Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-15-2019, 12:05 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 9
Question Battery leaking and boiling

Hi everyone,
Hi have a 2014 Palomino Soral Hybrid camping trailer. I've replace the Inverter twice.
Last winter, I remove the battery and keep it inside my home safely and on some piece of wood fully charged. Last week I fully charge the battery before installing it on the trailer.

A day, after, the battery was boiling, leeking, and smeling very bad.

So I guess the battery or Inverter is defective.

The inverter was 16V without any charge on it. Maybe less if it's plugged to a battery.

I though the inverter will decrease voltage/AMP (if needed) and keep it in a maintenance mode.

How to test the inverter if it's charging ok and if it goes to maintenance mode?

My inverter is : WFCO WF8955MBA 55 Amps Main Board Assembly Replacement Unit bought on Amazon in 2017.
Battery is a deep cycle Marine and it's a 2017 also.

Any advice will be good.
__________________

Ohboy77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 12:30 PM   #2
Site Team
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 17,639
You have a WFCO CONverter, not an INverter.
__________________

__________________
Dan-Retired California Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 SCREW XTR 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
Equalizer WDH
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 12:37 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 9
Oups ! Thanks yes a converter.
Ohboy77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 12:46 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
B and B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 10,158
Send a message via AIM to B and B
The Convertor sounds like it not reducing charge and is stuck in bulk charge. This could be caused by a bad cell in the battery or could be a failure in the convertor.
Many people replace wifco with a Progressive Dynamics which is a higher quality convertor. The battery can be tested at most automotive parts stores to see if it is bad.
B and B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 01:05 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 3,734
Before throwing parts and money at this, have the battery tested.

Boiling can be caused by a dead, bad, shorted, cell and your converter is trying to charge a now 11 volt battery with voltage for a 13.2 volt battery (6 cells @2.2volt per). The battery will draw too much current which in turn can cause Converters to fail.

First Step, isolate the converter from battery Turn on some 12v accessories like lights, fans, etc and check voltage at Converter. Shouldn't be more than 13.5-14.5 volts (make sure your meter is accurate too).


If you have a battery hydrometer check specific gravity for each cell. If this varies more than 50 points between cells (most good cells will read 1.275-1.280 so the lowest should not read less than 1.225 -1.230 as an example).

If you find a bad cell or two, battery replacement time.

If you need to replace your Converter consider replacing the Converter section with a Progressive Dynamic's "4600 Series" unit that will fit right in where the WFCO Converter unit comes out.

If you just want another WFCO 8955 Converter section, send me a PM. I have one I removed after only a couple months of service that I'll accept an offer on. Worked fine when I removed it and replaced with a PD9260
__________________
I have it on my dog's authority that an afternoon nap is acceptable.

Politically Incorrect since 1943

2018 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BDS
2004 Nissan Titan
TitanMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 01:27 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 9
I'll have the battery test in 2 hours.
thanks
Ohboy77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 02:15 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 9
OK I have tested to converter like the 1st step : My voltage is 17.5V and my meter is accurate. I try unloaded and loaded with fridge, fan, lights on. Must have some electronic that has blowned.

Does the PD9260 will fit where's my converter under the fuse boxe?
I'm ready to buy another converter. WFCO seem to cheep or fragile.





Quote:
Originally Posted by TitanMike View Post
Before throwing parts and money at this, have the battery tested.

First Step, isolate the converter from battery Turn on some 12v accessories like lights, fans, etc and check voltage at Converter. Shouldn't be more than 13.5-14.5 volts (make sure your meter is accurate too).


If you need to replace your Converter consider replacing the Converter section with a Progressive Dynamic's "4600 Series" unit that will fit right in where the WFCO Converter unit comes out.

If you just want another WFCO 8955 Converter section, send me a PM. I have one I removed after only a couple months of service that I'll accept an offer on. Worked fine when I removed it and replaced with a PD9260
Ohboy77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 03:11 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Bluepill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 1,419
Check Youtube for videos or use the search function on this Forum.
__________________
2019 Coachmen Freedom Express 192RBS
2015 T12RBST Flagstaff Hardside

Disclaimer: The actual value of my "Two Cents" of advice varies just like a bitcoin.
Bluepill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 08:12 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 9
The battery was almost empty. I fill it up with distilled water.
Will charge it and see the result.

Any way, I bought a bigger deep cycle because I'm often on fews days without shore power. That way I might have heating for a longer period.

As for the Converter, I'll buy a PD9260 or PD4655. I know the last one will fit but not sure about the 1st one. Anyone know? I cant find anything so far.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohboy77 View Post
I'll have the battery test in 2 hours.
thanks
Ohboy77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2019, 10:32 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 3,734
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ohboy77 View Post
The battery was almost empty. I fill it up with distilled water.
Will charge it and see the result.

Any way, I bought a bigger deep cycle because I'm often on fews days without shore power. That way I might have heating for a longer period.

As for the Converter, I'll buy a PD9260 or PD4655. I know the last one will fit but not sure about the 1st one. Anyone know? I cant find anything so far.

The PD 4655 is a direct fit to your WFCO power center.

If you get the PD9260 it will also fit but you'll need to remove some plastic "fins in the cover and other places that keep it from sliding in to the compartment all the way. Easier change with the "4655".

If you have room and want to run some Romex for 120 volt AC, the PD 9260 is a "Floor Mount" and can be installed as close as possible to the batteries. Run the largest wire that will fit the lugs (#2 I believe) to the batteries. You will need to run the Romex from the Breaker that used to feed your converter (15 amp) as the converter will use 1,000 watts when running wide open.


If you do that the batteries will charge as fast as possible. Just leave the existing wire from battery to distribution panel (it should connect to the bottom of the 12v fuse board) as it will provide enough power for the RV.
__________________

__________________
I have it on my dog's authority that an afternoon nap is acceptable.

Politically Incorrect since 1943

2018 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BDS
2004 Nissan Titan
TitanMike is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:59 PM.