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Old 05-31-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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House Battery Issues - Newbie needs help!

Newby here. Just bought a 1997 Daymon Daybreak, my first RV. Got it through an estate sale. The previous owner passed away and thier kids don't know much about it. No books or manuals. So I need your help PLEASE!!

I hooked up to shore power and within a months time, I kept smelling rotten eggs. Yesterday it was so bad that I looked it up on line. Thought maybe it was my black tank. Turns out that both of my house batteries that are 10 months old are fried and needed to be replaced.

I am green, so please don't make fun of my lack of technical terms. My question is...what did I do wrong?? I was told to unplug the big dryer-like plug inside the RV that is supposed to work with the gennie, then plug in to the shore line, and hit the button for the Batterie Disconnect so that the button turns green. That is what I did...so why did I almost blow up myself, my dog, my RV and everything I own? I am a full-timer, so anyone who can help me with this make and model is a God to me!! Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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It is probably your converter charger. On the older units leaving the 110 on usually fries the batteries. You will want to check the voltage coming off the converter and go from there. If you have a constant 13+ volts even when batteries are charged you will need to update the converter charger. The new converters have the trickle charge ability to keep the batteries charged without overcharging. The smell was definitely battery acid as sewer always smell like , well you should know.haha. Hope this helps and good luck
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I suspect the first major problem may have been dry batteries. Reasons for cooking off the water may be as already mentioned, an overly aggressive charging set up.
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You have to find your convertor / charger and get a manual for it.
Newer chargers have an automatic step down ( float) charging system to reduce the amount of charge going to the batteries, older unit like mine had to be set down manually to a maintenance charge. Or the batteries will boil dry. Don't ask how I found this out.
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My question is...what did I do wrong??
You didn't check the water level in the house batteries.
That should have been done the first thing after you plugged it in.
And they should be checked once a month.
Use distilled water to keep the water level above the plates.
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I suspect the first major problem may have been dry batteries. Reasons for cooking off the water may be as already mentioned, an overly aggressive charging set up.
Dry? Even though they were only 10 months old and have only been used for the past 30 days?
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You didn't check the water level in the house batteries.
That should have been done the first thing after you plugged it in.
And they should be checked once a month.
Use distilled water to keep the water level above the plates.
OK. I am really confused now by bad info. I was told NOT to open the batteries or put anything into them as it would void my warrentee! AAAHHHHHH!!!! LOL
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Too much??

OK... being a single woman, maybe I took on too much trying to be a full-timer in this RV. Does anyone know of a class or something somewhere where I can learn all these things so I don't blow myself up? Can I take the house batteries out while I am hooked up to the shore line to keep this from happening till I can get this converter takn care of? I am very confused!!
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You are officially in the class. It is up to you whether you pass or not. Get tough and keep asking questions. Someone here will have the answers and actually guide you the right direction, even if you cannot do the work yourself. Hang in there. You can disconnect the batteries after you get set up and do not need the 12 volt systems so much(blew your mind again I know) and keep a check on the battery voltage to connect when they get down past 12 volts
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You are officially in the class. It is up to you whether you pass or not. Get tough and keep asking questions. Someone here will have the answers and actually guide you the right direction, even if you cannot do the work yourself. Hang in there. You can disconnect the batteries after you get set up and do not need the 12 volt systems so much(blew your mind again I know) and keep a check on the battery voltage to connect when they get down past 12 volts
Actually...I followed the 12volt vs 110 ok! LOL. Thank you everyone for all your help. Now...if I can just get that darn step to go back up when I want to drive!!
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Sorry that you're having trouble already! You really would get much better results if you post questions over in the specific areas of the forum. Not many folks hang out here in the Welcome area. Maybe one of the Moderators will move your post over to the "Systems" area. Wish I could help!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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OK. I am really confused now by bad info. I was told NOT to open the batteries or put anything into them as it would void my warrentee! AAAHHHHHH!!!! LOL
Hmmm ... look at the top of the batteries. Are there removable (twist off) caps? If not, then you may have the so-called "maintenance free" batteries or possibly gel cells. If you can take a photo and post it, we will see for sure.

Like has been suggested, there is probably a forum area here that addresses inverters, converters, chargers, and batteries. Honestly, I'm so new here that I've not had time to read a lot of stuff yet. I think with a little back and forth chatter from the experts here, you will be able to reach a comfort level where you will not be in the dark about battery maintenance, and charging systems.
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