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Hello folks, I am a wannabe. I have a chance to pick up an abandoned 1982 Wanderlodge. I first wanted to see if she’ll start or at least turn over. Someone has played with the wiring. Not sure how long it’s been sitting, but a good gues is 9-10 years. The pos starter cable is hooked up to the starter but then the wires are just laying in battery storage box. I could not find a starter relay anywhere. I’m sure that’s what I’m missing. I appreciate any help or feedback on trying to save a 1982. I love the look of these buses.
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Patrick...Welcome to the forum. There's plenty of help available here. Be patient for answers right now, as a lot of folks are traveling and not surfing the web! The site search toward the top of this page is your friend. use the search engine....
I'm not an FC guy so I'm not much help with your wiring, but I did quick search and found this manual for an 84 in the downloadable files.
https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...20Schreurs.pdf
DON"T start disconnecting or especially CUTTING any wires until your positive where they go and what they do!
My advice is to start with fresh batteries and strong battery cables and clean grounds to begin with. Fresh batteries and good connections fix loads of problems with our Birds. Good luck!
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Some of the older ones like mine had the positive cable from the starter connected directly to one of the batteries.
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There are probably house batteries & separate starting batteries.
With a diode isolator to be able to charge both.
If there is a starting solenoid, follow the wires, usually inside the frame rail near the starter.
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Thank you for your input. Since the wires are lying there I touched the starter cable to the pos side of battery and the starter did engage (or want to any) but this one definitely must have a switch of some kind!?
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Tell us where the coach is,maybe one of the Ga guys will know of it.
Nobody here will steal it from you,this group has great respect for their family here.
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I think the original battery set up would have been 4-6 volt batteries for starter and house. That’s maybe where the extra cable are from
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The coach is currently at a storage place called Affordable Storage and U-Haul in Loganville, Ga. It looks like the battery setup is 2 6volt and 1 starter battery. I’m going to attach a couple more pics. The pos end of starter cable is hanging down on left side of battery storage box, there are also two wires routed inside that cable jacket. I also don’t know even how to tell the model so any info would be appreciated. Sorry for the bad photos.
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Looks good so far, 1982 NA certainly worth further investigation.
cables should be marked Red & Black, if not get an ohm meter and find the common ground cables,
Positive cables should be easy to physically follow.
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May I also ask you ladies and gentlemen what model I am looking or how to tell what I have?? Thank you!
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