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Old 05-31-2010, 09:33 PM   #1
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Battery Boiling Dry ??

Hello, went camping the other day and smelled what I thought was a gas leak..turned out to be our battery was really charging, but was dry. added water but just boiled that out to. I'm going to have battery checked for a dead cell, but could something else be wrong,,oh the last 2 days I just unhooked the battery ,,seems to do good that way since I always use shore power anyway.Thanks,,,
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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My money is on a dead battery. They don't take well to being charged with no water in them. It's important to check them at least once a month especially if they are plugged in all the time to make sure they don't boil dry. The usual converter/chargers provided with RVs doesn't make things much better as most of them are not quality chargers.
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:08 PM   #3
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I did that to one battery then put a battery cut off switch in place. I just disconnect the battery during long connection to shore power. works great for me.
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:20 PM   #4
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I second a Bad Battery. The battery could have go bad because of a bad(or poor quality) charger.

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Old 06-01-2010, 07:40 AM   #5
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Post dead battery

You still need to get that battery fixed/replaced ASAP even if you always camp with hookups. The battery also powers your emergency brakes on the camper when you tow.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:46 AM   #6
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Having battery checked today,,I didn't know it helped power your emer-brake though,,I should not have left it on threw the winter,,Just came back from camping and it was fine just pluged in to shore after I unhooked one side of battery,, Can it hurt the charger if its not hooked up to battery when your pluged in to shore power? thanks
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:24 PM   #7
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Dead Battery

The "on board" battery throws the brakes on when the breakaway pin is pulled if your camper disconnects while you are driving.

That battery NEEDS to have a pretty good charge to keep the brakes "on" hard till you can get chocks in before the battery quits.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:55 PM   #8
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You should be ok on shore power with or without a battery.
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Dead Battery

While it is true that everything in the camper (12VDC and 110 AC) will work using shore power or generator, you will still need a functional battery for driving home (except in a greater emergency like no auto stores where you are camping). Should you get stopped and checked by the troopers, without a good battery your camper will not pass inspection and you could be ticketed. IMO it is also very unsafe.

I certainly would not LEAVE home without a solid battery.
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Also, the provided converters in these campers are designed to operate with a battery. Most equipment in the camper is 12v, converted down from the converter's 120v shore power input, or generator. I believe you will eventually burn up the converter, causing an expensive replacement. I'm also for using a good battery. Randy
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