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Old 04-28-2016, 10:21 AM   #15
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If in Store then the battery wouldn't be charging via the converter/charger. For something that you can smell at a 100f distance I would think its propane. Is one tank empty now and you are running off the other tank? The additive to propane to give it the smell can linger on adjacent parts if there is a leak. Was the hose connection on tight? Do the hose look in good shape.

My brother in laws Class C had a propane leak from the built in tank and you could smell it as soon as you rounded the curb side back end. He had to get the tank replaced. We never found the leak but there was a lot of rust and we suspected a pin hole leak in the tank somewhere out of sight. He would loose noticeable amounts of propane.

You can remove the tanks and brush on soapy water to all the fittings and weld marks on the tanks to check for leaks

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Well I'm pretty sure that when I came home from my last trip... i failed to put the switch back into STORE mode.... Matter of fact, it might have been in USE mode for the entire length of the trip (6 days) while plugged in at a campground.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:24 AM   #16
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Considering that the tanks have never been filled, and my regulator has never gone red.... I would guess there is no leak in the tank itself.

I wondered if on the drive home I hit something in the road that caused a leak, but the trailer has been in my driveway for another 5 days since returning, with the smell only appearing yesterday.

I had just read the post on regulators failing, and immediately jumped to that as my first conclusion.

But at this point, I might be leaning more towards the batteries.

I'm about to go hook all the propane back up, test the regulator, and see if the smell reappears.
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:49 AM   #17
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In a severe case the batteries can be deformed on the outside. Be careful!
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:22 AM   #18
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Overcharged batteries release hydrogen sulfide, which smells exactly like rotten eggs. It's a similar smell to the odorant they use in propane, but not exactly the same. Some folks noses can tell the difference, and some cannot.

Your dry cells and batteries that won't hold a charge certainly lead one to think in that direction.

I'd suggest carefully removing the batteries from the trailer and moving them to a location well away from the propane tanks. Then, after a while, you should be able to tell if the smell follows the batteries or stays around the propane bottles.

As Protag suggested, air out your nose in fresh air for a while before the next test sniff.

Treat both the batteries and the propane tanks as sources of flammable gas for safety reasons. Out gassing batteries can explode.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:28 AM   #19
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My money is on the batteries being toast. Your converter (if it's still the factory unit) has cooked them. Order the replacement "Smart" three stage converter guts from Best Converter, put in two new Group 24s (27s if you modify your box-search on AF for how), leave the switch in "use" forever, and rock on ...............

Kinda same thing happened to us.........so it's a safe bet. Since doing the above, I hardly ever even add water to our batteries, and we're plugged in 24x7 in the barn.
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Soap test

For the propane issue, put some sudsy dish washing soap with water into a spray bottle. Spray any propane connections or lines that you can and look for a slow bubble.
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Old 04-28-2016, 05:53 PM   #21
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The "use" switch should be left on even on shore power... Not in "store". Your batteries will not charge ifin store mode. I agree just stay in use mode.
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Sounds like batteries to me too. The batteries may have been treated badly at the dealer and by the time you got them, they were half shot anyway.

As for propane, I had a number of small leaks on the propane lines under the trailer and had to tighten all the fittings after checking them with soapy water, my nose and if nothing else detects propane escaping, a match will (by the time you check with the other methods, it is obvious no large amount is leaking). I fixed the leaks and used vinyl tubing around the propane lines secured in various ways, mostly with adjustable clamps (once called airplane clamps and now called hose clamps). The vinyl reduces the risk of damage from rocks.

Sounds like you hardly ever use the stove or furnace.

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If it smells like rotten eggs it may be your battery.


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Sounds like batteries to me too. The batteries may have been treated badly at the dealer and by the time you got them, they were half shot anyway.

As for propane, I had a number of small leaks on the propane lines under the trailer and had to tighten all the fittings after checking them with soapy water, my nose and if nothing else detects propane escaping, a match will (by the time you check with the other methods, it is obvious no large amount is leaking). I fixed the leaks and used vinyl tubing around the propane lines secured in various ways, mostly with adjustable clamps (once called airplane clamps and now called hose clamps). The vinyl reduces the risk of damage from rocks.

Sounds like you hardly ever use the stove or furnace.

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Surprisingly, we used it quite a bit... I fully expected to refill the tanks twice by now.

Time for some new batteries I guess... lesson learned.
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If the water level is different in different cells something is wrong with your batteries. Especially if one or more cells were empty. Once the water drops below the tops of the plates there is probably damage being done that the battery might not recover from. If they were mine I'd fill the cells if there is no signs of a leak or warping and check the cells with a hydrometer and then charge the batteries and check again with the hydrometer. Good chance the batteries are toast. Be careful for the acid and don't make sparks!
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If the water level is different in different cells something is wrong with your batteries. Especially if one or more cells were empty. Once the water drops below the tops of the plates there is probably damage being done that the battery might not recover from. If they were mine I'd fill the cells if there is no signs of a leak or warping and check the cells with a hydrometer and then charge the batteries and check again with the hydrometer. Good chance the batteries are toast. Be careful for the acid and don't make sparks!
yeah I have a feeling they're toast. Going to pick up a hydrometer tomorrow and test each cell
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checked my batteries, and I would describe a cell or two as "bone dry"
You don't have to test your batteries. They are done. Get new batteries and also determine if your charging system is faulty. The next step in your battery failure story would be an exploding battery. Please be careful, battery acid will blind you.
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alright, I've pulled the batteries and heading to Interstate in a few. From the outside, they look brand new, no swelling or sweating. But I'm going to get me a new pair. Wondering if I should buy the new pair at walmart, or go back with interstates...
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