Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-19-2007, 08:03 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Lug_Nut's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 3,728
I keep my batteries pretty clean and well serviced. I make sure I keep the fluid level only half way between the plates and the split ring. I remove and clean the terminals regularly. I wash the batteries clear of all dust and dirt. But, still, in no time at all, they are coroded everywhere.

I never had this issue with previous coaches. It seems both the '07 Essex and the Mountain Aire, both on K-2 Spartan chassis's suffer from this. I've heard other owners complaining about the same issue.

So, what's up with that? Inverter? I had inverters before and didn't have this problem. Anybody got any ideas? John Lane's idea of going to the EGM batteries is making more sense.

Peter
__________________

__________________
Lug_Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 08-19-2007, 08:03 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Lug_Nut's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 3,728
I keep my batteries pretty clean and well serviced. I make sure I keep the fluid level only half way between the plates and the split ring. I remove and clean the terminals regularly. I wash the batteries clear of all dust and dirt. But, still, in no time at all, they are coroded everywhere.

I never had this issue with previous coaches. It seems both the '07 Essex and the Mountain Aire, both on K-2 Spartan chassis's suffer from this. I've heard other owners complaining about the same issue.

So, what's up with that? Inverter? I had inverters before and didn't have this problem. Anybody got any ideas? John Lane's idea of going to the EGM batteries is making more sense.

Peter
__________________

__________________
Lug_Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 08:45 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Fulltiming
Posts: 176
Peter,
Have you tried turning down your charging rate? I get much less of the corrosion when the settings are at 30 - 40%. I know lots of folks who set at 80% and really get them bubbling at the start of a charge.
__________________
2005 41' Newmar Essex, CRV Toad
MBnKen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 08:52 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Jetsmania's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pelican Lake Motor Coach Resort, Naples, Florida
Posts: 1,548
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">John Lane's idea of going to the EGM batteries is making more sense. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hi Peter! Hope all is well with you and Cherry! I has same problems. When I was at Newmar I had 3 bad batteries (I had 5 in Florida that were changed) They told me they were going to change all of them and add 2 more because I was all electric. We paid to upgrade all of them to AGM. Maybe that is the way to go. Paul
__________________
2018 King Aire 4553
2018 Cadillac Escalade
Jetsmania is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 10:20 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Lug_Nut's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 3,728
Paul, Since installing AGM's, how well do they work? I know they are 220 amp hrs. which is Identical to the lead-acid ones that we have. The AGM's are 6 volt, correct? Also, did they have to add an additional regulator to your altenator? This may be required to prevent the altenator from over heating supplying the high charge rate of the AGM's.

Peter
__________________
Lug_Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 10:31 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Lug_Nut's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 3,728
Yes I believe they are 6 volt 220 amp. What brand did you get? Lifeline?

Peter
__________________
Lug_Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 10:44 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
tom wilson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 193
put oil in the batteries to hold down the acid mist. camping world sells it under the name OOB. have used it for 11 years and no acid mist. batteries usually last 6 years. 6 volt golf cart batteries are the only ones i have used the oil in.
__________________
tommy wilson
1996 kountrystar
spartan mountainmaster cummins 8.3L
tom wilson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 11:11 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Lug_Nut's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 3,728
Thanks Tommy. That is probably a great alternative as my batteries are not even a year old. We don't have Camping World in Canada, but I will try some of the RV and auromotive dealers. It is sure worth a try.

Peter
__________________
Lug_Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 11:40 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 254
You can just go down to the local drugstore and by some plain old mineral oil. I use it as do many others. You will need a lot to cover all your cells. You can pick up a turkey baster at the local supermarket also to put it in.

Bob



<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lug_Nut:
Thanks Tommy. That is probably a great alternative as my batteries are not even a year old. We don't have Camping World in Canada, but I will try some of the RV and auromotive dealers. It is sure worth a try.

Peter </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
__________________
99DutchStarDP

Southern California
BZam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 12:07 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Lug_Nut's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 3,728
How do you measure the amount of oil to put in?

Peter
__________________
Lug_Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2007, 01:33 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Southern California
Posts: 254
I believe its about 3 oz per cell hole. I used a bit more. I just eyeballed it to cover the water well.

Now I notice place one back left I have a little corrosion so may not have added enough there. That was months ago, so may pull the tray and add. But anyway for years I had big time corrosion growing everywhere and now I have none except for one little spot.

I put my cutoff switch on in storage and now since using oil I see my batteries stay at higher voltage (half volt) when I go down to check them. Maybe keeping all that gas in helps!



<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lug_Nut:
How do you measure the amount of oil to put in?

Peter </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
__________________
99DutchStarDP

Southern California
BZam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2007, 12:15 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1
I also use mineral oil in batteries. No corosion in the last year.
Jimmie J
__________________
jimmie j is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2007, 12:58 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Lug_Nut's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 3,728
Thanks, I've added the oil sold for this purpose which I got from a local MH dealer. It is red in color ans takes 200 ml. (just over 3 oz.) per cell on 6 volt batteries. Hopefully it works. I cleaned all the connections, the batteries and the tray.
Thanks Jimmie, makes me feel better to know it will probably help.

Peter
__________________
Lug_Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2007, 01:05 PM   #14
Community Administrator
 
Route 66's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Retired Fire Service RVer's
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Newark, DE
Posts: 25,889
Jimmie j, welcome to iRV2.

Come back and visit us soon.

Glad to hear that the mineral oil is working for you.
__________________

__________________
Adios, Dirk - '84 Real Lite Truck Camper, '86 Wilderness Cimarron TT, previously 4 years as a fulltimer in a '07 DSDP

Route 66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
corosion from the inside out of my exterior walls. Rvclint iRV2.com General Discussion 4 04-09-2008 08:48 PM
corosion holes thru the aluminum body panels Rvclint MH-General Discussions & Problems 7 03-25-2008 03:10 AM
Battery Boost (Big-Boy) Jeff_S Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 25 06-01-2007 02:32 AM
The New W16/18 Workhorse Makes Big-Time Power Easy for 1st-Time Class A Buyers DriVer RV Industry Press 6 04-08-2006 04:18 PM
Electrical Problems, Big Time! Woof Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 5 09-15-2005 05:19 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.