RVs or recreational vehicles are synonymous with the American way of life for many folks. They represent one of the easiest ways to traverse this continent on vacations with the family. They are largely electrical and much of that is stored energy. Reliable batteries and battery chargers are a must.
Living quarters on wheels go back to the 19th century in Europe, with modern version appearing in the United States in the early 20th century. They have grown and improved over the last hundred years until they are literally homes on chassis'; boasting all the modern amenities like microwaves, wireless Internet and GPS navigational tools.
The farther technology pushes us into the future, the more dependent RV's seem to become upon electrical power to both move and function. This is particularly true in areas with no power hook-up at campsites. As you can see, batteries are a very important feature in any RV survival kit.
Selecting the best RV batteries and battery chargers can be a daunting tasked for those with experience. To the neophyte, it can prove overwhelming. Many vacationers simply get advice from their mechanics or technicians to purchase the right ones.
Reliability is a most important concern in proper selection of these power units. Not only do they provide cranking power to start engines, they run all ambient sources like lights and appliances.
Batteries used for cranking engines during start-up are kept in a permanent start of charge for as long as the engine runs. It's the other batteries, that don't receive this extra charging that often create the concern.
Owners quickly learn that there are many options available in both size and quality. It is best to buy good quality always and the largest size your RV can house. Better safe than sorry.
The best option for RV batteries is the deep cycle flooded or sealed acid lead (SAL) type. They are specifically designed to be discharged of half their capacity or more before requiring charging. Deep cycle batteries are specifically designed to be re-charged many times, over and over.
This is different from crank starting batteries which use high levels of their charge each time they crank an engine and require constant recharging. In short, know the purpose for the battery before making a purchase.
Maintenance is extremely important for these batteries. Nothing would be worse than to be miles from anywhere and to lose all power. Flooded batteries require fluids be monitored and topped-off during charging. They need regular maintenance to continue to function efficiently. SAL types are virtually maintenance free.
Gel cell are another popular types with RV owners. They are very resistant to bumping around in rough terrain. Their shelf life is shorter, but on the upside they tend to charge quickly.
If at all feasible, it is a good idea to carry back-up units and battery chargers on the RV. Some batteries are extremely hard to find as replacements in certain locations. It's always a good idea to buy maximum capacity units for your systems. You never know when you'll need those extra hours of energy.
Maintaining the proper charge in your batteries is also very import. Don't under or over-charge them. Ensure you also have the right style and type of battery charger on-hand.
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