I also have an Allegro Bus, no offense meant, but are you sure you don't have an emergency start switch?  Mine is not on the dash, but on the horizontal panel left of the driver's seat.

Call Tiffin, the manufacturer of Allegro and ask them.  Phone number 256-356-0261

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Rocket

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Re: Emergency Start
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011, 02:29:50 PM »
Of course you're right, Tom. I was thinking parallel and saying series. I've looked everywhere on and around the dash, but can't find anything. I'll call Tiffin tomorrow. Thanks for the replies.

Wizard46

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Re: Emergency Start
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2011, 03:57:11 PM »
In an emergency a good set of jumper cables would connect them together. Good things to have around anyway.
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Re: Emergency Start
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011, 09:30:31 PM »
Jumper Cables  = Good Solution!
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