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Old 03-05-2016, 03:07 PM   #29
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It is rare but I've seen it happen. The internal cell connectors break inside.

Did anyone twist the posts, trying to get the terminals off ?

It is common in freezing temps but not MS.
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Old 03-05-2016, 03:45 PM   #30
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It is rare but I've seen it happen. The internal cell connectors break inside.

Did anyone twist the posts, trying to get the terminals off ?

It is common in freezing temps but not MS.

No, I don't think anyone has ever had the cover plate off before me. I used a socket wrench to loosen the nut on the clamp holding the negative cable and it slipped right off, so no pressure on the post.
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You have murdered that battery. Replace it and don't let it happen again
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You have murdered that battery. Replace it and don't let it happen again
Had you read the post from the beginning, you would know they are helping a neighbor who suffers the loss of her husband.

They did nothing but help.
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Had you read the post from the beginning, you would know they are helping a neighbor who suffers the loss of her husband.

They did nothing but help.
Had YOU read the entire thread you would have seen that I responded more than once, so yes I know who is asking on behalf on whom. The battery is still dead...
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Had you read the post from the beginning, you would know they are helping a neighbor who suffers the loss of her husband.

They did nothing but help.

I think Jeff meant that as a joke.
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Old 03-07-2016, 07:50 AM   #35
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G'day Joe & Annette...

OK the drama continues.

It is NOT unusual for a Sprinter battery to crap out before its best used by date. This one seems a bit young.... But stuff happens.

In both my Sprinter RVs, I replaced the chassis battery about 2.5 - 3 years into their life cycle. They began to loose charge and one eventually croaked. It likely developed an internal fault.

And...remember...that chassis could have been built a year or more before it was upfitted to an RV. (A 15 RVs chassis could be a late 13....battery could be 3 years old.)

At this point...

Consolation? I replaced the RVs battery last month as it started loosing charge... Its just 3 years young. AND....Sudden, total battery failure on our 14 Sienna, purchased new a year ago, a week later. Go figure....

It may be covered under MB warranty and roadside assistance. But that is a lot of hassle....and you get another OEM Varta battery.

My solution was to skip the warranty. Get a better battery with a user friendly warranty (3/5 yr).

Get thee to Autozone and get a Duralast AGM. Probably $180ish.

Before installing it.... Put it on your maintainer and fully charge it. Or, install and fully charge before first use.

DO continue to use your maintainer.......

And Blessing upon you for helping your neighbor. You are a good man!
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She is taking it to a Winnebago dealer about 70 miles away Wednesday. They are doing a recall, routine service, and hopefully replace the battery under warranty!

Thanks to all of you for you help!
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Joe & Annette..... Please keep us informed about the issue with the battery. Inquiring minds want to know. I tuck these things away in my mental file...... hopefully.... not to be used by me.

Again, you are a good Man for helping your neighbor.
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Just wanted to give you an update on this problem.

The chassis battery is totally dead! With it disconnected I only read .75 VDC (3/4 volt) on the battery terminals. Putting a battery charger on it does nothing!

This MH is only 7 months old! Anybody had similar problems with the chassis battery in this model MH?
That is not uncommon for any battery. I had 2 on motorcycles that went our within months of purchase during cross country trips.

I always keep a voltmeter in the system to see any problems in the charging system.

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Any news?
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She took it to a Winnebago dealer last Thursday and left if for them to replace the battery, do the recall, and routine service.
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:06 PM   #41
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Just wanted to give you an update!

We picked up the MH yesterday from the dealer. They said the battery tested good! I guess the 70 mile drive to the dealer somehow got it going again.

My battery charger is the kind that will not put out any charge voltage unless it sees a battery on the leads. It would not see that one when it was fully discharged!

We found there is a switch that allows the radio and associated electronics to operate from chassis OR house batteries. It was set to chassis. They may have left the radio on and ran the battery down!

We are going to keep a trickle charger on the chassis battery when she is not using the MH. Hopefully that will solve the problem!

Thanks to all of you for your comments!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Thanks so much Joe.

Well....now that you mention it...there is a switch on the dash that allows one to change the power source for the radio/nav/entertainment center. If it is left in the chassis position the system only operates with the ignition key. Key in ACC or ON Llows radio to work. In "house" mode it will run off the house battery independent of the ignition key.

Something else may have been happening.

I ran into a similar problem with a charger several months ago when helping a neighbor. Unknown to me....my 'pricy, high speed, low drag, anodized, microprocesser based chargers will NOT charge a flattened or near dead battery. Tried both of them....NADA! In a "Hail Mary" attempt to get her going, I tried my 30 year old analog Shumacher with real toggle switches and a "steam gauge." Hooked it up and plugged it in and schazaam! It started picking up a charge rate.

Lesson learned......sometimes old school IS better.
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