Jump to content

 
 

Announcements

Lots of new items for sale in our store. Click here

Photo

Exploding Batteries!


5 replies to this topic

#1 OFFLINE   KnightEagle

KnightEagle

    KnightEagle

  • NATCOA Members
  • 1915 posts
  • Local time: 02:53 AM
  • State/Province or Region:Tx
  • Country:USA
  • Gender:Male
  • Camper Brand:2017 Adventure Alp 116DS
  • Truck Make & Model:2012 Ram 3500HD DRW
  • Name (Public):KnightEagle

Posted 22 July 2017 - 12:22 PM

On our way home from Ohio and had to pull over very fast. On the drivers side black smoke was pouring out of the battery compartment on our TC. Not more than 2min after we had stopped a Ohio state trooper pulled in behind us just as I had just empted our fire extinguisher, he came running up with his extinguisher. Only thing I can see that saved the TC was the fuse link's I had installed last year it had blowed and the damage was confined only to the batteries and the compartment. It was my fault I don't check them as often as I should. So far all the 12v circuits check out ok. But some how the coaxial cables shorted out probably since it runs over the battery compartment. Spent all day splicing in new wire running into the box area. Order a new box just have to wait for it. Bought 2 group 29DC batteries from Wal Mart with 850 MCA. Yes these may not be the best but balancing the repair with the cost. They be fine for now


Edited by KnightEagle, 22 July 2017 - 06:19 PM.

  :sign0007: I got it fixed!

 

2012 Ram 3500HD DRW. RideRite 5000 Air Bags. Hellwig sway Bar rear. Curt hitch 17000/2550. Engine: 6.7-Liter I6 Cummins® Turbo Diesel Engine Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic 68RFE. 2017 Adventure Alp 116DS 5153+ lb. Reg Cab. Torklift Frame mounts. Ranch Hand Front Bumber, Duel hitch and 4' extension . C.B channel 19 most times. Towing a 16 ft storage trailer with a jon boat inside.

 

ALP116DS2017
ALP116DS10.JPG

 


#2 OFFLINE   Chief 2

Chief 2

    Poster

  • Members
  • 48 posts
  • Local time: 03:53 AM
  • State/Province or Region:Florida
  • Country:United States
  • Gender:Male
  • Camper Brand:2015 Lance 1172
  • Truck Make & Model:2005 Chevrolet 3500

Posted 23 July 2017 - 04:23 AM

How old were the batteries that went bad? You may want to check to make certain you are not overcharging them.



#3 OFFLINE   TDWebster

TDWebster

    Grand Potentate

  • NATCOA Members
  • 95 posts
  • Local time: 03:53 AM
  • State/Province or Region:IN
  • Country:USA
  • Gender:Male
  • Camper Brand:2006 arctic Fox 990
  • Truck Make & Model:2005 Dodge Ram 1ton Dually CTD
  • Name (Public):Ted Webster

Posted 23 July 2017 - 04:25 AM

Wow!!!!     That must have been a heart thumping few minutes. Glad you are OK. Always pays to do a full checklist before taking off I guess.



#4 OFFLINE   Oliver

Oliver

    Grand Potentate

  • NATCOA Members
  • 487 posts
  • Local time: 03:53 AM
  • State/Province or Region:NY
  • Country:USA
  • Gender:Male
  • Camper Brand:'92 Sunline 951, reblt in 2009, '11 Edge M21 TT
  • Truck Make & Model:'04 Silverado 2500HD 8.1L, 5-spd. Allison, 4.11 rearend 4X4 Longbed

Posted 23 July 2017 - 08:26 AM

That's too close for comfort! I'd have probably needed some clean shorts! What could you check to prevent it, though? If you had looked, you wouldn't have seen anything wrong, would you? Some things you just have to react to, and it sounds like you and the trooper did just fine, considering the possibilities!

#5 OFFLINE   KnightEagle

KnightEagle

    KnightEagle

  • NATCOA Members
  • 1915 posts
  • Local time: 02:53 AM
  • State/Province or Region:Tx
  • Country:USA
  • Gender:Male
  • Camper Brand:2017 Adventure Alp 116DS
  • Truck Make & Model:2012 Ram 3500HD DRW
  • Name (Public):KnightEagle

Posted 23 July 2017 - 10:04 AM

They were the original batteries I believe (10 yrs). They last almost forever if you take good care of them. Those I didn't check the levels, not until I installed solar and had a trickle charge to keep them charged. When I turned them in to get new group 29's, they told me that they had a melt down which filled the compartment with gas and at that point they shorted out caused the explosion. I was the blame for what happened, I SHOULD of kept a closer eye on them and check the level's to or three times a year. but to do that you almost have to remove them from the compartment, at least the first one. Cant say anoff for the trooper for I feel he saved the truck and TC. Getting out of the ditch was almost impossible for I had our trailer with us. A passing truck driver stopped and pulled us up to the road. And to say the least I pucker up big time.


  :sign0007: I got it fixed!

 

2012 Ram 3500HD DRW. RideRite 5000 Air Bags. Hellwig sway Bar rear. Curt hitch 17000/2550. Engine: 6.7-Liter I6 Cummins® Turbo Diesel Engine Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic 68RFE. 2017 Adventure Alp 116DS 5153+ lb. Reg Cab. Torklift Frame mounts. Ranch Hand Front Bumber, Duel hitch and 4' extension . C.B channel 19 most times. Towing a 16 ft storage trailer with a jon boat inside.

 

ALP116DS2017
ALP116DS10.JPG

 


#6 OFFLINE   Gary

Gary

    Grand Potentate

  • Members
  • 554 posts
  • Local time: 02:53 AM
  • State/Province or Region:Ontario
  • Country:Canada
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Windsor Ontario
  • Interests:Traveling in Canada & wintering in Arizona
  • Camper Brand:2011 Lance 1191
  • Truck Make & Model:07 3500 Dodge
  • Name (Public):Gary

Posted 26 July 2017 - 04:23 PM

Mine were still good after 6yrs and I changed them anyway same with the truck 6yrs old and new batteries this fall before we head for AZ I,m just a worry wart.






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

Sign In