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Old 09-10-2014, 07:07 PM   #1
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Dead battery / unknown reason

Just got home after four days on Vancouver Island, all with full services. Plugged in to AC unless driving.
Backed the trailer into the driveway and disconnected and within minutes the propane detector was sounding. Couldn't smell propane so I checked the monitors and battery indicated RED and dead.
Plugged the trailer in, which stopped the propane detector and battery is now charging through the converter.

Only thing recently changed is I connected wires to the positive and negative posts on the battery. They terminate in a combo male/female connection that was not connected to anything ( goes to solar panel, when connected ).

Any suggestions on how to proceed? Figure tomorrow, after charging all night, I'll disconnect and later use my hydrometer.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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1st thing I'd check is for a short, ohm out the new wires, to each other and then to ground.
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Thanks.
I removed the wires for the solar panel. On charge. Given that I did the wiring, that is likely the culprit.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:38 AM   #4
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Glenn - with that Coleman solar connector removed from your batteries, check and make sure that it does not conduct from the negative and positive ring terminals you put on it. Did you use that LED attachment to cover the ends? It is possible that LED got fried and was letting current flow directly between your battery's terminals.
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IF you have a 3 way fridge, any chance it got switched to 12V?
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No 3 way fridge. If problem persists today, I'm gonna drop by ETI tomorrow.
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:20 PM   #7
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Isn't there an RV place near Pemberton in North Van Glenn?
ETI is a ways away.
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I'm heading for Rock Creek anyway.
And North Shore RV is a pain to get in to. Access is off the back alley and there are always cars and RVs parked in the alley. If you go there you have to scout it out first.
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Glen, what do you have in the way of batteries. This is the time of year when batteries go south (and early spring too). If you have a single 12V check it. If you have dual batteries I doubt that both have failed.
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It's a three year old Trojan TMX 27.
Was on charge overnight ( through the converter ) and after unplugging for two hours I'm getting 12.63 on the voltmeter. Later, I'm going to check cells with hydrometer.
I removed the wiring for my solar panel, which may have caused a short.
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