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 3/29/2015 4:18 PM
 
I replaced the coach batteries w/2 6 volt deep cycle bought from Sam's Club. The new batteries would not hold a charge. Back to Sam's. I was told the batteries needed to be charged and would be ready in about 2 hours. I returned in 2 hours and was told the 2 batteries would be replaced under warranty because 1 battery's 2 post were installed incorrectly and that caused the other battery to go bad.

Problem is I can't get any DC power. Thinking back I recall smelling something akin to burning installation coming from the bay where the DC Distribution Panel is located. Do you think the bad batteries "fried" the DC Distribution Panel?

Any thoughts as to suggestions, etc. ?

Happy RVing to you & yours
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 3/30/2015 1:55 PM
 
Rvtravelerpa - When you say the battery posts were installed incorrectly, are you saying the posts were marked incorrectly (pos marked neg and vice versa)? If so I can see the neg post being connected to the panel and the pos post to ground. Several years ago I accidently did the same thing, but it was all my fault and not a miss-marked battery. This resulted in lots of amps trying to get through the ground cable, and lots of burnt wire and insulation. This blunder did not hurt the panel. If I were you, I'd start by replacing the battery cable that's connected to ground (the chassis). I'd also check the cable running from the battery pos post to the panel for a large (30 amp) inline fuse which may have blown. Good luck - Dave
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