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Old 06-24-2008, 07:59 PM   #1
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Getting ready for a weekend trip. While cecking the oil, I smelled something burning. It turned out to be a chassis battery smoking and hissing. The motorhome was connected to 30 Amp. outside of house. the RV is a 2004 DSDP and this is the original batteries. Could anyone give me a reason for this happening?
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Getting ready for a weekend trip. While cecking the oil, I smelled something burning. It turned out to be a chassis battery smoking and hissing. The motorhome was connected to 30 Amp. outside of house. the RV is a 2004 DSDP and this is the original batteries. Could anyone give me a reason for this happening?
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:37 AM   #3
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Robert-W:
Getting ready for a weekend trip. While cecking the oil, I smelled something burning. It turned out to be a chassis battery smoking and hissing. The motorhome was connected to 30 Amp. outside of house. the RV is a 2004 DSDP and this is the original batteries. Could anyone give me a reason for this happening? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Charger overcharging or the battery has a bad cell or two or both. How was the water level? Was there crud on the top of the plates?

You probably will need new batteries and may need a new charger also.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">give me a reason for this happening </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
One or more of the following...
1 - old/worn out batteries
2 - water level low
3 - overcharging

My '02 (on '03 coach) engine batteries fried themselves in 2005. My coach batteries did the same in late 2007. You are due!
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You could here my coach batteries boiling on the shore power, checked the voltage, charger was putting out 24 volt dc to the batteries! Blew a couple of bulbs in the 12 volt lights. Replaced the converter charger, no more problem.
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Batteries overheat due to high internal resistance, which often stems from a loss of electrolyte (water). There are a variety of reasons the battery could fail like that and 4 years is not a short life for a chassis battery. It could be your charger is overcharging, but I would not leap to that conclusion. Routine wear and tear or a crack in the battery case is probably a more likely answer.
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