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Old 04-19-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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Funny smell when plugged in.

Our 87 Sovereign started doing funny things with my genny running. The light's dim in and out and trere is a Click in the front of the camper. Not sure if it is related but there has been a funny smell coming from the front too. Please HELP it is the time af year to do some camping not rewiring!!!

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Old 04-19-2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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What kind of generator? No similar problems plugged into shore power I assume?

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My first thought would be to check the converter. if the lights kick in and out that sounds like the converter is cycling. The smell may be coming from the converter if it has a problem.
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If the smell is sulfury, smell could also be coming from batteries outgassing if they are boiling due to overcharge.
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Also if it's a kind of ozone-y smell it could be an open in one of the batteries. A volt meter would be a great help to you, both to check the a.c voltage as well as the battery voltage.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:49 AM   #6
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Bought a new battery in November and has been stored inside doesn't have any caps Optima yellow top. The generator is a Champion. Went boon-docking this weekend after I vacuumed the converter don't know if something was in there but no smell and no noise??? But it might have been the new battery that fixed it. I do thank everyone for there advice.

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