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Old 08-06-2009, 10:25 PM   #15
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I'll be coming up to see Cecil in a couple of days. Haven't called him yet to set up time. I can bring my battery tester. This way we'll know where to start. BTW, Tami wants to keep the sink covers from the Tradewind.
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Should I leave the batteries in for now? They may charge but I doubt it. They are dated 12/9 , must be 10 years old. It is so hot my face actually beads with sweat when sitting close. The air works good-its just the front is so hot. Email me when you are coming. I have a MRI on the 12th and another appt the 13th. Thanks for letting me know about the sink covers. The gouchos wont gain us back our floor space so I quess we wont need them. Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:43 PM   #16
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I would be amazed if a 10 yr old battery holds a charge. They would need to be put on a charger before testing. You should put them on the night before my arrival. I still have your number & will call you after talking to Cecil as to my arrival.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:09 PM   #17
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Why so much heat

Gofor the root cause.
Determine whether the batteries are good or bad.
As I iluded to. the Univole will work without the batteries.
As stated in other posts a newer converter (with three stage charging capability) will work so much better.
Batteries must be vented to the outside.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:21 PM   #18
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I suggested a single (cheap) replacement battery in case the power goes out you will still have lights, maybe a vent fan, and power for the circuit board on the fridge, if equipped. Your local battery shop may have a "blem" battery for not much money.
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Old 08-17-2009, 02:00 PM   #19
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Well the above was a no show! Not even a phone call. Said he would be here at 10:00
We ended up leaving the batterys in because they were going to be checked. I have been getting very sick. My breath even has a chemical smell. Headache, nausea, sore throut. Achy body. We bought new batterys and installed them. Made airtight boxes. We opened the windows last night and I felt better. I have enhanced sence of smell. The front is still emitting an gaseous odor. Will it take time to loose the odor from the bad batteries we replaced or do we have a deeper issue? Univolt or converter problems?
My husband covered the back of the trailer with a tarp a couple of weeks ago and covered the vent for the sewer. I can smell that too. It is uncovered now. I think he is trying to kill me :-)
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:29 PM   #20
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rotten egg smell?

if the charger is overcharging the batteries, and especially if the batteries are "sealed" or "maintenance free" then you may have a VERY LARGE PROBLEM. DANGER! A sealed battery can explode if subjected to constant overcharging. The heat you describe is also a symptom of overcharging.
PLEASE, PLEASE have a battery knowledgeable person check out that system. a rotten egg smell is another sign of overcharging. please have the system checked out.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:06 PM   #21
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if the charger is overcharging the batteries, and especially if the batteries are "sealed" or "maintenance free" then you may have a VERY LARGE PROBLEM. DANGER! A sealed battery can explode if subjected to constant overcharging. The heat you describe is also a symptom of overcharging.
PLEASE, PLEASE have a battery knowledgeable person check out that system. a rotten egg smell is another sign of overcharging. please have the system checked out.
We have lived in this camper since end of june. I am already sick but I have been extremely sick since the last two weeks. My daughter can smell it too. It is up front and there is much heat. I know nothing about this stuff. We do have all the electronics up there. During the day only the computer is on. Even before we put the electronics in it was very warm. The new batteries are rv/marine type. The smell is like a chemical gas, very light oder and gives me a sore throat. Another thing is my husband had covered the sewer vent because we had a bad leak. It is now uncovered. How long for the fumes to get out.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:44 AM   #22
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Are the batteries still hooked up to the univolt?
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:22 AM   #23
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Are the batteries still hooked up to the univolt?
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The new batteries were installed almost 2 days. They are removed from the camper. They were nearly drained. (Well they went from good to fair) I thought they wouldnt just be there and not be discharging. How long for the fumes to disapate? We really need some help on this. But dont know who to call. We dont know how to check our selves.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:01 AM   #24
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If you are that desperate for help, I suggest that you get in touch with a reliable RV dealer near you. The only Airstream dealer in TN is in Johnson City, which is a long hike from you.

Ask your friends who to use. Surely someone you know has used somebody trustworthy nearby?
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:55 AM   #25
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it will be hard to deterning how long the smell will last. i would try wiping down surfaces with a damp cloth. if the batteries are being overcharged, the smell will continue at least until they stop being overcharged.
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:32 PM   #26
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We have removed the batteries. I know it is still toxic because of my keen scent of smell and sore throat. We have a worse problem now, or at least a known problem. My husband borrowed some sort of detector from work and it would not pick up any thing from the front where it is to me toxic. It did get extremely high levels of methane coming out the sink and tub. This camper is killing me. We have the vents and exhaust on and have filled the sink and tub with water. I dont know why it is not venting. We left the vent that was in the camper and ran it to the toilet pipe and then to the original drain and out to the septic. Somehow it is not working.
Is there any type of detector for the battery/univolt problem? Also how can we better vent this bath? If anybody lives near nashville and north of it I would pay for some help.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:02 PM   #27
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i think what you smell is sulfuric acid. i don't know of any such tester but maybe others do. the fans can easily draw the fumes inside. do you have the fans blowing in or out?
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:46 PM   #28
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Heat

This is pure logic.
If the batteries were installed two days ago and half the water is missing then they were boiled by the Univolt.
End of logic.
To verify this measure the voltage across the now disconnected battery terminals. It should not be over 14.25 volts DC.
I strongly suspect it will be.
If it is 14.25 or higher the univolt is bad and given your admission of not being "handy" means you will have to take it to a RV dealer for further diagnosis. If I were close (Norfolk VA) I would be happy to come help.
As for the contamination in the coach, a wet rag will dilute and remove the acid and its odor so start wiping, Fabrise (yea, I know it’s misspelled) might help. Open the windows and air it out.
Later, measure the voltage of the battery. It will probably be less than 12.5 volts.
Lastly, I'm sure that your husband was not trying to kill you but do the best he could with what he had after all, he was in there too.
Experience being the best teacher (embarrassment) he probably won’t be covering up the holding tank vents with a tarp again. (Three greatest teaching aids are embarrassment, peer pressure and repetition)
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