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Old 01-24-2012, 09:34 AM   #11
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If you've been checking the water levels it seems odd that they'd be dry so quick. Have you checked the charging output? I'm suspicious that your converter was trying to overcharge the batt and caused the cells to dry up. It's probably more complicated than just checking the voltage of the charger, I think the voltage will go down as the battery charges. Experts?
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I should clarify, while my battery was sitting on my workbench hooked to a battery tender I did check my water level and topped it up when needed, but since I arrived here in Yuma I never gave it a thought and did not bring my distilled water with me. I just hope it is a bad battery and nothing more serious, but if it is the converter then I am sitting in a good area due to all the RV mobile repair places.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:28 AM   #12
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You should not be going through batteries that fast IMHO, especially if you are maintaining them as you mentioned. They are being over charged and boiled. Your unit should be lowering the input into the batteries as they come up and then cutting out or trickle charging. A good measure would be AMPs into the batteries as well as volts. I would question the converter. If prior to 2009/10 I am pretty sure Jayco was still using the 2 stage chargers and only recently went with the newer more efficient 3 stages. Since your in warranty let the experts fix it.

My friends 08 fried his new twin 6V batteries in 1 year as a result of the converter going on the fritz. He now has a smart 3 stage charger in it's place. They run about $150.00 or so with a DIY install. Use the warranty in which they may even come to you where you are. You might even be able to push for a new battery as a result of the converter damaging it.

Second reccomendation is to get a true deep cycle that is not rated with CCA. Larger plates and more storage capacity which also may help with the charging input if it turns out the converter is not bad.

If in an area that sells GC 6V batteries look around for a possible upgrade to 2 of them. Sometimes Club stores in those markets carry them for under $80.00 a piece. Only problem is that you will loose a core charge on one since you only have one battery to trade in.

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Old 01-24-2012, 10:53 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the info everyone. Very informative.
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:39 PM   #14
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I replaced the battery this morning and am having someone come over this PM with a meter to check out the converter. I hope this is all I need, but time will tell.

Thanks everyone.
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I am one happy camper (no pun intended). My converter is working the way it is suppose to. It was my battery, the only concern I have is that Walmart will not put a warranty that is recognized in Canada. I will have to do some sniveling if I have a problem when I get home or do a road trip to Montana.
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Being a happy camper is a good thing.
Glad to hear the converter is good. Montana is beautiful. ROADTRIP!
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A new battery can be the cure for hundreds of different automotive (and RV, boat) ailments!. So can clean, tight battery terminals! Glad to hear your issue was just a battery and nothing more serious.
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Because our trailer is always plugged in I check the water in the batteries every couple months. A gallon of distilled water is always in a compartment.
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