RV Battery Maintenance Tips

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battery maintenance tipsRoutine Maintenance for Your RV Battery

  • Check Water Level Monthly – Each cell should be filled with distilled water only after charging unless top of plates are exposed. If plate is exposed add enough distilled water to cover plate.

 

  • Keep Batteries Clean and Free of Corrosion – Use a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 1/2 gallons water in spray bottle. Spray top, sides, cables, and battery rack with baking soda solution and let soak for 5 minutes.  A small brush will aid in removing any caked on dirt and corrosion. Carefully rinse with a low pressure flow of water being careful not to spray electrical components.  If you notice the baking soda mixture foaming, you will need a second application and thorough rinsing.

 

  • Check Battery Cables for Wear and Corrosion – Inspect battery cables for signs of wear and corrosion and replace if necessary.

 

  • Clean Battery Posts & Terminals – Depending on the age of your battery and battery cables you may need to clean battery posts and cable terminals with a wire brush cleaning tool.  Corroded connections can drastically reduce the life and performance of your batteries.

 

  • Use Battery Disconnect Switch – Today’s RVs have lots of electronics that continue to draw current from your batteries even when they are not being used. Some of the more common sources of phantom load are: clocks, stereos, LP-gas leak detectors, appliance circuit boards, and TV antenna power booster. You can eliminate phantom load by using a battery disconnect switch when not using your RV or when it is being stored.

 

  • Keep Batteries Properly Charged –  Lead acid batteries must always be kept fully charged.  A battery charger like the Battery Minder will keep your battery charged and extend it’s life.  Low charge will cause sulfation, which will rob the battery of performance.

 

 



battery maintenance tips

June 17, 2017 |

2 thoughts on “RV Battery Maintenance Tips

  1. Thanks for the tips. I definitely need to do this.

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