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Take care of your RV batteries

If you are one of those who has a RV parked outside your home, keep in mind something very important, if you do not do the proper maintenance, the next time you use it, you may have to invest much more money trying to fix simple things and It will end up being a bad experience for you and your pocket.

A poorly maintained RV will negatively impact its price value.

There is nothing worse than selling something that shows obvious signs of deterioration… Knowing that many of the damages are due to simple carelessness.

If you know that you will not be using it in the next few months, we have some suggestions to prevent your batteries (12v lithium battery or 24v) from deteriorating.

Do you remember the day you bought it and the enthusiasm with which you did it? I bet he’s thinking about all those plans he made, where he told his friends that “he would use it every weekend”… He remembers!

Well, well then- It’s time to give that forgotten dream some TLC.

It is common that during the winter months, you decide to park your maximum illusion, leaving it practically abandoned on the outskirts of your house. Remember that batteries will slowly lose their charge if steps are not taken to prevent this.

Cold temperatures wear out deep-cycle batteries very quickly, as do “hidden” power users like circuit boards that are on standby, such as clocks and level gauges for drinking water and gray water. To keep the battery of your “most precious purchase” in good shape, you need to maintain a constant charge.

Basic Instructions

  • Unplug all electrical appliances, including the 12v inverter.
  • If you park your motorhome during cold weather, remove the battery. Use an external battery charger to fully charge it. Store the RV battery inside the vehicle, away from low temperatures and in a well-ventilated area.
  • Keep a battery charged by keeping the top of the battery terminals clean, free of dust and dirt. Otherwise, sulfation (white powder) can conduct electricity and cause the battery to lose some of its charge unnecessarily.
  • Checking the water level in a battery is a job that needs to be done every month, even if the manufacturer says otherwise. To keep it charged and in good condition, the top plates have to be completely covered. A simple job is just a matter of adding a little distilled water, up to the “full” line.
  • Use a modern charger of those that offer you multiple charging stages. Leave it plugged in for a good period of time (Two to three days), thus leaving the battery fully charged.
  • As for the vehicle’s engine, start it at least every two weeks, while it is not in use. Let it reach medium temperature before turning it off. That will take about 10 to 15 minutes, more than necessary time to keep the battery charged.

Tips and Warnings

A good friend for any traveler who has an RV is a battery tester. It is made to measure voltage and will let you know how much power your battery has.

They are very easy to get and are not expensive, about USD $ 5 dollars on average the cheapest.

If you are like us who at first had no idea how to use it, here is the link so you can see a video on YouTube. Where they will explain its correct operation.

Never store a battery (such as marine batteries deep cycle) on concrete or cement directly. It will cause energy to be lost. Set it down on a thick piece of wood in case you need to.

Don’t drop it. Avoid bumping or denting it. In case this happens, it is better to buy new ones.

Our purpose is that that beautiful RV that you have parked outside your home does not become part of the street decoration. Its place is on the road, or parked next to a nice lake.

In addition, combining solar panels, inverters, and charge controllers can build your own solar generators on your RV. No longer worry about outdoor electricity problems.

Our greatest wish is that you are happy and that these tips help you to have a correct maintenance habit.

Soon, we will talk about the care of the ducts, the electrical network and the wastewater tanks… in short, the list is long.

Thank you for being part of this initiative!

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