Batteries may be over-charging

by Mike Askren
(Edwardsport, Indiana)

Question: My 1994 Avion 5th wheel has 2 batteries. When I open the battery compartment door, extremely hot air rushes out, & the batteries are very hot. My monitor says there is 13.7 volts. Both batteries are full of distilled water, which I have to top off every month. I live full time in this camper while working in Illinois & Indiana the last 3 years.

Is my RV charger overcharging??

Thanks;
Mike


Question: If your Batteries are hot they are either bad or over charging from a short in the system. Either way you'll have to replace them and then find out why they were hot. They should never be hot. How old are the batteries? If over 5 years they have served their purpose and should be replaced. 5 years is the average life of a battery. If you have let a cell in a battery go dry to where the plates are exposed this could cause a problem, even if you refill the cell the damage is already done and heat will build up in a shorted battery.

Good Luck,
Robbie




Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to RV Batteries Stories And Experiences.


Enjoy this page? Please help us pay it forward to others who would find it valuable by Liking, Sharing, Tweeting, Stumbling, and/or Voting below.


Like This Page? Share It!

Share


Have an RV Question?

RV Question Man

Ask A Pro

Browse Visitor Questions


Kind Words From Our Visitors

More visitor testimonials

Robbie Warford, San Diego RV Repair

Hi, I'm Robbie. Welcome to Money-Saving-RV-Repair.com!

Like the name implies, this site is all about helping you save money while keeping your RV in tip-top shape--and that is all about you having the knowledge to do so.

I've been a technician in the RV industry for 30 years, operating out of San Diego, California. And let me tell you, I love my job.

But I also love empowering RVers with the knowledge they need to make the right decision on repairs, or to make the fix themselves--and that, my friend, is the reason for this website. I hope you enjoy.

Or, learn more about me, my RV service practice, & this website here.