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Old 02-04-2019, 02:00 PM   #1
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Battery Bad Luck !old

We store our coach in unheated facility over the winter,and have do so for several years with out incident. The coach is connected to shore power to maintain battery charge levels. When checking the coach today, I find all batteries, both house and chassis completely dead..Investigating, I find the storage facility had experienced a power loss, and a GFI breaker powering the coach had tripped.Once power was restored to the circuit,my Progressive surge,ground fault protector shows the coach is drawing no power. Batteries are three years old at this point.Iím seeking advice on my next move.. Replace batteries,attempt to charge batteries,and if so, what is best practice procedure for doing so? Iím sure Iím not the first one to experience this,am hoping for some great advice. Thanks in advance.Chassis batteries are very difficult to access.
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Is there water in the batteries?
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Old 02-04-2019, 02:35 PM   #3
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Yes,water levels and connections are fine.
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If they ran down dead and then froze, there is a good chance the batteries are damaged.

Watch your charger and batteries, if you attempt to recharge them. They could overheat.

To get your inverter/charger back on line, your going to need to jump 12 volts into the house batteries. The inverter/charger needs to sense 8+ volts from the batteries to work.

You can use jumpers and a car battery or one of the jumper packs. Hook it up and have the shore power on. Once the charger senses enough volts, it will start charging on its own.

Once it starts charging, the charger is going to draw a lot of current unless you have dialed it back for 15 amp service. You may need to change that if you start tripping breakers in the storage breaker panel.

Once charging, don't go home and let it charge overnight, you need to wait a few hours and see if the batteries will take a charge or are shorted out and overheating.

Once the house batteries come up above 13.3 volts, the system should add the chassis battery into the circuit. Again if damaged, they need to be monitored.
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