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Old 01-26-2014, 09:26 PM   #1
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Battery trouble

My 2013 Phaeton 40QHB was bought last Year at the Hersey Show. I've been having problems with my house battery pact from the start. It all came to a head last week. Checking the batteries as I do very often, I started adding distilled water. After going through the first gallon I ran out and had to get more. I bought two gallons, because I knew I'd need then sooner then later. When I returned to finish topping off the batteries I found the center rear one smoking---not good. My wife called our dependable RV Tech! I went to get a wrench to disconnect the batteries. I was just ready to start when she yelled to stop and get away from the batteries, the Tech said there was a real possibility off the blowing up. The Tech arrived within an hour and the batteries where still to hot to work with, and advised us not to sleep in the rig that night, and we complied. -a little history, I have over the past 15 month put in over 10 gallons of water into the batteries. All six batteries have been replaced to the tune of $1400. Does anyone have any idea that can save this new set from the same fate? I'm going to the Tiffin rally in Sarasota next month and off to Red Bay the second week of March. You can bet they'll get an ear full.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:37 PM   #2
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Way not normal. Seems has to be a problem with charger. What investigation has been done in regards to over charging?
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:38 PM   #3
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Batteries are being overcharged if you are cooking that much water out of them.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:17 PM   #4
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Quit buying water - any water you can drink is fine for your batteries. If it's just one battery boiling replace under warranty (hopefully) and check charging voltage on batteries and should be 14.3 or less.
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battery type

Check to see if the battery type is set correctly in charger settings. Mind was set on AGM when I bought my rig and I have wet cells. Fixing that solved an over charging problem for me.
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So far yes, and thanks for all the threads, but if you saw what I drink you wouldn't put it in your batteries
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Quit buying water - any water you can drink is fine for your batteries. If it's just one battery boiling replace under warranty (hopefully) and check charging voltage on batteries and should be 14.3 or less.
Please check into this. Distilled or Reverse Osmosis water is the only water you want in your batteries. "any water you can drink" is full of other ionically charged particles that change the ionic values in your batteries electrolyte. This will shorten the batteries life. Dont take my word for it...research it.
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Check to see if the battery type is set correctly in charger settings. Mind was set on AGM when I bought my rig and I have wet cells. Fixing that solved an over charging problem for me.
Thanks for that advice, I checked and its set on flooded and I in fact have lead/acid batteries so that's not the problem
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Your charger may need to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced. I would call the manufacturer of your battery charger and explain the problem to them. They are best equipped to help you sort it out.
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:30 PM   #10
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Since you have a 2013 you probably have a Magnum inverter/charger. It definitely has a problem with overcharging. You may still be under warranty with Magnum. I don't have their contact info since I have a Xantrex but I strongly recommend looking into your documentation and calling them tomorrow. Your new batteries are toast, no way to save them from what you said. Too late to get the dealer to pay for those $1400 batteries probably. You can get great wet cell batteries from Same Club or Costco for much less. I just replaced my 6 batteries for a little over $600. These are made by Deka. Just a heads up on that. By the way Tiffin is great about taking care of you even tho the one year warranty is up. But- you need to go in with the right attitude. You get a lot more if you don't get their back up.
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Quit buying water - any water you can drink is fine for your batteries. If it's just one battery boiling replace under warranty (hopefully) and check charging voltage on batteries and should be 14.3 or less.
Not the best advice distilled water is better for the batteries. It is a dollar a gallon at supermarkets. Drinking water will work but it has impurities that do not need to be in the battery
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It is a 2013 call tiffin and ask them which repair shop near you they recommend you take it to for fixing your overcharging problem. Your batteries are severely overcharging. I replaced the batteries in my coach last July. We used the coach on several short trips and a 5000 mile trip to California. We have currently been living in our coach on a trip for the last 5 months. I checked my battery water for the first time this week. I used about 4 inches out of the top of a gallon of distilled water to fill all 4 batteries.

PS. Overcharging of batteries gives of Hydrogen Gas which is very explosive do not wait to get this fixed.
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