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Make sure your batteries are well charged before trying to diagnose this. Low voltage will just make it more confusing and could be causing your starter problems.
You can fix this problem. Use a volt meter to see if you are getting power to the panel. It sounds like you are not. It's just a matter of tracing the red wire back to it's power source. You may have to remove the red wire from the engine harness bundle to figure it out. Work through it using the volt meter. I'd get the parts and service manuals for your motor as they will show you the circuits. If your panel isn't getting power I'm not surprised your alternator isn't charging. It has to be supplied with power to start it making power.
You can pull the heavy cable off the starter, then use your remote starter switch to test only the solenoid. You can bypass the S terminal to test only the stater (without engaging it) by using the switch to go directly from the B post to the starter input (but only run it for a second as the switch wont last long at that current flow rate).