So I have a 2006 f150 that was set up for a 5th wheel.
it has a factory tow package as well. I state this to help illustrate that I don't thing it is the TV at fault, but could be wrong.
got a new 154BH Baja. have taken it out 4 times this year
(Spent several weekends building a pad for it)
1st time, spent a weekend hooked up to power. NO issues
2nd outing about a month later weekend hooked to power. No issues
3rd outing 3 days dry camping. No issues
4th outing about a 2 weeks later, 4 days dry camping big issue.
Upon arrival levels of every thing: Full Water, Empty grey and Black and Full Battery. the Next morning CO2 detector beeping.
I was sure it was some sort of warning due o the dog's bed being close, but that wasn't the case it was due to the battery being completely dead.
Prior to leaving the trailer had been plugged in for almost a week. Very little usage of electrical the first (and as you will see none the following nights)
Buddy had a genny and charged for a few hours and it read full charge on panel. A few hours later 50% and about an hour later CO2 beeping again.
Opened Battery cover and saw it black and stained, First thought was water seepage into Battery box, but popped the caps and saw the cells bone dry. Conclusion- Boil Over. Figuring the battery was already damaged, I topped off with some bottled water (Only do if absolutely needed and expect to replace battery if you use anything other than distilled). Ran on genny another hour or two and steam was coming out the battery and it was nice and toasty
So now the million dollar Question: Why?
The dealership states that they can not see me for over a month.
I am tempted to chalk it up to a defective battery, but figured it should have reared its ugly head the first dry trip.
Checking voltage when plugged in to Shore power is about 14v with battery disconnected.
( I really need to get a new meter).
So a few questions:
Can the converter be the cause? are there any ways to check? Can anyone explain : Absorption 13.6V DC (includes charging and load); Bulk 14.4V DC; Float 13.2V DC ? Isn't Amperage a factor? 13V at 1 amp is drastically different at 2 amps? any idea what wattage / Amperage I should see at the battery while being charged? I assume the Amperage would change as the battery charge "fills up" to the mA level on a fully charged battery.
Can my vehicle be the blame? I haven't checked voltages, but I did connect to it, started the engine and ran the water pump and lights for 15 minutes so the wife and kids could get ready get ready, there did not seem to be any issue with that.
If I decide to go with a two (or more) battery system, any charging issues I need to be aware of (other than time to charge)? Could this set up be for a two battery system and cooking a 1 battery setup?