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Old 05-08-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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Odor in our motor coach

For the past 3 days, we have been smelling a sulfur smell in the bedroom of our 2006 Travel Supreme. Our LP gas and CM alarm started going off sporadically 2 or 3 times each day. We have tried everything...pea traps, closing black and gray traps, looking for dead lizards or mice, cleaning refrigerator, cleaned all filters in AC and heat. We are changing the batteries b/c there was a little leakage on top of 2 of them. Now we can't figure out how to put them back on. Please help. Thanks, Chuck
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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Sounds like your batteries are boiling giving off gas.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:04 PM   #3
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When I figured it out and checked my batteries one was boiling. I think it could be dangerous. Disconnect the leaking one right away!
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:13 PM   #4
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Battery gas is hydrogen sulfide....

Sulfur...smells...

Hydrogen explodes..(Hindenburg)


This gas is POISONOUS

<<<<<<DO NOT IGNORE THIS WARNING>>>>
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:15 PM   #5
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Same thing happened to me last fall. The battery was boiling so bad that is was bulging. It took me a while to figured out what was causing the sulpher smell. We got lucky, was able to let it cool, replace and all is good !
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A shorted cell in one of your batteries will cause your charger to continuously try to charge the battery which will cause it to boil. When I discovered mine I at first thought the smell was from the sewer but when I opened the battery compartment I could actually see the steam coming from the battery. I probably found it just before the battery exploded. If you don't see steam touch the sides of each battery if one is hotter than the rest that is probably the one that is bad. Then pull it and have it tested.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:44 PM   #7
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Disconnect your batteries AT ONCE. As said, what your smelling is hydrogen sulfide and it is explosive and POISONOUS.
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It's not good to replace just one the bank is only as good as the weakest one. They charge at a different rate so you will over charge the older batteries.
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:37 PM   #9
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Hi Chuck King,
The previous posts jumped on the danger of the situation. The OP mentioned they were changing the batteries and needed help reconnecting them.

Before mentioning what should be done, can you tell us if they are 6 VDC or 12 VDC batteries and how many batteries are in the configuration? Are they chassis (start engine) or coach (power coach lights, etc.)

If you would like to read about connecting the batteries consider going to http://www.marxrv.com/12volt/12volt.htm
There are lots of words and pictures to guide you.
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I want to thank everyone for your help. I am in Orange Beach, AL and it literally took me all day to find a place that had 6 volt batteries. Every place was closed b/c of it being Sunday and Mother's Day. I traveled about 30 to 40 miles to a Camping World and found the batteries there. Most auto parts stores only carry 1 or 2 of the 6 volt batteries. Anyway, I replaced all of them. I figured out how to hook them back up and we are set to go. You learn something new everyday with these motor coaches. Again, thanks to you all for your help. So glad I found this app. It has been so helpful in just one day!
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I just saw this problem in disney world last month.....the batteries are being over charged......replace and do not let charge all the time,,,jay
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If none of the aforementioned solutions work I would recommend changing your diet!!
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If none of the aforementioned solutions work I would recommend changing your diet!!

Now that made me laugh out loud...Good one...
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