House Battery problems

Discussion in 'Beginning RVing' started by ICam08, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. ICam08

    ICam08 New Member

    I have a 2008 Itasca Cambria 26B. My house batteries are NAPA #8240 (BCI #24DC). Batteries were fully charged when left RV park. Stopped to check out some sights. Turned on the over head fan and opened a window to more air for cats in RV. We were gone about 2-1/2 hours. Came back and fan was still running. Turned off fan and pushed button to start generator. Everything was dead. Generator would not start, level lights were very dim, no lights would come on, refrig went off propane. I don't know what happened. Did I drain the house batteries down that low? Drove back home. Batteries did not seem to charge. Check water level in batteries, OKAY. Meter reading 12.4 volts. Plugged in shore power and left to charge for 3 days. Turn off shore power still the same, not a thing is working. The batteries are only 18 months old. Do you think that they are bad? I am going to get a Hydrometer to check the SG of each cell to see if I have a dead cell or two. What do I need to do?

    I need help. Thanks, RON
  2. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: House Battery problems

    I sure hope it's not your batteries. I just put in 2 new NAPA batteries this passed May and I hope they last longer than 18 months. I will ck my water level when I get over the flu that I now. :( :( :(
  3. Triple E

    Triple E Senior Member

    Re: House Battery problems

    April 2008, I bought the best battery offered. Last Saturday the battery was drained. Check water level, ok. Charged for about an hour and the battery charged up. Sunday, the same thing. Monday, today, took the battery back and had them check it. One cell is dead. Good thing the battery had a 24 month warranty. They took the dead battery and gave me a new battery. Hopefully you have the 24 month warranty and not the 18 month. I hope you have the same luck. :)

  4. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

    Re: House Battery problems

    With 12.4 volts at rest I'm guessing that the one cell bad or short under load.

  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Re: House Battery problems

    yes very true ,, Len ,, but one other thing for the OP ,, load test them also ,, the hydrometer is the best ,, but sounds to me like u have some sulfation going on ,, and the batts won't take u ful charge anymore ,, but let us know back on the hydro test :approve: :)
  6. Scavenger

    Scavenger New Member

    Re: House Battery problems

    Do RV's generally have battery discharge protection to keep the batteries from draining too low?
  7. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

    Re: House Battery problems

    I would say no, as the only thing I have seen along this line is the autostart gen system.


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