SOLUTION TO PROBLEM
My brother in law (jack of all trades guy)came to look at the problem and agreed with the posted problem solvers. He tested and found two cells of the cranking battery were weak so we replaced with an interstate battery (which was the same as the one in the vehicle). He took the parking brake assembly apart and took out the old switch. He corrected the angle of the switch with pliers and the old switch now works. A new one on order but both probelms are now solved.
I feel it is important that once a problem is stated that if a solution is found that all should be aware to help the next Rver, so that is why I am posting.
Many thanks to all that contributed to this thread and maybe it will help some others. This forum is a wonderful instrument to solve problems and help each other. You guys are GREAT.
With the Parking Brake ON. Does the Ford dash cluster parking Brake light indicator come ON? When the HWH shows NO parking Brake, does the Ford Cluster Brake light inop also? IF SO, the problem is common to Ford Chassis. The Parking brake switch on the Pedal assbly is bad. When the HWH system shows no parking brake, release and reapply the foot pedal brake a few times and see if the HWH light then comes on.
Your second problem should NOT be related to the Starter replacement. The HWH battery feed should be at the battery and not at the starter solenoid battery stud. The HWH pump area solenoids and connections need checked for corrosion and loose connections. If connections appear good, then the FEED for the display panel has a loose connection.
You need to find a RV Service Center in your area that is familiar with HWH jack systems. Most NON RV shops will have no idea how the HWH system operates. Doug
Thank you for your response:
The Ford dash Cluster Brake Indicator Light does not display in accessory position but does light when starting the Engine.
I could NOT duplicate in any mode (accessory or Engine Start) the HWH to show "No Parking Brake" for now but will keep trying.
When you turn to accessories or engine and Jacks in position you will see another "Jacks Down" light not in the Dash Cluster area.
As you can see from the other post the Jacks are working correctly but only with the engine running.
Main thing to check is the grounds. You should only operate the jacks with the engine running. They run off your chassis battery. For problem 1. it could be your parking brake switch.
I have never put the jacks down with the engine running. The operating manual says to switch to accessories. Just now I tried again with no engine running and same problem. Then I started the engine, parking brake still set as before (did not release and re-set) and the Jacks worked perfectly. Thanks for your response.
Now please explain to me why it works with the engine running and will not work in accessory. Something is causing the problem and now will wonder if it will stop working with engine running.
I have a 1997 Ford Winnebago Class A,32 ft with Ford 460 engine. I am having problems with the HWH 200 series (without slide) leveling jacks. I am not a mechanic and know very little about fixing this problem but just looking for some guidance.
1. When you turn the ignition to accessory with Parking Brake on and turn on the Leveling system, sometime it will indicate that the parking brake is not on by a light on the unit. Repeat this by releasing and re-set the brake and next time it might then indicate that the jacks are ready to put in the extend position. Sometime it will recognize the Parking brake is on, sometime not. This problem existed prior to the Additional Information below concerning solenoid replacement.
2. Then the second problem starts. When you attempt to extend the jack, immediately, all lights on the HWH systems go off and will not extend the jacks. If you re-do the above you get the same results. No way to get the Jacks down. This problem is new today.
I have the operating manual and under trouble shooting it says:
Ignition Switch on, but no Power to Pump and/or Lights. Remember you do have lights until the attempt to extend the jacks.
A. Park brake not set
B. 12 volts from main power source not present
C. Faulty PC board
D. Faulty wire or electrical connection.
Additional information. I just had a Mobile Mechanic come to my house and replace the starter solenoid as the unit would only click when you turn the key. The Jacks worked once since he replaced the solenoid. Is there a possibility there is a connection here?
Should I take it to a non-RV Hydraulic Place or an RV repair shop or is there anything I can do to trouble Shoot?
Thank You for your comment.
I have been having trouble starting the engine. The first indication was turning the key on and nothing happening. You might turn it 2 or 3 times and it would then start. Occasional, you would hear a click noise and then it would start. Finally, all you could get was a click.
Since I am not a mechanic I called a Mobile Mechanic in our town, he came to my house and determined the problem to be the solenoid and it fixed the problem. I am posting to share with others of the symptoms I had on my 1997 Ford 460 Winnebago 32 feet Adventurer and what the fix was.
I am a Happy Camper.
I had the problem you described on my 1997 Ford 460 and my BIL cut what we call a smiley face in the grill of my unit and it solved the heating problem by allow more air to enter. I do not know how to include a photo in this post but if you will look at my profile picture you will see an extra opening in the area between the other two openings in the grill area. This route was taken after exploring all avenues to solve the problem and problem is now gone.
Not sure if it will help you but it sure solved my problem.
Sorry but not able to post picture in my profile either. The picture I have is below 100k store on my computer and if someone will tell me how to include to this post I will be glad to upload.