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Old 06-29-2015, 12:20 AM   #1
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Battery smoking and smelling rotten eggs

Can anyone tell me what going on with my battery. It won't hold a charge. It's smoking, I hear it hissing and I smell rotten eggs. It's not even a year old yet. I let it in my camper over winter, and kept it plugged into my electricity. I'm sure I've ruined it, but thought I would ask the experts first.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:28 AM   #2
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What type of battery and, if applicable, when was the last time you checked the water levels, and how often were you checking them during winter?
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:47 AM   #3
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I'm going to assume they are wet cells and the water has been cooked off so, unfortunately, it's toast. Wet cells require regular maintenance. After you replace your current battery, visit the manufacturers website to read through their recommended maintenance schedules and procedures.

I don't know what you were using to charge your batteries, but you might also want to look into upgrading your rigs converter/charger to help prevent this from happening again.

Progressive Dynamics has a very nice lineup of equipment that should fit your needs.
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:05 AM   #4
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Interstate brand. I checked once a month. Couple times, water level was low.
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Thanks. I'll look into that company.
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What are the levels like now (if its cooled off enough to look). Which converter does your Roo have?
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:37 AM   #7
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Do I even need a battery? If I'm hooked to 30 amp? Going on vacation about 10 hr one way. Would rather put battery on hold for a month or so if possible.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:43 AM   #8
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You require the battery by law to stop the trailer. Breakaway switch. It sounds a lot like over charging. I would top off the cells, when you get to your destination use the battery disconnect switch to disconnect the battery. BTW the gas is explosive, don't smoke around a gassing battery.
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Check for overcharging, definitely, but I had a similar issue with two Interstate batteries and it didn't have anything at all to do with overcharging, just bad batteries. Not sure what causes it. Mine weren't boiling or overheating, just lost all their water and died. Never could figure out why one of the pair dried out and the other was just fine.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:59 AM   #10
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I disconnected the battery last night. Never seen one smoke before. So the battery controls a break away switch? That's nothing to do with the trailer brakes that controlled by the trailer brake box in the cab of truck is it? will they still work without a battery connected? Sorry for so many questions just not sure on this. I have very little knowledge of how this works. What do you think was causing the hissing sound?
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