Recreational Vehicle Batteries
RV Tip of the Day… RV Batteries – There are two uses for batteries, coach and house batteries. Coach batteries are the ones which are utilized to begin the RV. All these are normal 12 v car or truck type batteries and also are designed to supply a lot of amperage for a short time period. The home batteries are deep cycle batteries which are intended to provide a lower amperage for a much longer period of time.
The majority of us will comprehend the trainer batteries and can tell when it’s time to replace them. They’ll last 3-5 years. You can tell when a trainer battery begins to go bad since it has difficulty starting the motor, cranks dies or slow pretty quickly when the lights are left . Maintenance and review will be covered below.
House batteries are a little more difficult to cover simply because of the wide range of use and types available. Let us begin with this objective. House batteries are designed to run everything in the rig, from the lights to the heaters and fans. Virtually everything in the RV employs electric in the batteries. As these need to offer current (amperage) for a long period of time. Typically the home batteries can be called on to give current for days at a minimal amperage. This kind of battery is call a deep cycle battery. All RV operate on 12 v DC systems. However, not all RV use 12 V batteries. Many motor homes will use 6 v batteries. 6 volt batteries tend to be call golf cart batteries as that is a primary use for them. 6 volt batteries are designed to provide current over long periods of time that makes them perfect for RVers who want to camp without electrical for a couple of days.
There are too various kinds of batteries to cover here. Fundamentally, the costlier the battery the better and longer is should continue. Maintenance free batteries simply suggests you don’t need to include water as part of their maintenance.
Speaking of maintenance, what maintenance ought to be performed and when. If your batteries are being used to offer a limited amount of current, then a trickle charger may be employed to keep them charge. They provide a small number of current to keep the batteries topped off.
If the batteries would be the kind with removalable caps (IE maintenance kind batteries), then you need to perform a bit more maintenance every now and then. Non-maintenance free batteries will call for a hydrometer. A hydrometer is used to check the specific gravity (acid to water) of this battery. Its usage is to determine if you need to add distilled water or battery acid to the battery. You simply remove the cap on each pair of cells and draw just a tiny bit of the liquid into the hydrometer. It’ll tell you the state of the fluid. Most of the time you’ll have to add distilled water. Add a little at a time and effort.
If you’re going to set your RV into storage for a while, remove the bolts, set them in a cool (not cold or hot) place and place a trickle charger . Be certain to check the non-maintenance free batteries for the proper levels after a month or so.
Finally a full Efest Q8 Charger battery should read over 13.2 volts or more when not in use and not connected to any type of charger. If the voltage falls to less than 13 volts the life of the battery is coming to an end and needs to be scheduled for replacement.