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 on: May 25, 2015, 05:13:27 PM 
Started by Brett G - Last post by gumpy
You're setting is too high, unless you have a battery temperature sensor attached.

Set the bulk at 28.8. Float at 27.2. 

29.8 will boil your batteries, as you have already smelled.

 on: May 25, 2015, 04:42:44 PM 
Started by Brett G - Last post by muldoonman
What Jim said. Get the Magnum ME Battery Monitor Kit. Think it's a direct plug in with a 2 amp fuse protection. You can set it for the different batteries and it does make a difference. Think they are $180 bucks. Well worth it.

 on: May 25, 2015, 04:39:49 PM 
Started by PRZNBUS - Last post by ol713

     My 2 cents worth is if the AC works,  keep it.  If the AC does not
     work,  take it out and don't fix it.

 on: May 25, 2015, 04:30:12 PM 
Started by Brett G - Last post by Lostranger
Do you have the remote (wired) control panel for your inverter? If not, you need to get one. Gives you much greater control of all inverter functions, and its display gives constant system voltage. Do you have the inverter set to charge the type of batteries you're using. Since you're getting serious off gassing, I'm guessing that your batteries are flooded lead acid. The inverter may be set to charge some other type.

Is the inverter new? If so, contact your dealer. The folks we dealt with were happy to help with our early questions.

I use four 8D AGMs wired series/parallel for 24 volts. On occasion, my voltage reads 29 for a while on the control panel. I suspect that the inverter is doing an equalize charge at that point. That may be what's happening with yours.

Let us know what you learn.


 on: May 25, 2015, 04:25:47 PM 
Started by Brett G - Last post by luvrbus
Most are 29.6V for lead acid flooded batteries for the bulk charge, the float charge should be around 26.4V you don't have the float charge set to high do you ?

 on: May 25, 2015, 04:18:55 PM 
Started by Brett G - Last post by ol713

     I think the answer is  YES.   Went thru that about a year ago with
     my solar controller.   Was going thru batteries about every 4 yrs
     or so. Found too many volts being charged.
     Also compare with coach batteries with engine running.
                                     Good luck,    Merle.

 on: May 25, 2015, 03:38:31 PM 
Started by Brett G - Last post by Brett G
Hi all, I've been working on a major electrical upgrade for the last month and a half and today was the day to test everything.  It's a 24 volt system.  The batteries are brand new and they were manufactured in April of this year.  All of the tests went fine until I applied the AC power to the inverter and it's at that point that the batteries started smelling like sulfur so I turned off the breakers.  My multimeter has a battery test mode so I tested all batteries (6 volt) and they check out just fine.  Testing all batteries together gives me 25.5 volts.  With the AC on and applied to the inverter, the batteries were being charged at 29.8 volts.  Is 29.8 way too hight?  I'd appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks in advance

 on: May 25, 2015, 02:39:03 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by Iceni John
On Saturday I was passed by an Atlas Van Lines truck on I-15 with extra brake lights at the roofline of its 53' trailer.   It was a new-looking trailer, and they didn't look like they were mickey-moused up there so I assume they came from the trailer factory that way.   I couldn't see what make of trailer it was, otherwise I would call the company and ask them about it!   I'm thinking that anything that can improve safety or decrease the chance of an accident isn't going to be a LEO's major priority to ticket you.   The high brake lights I saw were definitely more noticeable than the regular ones below, especially from further away.


 on: May 25, 2015, 12:55:18 PM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by luvrbus
LOL I did pass those keys,this is not my idea believe me Bob I just do as the lady says if I knew in advance this was going to happen I would have kept the one I had.

 I don't miss the bus gig for a RV the Trek does fine for me on a river in Idaho but now it is what it is if I don't run out of time  Grin  

 on: May 25, 2015, 11:35:48 AM 
Started by luvrbus - Last post by robertglines1
Time to pass on the keys. Nov 2009  (not me) does that sound familiar ? Yet 5 yrs later we are getting a roof coated? I'm still looking for that burst of energy.   Glad to hear it.    Bob

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