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Old 10-30-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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Smell of rotten eggs

Hello to all,
We are getting our motorhome slowly ready for a trip in mid-November, so I plugged it in using a 120v adapter so the batteries would not drain and charge a little and we continued to clean and do so odds and ends. My wife woke me up this morning and said she thought there was a gas leak in the area. I didn't think much of it and when the gas company showed up he said no gas leak. I decided to check the RV and opened the door to a horrible stink. I first thought it was our holding tank, but there is nothing in it but a little water. After I got to work I told my wife to unplug the cord and here I am. Any thoughts?? All wisdom is greatly appreciated. Also, the house batteries are about a year old.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:45 AM   #2
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Check the batteries. An overcharged (bad converter charger) or bad battery COULD cause a similar smell and, since you just noticed it after plugging in, I'd start there. If you haven't used the water system in a while, it could be coming from the hot water heater as well.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:51 AM   #3
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I have smelled that before, It is most likely your battery is gassing. Are your batteries incased with an outside vent attached? Gassing will corrode any copper wire and anything else around them. Check you water level in them.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:06 AM   #4
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Check the batteries! Most likely a cell in the battery has shorted out and when it is being charge a rotten egg smell is present. You can tell which battery it is because when it is being charged, it WILL get hot.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:12 AM   #5
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The smell is a result of hydrogen sulfide from overcharging one or more of your batteries, dangerous stuff in a confined space.

Reference article below:

http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/a...ealth_concerns
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:20 AM   #6
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Not trying to scare you, but I've personally experienced two cases where lead acid batteries exploded as a result of H2S build-up when a load was applied. One of the batteries had been boiled dry and blew the caps off with the load applied; a car battery I had literally blew the caps and cracked the case when attempting to restart the car after fueling.

As suggested, check all of your batteries to ensure the plates are covered with electrolyte (and ensure the area is well ventilated) prior to attempting to recharge or use the batteries.

BE CAREFUL. Sulfuric acid is nasty stuff.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:15 AM   #7
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Batteries could have frozen due being dead or low.

Remove, test, and replace or this could be in your future.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:20 PM   #8
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Thank you everybody for the input. I will let you know what I find.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:22 PM   #9
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Hello to all,
Can anybody tell me how to check to see if the converter battery charger has gone bad to where the charger constantly sends a charge to the batteries?

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