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Old 02-08-2013, 12:24 PM   #11
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I would like to see Herk's pictures though.
Here you go.

Result of using a car charger to charge a dead battery that may have been previously frozen. Caps were never found and may very well still be in orbit.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:31 PM   #12
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Oh boy! Not going to be able to use that for a core charge.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #13
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Are you sure someone did not hook up the charger backwards, that looks a lot like when that happened to me ,I was not the one that hooked up the charger but I did loose a new pair of jeans, looked like swiss cheese after.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:48 PM   #14
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Are you sure someone did not hook up the charger backwards, that looks a lot like when that happened to me ,I was not the one that hooked up the charger but I did loose a new pair of jeans, looked like swiss cheese after.
It was properly connected, but the battery was faulty and unable to take a fast charge. The plates were sulphated from being dead and the electrolyte has the specific density of pure water. Trying to "fast charge" the battery just "boiled" the water (actually cracked the water into hydrogen and oxygen) resulting in an explosive mix that could not be vented fast enough with the caps on. Once the electrolyte boiled low enough to expose the plates, a spark ignited the gas.

I was at the campground where this happened. The story is on here several times.

Location: Ft Bragg FAMCAMP, NC

RV - A used "Bounder" a GI was trying to get working as the batteries would not work the 12 volt systems when shore power was not plugged in. He was living in it while he was stationed there.

Just after we had just set up and was enjoying a Guinness Draft, we heard what sounded like a rifle shot at close range. I thought someone had an inadvertent discharge and might have been injured. Spotted smoke coming from the front of the RV across the road.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:10 PM   #15
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I have to add just charging a battery is not the only reason for it to blow up.

We had a battery in a backhoe sitting in the lot that granaded and it was disconnected via a battery disconnect.
I can only assume it had shorted plates.


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Old 02-08-2013, 01:28 PM   #16
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Many years ago I purchased a used TT. On our maiden voyage to the park it got dark and I noticed my clearance lights not working. When I parked the trailer I got a light to look at the connection to the truck. My battery was on the hitch (fortunately). Sometime during the trip the battery blew and also blew apart the the battery box. Acid was all over the front of the trailer. It also blew a fuse and took out some critical wiring in the system, hence no lights.

IMO, just because a manufacturer puts a battery in a vented box inside the trailer doesn't necessarily make it safe.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:33 PM   #17
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Many years ago I purchased a used TT. On our maiden voyage to the park it got dark and I noticed my clearance lights not working. When I parked the trailer I got a light to look at the connection to the truck. My battery was on the hitch (fortunately). Sometime during the trip the battery blew and also blew apart the the battery box. Acid was all over the front of the trailer. It also blew a fuse and took out some critical wiring in the system, hence no lights.

IMO, just because a manufacturer puts a battery in a vented box inside the trailer doesn't necessarily make it safe.
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Well in my case because my hitch is less then one foot long, because of the V nose, I don't have a choice but to have it inside.
Can I ask, in a fifth wheel were is the battery as they do not have a hitch to put it on.
PS this is just a question as I don't have a fifth wheel and have not looked close at one.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:46 PM   #19
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Well in my case because my hitch is less then one foot long, because of the V nose, I don't have a choice but to have it inside.
Can I ask, in a fifth wheel were is the battery as they do not have a hitch to put it on.
PS this is just a question as I don't have a fifth wheel and have not looked close at one.
The battery in my fifth wheel is located inside a steel lined hatch in the very front of the trailer. while it is under the living space(front closet), it is seperated by steel liner, frame, and flooring. Enclosed, but not inside.
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Mine sure looks like plastic..
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