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Old 08-27-2015, 06:52 AM   #15
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Seems to me that if your battery box is leaking, that's the place to suspect!
Your trailer most likely has a really crappy single stage converter (battery charger) and it has boiled your battery dry..... Thus ruining it!
When overcharged the battery will produce the putrid sulphur smell!
You need to replace the converter with a more modern smart or 4 stage converter. And replace your battery.
Makes no spence to do the latter without curing the problem first!
The battery acid is very dangerous stuff, you'll have to neutralize and remove all traces for the obvious reasons!
In future you'll want to physically inspect the electrolyte level weekly, more in hot weather!
That battery as it is can be a bomb if you continue to use it as is!
Best of luck!
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:10 AM   #16
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t is not propane. It is an overcharge and probably boiled dry battery.

Pry the battery caps off and see.

If your trailer is equipped, use the "USE-STORE" battery disconnect switch to isolate the batteries from the converter.

IF you have no such switch, disconnect the positive battery lead, but wrap tape around it to keep if from shorting against the battery box.

The appliances will still function from the converter and the vehicle charge source.

You will probably need new batteries.


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Old 08-27-2015, 08:35 AM   #17
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Lesson learned….thanks Protag…..again

If not for the leakage in the batt compartment, I would have suspected water being the cause of the sulfur smell. Then I would have suspected an altitude caused problem. I would not have guessed propane because I know what propane smells like.

BUT…I am surprised that no one asked how the batts were performing.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:43 AM   #18
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A dry battery will still yield power, just not very long, well!
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:45 AM   #19
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If your battery was leaking, you better get the garden hose and wash everything down, the battery might have shorted out internally, but get the checked out and check for propane leaks....
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:51 AM   #20
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IF you have no such switch, disconnect the positive battery lead, but wrap tape around it to keep if from shorting against the battery box.
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Always remove the negative battery cable first. If your wrench hits the metal structure of the trailer when doing this, nothing happens. Once the negative cable is disconnected, the same is true for the positive terminal.

If you just need to isolate the battery from the system, disconnecting the negative cable will do the job.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:29 AM   #21
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t is not propane. It is an overcharge and probably boiled dry battery.



Pry the battery caps off and see.



If your trailer is equipped, use the "USE-STORE" battery disconnect switch to isolate the batteries from the converter.



IF you have no such switch, disconnect the positive battery lead, but wrap tape around it to keep if from shorting against the battery box.



The appliances will still function from the converter and the vehicle charge source.



You will probably need new batteries.





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Old 08-27-2015, 09:34 AM   #22
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In reply to Jdalyrimple...the batteries are new (installed in February) and sealed, so one cannot check the electrolyte level. This why my husband thought they must have a relief valve, like a hot water heater that releases if too much pressure builds in the battery. In any event, we will get them checked.


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Old 08-27-2015, 11:27 AM   #23
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Just about any auto repair shop can test a battery. The test will tell you whether or not the battery is holding a charge.

Seriously consider upgrading the OEM charger/converter to a multistage one.

Note that what looks to be a sealed battery may just need to have the strip over the caps pried off - the only really sealed batteries are AGM's, which are not OEM supplied.
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Old 08-27-2015, 11:49 AM   #24
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Propane detectors loose there sensitivity over time. They are suppose to be replace between 4-5 years.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:18 PM   #25
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Propane detectors loose there sensitivity over time. They are suppose to be replace between 4-5 years.
ABSOLUTELY CORRECT - they will last longer sometimes. It's not a matter of changing the battery, you've got to swap out the alarm itself.

You could take your propane tank into the the coach, set it near the alarm and open the valve. An alternative "test" has been found by people who bring big dogs along on trips... if a dog farts next to a propane detector, it should alarm. Now THERE's a test! And yes it would seem likely that a human could lie down on the floor near one after eating 5 alarm chili and...

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Old 08-27-2015, 12:25 PM   #26
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Mine smells like that when we get low on propane. Filling tanks stops smell...is that the cause? I don't know
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The coincidence between the leaking fluid in the battery compartment and the smell suggest that you smelled hydrogen sulfide. That is a byproduct of battery overcharging. Check the charging voltage for your battery system with shore power plugged in and see it it is over 13.7 volts. If so, then you may have a problem with your battery charger/12 volt system. I rather suspect that if you unplug and wait an hour or so, your battery power will drop off substantially. If so then you have one or more "cooked" batteries. Get a professional check of your system before replacing the batteries or you may lose the new ones too. A new converter/charger with a multi-step battery charging system from the same manufacturer that AS uses will only run you a couple of hundred dollars.
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:52 PM   #28
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From experience, the batteries are fried, boiled out the acid. Might try getting a gallon of distiller water and filling them both, cell by cell and limp home or till you can have them checked and/or replaced
There is not a smart charge for the batteries, it just keeps cooking,
A combination of driving which charges them and hooking to shore power will overcharge the batteries sometimes.
When you pull into a campground after a long drive, put the batteries in storage mode before hooking up to shore power. Then monitor battery charge with the system monitor on the wall.
We erroneously think the batteries are maintenance free but have to pry off the stupid caps occasionally to check the electrolyte
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