Many other fulltimers have told us that keeping their RV serviced and maintained, particularly if it is several years old-is a day to day routine. After spending most of a February day sightseeing, we came home to an acrid smell as we opened the door of our motorhome. David discovered that the auxillary batteries under an interior step were “boiling”. He let them cool off, then checked the water levels which were very low. He talked to a couple of other RVers who said that in the dry climate of Arizona, the water in the batteries will evaporate fairly quickly. After they cooled he filled the cells and they recharged successfully.
Several nights later, we noticed the ceiling lights, as well as the refrigerator light were much brighter than normal, and the switch for the water heater felt hot. We shut all of these off, unplugged the motorhome’s electric cord, and the next morning made some calls to RV service repair shops. Two mobile repair services were recommended to us, and we called both; one was busy and couldn’t come for a few days. The other repairman was able to come that afternoon.
After checking our electrical system out thoroughly, he discovered that our inverter was putting out 24 volts instead of the 12 volts it should have been; it needed to be replaced. He ordered a new inverter which arrived the next day. After installing the inverter, he put in new switches for the water heater which have LED lights (they are both brighter and cooler) and checked out the water heater, refrigerator, furnace and other appliances which he determined had not been damaged by the high voltage.
We did end up replacing both the auxillary batteries, and the coach battery which had also been damaged by the faulty inverter. We discovered this after we weren’t able to start the motorhome, and when the electric step and slides quit working. All of these problems occurred within one week. Needless to say, February was a very tumultuous month for us; first with David’s high blood sugars, and then with the added expense of electrical repairs and needing new batteries. But we don’t have motorhome or Jeep payments; most of the other fulltimers we have met have at least one payment to make. We have tax refunds coming which will help rebuild our reserve fund which we have dipped into this month. So it could have been much worse, and we were thankful that our motorhome wasn’t damaged; it could have burnt up while we were gone. Smoke is happy, too, that his home is safe.