Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-17-2016, 07:35 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Western Montana
Posts: 3
Smoking Battery

I have a Jayco 198RD Jay Flight Swift travel trailer, and have been having trouble getting the one year old battery to hold a charge. Tonight I plugged the trailer into house current to charge the battery and almost immediately saw smoke coming out of the battery box. I immediately unplugged it, of course. Any idea what would be causing this? Thanks for any help.
__________________

ibdiver002 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2016, 07:46 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
ALJO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Sparwood, BC
Posts: 968
Send a message via Skype™ to ALJO
If it doesn't hold a charge, just buy another battery and clean the connections.
Battery will drain if you leave it in your tray without disconnecting.
If you keep your battery connected keep it plugged shore power plugged in.
__________________

__________________
2014 Ram 1500 CrewCab 4x4 5.7 Hemi 3.92 Rear and Air Lift 1000
2005 Jayco Jay Feather LGT - 29Y GVWR-7000 lbs.
Pro Series 1200 lbs. WDH with Double Sway Bar.
Champion 3100/2800 watt Inverter/Generator-Onboard Solar Power

ALJO 'Forever Young @ Heart' provide on their travels Music Entertainment to Senior Care Homes
ALJO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2016, 08:00 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Western Montana
Posts: 3
Thanks, but what about the smoke when I connect the TT to the house? This is actually the third battery in a four year old TT.
ibdiver002 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2016, 08:08 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
ALJO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Sparwood, BC
Posts: 968
Send a message via Skype™ to ALJO
You have to check the output of the converter as it might be defect. 198RD has a WOF converter with 3 stage battery charger. Be sure all the fuses are OK on the 12 volt side.
Output should be 13.6 volts. You should have a WOF manual in your map of papers. Otherwise get it on line

WorldOfFriends = WOF
__________________
2014 Ram 1500 CrewCab 4x4 5.7 Hemi 3.92 Rear and Air Lift 1000
2005 Jayco Jay Feather LGT - 29Y GVWR-7000 lbs.
Pro Series 1200 lbs. WDH with Double Sway Bar.
Champion 3100/2800 watt Inverter/Generator-Onboard Solar Power

ALJO 'Forever Young @ Heart' provide on their travels Music Entertainment to Senior Care Homes
ALJO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2016, 08:10 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Jagiven's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 3,843
Do you maintain the fluid levels in the cells?

My guess your fluid level in the cells are below the top of the cell, and you shorting out the battery cell.

A couple times a year, you need to open the cells, add distilled water, to top off the cells. Fill to the bottom of the plastic housing. Never let the fluid levels get below the lead cell level. Also ONLY use DISTILLED WATER, don't use any other water, as it will shorten the battery life.
Jagiven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2016, 08:11 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
ALJO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Sparwood, BC
Posts: 968
Send a message via Skype™ to ALJO
About the smoke; it might have been corroded connections or very low battery fluid.
__________________
2014 Ram 1500 CrewCab 4x4 5.7 Hemi 3.92 Rear and Air Lift 1000
2005 Jayco Jay Feather LGT - 29Y GVWR-7000 lbs.
Pro Series 1200 lbs. WDH with Double Sway Bar.
Champion 3100/2800 watt Inverter/Generator-Onboard Solar Power

ALJO 'Forever Young @ Heart' provide on their travels Music Entertainment to Senior Care Homes
ALJO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 02:42 AM   #7
Member
 
mlucas77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Maryville
Posts: 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jagiven View Post
Do you maintain the fluid levels in the cells?

My guess your fluid level in the cells are below the top of the cell, and you shorting out the battery cell.

A couple times a year, you need to open the cells, add distilled water, to top off the cells. Fill to the bottom of the plastic housing. Never let the fluid levels get below the lead cell level. Also ONLY use DISTILLED WATER, don't use any other water, as it will shorten the battery life.
Agreed

Sent from my SM-G928T using Tapatalk
__________________
BigMike
mlucas77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 06:10 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Mustang65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL area
Posts: 3,273
Check you battery connections first, if they are clean and tight.. your battery is probably toast now, there is no use trying to troubleshoot the problem with the bad battery.

- Do you have a Volt/Ohm meter for measuring voltage? If not purchase one and keep it in the TT.
- Do you have a Digital Voltage Display (something like the one below) if not, get one, to monitor your battery voltage?

Now you are ready to troubleshoot and maintain your battery. Here is a step by step process…

When you get your new battery:

- Without battery connected, make sure the battery cables are not touching anything.
- Check the new battery's voltage. [Should be between 12.6VDC 13.2VDC]
- Without battery connected check the voltage of the cables coming from the TT's battery charge controller (White cable (Negative) and the Green cable with fuse (POSITIVE), cable to the TT's battery charge controller
- Disconnect your shore power.
- Clean all the terminals.
- Hook up the new battery.
- Take another voltage reading with battery hooked up. [Should be almost the same as 1st reading]
- Turn on your shore-power and check the battery voltage again. It will probably increase to 14 volts (if charging) or about 13.2 if fully charged
- Check the voltage in 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours... the voltage should drop to 13.2 volts (Float)
- If the voltage does not drop, there is probably an issue with the TT's battery charge controller.
- Once the battery voltage levels off at 13.2 Volts, keep checking it

Maintenance:

NEVER LET YOUR BATTERY VOLTAGE DROP BELOW 12.0 VOLTS.

When it drops to 12.0 volts (50% rule) you need to stop using any of your DC loads (Inverter for converting 12 Volts to 110VAC), USB cell phone chargers, water pump, TT’s heating system, fans, lights…) Each time you drain the battery below the 12.0 VDC level, you are shortening your batteries life.
- Purchase a Digital Voltage Display (like below) that you can plug into your TT’s 12VDC accessory outlet, so you can monitor your batteries voltage.
- Check your batteries water level monthly, since you have been having battery issues.
- If you do not have the TT connected to 110VAC shore power in between use or in storage, pull the main 30 amp fuse located by the battery, or add a battery cut-off switch.
- Make sure your battery is fully charged when letting it sit.

Good Luck,

Don
Attached Thumbnails
ELECTRONICS - 12VDC Voltage Display.jpg  
__________________

__________________
2013 Jayco Eagle 284BHS
250Watt Grape Solar Panel, MorningStar MPPT 60 Charge Controller
1500 Watt Ramsond PSI, 2 Trojan T145 Batteries (260Ah)
2 - AirSight Wireless IP Cameras (used as rear view cameras)
EnGenius WI-FI extender, D-Link wireless (n) modem
MagicJack Internet Phone
2012 Ford F150XLT, EcoBoost w/3.73
157" Wheel base, HD Towing Package

Our Solar Album http://www.jaycoowners.com/album.php?albumid=329
Mustang65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
battery, smoke

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.