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Caring for Your RV: Conserving Battery Life

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If you have an RV, you know careful maintenance optimizes its performance as well as its longevity. Keeping up with it by cleaning and caring for major mechanical parts is an investment of time and sometimes money, but your future self will thank you because you are saving yourself lots of time and money you could be wasting on large-scale repairs.

Your RV battery is no different. If left alone, RV batteries can deteriorate quickly and require full replacement frequently. Thankfully, you have the power to extend your RV battery life.

How To Conserve Battery Life

Your RV probably has a lead-acid battery, which means the biggest culprit for damaging its longevity is sulfation. This occurs gradually over time as sulfate crystals form on the lead plate of the battery. Sulfation will happen to any battery eventually, but there are ways you can slow the process down.

· Switch from single-stage charging to multistage charging. Overcharging your battery can speed up sulfation and be damaging to your RV battery. Multistage chargers can charge quickly without forcing more voltage onto the battery than necessary.
· Keep the battery charged, plugged into a multistage charger, if possible. If not, store somewhere cool and dry.
· Check the electrolyte levels in your battery monthly. If you allow the electrolyte level to go unchecked for too long, air could gain access to the lead plate, which is terrible for RV battery life.
· Check your battery terminals for corrosion. If they need to be cleaned, you can purchase a cleaner or use a mixture of baking soda and water and scrub with a tough brush.
· Only use distilled water for your battery. Unfiltered water often has elements that can cause buildup in the battery, shortening its lifespan.

Why Taking Steps Helps

These methods may seem incredibly simple, but they are extremely important. Use these tips to keep your battery in the best shape possible so it will last a long time. If you do need help with your battery, call RV World right away for all your service needs.

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