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Old 08-21-2017, 06:38 PM   #1
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Gas alarm went off in coach

So I decided to equalize my house batteries this morning ( I have wet cell batteries) we are not staying in it , it's just parked at my house
My wife called me a few hours later saying there was a beeping going off in the coach,
It was the carbon monoxide alarm.
She opened the battery compartment door
And every thing seems fine now after a while
I assume it was gases from the batteries due to the equalization..
Is there anything I should be concerned about ?
Or is that normal?
I think I have read about the ventilation issue on this
Thanks in advance from someone who's knowledgeable on this subject
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:29 PM   #3
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Normal, the battery compartment door should have been open for equalization and the trays pulled out. The batteries need a lot of ventilation. Good test for the CO2 detector...it's working.
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It's also a good reminder to whip out the vacuum and clean it.

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P.S. I installed a PulseTech on my chassis batteries and it seems to have made a big difference. That might be a good solution instead of a traditional Equalization.
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FYI, I had to replace my detector. It was extremely sensitive. It would alarm from DW using hair spray in the rear bath with the exhaust fan on or the lp powered fork lift operating 40 feet away. After replacement, no more false alarms. The instruction booklet recommends that you use the vacuum cleaner to clean the sensors every so often.
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This is the first time I have ever searched for a "problem Im having" and found a current thread on the subject.

Same thing happened to me. Don't know what equalization is, I only have 2 coach batteries...all I know is they needed charging. I don't have an Integra Im slumming in an old Winnebago.

It took a while but the LP alarm started to go off. So...based on brobox's comment its normal. But my Battery compartment is open to the air under the steps (can see the ground) and really shouldn't have been drawn up into the coach. Could this be because there is a problem? I checked the battery water level a couple weeks ago and it was good.
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Forkyfork, study up on Equalization. Lead acid deep-cycle batteries get sulfated, meaning a coating on the plates kinda like plaque on your teeth. That's normal. Equalization is kinda like having your teeth cleaned....it's super charging your batteries to remove the plaque....using higher than normal charging to convert the sulfate (plaque) back into sulfuric acid. It's normally a function built into your inverter that charges your batteries up to about 15.5volts and causes some outgassing of hydrogen (very flammable) and some Heat in your batteries. Check with your manufacturer or at least, your battery manufacturer, as well as your inverter manual. The batteries will last longer and will restore their efficiency when you do this a couple of times a year.
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Do a google search for: How to equalize rv batteries?
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Ok thanks....more stuff to learn.

I will have to dig around on winnebagos website some more for the inverter info. Ive tried to find it before along with the inverter info for the TV entertainment system with no luck so far.

Ive tried to find the access to it. There is a second subwoofer for the stereo and a panel with the round type circuit breakers and no straightforward access that I can tell...but I wasn't really trying. lol More out of curiosity.
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