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Old 07-14-2006, 07:40 AM   #1
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my 2003 bambi battery is now hissing when plugged into the 110. i assume the battery is going bad and understand i should replace both. several questions here:

1. can i assume that one battery is no good as it seems to be boiling and what is causing the hiss while plugged into 110?

2. can i remove the bad battery and just run off the good one? i have a trip coming up to the east coast and won't really need but one battery as i will be only using the water pump in the morning while traveling. would any damage occure from traveling with just one battery hooked up?

3. anything happen if i have no batteries in the trailer but have it hooked up to 110?


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Old 07-14-2006, 08:46 AM   #2
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No problem to run on one 12 V battery instead of 2. You will just have half of the available amp-hours that you had with both. Don't know what your budget is for replacements but I would look at the Lifeline AGM batteries. No liquid, hissing or boiling.

I would also have the converter's charging circuit output checked to be sure that the problem did not originate there and was just a bad battery. 3 years is normal for a lead-acid type battery anyway.

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Old 07-14-2006, 10:17 AM   #3
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3. anything happen if i have no batteries in the trailer but have it hooked up to 110?

Yes, the electronics in the charger could suffer if there is no battery in the circuit.
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